Parallel Layer

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The layering of hair is the internal shaping of a cut. It provides volume, direction, movement and sometimes soft edges on the perimeters.


Layering can also be described as the three-dimensional shape of hair. Systems for layering are classified by shapes and patterns:

  • Parallel
  • Convex
  • Concave
  • Square
  • Asymmetric

All of these shapes and patterns can be used together or on their own.

See the pages on hair travel for more details on layering patterns.


The haircut on our model gives a soft look. It is versatile and has several finishes when it is blow-dried.


The look has no outline shape. This was achieved by layering the shape only.


A combination of vertical and horizontal lines are used to move the shape and achieve the best angles for this cut.


The cut can be kept long or cut short using the same layering system.