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Want to try out a new hairstyle but not up for a drastic cut or hair color change? A layered haircut may be just what you’re looking for. Long, triangular layers are the latest internet and social media hair layering trend and we happen to think they’re simply gorgeous. Read on to learn exactly what long triangular layers are, how to get the haircut, and also the best ways to style this trendy look.
There are many different types of layers: long layers, short layers, bang layers, curly layers—you get the idea. The latest Pinterest trend is a triangular version and it’s somewhat self-explanatory. The look entails hair ends that are an even length, with top layers cut into what looks like a V-shape (if you’re looking at your hair from the back). It’s not the same thing as a V-shape haircut, technically speaking, because with this cut it’s only the layers that form a V, while the ends remain one, even length. Triangular layers are an especially gorgeous option for those with longer locks, because, like other layers, they add dimension and volume.
Even if you’re a seasoned DIY hair trimmer or trained professional, triangular layers are a look that’s probably best left to a stylist. That’s because, by its very definition, the triangular layers are meant to appear at the back of the head—an area that’s incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to cut yourself! As is always the case when you’re trying out a new haircut, hair color, or trend, coming into the salon armed with pictures for inspiration of what you’re looking for is always a good idea. Search the look on Instagram and Pinterest and bring your favorite picture in with you—that way you’ll get a cut that’s exactly what you want.
Good news: Long triangular layers can be styled in a number of ways.
Styling your triangular layers pin-straight is one of the best ways to show off the definition of your new cut. Before you reach for your blow-dryer, be sure to spray damp hair with a heat protectant, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. Once your hair is dry, apply a hair cream, such as the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, to help lock in your look before going over each section with a flat iron. Set everything in place (and tame down any frizz) with a lightweight but long-lasting hairspray, like the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray.
Dreamy waves are another amazing style option for triangular layers, and if you have fine or thin hair, this technique will also help make hair appear more voluminous. First, blow-dry damp hair (prepped with a heat protectant) using a round brush to curl your ends—if you don’t get your waves picture-perfect during this step, not to fear. Go over your loose curls with a large curling iron to give them more definition, then keep everything in place with a super strong-hold hairspray, like the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold Volume.
Sometimes, the best (and definitely the easiest) hair styling option is to let your hair air dry, resulting in a natural, carefree look. Of course, letting your hair dry on its own is also healthier for your strands than any type of heat styling. The one downside is it can also lead to lots of unwanted frizz. To help prevent frizzy hair, simply work a bit of a hair serum or cream that’s formulated to fight frizz into damp hair. Try the L'Oréal Paris Eversleek Frizz Finish Oil in Serum, a hair serum and oil hybrid.
Those with naturally curly manes can also rock triangular layers. If you have this type of hair, the key to making the style look polished (rather than overly voluminous) is to keep your curls tight and defined. Work a bit of styling mousse through damp hair, focusing on your lengths and ends. Use a hair mousse that’s formulated specifically for curly hair, so as not to weigh down your curls. Try the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse. After that, all you need to do is let your locks air dry.
Next, find out how to care for your layered locks! Here are Our 10 Best Hair Care Tips for Every Hair Type.