View Full Version : What hair type do I have and should I get layers?

May 7th, 2010, 05:15 PM
So after a year and a half of letting my hair growing this is the result. I cant decide what type of hair I have could I get some help with that?

On another note a few people have told me I should get layers. I'm somewhat interested but wouldn't know what type to get; Long layers, choppy, long choppy?

Also a friend of mine told me if I get layers I should get a few thin high or lowlights. I personally think this would be a bad idea, but what would you say?


May 7th, 2010, 07:58 PM
I would type your hair as 1C, and vote no layers. Hair that is more on the straight side looks best with more of a blunt cut or gentle U shape (<~my opinion, of course).

May 7th, 2010, 08:13 PM
I vote no on the high/low lights, but layers might be nice. Your hair is nice and wavy, so layers would bring out the waviness (if that's what you'd like). Looks to me your hair is about a 2a (supposing that's a proper hair typing picture)

May 7th, 2010, 08:20 PM
Hi there-

It looks to me like you do have some layers in the bottom already - maybe they are growing out. For hair typing I think most people wash and let air dry without combing - is your hair combed in the picture? IF it's not combed I'd say 1C, but if it was combed you may have more curls than we are seeing.

Let's see - highlights or lowlights - my pref would be NOT to - your hair looks really healthy, shiny and nice as it is. Layers - I'd stick with what you have, or grow 'em out.

Bottom line - you have GREAT hair - I wouldn't mess with it! ;-)

May 7th, 2010, 08:45 PM
Nice hair -- it looks like it's really thick and in good condition :)
I'd vote no to the layers and definitely no to the highlights, but of course that's just my opinion.

May 7th, 2010, 08:48 PM
1c/2a (hard to decide at your length...), definitely no highlights (you have such a rich, lovely natural colour, I really feel that highlighting would detract from it), and either maintain a U-shape hemline or get some very long layers. I think I'd skip on the layers for a little while yet, though. Wait 'till it gets a bit longer.

May 7th, 2010, 09:46 PM
Long layers would be cool...I personlly dont like blunt hair cutts...it's blah.
I think you should add highlights, a few thin ones wont hurt depending how light you're going, just do them on the top half of your hair . I dont think highlighting your whole head would be a good idea.

May 7th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Your hair is really nice, so shiny and healthy. It is at the length where it will just better and better. You've passed the awkward 'wings' stage. Do you really want to deal with layers? Layers=sloppy ponytails.

As far as highlights or lowlights, that is up to you. They require regular maintenance, but if done well can look really nice. All permanent hair color can damage your hair. I do both on my hair, and I definitely see a difference in the quality of my virgin vs' colored hair. I like my hair colored so I will continue damaging it chemically.

May 7th, 2010, 10:56 PM
I'm not any good at hair typing other people unfortunately. However, you have beautiful hair & I wouldn't change a thing. If you decide to get layers I suggest you get a few more inches of growth first.

May 7th, 2010, 11:05 PM
Your hair actually looks an awful lot like mine does when there's no damage. I'd say, 1c/2a. As for layers, I would say no. You have a really interested shape that looks masculine in my opinion. Furthermore, I've had nothing but bad luck with layers. I grew mine out and cut them off. Maybe people find them to be a real Pain in the... while growing them out, especially with shorter lengths. It makes it difficult to contain your hair in things like braids. Also, your hair typically needs periodic little trims to keep the ends fresh. Layers then require the extra maintenance of being "freshened up". Also, when you try to get rid of them (unless you want to chop) you have a good while of cutting "good hair" while trying to get at the layers, which is even worse if they accrue damage like mine did. Needless to say, it is easily avoided by just not getting any in the first place. Your hair looks great, by the way. You seem to have enough of a mix in your color(s) that there is simply no reason to put any kind of high/lowlights in there. They are permanent and require maintenance, typically damage your hair, and look really wonky sometimes when you get tired of them and want to grow them out. Little rant there, I know. Anyway, your hair is fine the way it is.

May 7th, 2010, 11:16 PM
I hate how it stays flat on the top and strands just seem to fly all over the place I wish the top had more volume, I also dislike that the ends seem to look so frailed and straw like

May 7th, 2010, 11:22 PM
I prefer the look of layered hair. However, you do have to keep them up to keep them looking good and a lot of people seem to hate growing them out. I think you should look at some hair styles that you are interested in and see if they have layers or not.

ETA: Unless you are really interested in changing your hair color, I would give it a pass. It is a huge commitment.

May 8th, 2010, 08:28 PM
Nice hair! I say no to layers