They’re baaaaack. For about a decade, hairstylists have been advocating for subtle, subtle, subtle layers that blend in with the rest of your hair. Now, Jessica Biel has chunky, defined, awesome layers. I immediately took note because, one, Biel has a record for setting hair trends (just ask her bangs), and two, they remind me of the layers I had in high school—only more modern, and she’s not wearing braces. And three, in case it’s not obvious, I love Jessica Biel. If you love Jessica Biel and/or layers, too, here’s how to get her cut. Seriously, bring this to the salon with you. These tips are straight from her hairstylist and Frederic Fekkai spokesman Adir Abergel.
To bang or not to bang? “This cut works with or without bangs,” says Abergel. “We’re actually growing Jessica’s out, which is always a hard transition.” To help the process along, he lightened up her fringe by cutting into them on an angle with a thinning shear. “I chopped into them to take out the weight, so she can wear them swept to the side,” he says.
Aim for a just-below-the-collarbone length. “I pulled all of these great pictures of Jane Birkin in the ’60s and French women in the ’70s. This length is so chic—I love that it’s not so long and it’s not so short,” says Abergel. “It feels newer than the collarbone length we’ve been seeing a lot of.”
And now for the layers (swoon!). “Instead of hitting around the cheekbones, her layers skim the bottom of her cut. They’re there to add lightness and movement,” says Abergel. Plus, they work on any face shape and “can narrow a round face.”
Be blunt. The rest of the cut is bottom-heavy…in a good way. “Her ends are blunt, which creates a great weight that makes it look like you have more hair than you actually do,” says Abergel. Adding lots of layers all around may give you more volume on the top, but makes the ends look too fine.
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