I got layers in my hair and my hair looks way thinner?

Rawr4CookiezRawr4Cookiez Registered Users Posts: 35
So I got my hair cut above my collar bone and added in layers (the layers are short). Hearing that layers would make my hair look thicker, I got them and it was a huge mistake! My hair looks way thinner than ever!!! Has this ever happened to anyone else? Are layers just not for some people? :?


  • curlyQcutie22curlyQcutie22 Registered Users Posts: 151
    I think it really depends on your hair and what the properties are. I have had my hair the same length with layers and I felt almost bald sometimes! Clumping was a no-go because parts of my scalp would show through! My hair is fine in texture and I would say medium density, but depending on the weather and styling it can look super thin or fuller. I also had an unfortunate incident where a stylist razored my hair without my knowing and it caused havoc with my hair.

    Not a lot of advice but just a thought :)
  • WavyFineWavyFine Registered Users Posts: 12
    Yes!! Pretty much the story of my life.

    When was younger, short layered cuts were all I knew. Stylists always told me my hair was too thin and fine to grow longer than shoulder length..

    I had NO IDEA that my hair could grow out long, or that the overall thickness of my hair was truly normal. Because of all the layers, I honestly believed my hair was super thin.

    It's super fine, a lot of it cobweb/spiderweb fine that just kinda floats, but the overall quantity of my hair is perfectly okay. I do need to be careful of physical damage from things like hair ties, barrettes and combs, repeated stress in the same spot over and over (from wearing a too tight updo style, for example) will make my length thin out.

    When I was about 40 I decided to ignore everyone else's perennial advice and grow out my hair from a pixie to see how long it would get. Eventually (finally!) I got all those layers grown out and my braid is of a reasonable thickness, not the super wimpy thin thing it used to be.

    It does kind of make me mad that so many stylists cut in layers, when that's the one thing I don't need.

    (I recently trimmed back to about elbow length, from about almost fingertip, with some very long layers. I like this look quite a lot, but don't plan to get trims more than a few times a year, and only by someone I trust. )
    wavy, baby fine elbow-length hair, airdry only, brush/comb only when dry.
    Cleanser: moisturizing shampoo, lately Jessicurl Gentle Lather
    Conditioner: something moisturising, lately Jessicurl Aloeba
    Styling: George Michael/Madora styling products
  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    I only ever have a few layers in the bottom couple of inches of my hair, just enough to give it some shape and style, any more than that and it looks way too thin.
    3b in South Australia.
  • SpiralliSpiralli Registered Users Posts: 3,684 Curl Connoisseur
    My hair is sort of stuck at shoulder length curls. When I got shorter layers cut into my hair, it definitely made my hair look thinner at the bottom and I didn't like that on me. However, I had to try it to satisfy myself on what it would look like and whether I wanted to keep that style. I have spent years, literally, growing out those layers. At some point when I am happy with the overall length, I will probably get long layers cut around my face.
    Location: Texas
    Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length.
    CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Desert Essence Coconut, Oribe Silverati
    Leave-ins: Curl Junkie Beauti-Curls, KCKT, cno overnight
    Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, A-O Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG, CJ Pattern Pusha
    DT: Curl Junkie Deep Fix, Briogeo Don't Despair Repair!
  • BotticelliBritBotticelliBrit Registered Users Posts: 2,075 Curl Neophyte
    Layers aren't for everyone, though some people swear by them. I think it just depends on how short you get the layers and on your stylist – some stylists know just the right amount and length for layers to emphasise the client's specific hair. Some don't.

    I don't have layers per say, but I do have some old layers growing out. I got them done a few years ago, before I wore my hair curly. I like my hair better all one length, as it more or less is now, and don't think layers would add anything for me personally.

    I'm sorry you had a bad experience!
    3B. Med porosity. Med thickness. Med density.

    LP: Shea Moisture (currently JBCO)
    Conditioner/CW: Jason Aloe Vera

    LI: Aunt Jackie's Curls & Coils Quench
    Refreshing: TRESemmé Naturals Aloe Vera & Avocado
    Gel: DevaCurl Ultra Defining Gel
    Aunt Jackie's Soft & Sassy Super Duper Softening Conditioner
    Treatments: Coconut oil/Coconut milk

    UK curly. CG since Oct 2013.
    Growing my hair to WL when dry :thumright:

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