7 differences between layered cut and step cut (to help you decide the best for you)

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  • Difference 1: the layered cut, unlike the step cut, increases hair volume.
  • Difference 2: the layered cut is more versatile, while the step cut is more classic.
  • Difference 3: the layered cut allows you to play more with different hairstyles than the step cut.
  • Difference 4: the layered cut is more unnoticeable than the step cut.
  • Difference 5: the layered cut requires more maintenance than the step cut.
  • Difference 6: the layered cut suits all face types, while the step cut is ideal for lengthening round, square, and oval faces.
  • Difference 7: the layered cut is more modern than the step cut.

 

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Has that crucial moment arrived when you must decide on your new haircut?

Are you hesitating between the layered and the step cut?

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To be honest, those doubts that invade you and take up your whole existence are quite common. Do you know why?

 

Because nowadays there’s a lot of talk about step and layered cuts.

They’re very similar cuts and techniques. Nevertheless, they have some minor but significant differences.

 Those differences, which seem small, are what lead us stylists to advise our clients on which type of cut is more convenient for them, whether layered or step. 

 

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Although layered and step cuts are very similar in terms of symmetry, since both go from less to more, there is a rather important difference.

The difference is that in the step cut, the steps are always well defined.

On the other hand, the layered cut, which I think is an evolved step cut, allows many more options and more interesting lengths. It´s discreet and suitable for all hair types.

 

Do you want to go deeper into the differences between the layered and the step cut to make your decision?

Then, let the countdown begin.

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Difference 1: the layered cut increases hair volume

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When a client arrives at the salon, besides listening to her expectations regarding a haircut, the first thing I do is observe her hair.

I don’t do it to test her about hair issues, but to check if her hair is fine or thick. That is very important to decide on a layered or step cut. Do you know why?

 

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Because [your_highlight background=”#ffb5e8″], if you have fine hair, you’ll want to increase the volume. It can be achieved with a cut that creates the feeling of having more hair, and it happens with a layered cut.[/su_highlight]

 

The step cut is recommended and specific for medium to long thick hair, whether straight or curly. It helps you reduce the volume and creates more disciplined and controlled hair.

The risk of having frizz is very low with separate steps in your hair cut.

 

  • So, now you know that if your hair is straight and you want to increase the volume, go for a layered cut. It allows for plenty of variations, which I’ll tell you about later.
  • And if your hair is thick, and you want to decrease the volume and frizz, a layered cut will always be a good option.

 

Difference 2: the layered cut is more versatile, while the step cut is more classic

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I’m not exaggerating when I say that the layered cut is for all hair types, hence its versatility. Over the years, this cut has evolved thanks to new ideas and because there’re so many different styles.

You can choose from long or short layers to diagonal or invisible layers.

 

If you choose a step cut, you have to assume that your hair will always be shaped like the steps of a staircase, so it’s difficult to achieve many variations.

 

Difference 3: the layered cut allows you to play with different hairstyles more than the step cut

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Do you like to vary your hairstyles? Are you always checking Instagram for inspiration to find new hairstyles?

 

This is also a determining factor because the layered cut is at the forefront of the styling world.

For example, if you have a half-layered hairstyle, you can let it air dry for the hair to take on its natural shape. Or, you can play with a flip side hair and comb your hair to the side.

Even if you have long hair and cut it in layers, you can imitate the hairstyles of the old-fashioned Hollywood divas like Rita Hayworth.

 

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If you cut your hair in steps, the chances of varying your hairstyle are reduced by the difference between one step and the next. For example, a layered haircut requires more skill and knowledge to achieve a neat hairstyle.

 

Difference 4: the layered cut is more unnoticeable than the step cut

The layered cut is more subtle than the step cut, which is more evident and always noticeable to the naked eye.

On the contrary, layers take away volume without compromising length.

 

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Also, if you decide to cut in invisible layers, they create volume inside the hair without being noticed. They’re ideal for medium-length hair and very fine straight or curly hair to create more voluptuousness.

 

Difference 5: the layered cut requires more maintenance than the step cut

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Generally, the layered cut needs more maintenance. For example, when the layers start on your crown up to the ends, you’ll need more visits to the salon to maintain the shape.

 

The opposite happens in step cuts. Due to the separation between the steps, the shape is maintained as the hair grows.

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Difference 6: the layered cut fits all types of faces, while the step cut is ideal for lengthening round, square, and oval faces

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The layered cut is ideal for all types of faces, precisely because of its versatility and subtlety.

Does your face have a round, square, or oval shape?

 

Then, my advice is to decide on a step cut. You’ll achieve that goal you long for: lengthening the shape of your face, framing, and highlighting your features creating a perfect oval effect.

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Difference 7: the layered cut is more modern than the step cut

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Looking for a more modern and revolutionary look?

 

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Then, the layered cut will be a good option precisely because of the alternatives it offers.

The step cut, on the other hand, is more classic. It’s better for women who want changes without defiance or rebellion.

 

Conclusions

After reviewing each of the differences, it’s clear that a step cut has a much more pronounced definition and a stronger, more defined effect on the hair.

It’s also ideal for heavy hair when you seek to reduce volume and frizz.

 

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The layered cut allows you to create different styles and looks. It works to give volume to thin hair, and it adapts to all face types.

Then, the countdown is over. Have you decided? Layered cut or step cut?

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