Textured Layers Vs. Cascading Layers: A Stylist Helps You Choose The Best Option For Your Hair

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  • If your hair is straight and doesn’t move much, you don’t want to worry about your hairstyle, and you want to give it more volume, you need to choose a textured layered cut.
  • If your hair is wavy, you want to add volume, and you’re willing to spend time for a perfect finish, your best option is a cascading layered cut.
  • Keep in mind that for a cascading layer cut to look great, you’ll need to have long hair (at least shoulder-length), whereas a textured layer cut suits both short and long hair.


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There’re three things to consider before deciding on a haircut, whether it’s cascading or textured layers.


1- First, what do you want to achieve with the cut?

  • Do you want to disguise a short neck?
  • Do you want to highlight some of your more prominent features, such as beautiful cheekbones or stunning eyes?
  • Or do you prefer to have the round shape of your face go unnoticed?


2- The second thing to consider is your hair type and length:

  • Is your hair straight or curly?
  • Is it shoulder-length or almost up to your waist?


3- And the third point is the time it’ll take you to comb it.

  • Do you want a haircut that allows you to look and feel groomed as soon as you get out of bed in the morning?
  • Do you like to vary your hairstyles and don’t mind spending half an hour or more to fix your hair?


  All these questions will help you decide less impulsively regarding cascading or textured layers. 

Do you want to know more?

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Actually, you can get the best of both these styles because textured layers are a technique rather than a cut.

 You can get a cascading cut of textured layers. 


Yes, just like you read it. These two cutting techniques are perfectly compatible.

For example, if your hair is shoulder length and wavy, you can ask your stylist for a cascading textured layer. It is possible.

Why can you combine both styles?


Because texturing is to give the hair a more natural finish as if it had just been washed. To achieve it, you take away volume from the hair by cutting it into layers or levels.

In other words, to texturize hair, that is to say, to take away volume, you don’t always have to cut it in defined layers.


So that you can choose your future haircut without any fear, stay with me, because I’ll tell you:

  • Textured layers or cascading layers, according to hair type
  • What kind of layers to choose according to your hairstyle routine
  • What kind of layers to choose according to the coloring possibilities

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Textured layers or cascading layers according to hair type

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I always give my clients two tips when they want a haircut.

  • The first is to look for photos on the Internet with the cut you want.
  • The second advice is to trust my advice after showing me the photo.


You can find the picture of a cascading haircut that looks really great, but  it may not fit your hair or the shape of your face. 

That’s where my work begins: to look for an alternative possibility that gives you the same benefits but that fits your hair and your lifestyle.

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Also, you shouldn’t forget a detail: many times the photos you find online correspond to hairstyles and are even retouched by computer programs.


That’s why  it’s important that you visit your stylist with a photo of the cut you want but, at the same time, you should listen and be open to their suggestions. 


Trust me, one of the first things your stylist will look at before deciding whether a cascading or textured layer cut is best is the type of hair.

  • If your hair is straight and without movement and you want to add some volume, you can choose the textured layers for a natural style. If you choose the cascading layers, you won’t be able to give it natural volume.
  • If your hair is wavy and you want to take away some volume, you should choose cascading layers. They’ll give your hair controlled growth and harmonious styling.
  • Textured layers work on any length from the shortest, such as the nape of the neck, to the extra-long.
  • Cascading layers are done on shoulder-length to waist-long hair.


Cascading layers don’t work for short hair because the main idea of this technique is that the first layer starts 4 centimeters below the ears.

The subsequent layers will be 2 centimeters apart until the end of your hair.


There’s another difference between the two haircuts. The cascading layers are cut with scissors, while the textured layers are razor-cut.

Textured layers aren’t symmetrical. Although they are staggered with a knife at 90 degrees, they have more of a worn effect than an even and perfect cut.

That’s why the textured layers give a much more informal look while cascading layers are elegant and neat.


What kind of layers to choose according to your hairstyle routine

Although it may seem a minor issue, the hairstyle of a new cut is key. You won’t have a stylist at your side 24/7.


Cascading layers and textured layers provide very different styles and their maintenance routines are very different.

If you choose a haircut that requires a blow-dry and iron or curling iron after each wash, you’ll have to do it.


That’s why I have to warn you about it.  Cascading layers are harder to style if your hair isn’t naturally straight or if it’s permanently straightened.  As it’s a symmetrical cut, it needs to be always blow-dried to achieve a perfect finish.


So, if you like to get out of the shower and let your hair dry naturally, textured layers are your best option. They don’t require a hairdryer or curling iron to look neat and tidy.


What kind of layers to choose according to the coloring possibilities?

Do you color your hair? That’s a key piece of information when deciding what you want to achieve with your new haircut.


  • Layering is good if you like more traditional colors. You can also play with balayage, highlights, ombre, and even extra light tones such as gray, platinum, or white.

For example, cascading layers in silver or gray with black roots are one of the most requested combinations. You can change your look without having to choose bright fantasy colors.


  • Textured layered cuts, both in traditional colors such as chocolate or light blonde and in fantasy colors such as green or fuchsia, will look perfect.

For example, if you are daring, you can go for textured layers in a long Bob, in fantasy colors like turquoise and violet.



  • Textured layers are ideal for straight hair when you want to add movement without having to spend hours combing the hair. They’re suitable for both long and short hair.
  • Cascading layers are for long hair and best for frizzy hair when you want to decrease volume, but at the same time, you can play with different hairstyles.

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