Lovely Layers: A New Interpretation of Long Layers

Lauren Salapatek | February 3, 2014 | 2:35 PM
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Think long layer cuts are boring? Think again. Mastering this money-making cut is important, and learning a way to make it fresh has become critical to some of the most talented educators on platform today including Rocky Vitelli, who interprets the classic here.

Rocky Vitelli has created a technique that offers movement to the hair by adding a thin layer of invisible disconnection. He takes a fine parting from a horseshoe section connecting the parietal around the occipital, following the base of the bones. This hair is cut anywhere from one to three inches shorter than the shortest layer of the hair. Vitelli points out it is important that the hair is elevated to create the disconnection. “I use a lot of visualization during this process and it must be finished with some texturizing,” he says. “But this texturizing must not interrupt the disconnected section. The movement comes from underneath.” According to Vitelli, this cutting method makes it interesting for everyone in the salon.

"The thickness of your parting and the length of the cut all depend on the client’s volume, density and length. There is where the artistry comes in. Clients are excited because they get something out of the ordinary, and stylists are inspired by giving their clients something new. It’s a twist on basic and it’s beautiful." --Rocky Vitelli


Hair: Rocky Vitelli

Photography: Roberto Ligresti

Make-up: David Maderich for

Fashion styling: Rod Novoa

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