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Layers are back: The ‘Sachel’ and the ‘C-shape’ are the trending hair looks to try

By Megan Bedford

Layers are back: The ‘Sachel’ and the ‘C-shape’ are the trending hair looks to try
Cutting layers into your locks is no longer dated, in fact, embracing throwback hair influences is bang-on-trend

If your hair is in need of a trim but you’re not sure where to go with it, we can relate.

Sometimes it’s just easier to announce ‘the usual’, as you plonk yourself down in your stylist’s chair.

But if you are willing to embrace a tiny tweak to your look, it may well pay off.

It used to be that hair trends would move at glacial pace. While they still might not keep up with the rapid trend turnover of makeup, there are plenty of looks turning up each season to update your do.

A full chop or colour makeover – copper is seriously hot right now – can be one approach, but plenty of new looks are about making a simple and small change, be it in a few layers, here, a short-lived wispy fringe there. With the variety and ease of use of styling tools, it can also be about a simple change in the way you style.

For example, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin recently confirmed styling your hair with the ends tucked under is a great way to embrace a number of current hair influences, like the 70s and 80s, as well as working well with bobs and layers or one-length hair.

“It’s like rich girl hair in the ’80s movies,” Jen Atkin told Vogue of the quick and easy styling approach. All it requires is blow drying, straightening or curling your hair under at the ends, towards the face.

“I recently started doing it and it makes your ends just perfect – just like a really beautiful blow out in seconds.”

When done on a bob it looks chic and soft, a sort of Parisian, polished ease.

Have long hair? You can still work the look but a popular approach is to play with a more exaggerated version of the trend – now becoming known as the ‘C-shape’ haircut.

The ‘C-shape’ cut takes the choppy layers embraced in the cool-girl shag and the 90s texture that has been lingering, combines them and styles them in towards the centre of the face. The shortest layers hug the chin while the longer ones still have beautiful movement, but focused inwards toward the chest rather than out.

Bella Hadid’s and Hailey Bieber’s stylist, Syd Hayes, has been instrumental in branding a similar look the ‘Sachel’, and it’s catching on quick

“The Sachel’ is where the Shag meets Rachel,” says Hayes, pointing to a longer version of Jennifer Anniston’s iconic shoulder-skimming ‘Friends-era ‘do, blended with the flicky fringe of the recent shag hair revival.

A quick way to style the layers and achieve those curved ends is to use a blow dry brush. The handy, two-in-one tool combines the detangling ability of a brush with the power of heat and air, giving you a voluminous but smooth style, taming texture as you go.

Images (top):; @jennychohair; @maryphillips



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