How-To Video: Layering Fine Hair

Fine-haired clients can be challenging for a number of reasons: the hair's softness makes it harder to hold styles, it can be easily weighed down with excess product and it's more susceptible to breakage. However, the most daunting task comes when a fine-haired client wants to create layers and added texture. 

In some instances, layering fine hair leads to thinned ends. In today's video, Andrew Carruthers, Sam Villa Education Director, shows us how to layer hair while retaining density on the perimeter. 


  • Prep the hair with proper product. For fine-haired guests, Redken One United Spray offers conditioning benefits without added buildup and residue. 
  • Add Redken Satinwear 04 to the very tips of the hair for protection and smoothness.
  • Take a pie shaped section from the high crown, just behind the high point of the head and take it down to the nape. 
  • Bring the hair up to 90 degrees horizontal and use your finger angle to create an amplified effect to the layering. 
  • As you move around the head, over direct back to the previous section to preserve length. 

About: Sam Villa is Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken and Founding Partner of the Sam Villa brand (Allvus, LLC), designed to bring “More Sam to More People.” The educational world of this Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007), Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015), can be experienced on