Hair Style tips: soft long layers, ringlet curls, short blondes

By Rosanne Ullman | 07/04/2006 12:00:00 AM


Graham Webb’s hair artist team members let you in on how they created these looks. You can find all products mentioned in the Graham Webb line.

Soft Long Layers


  1. Section hair into four panels, front to back and side to side. At the apex, establish your guide at approximately 7 inches.
  2. Cut hair at an angle from apex to front hairline following the center parting Go from 7 inches at apex to 5 inches at front hairline. This will become your stationary guide line.
  3. Standing on the right hand side and working from the apex forward, begin bringing subsequent horizontal sections over directed to the stationary guide. When you have completed the front panel, go to the back panel and repeat. Maintain your angle, working from apex back until elevated hair no longer reaches guide.
  4. While remaining on the right-hand side, begin bringing hair left of the center parting to the stationary center section; complete the left-hand side with subsequent horizontal sections working front panel first and then left back panel.
  5. Using shears, detail the perimeter and the front hairline.


  1. Shampoo hair using Back to Basics Volumizing Apple Ginseng Shampoo & Conditioner.
  2. Spray Volumizing Root Boost into root area of damp hair. Apply Bodifying Crme.
  3. Mousse throughout remainder of hair. Using a medium boar bristle round brush, section from the nape working upward and blow dry entire head.
  4. Finish using Firm Hold Hairspray.

Ringlet Curls


  1. Begin at nape with a ½-inch horizontal section. Using tension, rest one finger on the back to create slight elevation and cut about 2 inches below shoulders to allow for curl to bounce up.
  2. Continue to work up head form, taking ½-inch horizontal sections and gradually increasing elevation. Connect sides by using horizontal sections and keeping elevation consistent.
  3. At the apex, cut layers to the round of the head blending in at the crest line. This enables for maximum movement in the interior
  4. Loosely tousle the hair while randomly point-cutting for added texture and movement.


  1. Shampoo and condition with Back to Basics Moisture Rich Coconut Mango Regimen.
  2. On damp hair, apply a generous amount of Texture Defining Lotion mixed with a bit of Firm Hold Styling Gel. Allow to air dry.
  3. Gently separate with fingers.

Short Blonde


  1. Start at apex and cut a round layer 2½ inches in length down the center back of the head.
  2. Pivot from apex and continue until the entire back of the head has been completed.
  3. Establish a center part at the top of the head and continue cutting at 2½ inches, exiting at front hairline.
  4. Using traveling sections, complete sides. Begin to pivot as you reach the front round of the head.
  5. Using shears or razor, detail out the fringe and perimeter as desired.


  1. Shampoo and condition hair with Back to Basics Reparative Raspberry Almond Regimen.
  2. Apply a mixture of two parts Texture Defining Lotion and one part Thickening Serum.
  3. Blow-dry loosely with a vent brush.
  4. Finish with Flexible Hold Hairspray.

For make-up technicals on these looks, see "Mellow Make-up" under FirstSkills Make-up.

Photography by Steven Lippman
Hair by Irene Miekle, Greg Young and Luis Torres for Graham Webb
Make-up by Agostina Lombardo
Wardrobe styling by Daniel Caudill

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

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