The Difference Between Horizontal and Vertical Layering for Haircuts :
The main difference between a vertical and horizontal layering pattern is how the weight is distributed and how visual the cutting line is.
The way a haircut is sectioned prior to cutting is like a roadmap for the style. Knowing the differences between vertical and horizontal layering patterns will ensure predictable results.
Vertical Layers – When a typical vertical section is elevated 90° and cut straight across, it falls with a soft edge because the curve of the head naturally graduates the ends so they fall softly and blend. If that same section is point cut with peaks and valleys, as those peaks and valleys fall they to soften with the change in elevation.
Horizontal Layers – For more weight and visual impact, use horizontal sections. When a horizontal section is elevated 90° and point cut with peaks and valleys, the section falls at the same angle as it was cut, leaving more mass and a less blended, more graphics line.
Try something new this week, really think about the results you want before sectioning and see if vertical versus horizontal sectioning can make an impact on your work.