How to Cut Hair Into Chunky Layers

by Frankie Smith

Chunky layers add flare to your hairstyle, allowing you to create a more modern look out of thick, wavy hair or add shape to a blunt-cut bob. You don't need to follow a specific pattern to achieve the chunky layered cut. Chunky layers are randomly selected to create this cut.

Items you will need

  • Shampoo
  • Towel
  • Comb
  • Hair scissors
  • Hair pins
Step 1

Wash and towel dry your hair.

Step 2

Comb your hair straight, allowing your hair to part where you normally wear it.

Step 3

Select a random chunk of hair closer to your crown and twist.

Step 4

Cut the twisted section at the desired length. Make a blunt, straight-across cut, or angle the scissors upward or downward to create chunky angular layers.

Step 5

Repeat as many, or as few, times as desired.

Step 6

Pin up the top layer and randomly select chunks underneath. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you achieve a look that pleases you.

Step 7

Use a small amount of hair gel to style, giving definition to the chunks.


  • Start with a few chunky layers. Repeat this process to add more chunks if you find you need more chunks after styling.


  • Fine hair is less suitable for a layered haircut and is best achieved by seeing a professional stylist, as this type of hair can end up looking wispy and too thin if done improperly.

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