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Long tapered hair: the secret to floaty volume

When we talk about haircuts, it's not just horizontal directions which add panache to a style. Lateral and vertical cuts, thinning out the hair and adding gradation to the length, are also important. Without them, we wouldn't be able to create volume on long, tapered hair.

The long tapered cut: a 3D hairstyle

According to Delphine Courteille, hairstylist for L'Oréal Professionnel, "The long thinned-out/tapered cut is timeless. It's a hairstyle basic, both in the salon and the studio!" What's so appealing about this cut? The subtle volume created by skilled tapering, which carefully gradates the hair: those who've taken the plunge never look back! Like Jennifer Aniston, for example, who wore the cut with her long iconic bob during Friends (the Rachel cut) and who now wears it with long hair.


A universal cut that looks great with waves

To get volume and movement, adding waves to tapered hair is an excellent idea, according to Delphine Courteille. What's more, "This cut can be worn on all face shapes. However, be careful with naturally fine hair: if it is over-tapered it can look thin." She also reminds us of the necessity to have regular trims, otherwise you risk "a guaranteed 80s effect!"


The ideal base for contrasting hair colors

Whether it be ombré hair, "babylights" or even regular highlights, Delphine recommends contrasting colors, aka bicolor, on long tapered hair. Thanks to the natural movement of this cut, further complemented by waves, the light flickers off the lighter shades. As far as styling is concerned, our specialist recommends using texturizing products from the Beach Waves range by L'Oréal Professionnel.

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