Layering Through a Modern Lens

Wispy, flippy, choppy, invisible, short, long, curly, straight … almost every haircut has them. “But, what if you could fully master layers in a way that made them easy to understand, teach, and highlight on social media?” asks Sam Villa, co-founder and chief creative officer of Sam Villa and global artistic ambassador for Redken. Layers are happening at IBS, where Villa is teaching two classes with Roger Molina (@rogermolinahair), Sam Villa ArTeam and master stylist at Lunatic Fringe, focused on understanding layers in motion, best cutting tools for layering, and innovative ways of presenting actionable movement of layers on social media.   

“Our class has a visual keynote that will shock the world! Ha-ha, joking; but it’s really cool and getting great feedback on Instagram,” says Molina. “It defines texture and structure in a way never seen before, which makes a big impact on teaching, understanding, and delivery of almost any cutting concept.”  

Sunday, March 3, 2024—3:15–3:45 pm EST 

Location: Look and Learn Stage/Haircutting 

Trendsetting Foundations explores foundational techniques such as elevation, forward and backward overdirection, and texturizing for 2024 cutting trends.   

Highlights include: 

  • Elevation—how high or low to elevate a section; too low may leave unwanted weight, and too high may remove too much hair.  
  • Overdirection—utilizing this technique to push hair away from the face. 
  • Applying backward overdirection to direct hair to fall forward. 

Monday, March 4, 2024—10:00 am–12:00 pm EST 

Location: Room 1E15 

Master Class: Hairvolution: Shaping the Future of Haircutting is a portal to shaping the future and highlights how the one-cut-fits-all mindset is transforming into new trends based on sectioning, tension, and tools. They explore contour cutting with an innovative stop-motion video and a live demonstration showing what media of the future looks like and what it means for the shape of hair.  

Highlights include: 

  • Long, mid-length, and short haircuts with bombshell layers (long layers) and ghost layers (hidden layers). 
  • “Bombshell Bob” with longer, hidden layers to enhance natural texture.  
  • Fringes and side parts with layered sweeping movement. 
  • Content creation and how media is inspiring the future of hairstyling. 

“Education is an investment in your craft with immeasurable returns. Each class you attend and skill you perfect is a dedication to your art and business,” says Villa.  “So, challenge yourself—attend that one show, class, or workshop, step outside of your comfort zone, and learn something new to fuel your growth and development. And if you see me at IBS, come up and say hi!” 

Book Villa and Molina’s IBS classes here

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