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“Manta Ray” Layers Are the It-Haircut for Summer 2022

With all the summer haircut trends, it can be hard to keep up. There are so many chops to try, so it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. But we know which cut looks great on everyone: manta ray layers. Light, airy, and perfect for the heat, it’s the summer haircut trend you need to try. Here’s the down low on these unique layers.

What Are Manta Ray Layers?

From the soft wave bob to the long wolf cut, summer haircuts are all about creating space and texture. Manta ray layers are no exception.

The cut combines the ease of a long layered haircut with the face-framing of a long shag. But, rather than utilizing a shorter curtain bang, the face-framing actually begins at the chin. This means that when the hair is curled toward the face, it flips out like an angel’s wing, or a manta ray (often called the angels of the sea).

The key to the cut is retaining weight in the back while focusing the bulk of the layering at the front. This technique ensures that you will still be able to pull your hair into a ponytail, bun, or updo, but also get those perfectly trimmed pieces around the face.

How to Style the Layers

If you opt for a manta ray layers haircut at the salon, try styling them with a large barrel curling iron or blowdry brush at home. Focus the iron work around your face to create an angel wing effect, the signature piece of this hairstyle. Additionally, be sure to invest in a good, medium hold finishing hairspray or dry texture spray to amp up the volume and secure your style.

Now, let’s dive a little deeper with Jacob Khan, hairstylist and Goldwell ambassador, as he creates manta ray layers on one of his clients.

Need the perfect summer color to go with your new manta ray layers? Meet vanilla blonde HERE!



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