Step 1: Establish the perimeter, bangs, sides and back. Use scissors-over-finger cutting to set the perimeter length. Bring the front up out of the eyes. Bring the sides to just below the top of the ear. Cut the nape to the natural hairline.
Step 2: Layer the top. With backhand cutting layer the interior. Leave the top a bit longer so it will lay down and flop casually. Leave even more length if the hair is curlier. Layer square off of the top of the head. Do NOT follow the curve. This leaves bulk in the corners for a fuller look. Layer the sides.
Step 3: Layer the sides. Work around the head in vertical sections layering the sides. Scissors-over-finger is used instead of scissors-over-comb so as to leave the hair cut longer and fuller than a classic taper.
Step 4: Connect the back to the sides. There is a corner where the sides and back come together. Connect the sides to the back by softening this corner. Do NOT remove it completely. Leave more hair here for a fuller, looser look. Do NOT round the corner completely.
Step 5: Detail the perimeter.
Use a bit of men-u Clay at the roots to add casual texture while lifting and holding hair up and away from the head. (as shown). Next, cocktail men-u Smooth Leave-in Conditioner with a bit of men-u Create and Shape in palm of your hand. With both hands run product through the hair from roots to ends - this will give smooth control to the layers while achieving just the right volume.