A NEW trend has hit TikTok once again – and this one has an important message behind it and is spreading awareness worldwide.
‘Angel cut with layers’ is going viral on the platform – and for all the right reasons.
What does ‘angel cut with layers’ mean on TikTok?
If you’ve scrolled through TikTok, you may have come across the ‘angel cut with layers’ trend’ – but what does it mean?
The angel cut with layers is a secret code used by women and girls worldwide to notify their hairdressers that they are a victim of domestic abuse or in an abusive relationship.
When a girl or a woman is asked at a salon how she would like her hair to be cut, if they respond with the phrase “angel cut with layers” – it informs their hairdresser that they are a victim of domestic violence and are seeking help.
What have people said about ‘angel cut with layers’ on TikTok?
The meaning of ‘angel cut with layers’ has been explained on TikTok by a hairstylist named Leda Fazal – and viewed more than 1.5 million times, sparking conversations surrounding domestic violence.
In order to explain it further, Leda, 21 is openly speaking about domestic violence across her social media accounts.
The 21-year-old influencer captioned her TikTok: “Nobody should control how you wear your hair period”.
Taking to Twitter, Leda shared her viral TikTok video and wrote: ”When someone says they’d like an “Angel Cut” that lets the hairstylist know that you are not there willingly and we should call the police.
”An “Angel Cut with layers” let us know that a partner or parent etc is making you get this haircut w/o your consent.”
Since posting, many hairstylists have thanked her for educating them as they now know how to identify a victim and help them.
One fellow stylist commented: ”Ive never heard of this as a stylist. Thank you for sharing.”
Another wrote: ”Hairstylist here & I have to do this & I’m sharing with all my hairstylist friends! Great Idea!!!”
How do you do the distress hand signal?
From signals to secret codes, TikTok has encouraged several female-friendly trends to help them cope with all sorts of violence.
And prior to ‘angel cut with layers’, the distress hand signal went viral on TikTok for the same reason.
In 2021, this particular hand signal went viral on the social media platform after police rescued a 16-year-old girl using the gestures she made to seek help.
According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the gesture to show domestic violence can be made with one hand.
You need to face your palm forward with your thumb tucked in – and then, close your other fingers over the thumb.
This is universally called “The violence at home signal for help.”
If you are in immediate danger – call 999 and ask for the police.
If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile press 55 to have your call transferred to the police.