i have a layered charactered and am trying to parent some facial features layers to the head but when i do the layer disappears. I am in the scene planning mode but they still disappear when parented.

Have you checked your top/side view. Sometimes those layers mysteriously find themselves behind other ones.

Select the ‘missing’ layer in the Timeline. In Top/Side View, the selected layer should be highlighted (darker green).

You will likely see that the layer is in the same z-depth as other layers, or is placed behind other layers, causing it to go missing in Camera View.

You can also hide all layers except, then select your missing layer.

Once you’ve located the layer, you can drag it to the proper z-depth (usually to the front, closer to the camera). See if this post helps: