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The Best Cuts for Fine, Wavy Hair

Make the most of your waves with a new length or part.
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Welcome to our Hair Consultation column. To request an online hair consultation from celebrity hairstylist Bill Angst, follow the instructions here.

Q: My hair is fine and thin—and it drives me crazy! It has some wave to it. I would rather that it be straight OR curly, but unfortunately, it's not either. 

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Amy isn't sure how to work with her fine, thin hair.

I would love a consultation from Bill Angst! Thank you so much! — Amy

A: Amy, thank you for submitting your request because this is a common hair type that many people have trouble with. 

I think you manage quite well with your styling techniques, which are half the battle.

The other part is finding the right cut for long, fine hair, and you already have it. A basic cut is always easiest to work with, either straight or curly.

Play with your part and mess things up a bit:

Reese Witherspoon at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.

A deeper and/or irregular part would change things up.

Jessica Alba at the 2013 premiere of 'Escape From Planet Earth.'

Here is a length that would help you get more volume:

Reese Witherspoon at the 2008 CMA Awards.

It would also show off your lovely long neck.

A longer version that is shorter than your hair now:

Jessica Alba at the 50 Most Fashionable Women of 2013 event.

A great cut always falls to its heaviest and longest point, so even fine hair gets weighed down by length. The way I see it, your bit of wave is better than none. We used to put body perms into fine hair to achieve the same texture that you have naturally. Your hair would seem so much thinner if it was perfectly straight.

As for your colour, to me it looks fantastic on the warm side—it really brightens your skin tone. 


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Salon at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.