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The Best Low-Maintenance Haircuts for Straight Hair

Your options are limitless.
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Q: Hi Bill! I am hoping you can give me some advice on a hair cut/style that would suit me. I have three different pictures. The first photo is what it looks like now (pulled up a little). 

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Clare is looking for a hair change, and is open to anything.

The next pic is when I had side bangs, lots of layers and a longer length.

Clare's long, layered hair with side bangs.

My hair was even longer than that, but I shaved my head last April to donate my hair and raise awareness for women's cancer. So this pic is with my super-short hair growing back in:

Clare after donating her hair to a cancer charity.

My hair is not coloured at all, and I have not even cut it since shaving my head. So I am pretty good going in any direction you want! 

I am kinda leaning towards cutting my hair short again. Ideally, I want a low-maintenance style. I also swim a couple times a week, so blow-drying my hair all the time is not the best option.

I'm open to any and all suggestions. Many thanks for your help! — Clare

A: Clare, you are such a chameleon. (And obviously gorgeous—I do not need to point that out, but wow!) I would like the opportunity to discuss all of your photos.

I'm loving the shorter hair on you, so here I have a slightly darker colour with a cut suited for your face.

Zoe McLellan at the 2008 Hollyshorts Film Festival.

As far as I am concerned, this is an ultimate goal for you, for a short hairstyle:

Short blonde hair with long bangs.

The shape and colour scream so much fun to me—and great for swimming!

For a longer length... 

Marion Cotillard at the 2013 Cannes photocall for 'Blood Ties.'

If you grow it long, I say yes to layers and a darker shade with sprinkles of a lighter tone.

Long brown layered hair with highlights.

Pénelope Cruz at the 2013 premiere of 'The Counselor.'

For the half up, half down look... this looser version also gets your hair off of your face.

Reese Witherspoon at the 2006 Children's Defense Fund Awards.

Then I was thinking a whole new gig could be a strong bang to frame your eyes and heavy layers, for a different cachet.

Layered hair with bangs.

Carly Rae Jepsen at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards.

Your options are limitless… 


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.