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The Best Cuts for Fine, Curly, Brown Hair

Elevate your style with these details.
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Q: I've followed so many recommendations from hairstylists over the years, in search of that "wow" hair that really gets noticed, but nothing is working to make my hair my best feature.

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Melissa wants to make her hair her best feature.

The colours I've tried, from red to blonde to brunette, often get comments, such as: "too bland," "too dark," "too light," "too red," "too dry-looking," "ugly," "it's okay..." and the list goes on. It's a complete bummer to get reactions like that after I've paid a lot of money to get my hair done.

I have fine hair, and a lot of it! It's also naturally curly, but I tend to wear it in a high bun or straight most of the time, because if I let it air-dry, a really frizzy (and very yucky) '80s curl appears. 

I seem to struggle with split ends, no matter what treatments I do, and after my pregnancy, I have a ton of baby hairs around my face. I am pretty bad at styling my hair, too, but I am willing to try!

I'm absolutely blown away by your consultations, so I hope you have time to help me with mine. — Melissa

A: Melissa, thank you for your consultation request and lovely flattery.

I think the dark and more dramatic hair colour suits you best and also is better for its condition—although with your complexion and eye colour, you really are limitless with your hair colour options.

I think that these styling details can be applied to most lengths for you.

A slightly lower side part with a bit of height at the part is a great way to open up your eye and elongate your face. The tuck behind the ear will open up your eyes, cheekbones and jawline. 

Anne Hathaway at the 2013 Power of Women event.

This shorter length, barely clearing the shoulders, is a great way to keep a flirty look. Please note that both cheeks are exposed and still keeping the cool side-sweep.

Adriana Lima at the 2010 launch of the Victoria's Secret Bombshell Fantasy Bra.

This long, layered cut with skinny ends and a messy, centre part could work straight or curly... with a softer brown colour.

Sophia Bush at the 2006 CW Upfront.

Cameron Diaz at the 2006 Justin Timberlake CD release party.

Sometimes, there is only one solution to deal with baby hairs after having children, and that is to cut! 

Here are a couple of short options that I think you could rock regardless...

Kelly Osbourne backstage at L.A.M.B. in 2010.

Ginnifer Goodwin at PaleyFest in 2012.


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.