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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Low-Maintenance Haircuts That Don’t Require Styling

All one length is the way to go.
Low maintenance haircuts

Welcome to our Hair Consultations column. Bill Angst is a celebrity hairstylist and the owner of Angst Hair in Toronto, Canada. To request an online hair consultation, follow the instructions here.

Q: Hello, I love the site and really enjoy reading your excellent advice. I would love to get your opinion on my hair. My top priority is to look good, of course, but equally I want minimum fuss. I want a style that I never have to style.

From The Styling Edit Archives

Low maintenance haircuts

I hope these pictures can give you an idea of my texture and issues (including an odd-shaped Slavic face). My style is mostly andro-minimalist. I like to be able to tie my hair back, and I dislike anything that looks too “done” or fussy, including fancy curls. 

My hair is fine, but prone to developing frizz and some volume/waves. If I don’t use conditioner, it can go ‘80s. It’s generally on the dry side, but quickly gets oily at the top, so I wash it daily. I do not own a hairdryer, and go out with wet or naturally-dried hair, even in winter.

Low maintenance haircuts

I didn’t feel comfortable with the shorter hair that I had here, but I did have a successful bob at one point, with a long front and a short back.

I just can’t deal with the idea of having to style my hair right now, so would welcome your ideas on how to make it look better while keeping it looking “natural.” Thanks! — Julia

P.S. I do not want to dye my hair at the moment, although I would love to hear your suggestions for what colour might suit me in the future.

A: Julia, thank you for sending along your request for a consultation. As far as your current hairstyle goes, I think that you are doing the best you can do with your longer hair.

With fine, frizz-prone textures like yours, all one length is the way to go. Layers would thin out your ends and make your hair look too skinny.

Mid-Length with Blunt Ends

The simplest update for you would to be to crisp up your ends with a blunt trim, still leaving it long enough to put in a ponytail:

Low maintenance haircuts Lily Collins

Removing some of the length will also help to encourage your natural wave, especially if you leave it to air-dry.

Here is a slightly shorter version with more of that natural texture:

Low maintenance haircuts Rachel Weisz

There are styling creams that you can work through your hair while it is still damp. These will help to add texture and minimize frizz as it air-dries:

IGK Rich Kid Wave Enhancing Air-Dry Cream
Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It Fine Hair Styler
JVN Complete Air Dry Hair Cream

Styling Your Mid-Length Hair

Don't forget that you can also change up your look by flipping around your part:

Low maintenance haircuts Selena Gomez

Another way you can wear your hair at this length is sleek and behind both ears:

Low maintenance haircuts Emilia Clarke

For this style, you would just need to comb it into place after towel-drying, using a bit of styling gel for hold.

R Co Motorcycle Flexible Gel

Now, I know that you said that you like being able to tie your hair back, but I couldn’t resist showing you a few shorter options for a stronger style....

Classic Short Bob

This one would really free up your waves, and will work on its own with next to no styling:

Low maintenance short haircuts Ginnifer Goodwin

Here is the same cut, but worn a little looser, with the ends flipping out:

Low maintenance short haircuts Ginnifer Goodwin

And here is a wavier version that you could achieve with a little scrunching:

Low maintenance short haircuts Ginnifer Goodwin

For scrunching, wait until your hair is almost dry and use a texturizing spray before you scrunch:

UNITE Beach Day Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

Tapered Short Bob

Then there is this chic bob, which will also compliment your face shape:

Low maintenance haircuts Katie Holmes

Notice how it is tapered, with the front longer than the back and piecey ends that you can play with.

Colour

As for your colour, I like the shade that you have now. If you do decide to change it in the future, I would definitely keep your hair dark. Brown hair shows off your gorgeous skin and makes your eyes pop.

That said, many women like to try lighter hair at least once, so this is how you could pull it off with your colouring:

Low maintenance haircuts Olivia Wilde

Be sure to keep your roots and brows natural, but paint in warm caramel pieces through the ends.

billyxoxo


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