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How to Give Dark Brown Hair a Fun Update

Layers and highlights change everything.
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Q: I have been debating what to do with my hair for the longest time and rather than do anything... yet... I've been doing nothing except letting it grow. It is a bit longer than in this picture. 

From The Styling Edit Archives

Kim can't decide what to do with her hair.

I can't decide if I should go back to shoulder-length hair and/or get bangs.

I am 5'3". I have very dark brown hair and my hair texture is healthy but 50 percent grey. I colour the roots at home every five to six weeks with a soft black to cover the grey. I eagerly look forward to your advice. — Kim

A: Hello Kim, I say yes to some long bangs and lots of layers. 

You should be able to almost tuck them behind your ears.

Alexa Chung at the 2010 Met Gala.

Alexa Chung at the 2009 New York premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon.'

Long, layered bob.

The shaggy ends will need a texture cream to separate them.

I would continue to do your roots, but go to a hairdresser and get some warm highlights to make this style pop.

Myleene Klass with dark brown hair and highlights.

No highlights at the part, only underneath—a peek-a-boo so your touch-up will not erase them for a few colourings.

Have fun!


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.