Q: Hi Bill, I was hoping to get your opinion on a hairstyle that might suit me. I am a professional who likes to feel young and sexy on my own time. My hair is thin and naturally curly. These pics show my hair with some of the curl relaxed with product.
My natural colour is medium to dark brown, but I started dyeing it black years ago. Now I only dye the roots black due to greys. I use semi-permanent dyes and only style my bangs to lessen the damage. (The rest of my hair, I air-dry.)
I was recommended a short, curly cut like Charlize Theron used to have, but I’ve never had short hair as an adult. I’d love your opinion. My hair depresses me and I am in need of a makeover, so to speak. Your input would be greatly appreciated! — Laura
A: Laura, thank you for sending along your photos and your request to receive a hair consultation. I love to help people see themselves from a different perspective.
Your long hair may be feminine, but it lacks shine and lustre—which is the “it” factor in a hairstyle.
So let’s address your colour first. As far as I am concerned, you should lighten up your hair to this softer, warmer brown.
This shade will reflect the light and impart a healthy shine. It will also add a lot of depth, rather than appearing flat and one-dimensional. Overall, the effect is softer with your skin tone.
As for your cut, I agree with whoever told you to cut your hair shorter. Taking up the length will make your thin hair look and feel much fuller.
Any of these shapes would work with your natural texture, and will allow for air-drying all of the time.
Start with a jaw- or ear-length cut as your first foray into short hair.
Once you're ready to go a little shorter, try a loose pixie, with longer pieces flicking out around the ears.
Cropping the sides to create one of these shapes would be the final evolution of your shorter look.
For styling, just use a molding paste on your wet hair. Comb it into place with a little finger tossing, and there you go.
Be brave—you will look professional and sexy rocking any of these cuts. Go for it, Laura!