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Ask a Hairstylist: Why Your Hair Flips Out at the Ends and What You Can Do About It

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Why does my hair flip out at the ends

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: Hi Bill. I’m open to any suggestions that you may have for a cut and colour that would suit me. I have pale skin and green eyes, and my hair colour is currently auburn.

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Why does my hair flip out at the ends

My natural colour is a mousy brown. I am thinking about transitioning to a lighter hair colour with highlights.

The texture of my hair is fine and frizzy, with an uneven natural curl that I straighten with a round brush every day. 

Why does my hair flip out at the ends

My biggest complaint is that my hair does not always hold its style. Whether I blow-dry it straight or use a round brush to make it curl under, it will flip out at the bottom regardless. 

Why does my hair flip out at the ends

I would really appreciate any advice that you may have. Thank you! — Carey

A: Carey, thank you for sending along your request for a hair consultation. I’m sorry that you are not happy with your flippy hair. I happen to find it very attractive on you. It does wonders for your jawline, as it indents at a great place to frame your face.

Go Shorter

That said, if you are dead set against the flip, then the only way to get rid of it using your current method of styling is to cut your hair above your shoulders. When it hits the shoulders, it’s game over… the flip happens.

All of these cuts would suit you well:

Why does my hair flip out at the ends Lisa Rinna
Why does my hair flip out at the ends Mandy Moore
Why does my hair flip out at the ends Martina McBride

There is no guarantee that your hair will completely behave itself at a shorter length. However, with these cuts, any bits that do end up flipping out a little will look flirty and modern—not retro.

Wear It Curly

Alternatively, if you switched to a curly look, this way of styling should not cause the flip, especially if you take the length above your shoulders as well:

Why does my hair flip out at the ends Rose Byrne
Why does my hair flip out at the ends Maggie Gyllenhaal
Why does my hair flip out at the ends Rebecca Hall

Since you already have some natural curl, you could even it out and pump up the volume with the aid of a curling iron, hot rollers or waver tool. Blow-drying with a round brush brings on the flip.

T3 SinglePass Curl 1.25 Professional Curling Iron
T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers LUXE
Amika High Tide Deep Wave Hair Crimper

Use a setting spray before heat-styling. This will help to lock in your curls and make them last longer.

Oribe Tres Set Structure Spray

Make sure to let your curls cool down before running your fingers through them, and then finish with a strong-hold hairspray.

Verb Strong Hairspray

Colour and Highlights

You mentioned that you are considering a lighter hair colour with highlights.

Fine, curly hair does not take bleach highlights very well, and they can be super-drying. A richer, solid colour like this strawberry tone would be your best bet:

Why does my hair flip out at the ends Amy Adams

This would be so pretty on you. However, I know that when a woman wants highlights, she wants highlights….

Here is the addition of highlights done with a lighter shade of colour, not bleach:

Why does my hair flip out at the ends Emma Stone

This technique will serve you well. However, if you do end up cutting your hair short, then go ahead and use bleach. It will take less time to grow out and it is easy to just cut off any hair that becomes damaged.

I hope this helps in your quest for great hair.

billyxoxo


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