Q: Hiya Bill! Two years ago, I had what in retrospect I now think was wonderful long hair, with a fringe.
I decided I wanted a pixie, but on the day, got talked into this bizarre square-edged bowl cut, which I instantly hated.
Since then, I've been lurching between weird haircuts, most recently this horrible, stripy, mega-light, shaggy nonsense, and alternating between staring longingly at that photo of my hair at its longest, and making massive Pinterest boards of Tao Okamoto.
My hair is generally quite well-behaved; I'm half Chinese and naturally, it's very dark brown, heavy and straight. I've now got it down to the collarbone, so am at a bit of a crossroads, lengthwise.
My question—before I panic and go to yet another new hairdresser, who will do something disappointing to me—is what would you do, given absolute free reign? Is the pixie crop an idea best forgotten? Should I settle in and wait for it to grow without messing around with it constantly? What would you go for colour-wise? Mould me, Bill! Thank you very much! — Lauren
A: Lauren, I know you don't like the photo of your highlighted hair… but I do. I really like your hair this shade. It works well with your skin tone and eye colour.
With this pixie, a darker colour works for you.
If you want to have dark hair, a looser cut like this is what I recommend.
You are quite versatile with these style changes, although I am not a big fan of the geometric cuts with a dark colour on you. If you want to wear any of those shapes, then a softer colour would be best.
This geometric cut and colour is softer, and will be more flattering on you.
You have amazing bone structure and cheekbones without bangs. Pow pow! They pop out… so pretty. I would like to suggest long hair with no bangs.
A dark colour would work with this no-bang, centre-part look as well.
If you go back to your long locks with bangs, then again, I suggest a softer colour and a split in the bangs so as to not hide your face.
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