Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Cuts for Fine, Naturally Curly Hair

Well-placed layers are key.

Q: Hello Bill! I turn 30 this week, and I am in search of my "Life Cut." I have naturally curly/wavy, medium-brown hair that is thin in texture. 

Sara is looking for her "Life Cut."

Since I have an 11-month-old baby girl, I have a very low-maintenance style and alternate between wearing it down, or throwing it up in a messy bun, and only occasionally opt for a blowout. 

Sara rarely blow-dries her hair smooth.

I have dyed my hair since college—a medium reddish brown or strawberry blonde, which I think suits my colouring—but have since stopped the full colour, as it was starting to damage my curls too much. 

Sara has fine, brown, curly-to-wavy hair that she dyes reddish-brown.

Perhaps just highlights or semi-permanents might be a healthier option? I have quite a few greys coming in, but I am trying to work with it. Thanks!

Sara's dyed hair has been damaging her curls.

A: Sara, your hair looks great in all of the photos that you submitted. You have very pretty, versatile hair.

In my mind, a "Life Cut" is more for people with problem hair that is limited in its ability to change. Your hair is very easy to change, and you do not need a cut that defines you. You should be having fun with your pretty hair.

With properly placed layers, your natural curl will look amazing.

Miley Cyrus at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards.

Using a wand to add a bit of movement on naturally dried hair would be perfect.

Diane Kruger with textured waves.

I think this would be an incredible bang for you, with long layers:

Angelina Jolie at the 2010 London premiere of 'Salt.'

If you are to keep your hair long, I would suggest a semi-permanent colour. Choose a lighter colour than your own. This will stain the white strands, add depth, and act as a highlight.

A short cut like this is a wonderful option:

Camilla Belle at a Carolina Herrera boutique opening in 2013.

If you do go short, I would go crazy for this look—dark roots and caramel highlights:

Wavy bob with highlights.

Yes, this will dry out your hair, but who cares when it is this short.

Have fun and it can be cut out when you are tired of it.


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