Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Low-Maintenance Short Haircuts for Fine, Straight Hair

Easier than a pixie.
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Q: Hey! My name is Ciara and I'm just wondering what you think is the best hairstyle and colour for me. 

Hair consultation - Ciara

Ciara is looking for a low-maintenance hairstyle.

I'm looking for something that doesn't require a lot of maintenance. I don't like having to layer product in, and I try not to use a hairdryer on my hair all the time. 

I currently have a pixie, which I really like, but I'm kind of wanting a change. Maybe just a different style of pixie cut, or I've even been considering growing it out into a bob. 

Hair consultation - Ciara

Ciara has fine, straight, medium brown hair.

My hair is naturally a medium brown colour and is poker straight. I have very fine hair, but my hairdresser always says I have lots of it. It can get quite staticky and gets oily pretty quickly. I try not to wash it everyday, but sometimes I can't get away with it.

Thank you for taking the time do my consultation and looking forward to seeing your suggestions! — Ciara

A: Ciara, thank you for a great description of your hair and for including a photo of your upper body. This was very good direction for me.

People always think that a pixie is going to be lower maintenance, but it's actually the opposite—it's higher maintenance. With a short haircut, you're always going to be going to the hairdresser every eight weeks or sooner.

I think a bob will be closer to your goal of an easy-to-care-for hairstyle. I would do a medium-length or long bob around the collarbone.

First, you will need to grow out your pixie to a chin-length bob with a side bang. This is the hardest part.

You want to grow the sides and top, keeping your fringe landing on the cheekbone. The back should stay short for now, until the rest of the hair catches up.

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Keira Knightley at the 2005 premiere of 'The Jacket.'

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Sienna Miller at the 2014 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

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Olivia Wilde at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

This in-between stage is tough. We call it the awkward stage. Your stylist should be texturizing the weight from the top while it's growing. 

You will also need to become more creative than usual to create texture. You may have to use more product in the short term. Play with braids, scarves, hair accessories, curling it or straightening it. 

Once your hair has grown out into the bob or lob look, you will be able to air-dry it and it will become much easier to maintain.

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Halle Berry at the 2016 Makers Conference.

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Emma Stone visiting Good Morning America in 2014.

The bangs suit you, so you could do a full fringe once you have the bob.

Add a little bit of soft texture, but nothing too crazy on the layers. Keep it simple. By the time your hair is to the collarbone, being playful with your hair will come naturally.

As for your colour, if you keep it the way it is now, you're going to have too much darkness around your face with the bob. So you will need some colour on your lips, like a coral. 

Otherwise, I suggest doing more of the sun-kissed highlights that you already have. They should be a little bit gold (think: Gisele), like you've been on the beach for two or three months. It will soften your skin tone a lot.

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Gisele Bündchen's sun-kissed highlights.

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