Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Haircuts for Fine, Colour-Treated Hair That Won’t Hold a Style

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Bob haircuts for fine hair

Q: Hello! I was hoping you could help me pick a hairstyle for my fine hair. 

It seems to be very unmanageable. It's not very thick, tangles all the time, and always seems to look stringy. See how thin and fuzzy the ends look?

Hair consultation - Kristin

Kristin's long, fine hair tangles easily and has thin ends.

It also refuses to hold a style whenever I try to make an effort. I want a style that is low-maintenance, and especially one that can look decent without heat tools, as I rarely use them.

Hair consultation - Kristin

Kristin has trouble getting her hair to hold a style.

As for the colour, I've been using pure henna on my hair for a few years, and I don't plan on changing that. Being a redhead suits me.

Hair consultation - Kristin

Kristin colours her hair red with pure henna.

I haven't gotten a nice haircut at a salon in quite a while, as I cut my own bangs. So I'm in need of some guidance. Thanks so much for your help! — Kristin

A: Kristin, for your hair length, I think you should try the most current look right now, which is a short bob.

It should be below your chin, hovering above your collarbone. And slightly angled, but not a hard angle. 

Emma Stone, Birdman Cannes premiere, 2014

Emma Stone at the 2014 Cannes premiere of 'Birdman.'

Charlize Theron, Tully screening, 2018

Charlize Theron at a 2018 screening of 'Tully.'

Karlie Kloss, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, 2013

Karlie Kloss at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2013.

With the way you described your hair as fine and hard to style, I think this will suit you very well. It's the most flattering, simple look.

For your bangs, I would definitely do a slanted side bang. They should start from below the eye, on the higher cheek, and then slant down to the lower cheekbone. Your face is a little bit on the wider side, so the slant will help to chisel your shape. It will look great.

Emma Stone, Birdman New York screening, 2014

Emma Stone at a 2014 New York screening of 'Birdman.'

Karlie Kloss, New Museum Spring Gala, 2014

Karlie Kloss at the New Museum's 2014 Spring Gala.

If you choose to be a redhead, go for it. Your skin can handle it, and the short chop will actually look amazing with red. If possible, I think you should go a little more towards a light golden red. That will suit you more.

Emma Stone, Aloha London premiere, 2014

Emma Stone at the 2014 London premiere of 'Aloha.'

Your ends are fuzzy because of a lack of moisture. Plus, your hair is too long for where it wants to be. 

To get your hair in better condition, I would use either René Furterer or Kérastase products for fine hair. They don't weigh the hair down. Fine hair will go flat and greasy if you use just anything on it.

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