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Haircuts for broken damaged hair

Q: I've been dyeing my hair for 10+ years now, going from dark to platinum, red and every other colour in between. 

Haircuts for broken damaged hair

Priscilla has tried almost every hair colour, from brunette to platinum blonde.

Over the last two years, I've worked extremely hard to obtain the perfect blonde for my wedding day. 

Haircuts for broken damaged hair

Priscilla went blonde for her wedding day.

Two weeks after my wedding, I was bored and decided to go red. It was short-lived and I proceeded to strip my hair back to blonde. 

Haircuts for broken damaged hair

Priscilla dyed her hair red before stripping it back to blonde.

Then, I had a brilliant idea to go to white. It was a terrible colour on me, and the stylist used 40 volume on my hair, damaging it worse then ever before. It lasted two days, and now I have a level 6 Ombré down to the blonde. The colour is much better, and once my roots grow out, I will continue the Ombré to my natural colour (level 4) so I don't have to dye my hair anymore. 

Haircuts for broken damaged hair

Priscilla's hair is now so damaged that it is breaking off. 

I have some breakage on the top of my head that is an inch long. I don't want to lose length if I don't have to, but I have no idea what will suit me for a shorter cut that can get rid of these ends. I want to grow my hair out again, so if I need to lose length to do so then I am okay with that. The bottom half of my hair isn't in that bad of condition, thankfully. 

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Let me know what you think. Thank you! — Priscilla

A: Priscilla, I'm glad you are having fun with the colour and are now taking a different direction—because your hair needed a break!

I like the bangs on you. They just need to be a little shorter, but not much:

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Taylor Swift at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

Longer bangs are sexier than shorter ones. 

For the rest of your hair, I would give it a nice shag:

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Dianna Agron at the 2011 Los Angeles premiere of 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.'

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

This will suit your face and make you look playful. It will also give you texture and flexibility in your look, and would help you grow out your hair, especially since you're going to have some natural colour coming in. 

You didn't ask about colour, but you would suit a gold tone with with some SOFT cinnamon lowlights going through.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2015 Los Angeles premiere of 'Mad Max: Fury Road.'

I would also moisturize very well with regular hair masks.