Q: Hello, I would really like to participate in the hair consultation. I have a lot of hair. Currently, it is not dyed—it's a cool, ashy light brown, and I get a few wiry white hairs.
My natural texture is thick, dense, coarse and wavy, but I chemically straighten it (Japanese thermal reconditioning).
I've had the same style for a while and would like a little change. I'm especially interested in a new colour, maybe something that would pump it up a notch. Thanks very much! — Andrea
A: Andrea, if I sound like a downer, sorry in advance... I am going to tell you the same thing I tell everyone who has really gorgeous hair:
Leave it alone!
The depth of your natural colour is beyond beautiful. That could never come out of a bottle.
The length and shine of your hair is hair commercial-worthy.
Okay, I've said my piece… now on to the fun stuff!
This cut has the perfect amount of layering and the perfect length of layers:
You will have more versatility to wear it straight or in waves, with an off-centre part or a side part:
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These warm highlights would work with your base colour as well.
Here is a similar cut worn straight with a flatter side-swept bang:
This darker, glossy colour would also be stunning with your blue eyes. When you go lighter, you get more damage. Darker, way less damage. Something to keep in mind.
A lower-commitment colour would be to lighten the ends and underneath, with a few highlights from the eyebrows down:
This length and super-soft amount of layering can handle any part.
If long layers are not for you, then this bob would be super-cool with your natural colour:
Add these highlights and you have an edgier look:
Still pretty, but a bit more sultry.
Have fun exploring your new look!