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How to Give Thick, Brown Hair a New Look

Say goodbye to your hair rut.
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Q: I am 5'4" and curvy, with long, very thick and frizzy, dark brown hair. I have wanted it long for many years, but lately, I am becoming tired of how difficult it is to dry and style. 

Eve wants a change, but isn't sure what would suit her thick, frizzy brown hair.

I'm basically feeling like I am stuck in a huge hair rut. 

I was considering a shorter style, possibly with some colour in it, but I am completely clueless as to what would suit me. Please help! — Eve

A: Eve, your hair is glorious and with those big blue eyes that you are blessed with, you don't need a thing.

Here is a non-committal colour option that, if you were to make a change, could satisfy your quest for the new. You might want to know that small changes satisfy the same hair pleasure centre as crazy-ass changes...

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Medium brown hair colour.

I think the volume and smoother style is an appropriate shift for you.

Mark my words, when your hair type is cut short, you need to put more effort into it than when it is long. 

Here are two length options that would work for you:

Mandy Moore at a Peter Alexander store opening in 2008.

Cameron Diaz with mid-length hair and side-swept bangs.

I cannot see your hairline or part, so these styles are based on my guesstimation. 


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Salon at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.

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