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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Hairstyles for Thin, Curly Hair and a High Forehead

From shags to bobs.
Hairstyles for thin curly hair

Welcome to our Hair Consultations column. Bill Angst is a celebrity hairstylist and the owner of Angst Hair in Toronto, Canada. To request an online hair consultation, follow the instructions here.

Q: Hello Bill! I'm looking for a hairstyle for my fine, thin, naturally curly hair that would allow me to wear it down instead of up in a bun.

Hairstyles for thin curly hair

Allison's fine, curly hair looks limp and sparse when she wears it down.

My hair is so fine that it gets oily and weighed down, forcing me to wash it every two days (at least). I always let it air-dry after finger-combing and scrunching to add body, and to keep the curls as intact as possible. 

However, rarely does my hair dry in such a way that I can leave it down. My hair is constantly falling out due to stress, and it it is so limp, sparse and poufy that most days I just pin it up in a low bun. 

Hairstyles for thin curly hair

Allison usually wears her hair in a low bun.

I let my waves add texture and height to my crown, and pull out some pieces around my bangs and ears to give it a softer look. It works, sort of—but I would like to find a style that is less blah and mousy. 

If I keep my hair at this length, I want to be able to wear it down more often. If I go shorter, I want to make sure the cut suits my face shape. As you can see, I have a high forehead, which I don't necessarily feel like I need to hide, but I would like to find a style that flatters me and looks sophisticated. 

Hairstyles for thin curly hair

Allison wants a haircut that flatters her high forehead.

I am open to any ideas, from helpful products to new styling techniques to a super-short cut. My hair grows extremely slowly, so a long style isn't really an option.

Thank you so much for your time! I find all of your hair consults to be spot on. — Allison

A: Allison, thank you for your request for a consultation. Fine hair is very pretty when handled properly, and I think you have a good grasp of what works well with yours.

Here is a wispy shag that would be a great shape for you. You can just let it fall flat and into your waves. Your current air-drying technique will work perfectly with this style.

Jessica Alba Valentine's Day Los Angeles premiere 2010

Jessica Alba at the 2010 Los Angeles premiere of 'Valentine's Day.'

You could also touch up your hair with a curling iron for an even curlier look. 

Alison Brie AFI Fest 2017

Alison Brie at AFI Fest 2017.

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Note the long bangs, which are ideal for a high forehead and can create the illusion of fuller hair. They will also help to frame your face when you do want to wear your hair up.

But I have to say, my favourite style for your hair type is a classic chin-length bob. 

Alexis Bledel Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Awards 2004

Alexis Bledel at the 2004 Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Guild Awards.

Even though there are no bangs, bringing up the length will work in the same way to visually shorten your forehead, especially if you part your hair on the side.

Alison Brie Glow Los Angeles premiere 2017

Alison Brie at the 2017 Los Angeles premiere of 'Glow.'

I would also encourage you to play around with your part. Flipping your hair to the opposite side of where it naturally wants to part will give you more volume, while parting your hair down the middle will give you an edgier look.

Lily Collins Saint Laurent at the Palladium 2016

Lily Collins at Saint Laurent at the Palladium in 2016.

If you want to go even shorter, here is a cut that will suit your hair texture and face shape.

Nora Zehetner Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party 2008

Nora Zehetner at the 2008 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party.

It can be worn forward like it's styled here, or off your face completely, and will work well with your wave.

In terms of products, a molding paste like KMS Hairplay Molding Paste would be a great product for your hair.

KMS Hairplay Molding Paste

KMS Hairplay Molding Paste

When you want to wear your hair curly or wavy, I would apply it to wet hair. When you want to wear your hair straight, apply it on dry hair.

But use it sparingly, because too much will make your hair heavy. Also make sure you thoroughly emulsify it in your hands before applying.

I hope this gives you a new direction for your hair, Allison.


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