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How to Work with the Bend in Your Hair

Two words: Long layers.
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Q: I've struggled to figure out a shape that suits my features and proportions, as I'm a head above the crowd at six feet tall. My hair is fine and prone to major frizziness. It's mostly straight, but I've been told it has a "bend." I've also been growing out my hair for about two years from a very short cut that I thought looked great, but just wasn't me. 

Heather wants a hairstyle that suits her features.

I'm not quite sure what my natural colour is (since I've been dyeing it for years); last winter I dyed it very dark in an attempt to match my roots, but now I think the colour is too harsh for me. Right after I got it done, the darkness was so shocking against my skin tone that I went back and got some highlights, which you can see in the picture.

Thank you SO much for giving this great advice! I have felt like I've had no direction with my hair since starting to grow it out, and this is an amazing offer. — Heather

A: Heather, I'm 6'6", so I really get the height thing.

This is how I see your colour:

Lily Aldridge's highlighted brown hair.

These caramel highlights will work with your dark hair. Placement is crucial in the front and crown; try to do peekaboo highlights from underneath. This way, you will have fewer roots and more highlights at the ends for a subtle Ombré effect. It will be a great summer colour with your new cut.

So I hunted down this longer cut:

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From The Skincare Edit Archives

Kristen Bell at the 2008 premiere of 'Baby Mama'.

What I am seeing here is that both the cheeks and the eyes are exposed. This soft, side-swept bang will open your eye up and frame it as well.

There is another layer below the eye that frames the cheek, only on one side of the head. The other side should remain longer, with the all the ends lightly layered. This will help promote the bend you have in your hair. 

Kristen Bell at the 2008 premiere of 'Baby Mama'.

The longer your hair gets, the more movement you should have naturally.

Sienna Miller at the 2010 opening of House of Esquire opening.

Now for your hair up... please note the part!

Cameron Diaz's ponytail.

Also check out Michelle's teasing story. This will help add texture and control for your new approach to your hair.


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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