Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Cuts for Long Hair That Tangles Easily

How to make it more manageable.

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Q: Hi Billy! I have very long hair with layers that are completely grown out to a single length. I can't style my hair in anything but a ponytail, and it's too long for a bun. 

Maria's long, one-length hairstyle.

I hate the faded-out brown colour at the top, but the nearly black colour at the bottom won't fade at all. I can't decide if I should go lighter or darker. My biggest problem is that it is such a tangled mess, I can barely get my brush through it. I would really appreciate your help! — Maria

Maria finds her tangles impossible to manage.

A: Maria, when anyone's hair reaches this length and magnitude, it turns into a hair blanket. Not a bad look if you cherish it and treat it well…

My first course of action for you would be to cut a lot of layers into your long hair. This will cut off all the dark ends and re-balance your hair for a more modern look. 

Mila Kunis at the 2012 premiere of 'Ted.'

I would also add a thicker bang into the mix. Doing all of this will diffuse the weight of the hair. 

Shailene Woodley at the 2009 Power of Youth event.

This will allow to your hair to fall where it wants to, instead of being a part of a mass—so less tangling. The layers will also help make buns and ponies more interesting.

Long, layered hairstyle with bangs.

With your skin and eye colour, I feel that you look great with most colours. This choice is with your own colour as a base and adding rich chocolate lowlights:

Jennifer Love Hewitt at the 2004 premiere of 'The Spongebob SquarePants Movie'.

The depth will show off your new layers. I have a feeling that this shade of colour, length of the cut and the side part and fringe would be a super-fresh spring look for you. Framed like this, your eyes will pop this...

I also like the makeup choices in the photos for both of the new hair colours.


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

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