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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Low-Maintenance Haircuts That Don’t Require Styling

All one length is the way to go.
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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, I love the site and really enjoy reading your excellent advice. I would love to get your opinion on my hair. My top priority is to look good, of course, but equally I want minimum fuss. I want a style that I never have to style.

I hope these pictures can give you an idea of my texture and issues (including an odd-shaped Slavic face). My style is mostly andro-minimalist. I like to be able to tie my hair back, and I dislike anything that looks too "done" or fussy, including fancy curls. 

I didn't feel comfortable with the shorter hair I had here, but I did have a successful bob at one point, with a long front and a short back.

Low maintenance haircuts

Julia is looking for a low-maintenance haircut that doesn't look too "done."

My hair is fine, but prone to developing frizz and some volume/waves. If I don't use conditioner, it can go '80s. It's generally on the dry side, but quickly gets oily at the top, so I wash it daily. I do not own a hairdryer, and go out with wet or naturally-dried hair, even in winter.

Low maintenance haircuts

Julia's hair is fine and frizz-prone. 

I do not want to dye it at the moment, although I would love to hear your suggestions for what colour might suit me in the future.

I just can't deal with the idea of having to style my hair right now, so would welcome your ideas on how to make it look better while keeping it looking "natural." Thanks! — Julia

A: Julia, thank you for sending along your request for a consultation. As far as your current hairstyle goes, I think that you are doing the best you can do with your longer hair.

With fine, frizz-prone textures like yours, all one length is the way to go. Layers would thin out your ends and make your hair look too skinny.

The simplest update for you would to be to crisp up your ends with a blunt trim, still leaving it long enough to put in a ponytail.

Lily Collins We Day 2017

Lily Collins at WE Day 2017.

Removing some of the length will also help to encourage your natural wave, especially if you leave it to air-dry.

Here is a slightly shorter version with more of that natural texture.

Rachel Weisz The Mercy London premiere 2018

Rachel Weisz at the 2018 London premiere of 'The Mercy.'

Don't forget that you can also change up your look by flipping around your part.

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Selena Gomez WE Day 2017

Selena Gomez at WE Day 2017.

Another way you can wear your hair at this length is sleek and behind both ears. 

Emilia Clarke Refugee exhibit opening 2016

Emilia Clarke at the 2016 opening of the 'Refugee' exhibit.

You would just need to be comb it into place while wet, using a bit of styling gel for hold.

I know you said that you like being able to tie your hair back, but I couldn't resist showing you a few shorter options for a stronger style.

This one would really free up your waves, and will work on its own with next to no styling.

Ginnifer Goodwin Genesis Awards 2009

Ginnifer Goodwin at the 2009 Genesis Awards.

Here is the same cut, but worn a little looser, with the ends flipping out.

Ginnifer Goodwin Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala 2009

Ginnifer Goodwin at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera 125th Anniversary Gala.

And here is a wavier version that you could achieve with a little scrunching.

Ginnifer Goodwin CMA Awards 2011

Ginnifer Goodwin at the 2011 CMA Awards.

Then there is this chic bob, which will also compliment your face shape.

Katie Holmes Hairspray New York City premiere 2007

Katie Holmes at the 2007 New York City premiere of 'Hairspray.'

Notice how it's tapered, with the front longer than the back and piecey ends that you can play with.

As for your colour, I like the shade you have now. If you do decide to change it in the future, I would definitely keep your hair dark. Brown hair shows off your gorgeous skin and makes your eyes pop.

That said, many women like to try lighter hair at least once, so this is how you could pull it off with your colouring.

Olivia Wilde Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala 2012

Olivia Wilde at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

Be sure to keep your roots and brows natural, but paint in warm caramel pieces through the ends.


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