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How to Deal with Fine, Flat Hair

Make the most of it with these adjustments.

Welcome to our Hair Consultation column. To request an online hair consultation from celebrity hairstylist Bill Angst, follow the instructions here.

A: As you can see, my hair is pretty fine, straight, thin and all the other adjectives that define "lifeless." That's why I followed Michelle's advice and stopped layering it, so now I just trim it with a mechanical razor, and it does look fuller.

Bárbara has fine, straight hair and wants her face to look less full.

On the colour subject, I've had highlights, dyed my hair brunette, and then strawberry blonde, and had lowlights. I'm currently sporting a subtle Ombré achieved via some salon lowlights to mix with my roots, and a homemade lightening of the tips. (And lazy upkeep of the rest of the hair with the excuse that it ought to "rest" because I'm finding more and more hair in my brush.)

So my main challenge is to make my face look less full. My other problem is that I struggle to attain volume, and on the rare occasions that I do, it is usually by back-combing and I'm left with coarser hair. Thanks Michelle for this opportunity! — Bárbara

A: Bárbara, thank you for requesting a consultation. Great description of your hair issues...

Nope, no volume in your hair. You must own your pretty flat hair and make a few adjustments to it.

Moving the part around is your best friend—from low and deep to off-centre.

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Make your colour gorgeous. Filling your ends with colour will help revive them and you will not need to cut as much.

This is the hair colour I have chosen for you:

Kate Mara at the 2013 New York premiere of 'Side Effects.'

Bill's suggested hair colour for Bárbara.

Curling with a wand or curling iron just on the ends will add interest.

Fine hair with curled ends.

Clean-cut ends and shiny hair are a girl's bestest friends.


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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