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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Cuts for Hair That’s Both Straight and Curly

Help for hair with multiple textures.
Straight and curly hair

Q: Hi, my name is Taylor and I'm currently living in Georgia as a college student. My hair is very fine, frizzy, and a mixture of wavy, curly and straight.

Taylor's hair is a mix of wavy, curly and straight textures.

I don't ever blow-dry my hair or brush it, because it turns into one giant ball of puff. I very rarely straighten my hair, because I'm scared the damage will make the frizz worse, although I do like my hair straightened and use heat protection each time I do. 

Taylor's hair becomes frizzy when she uses a brush or blowdryer.

My question is—what haircut would be best for my face shape and hair texture? Should I keep it long, or go for something shorter? Thank you! — Taylor

A: Taylor, thank you for your consultation request. First and foremost, you have very lovely hair and a beautiful colour.

I mostly look at how to keep hair as healthy as possible, so I really appreciate your hands-off approach when it comes to straightening your hair.

If you want to wear your hair straight, I would consider a style and shape like this:

Olivia Wilde Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2018

Olivia Wilde at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

With this length, go ahead and straighten it because the damage you would cause would not take too long to correct. This cut would show off your lovely long neck as well.

If you want to keep your hair long, I would suggest a few subtle layers to free up your ends, to get some fluidity and movement.

Elle Macpherson Rodial Beautiful Awards 2012

Elle Macpherson at the 2012 Rodial Beautiful Awards.

At this length, instead of straightening, I would rather see you go with your natural texture. 

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Adding a wave to the straight sections with a curling iron will be less stressful for your hair:

Kate Hudson You, Me and Dupree Los Angeles premiere 2006

Kate Hudson at the 2006 Los Angeles premiere of 'You, Me and Dupree.'

Pulling it half back and/or changing up your part will add some extra character:

Julianne Hough Netflix Wizard of Oz Concert 2009

Julianne Hough at the 2009 Netflix Wizard of Oz Concert.

You could also smooth it out and add back a subtle wave with a wand or curling iron:

Amanda Seyfried Big Love Season 3 premiere 2009

Amanda Seyfried at the 2009 Season 3 premiere of 'Big Love.'

This length and texture would look great as well:

Miley Cyrus MuchMusic Video Awards 2010

Miley Cyrus at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards.

Adding a bit of molding paste to your ends on wet hair will help achieve this look. I like KMS Hairplay Molding Paste.

KMS Hairplay Molding Paste

KMS Hairplay Molding Paste

You also need to not wash your hair as much or over-condition the ends. Use your fingers at all times with curls and waves—stay away from a comb or brush. 

I also think these bangs would be super-sweet on you:

Taylor Swift American Music Awards 2013

Taylor Swift at the 2013 American Music Awards.

Georgia May Jagger Thomas Sabo party 2016

Georgia May Jagger at a 2016 Thomas Sabo party.


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