Q: I have had the same hairstyle for years now. I am seriously contemplating a change, but am rather hesitant because my hair is so thin. (It may even be fine—there's just not much to it!)
I love big, "Afro"-type hairstyles, and wish I could sport one on my own, but I haven't been able to since I was a child.
I only wash my hair one or two times a week, and I am really not interested in having to spend any more than five minutes on my hair. I normally wet it, put my head upside down to towel-dry, and walk out the door. Please help! — Nadine
A: Nadine, I would also love me a big 'fro!
The ends of your hair have been around for a long time, as curly hair takes twice as long as straighter hair to grow.
The best bet for you would be to bring up the length of your hair, so it will look thicker and be able to curl better.
Let's start with this length:
With a deep side part, this should work really well with your natural curl.
Here is another example of a side-parted style, but slightly longer, just past the collarbones:
It has been artificially curled, but look beyond that and focus on the shape.
A bob would look super-fresh because it would be cut up to where your hair is the curliest:
Both a centre part and a side part would work well with this shape on you.
Also consider a soft, curly fringe with either the longer length or the bob:
With your longer face shape, this will help to create the illusion of width and fullness.
If you're open to a more dramatic change, this shorter cut is an option:
It would need to be combed smooth, then left to dry completely before touching it.
I would suggest a styling cream (try Oribe Crème for Style) to help hold and separate your curls.
As for colouring your hair, most folks think that it will add more body. In your case, my suggestion is to leave it alone, as the damage may cause your hair to become even thinner.