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The Best Bobs for Wavy Hair

Embrace your natural volume and texture.
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Q: Big fan of the blog here! My question is mostly about hair length. I have naturally coarse, frizzy, wavy/curly hair. I've been getting keratin treatments for a few years now, so the texture is smoother than it would be otherwise, but I still find myself relying on salon blowouts to keep it under control (especially because it's nearly waist-length). 

Yohanca relies on salon blowouts and wants a shorter cut that is easier to manage.

I absolutely hate blowing out my own hair—it's exhausting and I can never seem to get it right. I dream of having wash-and-go hair, but I'm not sure what length would be best for that.

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about cutting my hair. My instinct is to not go shorter than clavicle-length or shoulder-length because I'm tall and curvy (and also because my hair would definitely balloon up if it didn't have some weight/length to bring it down). Plus, I've heard that short hair is very high-maintenance. 

I'd love to hear your expert opinion about the ideal haircut and hair colour. Is going short crazy for me? Thanks in advance! — Yohanca

A: Yohanca, the job of a hairdresser is to listen to the client and help guide them through the decision-making process of such a dramatic change.

Are you crazy thinking short hair? No, you are not!

Here is the cut of all cuts that would work with all of your issues. The layers would give your new style volume and make use of your waves:

Christina Hendricks in FLARE magazine.

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Christina Hendricks at the 2011 Emmy Awards.

For styling a cut like this, I would recommend letting it dry by itself to get volume and texture. Then put in large hot rollers with chunky sections to get the movement.

Back in the day, when there was a bouffant movement, hairstylists originally started thinning the ends of the hair to wrap around rollers more easily than blunt ends would. When the ends are too structured, they tend to pop out of the roller more easily while you're trying to put them in. 

In recent years, the grunge movement has brought back the bouffant in a new way. So we're back to where we started and yes, a bouffant for you—that would take complete advantage of your luscious locks.

Here is another version of a similar cut:

Wavy brunette bob.

To achieve this variation, use smaller rollers at your nape to shrink the length.

Keira Knightley at the 2011 National Board of Review Awards.

For colour, adding another dimension to your colour will take away from the visual volume of your hair. I would like to see one lighter highlight added to the colour in your picture.


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.