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The Best Cuts for Straight Hair and Round Faces

Don't even think about getting bangs.
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Q: My challenges are that my hair is pretty blah—especially in the front—and overall, lacks volume. I have long, fine, straight, black (now re-virginized!) hair. 

Samira wants a low-maintenance hairstyle that suits her round face.

I'm pretty busy with a new baby and residency. Lately I haven't even been blow-drying anymore in an attempt to maximize my sleep-in time in the mornings. As a result, I've mostly been wearing my hair in a boring low ponytail.

I had a failed experiment with bangs that made my already round face look comical. Can you suggest a style that would suit the shape of my face and is fairly low-maintenance? — Samira

A: Samira, you are a classic beauty and your hair is stunning as is. 

I agree that bangs would be a big mistake. Your side part is the best way to work with your hairline.

There are a couple of things I would like to see on you. 

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Let's start with a shorter cut. In your description of your hair, you said it is straight and fine. A ponytail should be a proud pony with crisp ends. This length will do just that, giving you a more polished look. 

Thandie Newton at the 2009 premiere of '2012.'

The line of this cut is slightly shorter in the back than the front, which gives it a modern cachet.

Leigh Lezark at a 2009 Chanel fine jewellery event.

That said, I am a big fan of the length of your hair now. You could keep the length and add a long, side-swept fringe and layer away from your face. This would freshen up your current look and you'd still be able to put it in a pony.

Minka Kelly at Los Angeles Fashion Week in 2008.

In regards to colouring your hair, I would leave it alone—it has incredible shine. I feel this is the perfect accessory for any person to own.


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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