Ask Tony Chaar: What is the best haircut for straight hair?

Leighton Meester - The Roommate premiere

The question

Lauren writes:

For straight, fine hair, what kind of haircut should I be asking my hairstylist for? Do I need a few shorter layers? A few longer layers? Any texturizing?

The answer

Tony Chaar’s advice:

Well, it’s a big question since one of my specialties is fine hair.

If you have long, straight hair then I would definitely put some long layers in. The layers have to be almost choppy so that when they lay down with the rest of the hair they look strong, with movement—not thin and wispy. Fine hair loves to feel thicker and stronger.

Definitely no texturizing because texturizing on fine hair will make fine hair finer. So you have to go the opposite route.

If you have shoulder-length hair, then you go choppier, messier, sexier. Fine hair will feel very alive!

Tony Chaar is a Toronto-based hairstylist who has worked with celebrities such as Coco Rocha, Freida Pinto, LeeLee Sobieski and Kim Cattrall. Visit his salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto or call 416-920-9965. On the web, find him on FacebookTwitter or at

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Saturday, March 2/2013 at 11:11 pm

So layers now? I thought the advice at beautyeditor for fine hair was no layers…..Michelle, can you clarify? I’m currently trying to grow my hair into a blunt cut long bob, all one length.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 4:25 pm

Ha! I was waiting for someone to pick up on this. I don’t think Tony’s views are that far off from mine—although he has never cut my hair (just colour) and I think I probably prefer blunter ends than he does.

But the key point is that they have to be LONG layers if you’re going to do layering. Like the ones in the photo of Leighton. The shortest layers are still past her shoulders and they are cut sorta chunky not wispy. If your layers are shorter than that I think it makes straight hair look way too thin.

Does that make sense? Bill Angst (who cuts my hair) is more into the all-one-length blunt cut… but I would trust both guys. :)


Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Michelle!


Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 10:23 am

Yes, I’d like some clarification on that as well! I have shoulder-length straight, fine hair and no layers. I like the idea of movement though.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Tuesday, March 5/2013 at 4:26 pm

See above – does that help? I will ask Bill about the movement thing.


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