Q: What Should I Do With My Straight, Medium-Brown Hair?

"My biggest problem is I am bored!" says Sarah.
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"My biggest problem is I am bored!" says Sarah.

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Hair consultation - Sarah M

Q: Hello Michelle and Bill!

My natural hair colour is ashy brown and I currently have a few highlights growing out. It's soft, very straight and fine, but I have lots of it. In the past, it has been blonde and long, but more recently, I cut it to around collarbone-length. I can curl it with the right products, but mostly blow-dry to try and create more volume.

My biggest problem is I am bored! If I wash and go, it dries stick-straight, but I don't mind a little maintenance with my hair. I'm sick of my medium brown; super-blonde was fun, but not really flattering to my skin. So I'm not sure where to go from here, which results in one too many ponytails throughout the week. I am willing to try new cuts and colours, but with all of the options, I'm completely overwhelmed. Any help would be greatly appreciated! — Sarah

A: Sarah, I'm seeing that cheeks and eyes are what need tending to here. You are most fortunate to be able to wear different hair colours, and here are a few options I feel are worth playing with.

A stronger colour and a geometric bang with long, loose layers—this will do the trick. Your eyes will pop and the bangs will add another style element to your pony.

Keira Knightley bangs, 2009

Here is a darker brown with caramel highlights, and more cheek exposed with the long, side-swept fringe. The shorter length will show off your shoulders and great posture as well.

Jessica Alba, Golden Globe Awards, 2006

I think blonde looks great, and if there is any blonde left in you… I would suggest a shoulder-length cut with really crisp ends. A simple bang with this colour will be the only detail you could use, as the colour stands out enough.

Naomi Watts blunt cut


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