What is the Best Low-Maintenance Haircut For Me?

"I'm open to any and all suggestions."
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"I'm open to any and all suggestions."
Hair consultation - Clare (1)

Clare is looking for a hair change, and is open to anything.

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Q: Hi Bill! I am hoping you can give me some advice on a hair cut/style that would suit me. I have three different pictures. The first photo is what it looks like now (pulled up a little). 

The next pic is when I had side bangs, lots of layers and a longer length.

Hair consultation - Clare (2)

Clare's long, layered hair with side bangs.

My hair was even longer than that, but I shaved my head last April to donate my hair and raise awareness for women's cancer. So this pic is with my super-short hair growing back in:

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Clare after donating her hair to a cancer charity.

My hair is not coloured at all, and I have not even cut it since shaving my head. So I am pretty good going in any direction you want! I am kinda leaning towards cutting my hair short again. Ideally, I want a low-maintenance style. I also swim a couple times a week, so blow-drying my hair all the time is not the best option.

I'm open to any and all suggestions. Many thanks for your help! — Clare

A: Clare, you are such a chameleon. (And obviously gorgeous—I do not need to point that out, but wow!) I would like the opportunity to discuss all of your photos.

I'm loving the shorter hair on you, so here I have a slightly darker colour with a cut suited for your face.

Zoe McLellan, Hollyshorts Film Festival, 2008

Zoe McLellan at the 2008 Hollyshorts Film Festival.

As far as I am concerned, this is an ultimate goal for you, for a short hairstyle. The shape and colour scream so much fun to me—and great for swimming!

Short blonde hairstyle

Short blonde hair with long bangs.

For a longer length... I say yes to this darker shade with sprinkles of a lighter tone.

Long brown layered hair with highlights

Long brown layered hair with highlights.

For the half up, half down look... this looser version does the same thing, getting your hair off of your face.

Reese Witherspoon, Children's Defense Fund Awards, 2006

Reese Witherspoon at the 2006 Children's Defense Fund Awards.

Then I was thinking a whole new gig could be a strong bang to frame your eyes and heavy layers, for a different cachet.

Layered hair with bangs

Layered hair with bangs.

Your options are limitless… 


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.