The Best Wash and Wear Cuts for Wavy Hair

Longer is actually lower-maintenance.
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Longer is actually lower-maintenance.
The best wash and wear cuts for wavy hair

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Q: I want a cut that is low-maintenance, and can be wash and wear when I need it to be. 

I have fine hair but there is a lot of it. It's in pretty good condition, not overly heat-damaged. It is lighter at the ends from old foils and natural bleaching. This photo shows my current hair—pretty much how it dries naturally. 

Hair consultation - Stefanie

Stefanie wants a wash and wear cut for her long, fine hair.

Although it tangles a bit when it's this long, I don't like using leave-in conditioners all the time. They weigh it down and I have sensitive skin that breaks out on my shoulders and back when I use too many hair products.

It has a little bit of natural movement, but my main challenges are keeping body and movement, and smoothing it without weighing down the fine strands. I'd also like to gain height at the crown. Many thanks for your advice! — Stefanie

A: Stefanie, please grow your beautiful hair as long as you can with very long layers. 

Miranda Kerr, Victoria's Secret Heavenly launch, 2008

Miranda Kerr at the 2008 launch of Victoria's Secret Heavenly.

The fluidity is lovely with the longer, layered length; sometimes shorter layers clump and lose their flow.

Adding volume to your crown is always a smoke and mirrors solution. A subtle adjustment will trick the eye. Take your part from an off-centre parting to a centre parting at the crown. This will redistribute the hair for balance on both sides of your crown, which will give you the most fullness.

Katie Holmes, Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl's event, 2012

Katie Holmes at the Narciso Rodriguez for Kohl's event in 2012.

Next would be a bit of backcombing for additional lift.

Reese Witherspoon, Golden Globes 2012

Reese Witherspoon at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Thinner ends adds a nice taper to a long style, as there are very few details—besides texture, colour and shape—to define a long hairstyle.

Penelope Cruz, Nine premiere, 2009

Penélope Cruz at the 2009 premiere of 'Nine.'

I would use a wand to smooth the hair around your face. A little frizz is cool for a younger person like yourself. I would use this model as your guide.

Long layered wavy hair

Long, layered, wavy hair.

These are the tones of colour I see for you!

Ariadne Artiles hair colour

Ariadne Artiles' warm hair colour.


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.