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The Best Wavy Cuts to Elongate Your Face

A narrow style is the answer.
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The best wavy cuts to elongate your face

Welcome to our Hair Consultation column. To request an online hair consultation from celebrity hairstylist Bill Angst, follow the instructions here.

Q: I discovered you through Pinterest, and I'm hooked on your blog! I'm so tired of my hair. It's between short and medium in length; flat and straight on the top; and wavy on the bottom. VERY wavy... crazy, curly wavy! 

Hair consultation - Bonnie

Bonnie wants a more youthful-looking, "wash and wear" hairstyle.

I just turned 50, and have put on some weight (that, like everyone else, I hope to take off!), and I colour my hair because I'm not ready to let the grey show through yet. My real colour is just a tad bit lighter than this.

I really like a wash and wear style, since I don't like spending a lot of time on my hair in the mornings, and I'm not very good at styling. I would like something not too much shorter, but that will elongate my face, and not make me look so old, or so heavy. HELP! — Bonnie

A: Bonnie, thank you for submitting your consultation request. I am excited to help with your style shift. 

A longer length with a more narrow, lean shape would be amazing.

Mandy Moore, Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards, 2005

Mandy Moore at the 2005 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

Mandy Moore, Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards, 2005

Mandy Moore at the 2005 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

With this look, the accent on the side part opens up the forehead with less of a sweep in the fringe. 

The lighter colour also might be better with this longer length.

Some volume at the crown will add a three-dimensional quality to your head shape and enhance the style. 

Elisabeth Moss, Peace Over Violence Humanitarian Awards 2012

Elisabeth Moss at the 2012 Peace Over Violence Humanitarian Awards.

A great start for styling would be molding paste on wet hair, then combed into place with a fine-tooth comb. Only when dry, loosen up the hair with your fingers.

May I suggest a pair of glasses that do not hide your lovely cheeks… and maybe some blush?

I also feel a shorter look is an equally valid option for your future of style try-ons.

With this shorter option, you could have the curly parts cut short and your straight bits left longer on the top.

Mariska Hargitay, Emmys 2007

Mariska Hargitay at the 2007 Emmys.

With a more side-swept look and the rich tones in this colour, you will be good to go.

To sum up: lip gloss, blush, highlights and a narrow cut.


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.