Q: Hello, I've got awful, long hair. It is neither curly, nor straight, nor wavy. I've been dyeing it for eight years now, and it's pretty damaged.
My hair is fine (although it doesn't look sparse) with greasy roots and dry ends. Even if it looks fine after drying it, as soon as I go out, it becomes sloppy.
I would like a shorter cut, but everything I imagine looks like a nightmare with this hair. Do you think I should stop dyeing it? Could you suggest anything? I'm tall and have got a long and thin neck, but I'm not skinny—I have a pear body shape. Thanks — Mija
A: Mija, my first observation when I look at your photos is your hair colour.
There is nothing wrong with the colour—it's how it frames and suits your face. I'll use clothing as an example. If I wear brown against my skin tone, I look dull and not my best. But if I wear a white shirt between my skin and the brown garment, I look more radiant.
The two colours I am seeing here do not frame your face well or suit your skin tone. I would rather see you wear a deeper brown around your face, and any other colours you fancy on the ends for the drama. I like this severe look for you as well:
Here is a lighter brown that would also suit you, with no gold or red at the top, just a bit at the bottom:
This cut has skinny ends and a bit more volume at the top, which would make your hair more modern. Shaggy cuts and a messy texture are on the hair radar currently.
I am a fan of long thin necks; there is something really elegant about them. Here are a couple of shorter cuts that would suit you quite well, one with a fringe and one without:
Use a curling iron to add texture to the one with the fringe, and a flat iron to smoothen out your hair for the other cut. Using these appliances will help your style to last throughout the day.
If you want to keep your hair long, this non-committal fringe would work quite well with the shape of your face:
Now, to answer your question about whether or not you should colour your hair…
To me, that is always such a personal choice. If you are having fun and don't mind the damage, why not colour it?
Edgy hair often looks better with colour for texture or shine. For texture, use an ammonia-based hair colour and for shine, use a non-ammonia colour.
Then there is the feel of the hair. If you want soft hair for you or someone else to run their fingers through, then I would suggest staying au naturel.
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