The Best Cuts for Fine, Wavy Hair With Damage

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From casual to glam.
The best cuts for fine, wavy hair with damage

Welcome to our Ask Beautyeditor column, where our experts answer your hair, skin and makeup questions. To request an online hair consultation from celebrity hairstylist Bill Angst:

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  • Briefly describe your hair texture, colour and main hair challenges.

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Q: Help! I'm a Canadian hair chameleon stuck in small-town USA who can't find her Life Cut. I'm in desperate need of help, with no access to a high-end salon. 

Hair consultation - Ashley

Ashley's natural hair texture after washing and blow-drying.

After many years of dyeing, cutting and growing my hair, it has finally said, "Enough!" The last salon I went to destroyed my hair. Luckily, it was Ombré-style, so I have a lot of healthy growth coming in. 

Right now, I have ashy roots (with some lovely curly white hairs) and the brassy Ombré highlights are growing out. The texture is terribly frizzy and dry on the highlighted parts, with the new growth appearing shiny and smooth. My hair is fine, although stylists kindly tell me there's lots of it. 

Hair consultation - Ashley

Ashley's hair after curling it.

I have a long, skinny nose and an underbite, so I'm trying to find a cut that doesn't make my face look any longer. Shaggy cuts tend to look horrible on me, and my hair prefers a side part. I also have a big cowlick and a widow's peak, in case I didn't have enough problems...

Hair consultation - Ashley

Ashley's hair is damaged from having brassy Ombré highlights.

I'd love something lived-in and relaxed without being shaggy or super-sleek. My hair holds styles easily, so I'm willing to spend a few minutes with a curling iron or blowdryer. I love me some bang, but my previous attempts have been pretty terrible.

Help me! I just can't handle this terrible look anymore. What's my Life Cut? — Ashley

Hair consultation - Ashley

Ashley wants a relaxed cut that suits her face shape and fine, wavy hair.

A: Ashley, I hope this is not too late… I do the consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. The list is long and I am so grateful that it is.

Here is a style very similar to yours that I quite like:

Ashley Greene, Wish I Was Here New York premiere, 2014

Ashley Greene at the 2014 New York premiere of 'Wish I Was Here'.

I think a richer, slightly darker colour would be wonderful on you. This will help with the wiry strands, giving them colour and filling in your ends to bring back shine.

Olivia Palermo brown waves

Olivia Palermo's rich brunette waves.

This is the length I have in mind for you:

Sienna Miller, Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014

Sienna Miller at the 2014 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

You could wear it in any of these three styles. Above, for more edge. 

Soft and casual:

Jennifer Lawrence, Serena London premiere, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2016 London premiere of 'Serena'.


Dianna Agron, Met Gala 2012

Dianna Agron at the 2012 Met Gala.

Having it slightly (and I mean slightly) shorter in the back will make it more modern.

This is more of a plain utilitarian cut, which is super-classic—you can't go wrong.

Wavy bob

Wavy blonde bob.

I hope this finds you well.


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.