The Best Cuts for Fine, Naturally Curly Hair

Well-placed layers are key.
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Well-placed layers are key.
The best cuts for naturally curly hair

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:

  • Email with “Bill Angst Hair Consultation” in the subject line.
  • Include at least TWO well-lit, hi-res photos of you (one close-up, one full-body).
  • Briefly describe your hair texture, colour and main hair challenges.

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Q: Hello Bill! I turn 30 this week, and I am in search of my "Life Cut." I have naturally curly/wavy, medium-brown hair that is thin in texture. 

Hair consultation - Sara

Sara is looking for her "Life Cut."

Since I have an 11-month-old baby girl, I have a very low-maintenance style and alternate between wearing it down, or throwing it up in a messy bun, and only occasionally opt for a blowout. 

Hair consultation - Sara

Sara rarely blow-dries her hair smooth.

I have dyed my hair since college—a medium reddish brown or strawberry blonde, which I think suits my colouring—but have since stopped the full colour, as it was starting to damage my curls too much. 

Hair consultation - Sara

Sara has fine, brown, curly-to-wavy hair that she dyes reddish-brown.

Perhaps just highlights or semi-permanents might be a healthier option? I have quite a few greys coming in, but I am trying to work with it. Thanks!

Hair consultation - Sara

Sara's dyed hair has been damaging her curls.

A: Sara, your hair looks great in all of the photos that you submitted. You have very pretty, versatile hair.

In my mind, a "Life Cut" is more for people with problem hair that is limited in its ability to change. Your hair is very easy to change, and you do not need a cut that defines you. You should be having fun with your pretty hair.

With properly placed layers, your natural curl will look amazing.

Miley Cyrus, MuchMusic Video Awards 2010

Miley Cyrus at the 2010 MuchMusic Video Awards.

Using a wand to add a bit of movement on naturally dried hair would be perfect.

Diane Kruger waves

Diane Kruger with textured waves.

I think this would be an incredible bang for you, with long layers:

Angelina Jolie, Salt London premiere, 2010

Angelina Jolie at the 2010 London premiere of 'Salt.'

If you are to keep your hair long, I would suggest a semi-permanent colour. Choose a lighter colour than your own. This will stain the white strands, add depth, and act as a highlight.

A short cut like this is a wonderful option:

Camilla Belle, Carolina Herrera boutique opening, 2013

Camilla Belle at a Carolina Herrera boutique opening in 2013.

If you do go short, I would go crazy for this look—dark roots and caramel highlights:

Wavy bob with highlights

Wavy bob with highlights.

Yes, this will dry out your hair, but who cares when it is this short.

Have fun and it can be cut out when you are tired of it.


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.