Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

New Hair Cut for Long Multi-Tonal Hair

Q: Hi. I am sixteen. I desperately need a new hair cut but I have no idea of what to do with it! My hair's pretty long right now--it reaches to my lower back--and it's rather curly. Also, I dyed it mahogany a while ago, and then "temporary" black over that (even though it never washed out). So now I have multi-tonal hair--black with brown on top and a lot of red highlights. I don't want to try and dye over it anymore, and I don't really feel like waiting for it all to grow out, so I need a haircut.
I was thinking about getting it cut up to my shoulders and layering it, but the problem with that is that, since it's curly and there's no way I have time to straighten it every day, it might look pretty stupid like that. My hair usually doesn't look good unless I straighten it or put gel in it, and I don't even do that all the time, anyway. So I was wondering if you knew of any semi-low-maintenance, but stylish hairstyles that could work for my type of hair. Also, I have an oval-ish face and my nose is my bad feature--I don't know if that helps. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm kind of having a hair crisis right now and I'd really appreciate any help!

A: Well, I can certainly understand your dilemma, and as much as I'd like to be able to say, "You should go and get THIS haircut", I simply can't. There's so much more to determining a flattering hairstyle for someone than just that they have long and curly hair and that the face is oval(ish) with the nose as the "bad" feature. You also have to take into account things like body type, feature balance, hair texture, hair density, growth patterns, wave pattern (how curly is your hair?) etc.
That being said, you do have the benefit that an "oval(ish) face" will make it more likely that most cuts will work for you.
My best suggestion is to speak with the stylist who will perform the haircut for you. A good stylist can work with your hair's natural curl to create a flattering style. He or she should be able to give you a style that you can just add some product to and either dry it with a diffused blow-dryer, or run your fingers through and let it air dry, ready to face the day.
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