Ever wish you had your own personal hairstylist at your beck and call, ready to offer expertise on all your pressing hair dilemmas? We did, too, hence our Ask a Hairstylist series featuring celebrity hair guru Mark Townsend. (He’s responsible for the Olsens’ iconic tresses; coifs their younger sister, Elizabeth; and styles the strands of Dakota Johnson, Shay Mitchell, and others. Oh, and he’s Dove’s celebrity hair pro.) In this series, Townsend offers up the next best thing to a 24/7 hairstylist: a seasoned pro willing to answer all your burning (not literally… we hope) hair questions. For this month’s column, we posed him a question: What are the best types of haircuts for those of us with fine, stick-straight hair?
The grass is always greener on the other side—and that old adage is never truer than when it comes to hair texture. Wavy-haired girls envy the tresses of straight-haired women, and straight-haired ladies would kill for some of that curl pattern. The key is finding the perfect cut for your texture. You’d be surprised how the right snip can take you from dull, lifeless hair to off-duty-model tresses. Keep scrolling to see my tips!
If your hair is fine and straight, the greatest thing you can do is rock a blunt haircut. Excessive layers will only cause fine hair to look thinner, so resist the urge to get "choppy layers for movement." By keeping all the weight at the bottom, your locks will appear thicker and fuller in an instant.
This style works for manes of any length, but you may have to snip your locks to your layer point if you already have them. Blunt cuts look amazing straight, but don't be afraid to add some waves for a night out. Wands make curling your hair at home super easy, but be sure to leave your ends out for a modern feel.
Always top off your wavy look with generous amounts of dry shampoo (dry shampoo is the new hair spray, after all). I like to use Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo ($5) at the roots for fullness and Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo ($28) from the midshaft to ends for piecey-ness and shine.
A sleek and sophisticated bob works amazingly well on fine, straight hair. I love giving my fine-haired clients a bit of an A-line cut where the hair is snipped shorter in the back and has longer pieces in the front. By keeping some length around your face, you give yourself more options when it comes to updos and other styles.
Avoid any "stacking" in the back and keep this style fresh by going blunt. The 2016 reiteration of the bob is bangs-optional, but if you opt for them, go for a subtle fringe. Trying to create a heavy bang on fine, straight hair is a recipe for disaster.
When it comes to styling, a shiny, healthy bob is ideal. Start by applying Dove Style + Care Whipped Cream Mousse ($5) to your damp roots and add Dove Regenerative Oil in Serum ($6) from midshaft to ends. Then blow out your hair with a round Spornette Mixed Bristle Brush ($13). The result is a sleek and shiny look. If you feel like you need to use a flatiron once your hair is dry, use a heat-protectant spray like Oribe Royal Blowout ($68) before sparingly using the iron. Your unfried locks will thank you.
We've been seeing a lot of stars rocking gorgeous pixies lately, and this is an amazing option for women with fine, straight hair.
The 2016 pixie tends to be longer on the top and shorter in the back, and with this new cut, you'll be surprised by the amount of natural texture that comes from not having it weighed down.
I like to razor the ends for even more piecey-ness and a lived-in feel. Be sure to invest in a good styling paste, like Sally Hershberger's 24K Texturizing Paste ($40), when you make the chop.
This isn't a haircut tip, but having darker roots gives more dimension at your crown and actually gives the illusion of fullness.
You'd be surprised how many times I've actually added a darker root using Rita Hazan Root Concealer Spray ($25) to blondes on photo shoots.
The added benefit of not getting your highlights done so regularly is that you save your hair a lot of damage. Go ahead and let it grow!
Want to know the best cuts for girls who hate styling? Townsend can help with that, too.