Q I am 30 and have just taken on a managerial position. I have long, fine hair, an angular jawline and I visit the budget haircut shops for the occasional trim. I would like a new, low-maintenance hairstyle that suits my age, job and features. Any recommendations?
A The first thing you should consider, says Casey Chua, style director of Casey Inc in Palais Renaissance, is a shorter hairdo.
'Long, fine hair can look unkempt if it is not cut or managed well and it definitely does not look very professional for a managerial post,' he notes. One option is to go short around the nape but leave length in the crown 'so it looks like a feminine version of a more boyish style', he suggests.
This will look great with high collars, jackets and earrings, he adds.
If you feel self-conscious about your angular jawline, he recommends a chin-length layered cut with bangs - like Kate Moss' current cut (Photo 3).
'This way, your hair can be pulled back on a bad hair day and still look professional and fashionable.'
Don't skimp on finding a good hairstylist for your new cut - ask your friends with good haircuts for recommendations and make an appointment with your chosen stylist to talk about your grooming habits and lifestyle so that he can adapt the cut to your needs.
Haircare is important too. Chua recommends shampoo and conditioner that gives body, such as the Redken Body Full range (from $33). Using a styling product such as Redken #8 Contour shaping lotion ($32) before you dry your hair will also help to plump up fine hair.
This article was first published in Urban, The Straits Times on Dec 5, 2008.