Got fine hair? Not sure what to do with it? Check out these cool hairstyles for thin hair!
By Chere Di Boscio
If you have wispy baby hair as I do, you know very well that finding the best hairstyles for thin hair can be tough.
Whilst those blessed with thicker hair can pull off blunt cut bobs, Rapunzel waves and loads of layers, we finer-haired folk need to create the “illusion” of thicker hair.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do that.
The right haircut, great highlighting and using the right styling products can transform thin hair into a seemingly thick, voluminous mane. Stars like Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Dakota Johnson, Victoria Beckham, Angelina Jolie and others have thin hair, but they know how to rock it!
Use the right products for thin hair
First, let’s talk about products. You’ll need a good, all natural volumizing shampoo to begin with. These shampoos work by eliminating the pollution and product residue that can overload your hair, weighing it down and making it look stringy and even thinner. For best results, use a volumizing conditioner too. And once your hair is dry, spray in a hair volumizing product like this one.
Here’s a pro tip: go easy on the conditioner. Sure, conditioner is very beneficial for replenishing and restoring hair strands. And it’s a must for those with fine hair that’s prone to breakage. The trick? Applying the right amount of conditioner to the right part of the hair. So use it mainly on the tips. Slathering it on your scalp will just weigh your hair down.
Style it smart
When your hair is styled, if it’s thin it may have a tendency to fall flat fast, or to lose shape with even the tiniest bit of a breeze. To keep it in place, try an all natural hairspray like this.
Additionally, one of the best solutions to make thin hair look better is to chop off dead, fly-away ends. Lots of breakage can inhibit healthy hair from flourishing. Ask your hairdresser to cut your strands at an angle to speed up the growth.
Finally, the right haircut is just as important as how you style your hair and the products you use on it. Here are some seriously cool hairstyles for thin hair. There’s bound to be one that suits you!
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17 Cool Hairstyles for Thin Hair
1. Blunt Cut With Bangs
You might think that this hairstyle is impossible to pull off, but the truth is that wispy bangs can look like breakage and make the hair look even finer. Make a statement with your bangs and wear them thick – the blunter the better! This adds density and body to the front. Bangs also bring attention to the best feature of every woman’s face…the eyes.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Those with fine hair – but lots of it!
2. Layered Midi Cut
Not only is midi hair bang on trend, but it’s perfect for those with finer hair. The combination of layers and curtain bangs is guaranteed to give your hair a boost in volume! The layers will also give texture to your tresses. Want a quick way to upgrade your midi? Barbie blonde is a super fun, popular hair dye trend this season.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Those with rounder faces.
3. Blunt Bob
Various bobs are trending in the hair world this year, and all hair types can adopt a style to suit them, even blunter cuts. This style can be really flattering for fine hair as the blunter the cut, the denser your hair will appear to be at the bottom. This can create the illusion of thickness.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Those wanting to create the illusion of thicker hair
4. Beach Waves
If you’ve got fine hair, adding some simple waves could help to add the illusion of texture to your thin tresses. The layered waves will give your hair volume and it will look super pretty, too!
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Those with fine hair who want some natural volume; easy styling; lovers of grunge.
5. Choppy Pixie Cut
Pixie cuts are great for lots of hair types, but it’s especially good for those wanting a no-fuss haircut, which is perfect for thinner-haired ladies. Adding some choppy layers is great if you don’t want it super short, and some texturising products will give a little added height without weighing the hair down.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Everyone – if you’re brave enough!
6. Shag Cut
Bored with your hair and want to go for something cool and new? Shag styles are having a real moment and are perfect for those with less hair due to their messy nature. The shag often has choppy, uneven layers which frame the face, adding volume. Why not opt for a new, daring hair colour to really feel like a new woman?
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Women who love following hair trends. This one is bang on! (pardon the pun!)
7. Fluffy Ponytail
Want to wear your hair up? A fluffy ponytail can help to make your locks look fuller and bouncy! Gently backcomb your hair at the roots and gather up into a loose ponytail at the crown of your head and secure it with a scrunchie. You can add more texture by curling hair in thick chunks beforehand and pulling some strands loose so they frame the face.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Wearing every day, especially if you’re in a rush.
8. Short On The Sides With Volumised Roots
Feel tired of your long, lifeless tresses with thin hair ends that split and break within time? How about impressing everyone with a drastically short ‘do with curled locks at the roots? This haircut looks a bit hard to style and maintain. However, you can easily do it at home by using a curling iron and a volumizing mousse.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Those with longer faces.
9. Angled Lob
Angled lob hair is when you style grazes the shoulder but is slightly shorter in the back. This will add lots of body and natural shape to your hair, thus giving the illusion hair is way thicker than it really is. Adding some beach waves can add extra volume, too.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: All lengths can benefit from this style
10. Messy Topknot
Yoga bunnies of the world unite! The messy top knot has become something of a hipster classic. It’s easy to do, and is perfect for yoga class, gym days or just hanging out with friends at the weekend. If a few hairs framing your face fall free, all the better!
Tip: Got super thin hair? Buy a clip on messy bun and no one will even know it’s not your hair.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: All face shapes! And hot, sweaty activities.
11. See Through Bangs
Hair too fine for blunter bangs? You can still look stylish with some see through bangs. Wispy bangs are a huge trend this year and are super easy to maintain. They frame the face without the severity of blunter styles.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Those wanting some easily maintained bangs
12. Slicked Back Ponytail
When your hair is slicked back, it doesn’t really matter how thick or thin it is – what’s noticed is the front of your hairline surrounding your face. Pull it up into a high ponytail for a bit of everyday elegance, but if you want a sexier look, you can always add on a clip-on ponytail like this for some extra drama!
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Oblong or oval face shapes
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13. Boyish Cut
Having fine or thin hair will work perfectly with this cut. It’s cute, and easy to style. You can just wash it and go out without too much fuss. But if you want to avoid looking like, well, an actual boy, you might want to up your makeup game!
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Heart or diamond shaped faces
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14. Messy Top Knot
Yoga bunnies of the world unite! The messy top knot has become something of a hipster classic. It’s easy to do, and is perfect for yoga class, gym days or just hanging out with friends at the weekend. If a few hairs framing your face fall free, all the better.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: All face shapes; longer hair.
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15. Deep Side Part
A deep side part helps to give the top more volume and thus giving the style a look of more fullness. Tousled or textured hair also gives the look of more thickness instead of a sleek, straight style.
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Rounder face shapes.
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16. Wispy Front Layers With Highlights
Centre parts can really flatter oval and oblong faces. This is one of the simplest, most modern hairstyles for thin hair, and it offers symmetrical framing and long, loose waves slightly accentuated with balayage highlights – sweet and feminine!
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Longer face shapes; those with fine hair, but tons of it!
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17. Pixie Shag
What’s a pixie shag, I hear you asking? Well, apart from being one of the best hairstyles for thin hair ever, it’s basically choppy layers cut all round into your hair, but from the bottom of the earlobe upward. Tip: This works wonderfully well with highlights!
One of the best hairstyles for thin hair for: Quick styling. This style looks best messy.