9 Best Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Cheat your way to thick hair with hairstyles that make your locks look fuller. These hairstyles for thin hair won’t let you down.

Two words: volume and texture. These are the key to faking thick, vavavoom hair (well, hair extensions too, but we’re guessing you want to tone down the fake part a little bit). The problem with thin hair is that it tends to fall flat and look limp and totally uninspiring. The best hairstyles for thin hair are all about making the most of what you’ve got.

So what can you do? Simple. Styling your hair to thicken its appearance is the easiest solution to the problem. Here are hairstyles that effectively give the illusion of thickness so you get bouncy-looking, enviable locks. 

1. The side flip

Hairstyles for thin hair: Woman with long dark brown messy hair wearing a black halter dress
Create a deep side part to give the illusion of a fuller, thicker, hair. Credit: Shutterstock

The last thing you’d want to do is to part your hair right in the middle. This would state the obvious. Instead, create a deep side part using a tail comb. If you don’t have one, just use your fingers. You don’t have to create a perfect side part. Just flip all of your hair from one side to the other and voila! Say hello to thick and bouncy hair. 

2. Tousled hair

Hairstyles for thin hair: Asian woman with long dark tousled hair wearing a dark blue long-sleeved blouse
Thin hair benefits a lot from waves, so go on and make some.

If you have thin hair, your ultimate goal is texture, and this tousled look is all that and more. You can also create beach waves, which give your hair that much needed oomph. They breathe life to your strands, and because the waves are all over the place, it looks like there’s a lot going on underneath all the mess even if there’s really none.

Editor’s tip: Create long lasting beach waves by spritzing TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray on your hair. 

3. Messy bun

Hairstyles for thin hair: Closeup shot of an Asian girl wearing a striped long-sleeved shirt with dark hair in a messy bun
It’s always more fun with a messy bun.

Mess is a thin-haired girl’s best friend. You can’t really tell if it’s hair or air if there are small undone sections and whipped waves on the sides. If you love putting your hair up, a messy bun is your best friend. The mess conceals the fact that you have thin hair. With loose strands acting as tendrils, the focus will be on your pretty face. The messy bun is also a practical ‘do for busy days and a hairstyle that’s fit for commuting.

4. Curly side ponytail

Hairstyles for thin hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long black hair in curly side ponytail outdoors
A ponytail might make your hair look thinner, so go the extra mile and make it curly.

If you need to glam up for a special event like a daytime wedding or a birthday luncheon, let the curly ponytail be your go-to hairstyle. It’s chic and dainty, and the curls will help add volume to your hair. Make the side ponytail a little loose so your hair looks full.

Editor’s tip: Wash your hair with DOVE Oxygen and Nourishment Shampoo and DOVE Oxygen and Nourishment Conditioner. These products can help boost your natural hair volume by up to 95 percent. They also keep your hair soft, manageable, and healthy. 

5. Messy textured pixie cut

Hairstyles for thin hair: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with black messy textured pixie cut wearing dangling earrings and a white shirt
Create a messy textured pixie cut for an edgy, everyday look.

Who says you can’t have short hair when your locks are thin? Just like other hair lengths, you can rock short, thin hair as long as you play with texture. A messy textured pixie cut is the answer. You just need to create random C-shapes on your pixie cut using a flat iron to give your short hair a boost on the volume department. Then, finish with a hairspray to let the hairstyle hold for hours. Very easy, right?

6. Messy layered bob

Asian woman with messy layered short thin hair wearing a denim jacket and striped shirt
Embrace the mess and make your short hair look thicker. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Just like the messy textured pixie cut, a messy layered bob can keep your short hair from looking flat. It’s also the perfect hairstyle to rock second-day hair in a super chic way.

7. Vintage retro ponytail

Asian woman with long brown hair in a vintage retro ponytail
It’s all about adding volume, and this vintage ponytail does that well! Credit: Natasha Estelle

That extra volume at the crown can make your hair look thicker than it actually is. A vintage retro ponytail is also a versatile, day-to-night hairstyle that you can wear at the office or at parties.

8. Asteria hair

Asian woman with long curly hair wearing a red off-shoulder top
Give your hair more volume by going for long curls. Credit: Natasha Estelle

This is another way of curling your hair to add volume. But instead of using a regular curling iron, you use a crimper to create tighter, more uniform curls. With this curling technique, you can transform your thin hair from blah to beautiful!

9. Bouncy blowout

Bouncy brown layered hairstyle: an Asian woman posing with her beautiful bouncy hair
A bouncy blowout also makes your layers more defined. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Sometimes, all it takes to add volume to your hair are some blow dryer tricks. Make your hair bouncy using a round brush and a blow dryer, and you won’t need hair extensions to get thicker-looking hair.

With these simple but gorgeous hairstyles for thin hair, you can bid flat and lifeless locks goodbye. This goes to show that with the right products and a couple of hairstyling know-how, you can solve any hair problem.