Best Hairstyles for Thin Hair this 2021

Want to make your locks look fuller? These hairstyles for thin hair won’t let you down.

Having thin hair can sometimes be a pain because of how flat and dull it can look. 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. The best hairstyles for thin hair are all about making the most of what you’ve got.

So what can you do? Simple. Cut and style thin 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. 

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?

Angled Bob

Asian woman with a bob haircut for thin hair wearing a green top outdoors
Another way to add shape to seemingly lifeless hair is by going for an angled bob cut. Credit:

Looking for a haircut for thin hair that’s a bit edgy? An angled bob ought to do the trick with its elongated sides. To add more volume to this haircut, you can also blow-dry the back part a bit to give it more lift and body.

Editor’s Tip: Keep the frizz away and add more polish to your hair using Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream. Apply a drop of this cream especially on the longer sides to add more definition to your angled bob.

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.

Full Bangs

Happy Asian woman with straight hair and bangs wearing an off-shoulder dress
Add more body to thin hair by going for full, blunt bangs Credit: Hariono Halim

Another trick in adding more vivacity to your fine hair is by getting full bangs. Regardless of how fine or thin your hair is, having thicker bangs that fall across your forehead can create the illusion of having fuller-looking hair.


Blunt Wavy Lob

Haircuts for thin hair: Asian woman with blonde wavy lob with bangs wearing a purple suit
A blunt, wavy lob can make you look edgy. Credit: Magic Liwanag

The wavy lob has become an obsession for women in the past year, making it one of the popular haircuts in the last couple of years. Not only does this hairstyle provide a certain level of edge and flair, but it’s also perfect in adding volume and texture to your thin hair.

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. 

Shoulder-length Blunt Cut

Wpman with black hair wearing long sleeves and a black leather skirt outdoors
Keep it short (or shoulder-length) and simple. Credit:

Short and medium-length blunt haircuts can naturally make your hair look fuller by giving your mane a more defined shape. But do make sure to keep it at shoulder-length at most because having longer hair can possibly weigh down your tresses and make them look flat.

Editor’s tip: Don’t let frizz and flyaways ruin your blunt, shoulder-length cut. Use Dove Straight & Silky Shampoo and Dove Straight & Silky Conditioner to keep hair smooth and soft. 

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. 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.

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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.

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

Asteria hair or mermaid curls is another trendy hairstyle for thin hair. 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.

Long Layered Hair

Filipina woman with long brown layered hair wearing a white blouse and smiling
Go for soft layers to give your thin hair some bounce. Credit: Michelle Pedron

Not into edgy layers? Go for something more feminine with soft layering. When styling, we recommend going for a blowout hairstyle or adding some soft waves, which could give your hair more volume but in a more natural way.

Long Shag

Woman with a long shag haircut wearing a red dress walking on the runway
Having uneven layers can add more body to your thin hair. Credit:

Add a bit of rock ‘n roll to your look with the long shag. A shag basically gives you uneven layers that are properly styled. Having these uneven layers can add more volume and texture to longer hair instead of having a simple blunt cut.

Final Verdict

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. 


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