If you have thin, naturally curly hair, you won’t need us to tell you that finding hairstyles for fine, curly hair can be, how do we put this… problematic. On the one hand, you want looks that are going to give your fine hair more volume and va-va-voom, but you also need hairdos for curly hair designed to flatter your texture. It’s a double-edged sword!
All hope is not lost though, as in our gallery (above) you’ll find 15 stylish, current haircuts for thin curly hair that we’ve managed to put together, with looks from Hollywood curlies like Ashley Madekwe, Taylor Swift and more. Read on below for further info on any of the styles that catch your eye.
15 hairstyles for thin curly hair that'll transform you
1. Flapper bob
Fancy yourself a bit of a Gatsby girl? Mix vintage and modern with a 1920s style flapper bob haircut like Arizona Muse. To give the look a more contemporary feel, aim for softer, more tousled curls rather than perfect gelled finger waves.
Editor’s tip: If you find your curls never seem to stay, try working a mousse like the VO5 Extra Body Mousse into your routine. Scrunch it through your hair when damp after washing, then style as you usually would.
The lightweight airy formula provides up to 24 hours hold and also works to retain volume, so you won’t have to worry about your curls going flat. It’s a game-changer, honestly!
2. Curly lob
Hunting for fun medium-length hairdos for curly hair? Enter: Ashley Madekwe’s lob. The lob (that’s long bob) bridges the gap between ultra long, flowing hair and shorter bobbed looks, so you get the best of both.
3. Beachy waves
Tousled waves can add a windswept, textured look to even the finest of hair types. Make like Ashley Olsen and push all of your hair back and over to one side for hair that looks like it’s been chilling on the beach all day – even if in reality you’ve just battled your way off the tube.
Editor’s tip: Okay, so we can’t all live within walking distance of a beach, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get that beachy hair look.
The TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray, or as we like to call it, our “beach in a bottle”, gives your hair that same tousled effect with grip to make it last.
4. Shaggy layers
The easiest way to boost weighed-down strands? Layers. Taylor’s shaggy, face-framing cut adds body and movement to her long wispy waves and the shaping around her face works really well, too.
5. Curly bob with sweeping fringe
Never tried a fringe because you’re worried your hair is too fine? Taraji P. Henson is a prime example of how opting for sweeping side fringes rather than blunt, straight across ones (which can risk going gappy), can actually give the illusion of a much fuller mane.
6. Curly pixie
If anyone could convince us to try a pixie, it’s Ruby Rose. If you’re looking to find shorter hairstyles for fine, curly hair her wavy crop is absolute #hairgoals and shows you don’t need to have masses of hair for it to look great. Now, can our hairstylist give us her face too, please?
7. Clipped bangs
If you tend to wear your hair down a lot but want some cute hairstyles for thin, curly hair to make it look a bit more exciting, take a leaf out of Nicole Kidman’s book and try clipping back your bangs.
We like how it enables you to get your hair out of your eyes for work or studying, but it’s also a clever way to trial a fringe before you actually commit.
8. Casual curly bob
Kristen Wiig’s bob has a lovely casual yet neat look that’s completely timeless. Working with your curly texture but shaping your mane for maximum fullness, this look would work for women of all ages as it’s an easy everyday style.
9. ’70s waves
We are obsessed with Kate Hudson’s Farrah Fawcett waves and ’70s style, as well as the cut itself. Falling just past her shoulders, the blunt cut helps to give a thicker, healthy-looking finish that stops her hair looking straggly at the ends.
10. Asymmetric bob
Asymmetric bobs are fantastic haircuts for thin, curly hair as they allow you to have a bit more freedom of expression with your bob and really make it your own.
11. Shag cut with peek-a-boo fringe
We mentioned earlier that you might be concerned about trying a fringe in case it looks gappy but is that always a bad thing? Jenna Dewan’s piecey fringe pairs really well with her layered shag cut and it’s peek-a-boo appearance lets more of her forehead through, elongating her face.
Editor’s tip: Need a bit more oomph? A light sprinkling of the VO5 Instant Volume Powder is incredible for fluffing up your roots and can be used throughout the day to revive your layers.
12. Split up bangs
Basically the bangs for people who don’t like bangs, Drew Barrymore is one of many celebs who’ve given split bangs a try. Also known as Bardot bangs, after ’60s icon Brigitte Bardot, the look works on short, almost undetectable layers around the cheekbones which blend into the rest of the hair.
13. Centre-parted curls
Curls often seem to have a mind of their own, so if you’re needing a way to keep them under control, we’ve got a helpful hair hack you may like to try. Experimenting with a centre parting, like Charlize Theron here, can give your curls a more controlled, elegant effect and give a more defined look to the hair.
Editor’s tip: Start your journey to fuller looking strands in the shower with TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner. This powerful duo system works to plump each strand and instantly helps hair look thicker!
14. Choppy bob
Sleeker styles can sometimes draw attention to fine hair, so a choppier approach can counteract this. Carey Mulligan’s adorable curly crop is given extra body thanks to her short, choppy layers and her chic black headband gives a feminine finish to this boyish style.
15. Cool girl lob
Not someone who likes to spend too long on their hair and want thin, curly hairstyles you don’t need to try too hard with?
Cara Delevingne looks the part, serving up total off-duty model vibes with this effortless lob. Keeping it simple with a side parting and some shorter layers, we like that this doesn’t look too overstyled, but still has the ability to be dressed up for nighttime.