When you’ve got thin, poker-straight strands, it can seem like the hair gods are against you. But the major plus side to having this kind of hair is that there are so many different cuts and hairstyles for fine hair that can help give your mane a much-needed lift – no clip-ins or bump-its needed.
When it comes to fine hair the aim of the game is always volume, so you’ll notice that layers and bangs are a common theme. Browse through these stylish haircuts for straight fine hair and find your next look today.
Let’s start with the lob (that’s long bob for the uninitiated). The perfect short-but-not-too-short hairstyle for fine hair, it’s equal parts chic and low-maintenance.
The pixie cut is one of our all time favourite haircuts for fine straight hair. The contrast of boyish short hair with feminine styling? It’s no wonder Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy made it their signature styles.
Editor’s tip: Use a little of the VO5 Matt Clay to style your pixie crop and stop it going frizzy. This wax has a natural matt look and doesn’t feel stiff or sticky, so you can restyle your hair throughout the day.
Curtain Bangs and Shag Layers
This curtrain bangs look is everywhere right now (seriously, just look on Instagram). This is a great option for anyone with fine hair as it adds body to the crown and front of the hair and stops hair looking limp.
Bobs are having their moment right now, which is good news if you’ve got fine hair. Keeping your hair short gives it shape and fullness, instead of your strands being dragged down by longer lengths.
One way to make straight fine hair look instantly thicker is to wear it tousled. You can achieve this style in a few different ways, from straighteners to a waving wand, adding random curls in different directions to give the most natural look.
A sweeping side fringe is an easy way to add volume at the crown of your head, making any cut look more exciting without the commitment of a full fringe.
If there’s one look we’ve noticed cropping up more and more lately, it’s this. The rounded-under bob gives a ’90s twist to a classic bob, but also helps to fake a thicker mane, making it a great one for the
Why not try piecey layers through the lengths of your hair? They’ll help to add body and dimension by fluffing up the mid-lengths and adding more volume.
Editor’s tip: To really bring out the angles in this cut, draw attention to your strands with a spritz of the gloss-giving TONI&GUY Finishing Shine Spray. This wonder product also helps to control static for a flawless look.
Bob with Curtain Bangs
Want to try a fringe but worried it will end up sticking lifelessly to your forehead? We know your pain. But did you know that opting for chic curtain bangs like these will actually make your hair look thicker by blending in seamlessly with the rest of your hair?
Those with thick hair might prefer to get their ends feathered to take away some of the weight. However, if your hair is fine, blunt cuts with just one length are better as they have the opposite effect, making your hair look thicker.
Stacked bobs are a great way to get in on the bob trend while also adding some additional volume with graduated layers at the nape of the neck.
Asymmetric styles that are longer on one side trick people into thinking your hair is super thick. Sweeping all of your hair over to one side in a deep side parting will also further enhance the look.
Imagine if you could have salon blow dried hair every day? If you’re looking for a way to recreate the bombshell blowout look at home, save this wispy layered look to take to your hairstylist for inspo.
If maintaining length is important to you for styling purposes, be sure to ask your stylist to cut in some layers around your face. This way, there’s no risk of your hair weighing you down and your cut will be more bespoke and tailored to you.
Wavy Bob with Blunt Ends
Recreate this wavy bob by pairing blunt-cut ends with slightly shorter layers around your face, then add S-shaped waves for a stylish touch.
Shoulder-Length With Flicked-Out Ends
Can’t decide between staying short or growing your hair? The solution – a long bob that blurs the lines between a bob and shoulder-length hair to give you the best of both worlds.
Textured Mid-Length Cut
While sleek looks like the glass bob work well with short hairstyles for fine hair, when styling medium length or longer hair, make adding texture your main focus. Opt for undone waves and messy texture and you’ll exude off-duty model vibes.
Editor’s tip: If you’re only using dry shampoo to freshen up greasy roots, you’re missing a trick. Dry shampoos like TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo are the secret weapon in any It girl’s hair routine! Spraying your hair with it before styling gives fine, slippery strands a more grippy texture, creating the perfect base for styling.
You might not typically think that getting a few long layers cut in would have that much impact but as this style shows, it can really make all the difference.
Choppy layers of varying lengths can be incorporated into almost any cut and act as clever thickening devices, giving the hair a more 3D finish.
Shaggy Shoulder Length with Bangs
A shag cut might seem a little intimidating but its volume-boosting abilities are undeniable. Plus, the modern incarnation channels more ‘effortless French girl’ than ’70s Mick Jagger.
If you’re looking for haircuts for fine straight hair, adding shape to your style is very important. Dakota Johnson’s bangs soften her face and give her long, straight hair more life and personality.
Simply spritz your fave dry shampoo (we heart the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo for its root-lifting properties) into the base of your fringe and use your fingers to rub it all in. It will get to work soaking up any excess oils for a refreshed, plumped-up look, without you having to actually wash your hair!
Soft, barely-there layers are a great way to inject some subtle dimension into your style and ensure your ends stay looking thick and healthy.
This layered, top-heavy style is just what fine-haired gals need to amp up their locks at the crown of their head and gives just the right amount of retro flair.
Rounded Lob with Curtains
You can’t go wrong with this flattering lob and curtains combo.
Long and Layered
You might not want to take any of your length off at all, but long layers are a must if you want to grow your fine hair to Rapunzel lengths.
Subtle Long Layers
You’ll still be able to hold on to your lovely long locks, but they’ll look more polished and glamorous.
Slick Side Part
Sleek hairstyles work especially well on fine hair, as they’re easier to manage. This wet look example is a good one to try as the swept over side-parting also helps to conceal the fact you might not have the most voluminous locks.
Combine face-framing layers at the front with long layers at the back for a cut that looks thicker and full of natural movement.
This tousled lob is the perfect antidote if you’re lacking ‘height’ in your hairstyle. The full, almost-triangular shape of this cut helps to make the hair look wider, cleverly making it appear much thicker than it is.
Blunt cuts are a great way to add weight and bulk to the hair, helping the hair appear thicker. Follow in January Jones’ footsteps and go for a stylish blunt bob cut for extra style points.
Braids are fantastic for adding a fun twist to fine hair while also bringing more texture to your look. We especially love half-up styles like this Dutch braided one, especially with the added scarf detail.
From the choppy cut to the side-parting, Kate Mara’s bob is perfect for those looking for short haircuts for fine straight hair.
Beachy hair gets an edgy update with the addition of some light, shaggy layers.
High and Lowlights
Okay, this one is more about the colour of your hair but hear us out! If you’re a full head of highlights kinda woman than we suggest asking your colourist to add a mix of high and lowlights to your hair to help give your strands more dimension à la Kate Moss.
If you feel as though your hair is too thin to rock a traditional full fringe, a tapered one is a good alternative. Instead of gaps ruining your fringe, the gappiness actually gives it more of a Tinkerbell-esque look, as seen on stars like Dakota Johnson and Selena Gomez.
Give the illusion of more voluminous hair by styling fine strands in a quiff. While this hairstyle is great for fine hair, it can also work to conceal thinning strands too!
Editor’s tip: Give your hair maximum root lift with the VO5 Volume Boost Gel Spray. This fine spray leaves no sticky residue and offers 24-hour humidity protection to help prevent frizz.
Long Tapered Fringe
Another tapered fringe look but slightly more grown-out, this one looks lived-in and ultra chic.
Choppy Bob With Side Fringe
A foolproof way to style fine straight hair is in a choppy bob with a sweeping side fringe to help give the appearance of more body.
Glossy Highlights on Beach Waves
Here, even more proof that getting highlights can actually have the power to make your hair look thicker. The different light and dark tones running through create some much-needed contrast and dimension instead of just having one flat colour.
We’ve already spoken about how full fringes can be tricky when you have fine hair, but if you’re committed the trick to perfecting the look is blow-drying. Use a volumising blow-dry spray and rounded brush and concentrate on lifting your hair as your dry to help with volume.