7 Celebrity-inspired hair styles for thinning hair

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We admit it: when we see a woman walking down the street with a luscious, full-looking head of hair, we can’t help but turn green with envy! Yet, what if we told you that even women with thin hair could have entrancing tresses? Yep, it is possible: and all you need to do, is try one of these celebrity hair styles for thinning hair.

So, if you’re looking to amp up your mane, yet don’t want to resort to the use of extensions, rest assured we’ve got a few nifty tricks for achieving va-va-voom volume up our sleevesWhether it’s braids or bouffants, we’ve taken note of these A-listers’ hot styles and how they pump up their locks!

7 Of the best celeb-inspired hair styles for thinning hair


lily collins wearing a strapless black dress with her brunette hair in a bouffant style with a black headband
Hair styles for thinning hair: Subtle bouffant. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Subtle bouffant

Forget about the bouffant hairstyles the 1960s, because this is the grown-up little sister, who serves to add just the right amount of understated volume at the crown. And the A-lister rocking this look best has to be Lily Collins, who knows just how well a little lift can create the impression of fullness!

She has even accessorised her look with a super cute head band, helping to secure and boost the hair at the back of her mane. 

laverne cox in a red one shoulder dress with her brunette hair in a fishtail braid
Hair styles for thinning hair: Pancaking. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock


The problem with braids is that the tighter the style, the flatter they can look – which doesn’t help us ladies who love the style, but are hindered by our thin locks! Thank goodness then for the pancaking technique, loved by many a celeb, including the stunning Laverne Cox.

Pancaking involves gently teasing the braid to make it look fuller and bigger – serving to create the illusion of a more bountiful mane!

jennifer lawrence on the red carpet in a black v neck dress with a blonde shaggy lob hairstyle
Hair styles for thinning hair: Shaggy lob. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Shaggy lob

You just can’t keep a good thing down, so it comes as no surprise that the shaggy lob (AKA a long bob) keeps cropping up on the heads of celebrities the world over. One of the biggest fans of this roughed-up look is Jennifer Lawrence, who knows how an undone style can go a long way to adding life to limp strands.

Editor’s tip: To recreate Jen’s stunning red carpet look, spritz and scrunch dry hair with the Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray, which is specially formulated to give maximum volume to fine hair.

emily blunt in a green and blue halterneck dress with bright pink lipstick and her blonde hair in a side parting
Hair styles for thinning hair: Side parting. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Side parting

We aren’t one to knock a centre parting, but they can make your hair look, well, a little flat (sigh!). Which is why, if you don’t have tresses to spare, the number one styling hack you should be using, is the side parting.

Unlike a straight middle parting, a side part is angled and draws the eye downwards, giving the illusion of extra volume. Come on, just turn to Emily Blunt‘s bouncy-looking mane for inspiration!

sarah silverman wearing a black pussybow blouse with her black hair styled into a doughnut top knot
Hair styles for thinning hair: Doughnut top knot. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Donut top knot

Sarah Silverman knows a trick or 2 about creating a hair tower with unwavering volume. The trick to this look is to invest in a hair donut, which allows you to wrap the hair round it, for a look that screams thickness and fullness!

Want to give this styling trick a go, but don’t know where to start? Fret not: you just need to take a look at our step-by-step guide for created a donut bun at home, here.

Zooey Deschanel wearing a white polka dot blouse with her brunette hair in a half-up half-down hairstyle
Hair styles for thinning hair: Layer up. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Layer up

To give the impression of thicker and fuller hair, seek to add layers. Layers are one of the best ways to breath some extra volume into your tresses, as the varying lengths of hair help to give a plumped-up effect to your mane! But cutting layers into your strands aren’t the only way to work a layered look…

By layering, we mean creating different dimensions within the hair, like a fringe, a half-up section, and a half-down section. Take inspiration from Zooey Deschanel and divide the hair into 3 different sections, and see how it gives the impression of locks with bulk!

jennifer hudson with pink lipstick on and quiffed back pixie crop hair
Hair styles for thinning hair: Pixie with a punch. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Pixie with a punch

If you have shorter hair that has started to thin, make like Jennifer Hudson and work to add height with a chic and on-trend quiff. To keep your quiff gravity defying, by securing it with VO5 Classic Styling Soft Moulding Wax. Simply apply a little to your fingertips and then sculpt the front section upwards and over to the side – yes, that really is all it takes!


We hope you enjoyed these A-list inspired styles! For a other ways to amp up the volume of your limp locks, read our tips on how to get a cut to flatter and add fullness to thin hair, here!

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