23 Best Fine Hairstyles for Long, Shoulder-length and Short Hair

Styling fine hair made easy...  

When it comes to styling fine hair, there are plenty of tips and tricks you can use to make your tresses appear thicker. We know, it’s easy to blame genetics for limp and lifeless strands, yet one of the biggest reasons why your locks might be falling flat could be your haircut and hairstyle.

But all is not lost: by simply trying out some hairstyles for women with fine hair, you could easily be on your way to fuller tresses.

The fact is, naturally fine hair needs to be snipped, shaped, and styled to encourage volume – which isn’t as difficult as you might think. So, if you’re ready to take control of your strands and plump up your locks, scroll down to see the looks you should be rocking.

1. Shaggy bob

alexa chung with a shaggy bob hairstyles for very fine hair
Alexa Chung’s chic shaggy bob is a safe bet. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Forget the bob as you know and love it, because all the straightening and sharp angles serve no part in making your thin hair seem fuller. Instead, why not embrace the shaggy bob this year?

The reason a shag cut makes one of the most ideal hairstyles for women with fine hair, is that when worked with lots of layers at varying lengths, your tresses are instantly uplifted, allowing for natural movement and texture.

Editor’s tip: Voluminous hair begins in the shower! So, if you’re in the market for a new wash and care system to follow, we’ve got just the thing: the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner.

This collagen-infused range will gently cleanse and enhance the look your strands, instantly giving your hair body and texture.

2. The bangin’ fringe

Elizabeth Olsen with long, wavy dirty blonde hair with long and straight feathery bangs, wearing all black on the red carpet
Want to try a fringe? You’ll love this ‘do. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re feeling disheartened about having fine hair, don’t – it never stopped Elizabeth Olsen before, simply because she knows that styling fine hair with the likes of a good fringe changes your look entirely.

Just be sure to ask your stylist to cut in a choppy fringe from the crown of your head, as this will ensure it doesn’t sit flat against your forehead. 

3. Side-swept pixie

Cara Delevingne with short side-swept golden long pixie, wearing all gold on the red carpet
Cara knows what’s good! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The trick to styling fine hair? Always thinking about which side your look falls on! Generally, side-swept hairstyles and side bangs work best on your hair type, as they create the appearance of more hair. And, Cara Delevingne‘s smooth pixie is a serious case in point.

4. Loose waves

Gwyneth Paltrow with curly hair in a black dress hairstyles for very fine hair
Gwyneth Paltrow’s fail-safe long curly ‘do is one to copy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

A curling wand should be every fine-haired girl’s BFF, because it can be used to create the impression of fullness – after all, you have to fake it ’til you make it, right?

Just take your cue from Gwyneth Paltrow, who is actually blessed with naturally fine locks (not that you would ever know it!).

5. Lived-in texture

Cameron Diaz in white dress with beachy waves hairstyles for very fine hair
Take style notes from Cameron Diaz’s full locks. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Another undercover fine-haired girl is Cameron Diaz, who cheats her genetics by building up loads of lived-in texture in her beachy waves.

If you’re considering styling your fine hair like Cameron’s, don’t forget the secret to any volumised, wavy look: a good sea salt spray!

6. Disconnected long bob

side view of a woman with brown hair in a disconnected bob hairstyle
Styling fine hair with a disconnected bob adds volume! Credit: Credit: Instagram.com/hair_by_alissa

If it’s a more laid-back way of styling fine hair that you’re after, then this long bob length is a great option for those of you short on styling time in the mornings.

All it takes is to work in layers of varying lengths and fashion into a slightly off-centre parting. This will give your strands loads of natural movement and texture, as well as some much needed lift. Credit@hair_by_alissa

7. Curled layers

side view of a woman with black hair, sunglass and curled hair
Curled layers create the illusion of thick hair! Credit: Instagram.com/hairbynoora

Looking for fabulous hairstyles for women with fine hair? Then think curls, as they instantly create a thicker-looking style that appears more natural.

We suggest working with a layered medium haircut, creating ringlets through your hair with a curling wand or heated rollers. Credit@hairbynoora

Editor’s tip: Before you style your hair, try using the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening BalmIt’ll help you create the voluminous look you want, as its volume-enhancing formula works to penetrate inside the hair and boost your strands.

8. Pancaked braids

Blake Lively with golden blonde hair styled into a side braid, wearing all black on the red carpet
Because if you aren’t pancaking your braids, how else will you get volume? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

While braids are a great way of adding personality to hair, you need to be wary of creating braids that are too tight, as these will emphasise the fineness of your hair. But luckily for you, pancaking is a simple trick you can try to get fuller-looking braids.

The idea is make your braid flatter, like a pancake, so it creates the illusion of a bigger braid. To do it, gently pull apart each section of your braid with your fingers to spread it out and give noticeable oomph to your plait.

9. Twist braids

Kate Bosworth with her chestnut brown hair styled into a twisted rope ponytail, wearing a black sparkly dress on the red carpet
Struggling to braid your fine hair? Twist it! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Struggle with braiding? Take a leaf out of Kate Bosworth’s book and try twisting your hair (splitting your ponytail into two and twisting each section together), instead.

This chic hairstyle actually works better on fine hair, as it is easier to smooth down and create a polished finish with.

10. Beachy waves

front view image of a girl with blonde beach waves wearing sunglass
Try styling fine hair with laid back beachy waves. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyhartt

Do you want that effortless and carefree beach-babe look? Then styling your fine hair into side parted waves is the way to go. Not only does this ‘do ooze cool-girl vibes, but it also works a treat when worn with a super on-trend ombre hair hue. Credit@hairbyhartt

11. Sleek, soft layers

Shot of woman with dark blonde medium hair with sleek, feathery layers in it, wearing sunglasses with hot pink jacket
Now that’s we call street style-worthy. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Low maintenance hairstyles don’t get much better than this! A gorgeous, sleek look that’s easy-to-wear and requires practically zero maintenance throughout the day – it’s a winner in our books.

Add soft, feathery layers into the lengths your hair to create a gentle, textured effect, then blowdry your hair smooth, teasing a little at the roots to add extra volume.

12. Half-up hairstyle

Lucy Hale with her dark brown hair styled into a tousled half-up, half-down bun hairstyle, wearing printed jumper on the red carpet
Styling fine hair like this will get you all the style points! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

When it comes to styling fine hair, most peoples’ main goal is to prevent locks from looking flat. However, there are many ways to up the volume, by adopting a number of smart styling techniques.

And, a half-up hairstyle, like Lucy Hale’s, provides the perfect opportunity to lift your locks.

Editor’s tip: Before you attempt to create this on-trend style, apply the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray to your tresses. This will refresh your hair and also give it added cool-girl texture.

13. Hidden layers

front view image of a woman with blonde layered hair
Hidden layers can work to give your tresses volume. Credit: Dvora

While layers can be used to remove excess weight from thicker hair, done right, they’re also perfect for creating movement and the illusion of thicker locks, too.

Just ask your stylist to incorporate hidden layers into your cut by adding subtle, yet high-impact layers around your face and the front sections of your hair.

14. Wispy bangs

front view image of a woman with blonde hair and centre parting
When you’re styling fine hair – try pushing your bands to the side. Credit: Dvora

Wispy bangs are always a good idea for those who have thin hair.They’re an effortless way to add some dimension to a mid-length haircut and distract away from any flatness. Yes, please!

15. Blunt bob

Saoirse Ronan with golden blonde blunt bob hair, with pink dress on the red carpet
This bob cut is going straight into 2019. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Just because you have thin hair, doesn’t mean that you can’t wear it poker straight. Sleek, chic and ultra modern, thanks to the blunt-cut, a straight, even-all-around bob will actually create the illusion of thicker hair.

16. Long blunt cut

front view image of a woman with long dark straight hair
A long blunt cut is a simple and easy way to make locks appear thicker. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Looking for easy ways of styling fine hair to instantly make it look thicker? Then skip the layers entirely, and go for a single length throughout your tresses.

Keep it straight for a super sleek look, or add texture with some loose waves – the hair styling world really is your oyster!

17. Long layers and highlights

front view image of a woman with long tousled blonde hair
Rock highlights and low-lights to add dimension to your hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Styling fine hair with a longer cut? Then try adding longer layers throughout your mane, as these can help to lift your style, creating volume and body – all without taking away any of your lovely length.

But that’s not the only way to give your long locks a plumped-up look, as you can also try adding in some varying highlights. They’ll help create loads of depths and dimension, giving you the appearance of fuller looking hair.

18. Angled bob

Jessica Szohr with medium dark brown hair styled into an angled blunt cut bob, wearing printed top on the red carpet
Playing with angles is the way forward. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

A standard bob can be a chic, but perhaps a little tame for some. So if you’re looking for hairstyles for women with fine hair with a fashionable edge, an angled hairstyle is the way to go.

19. Asymmetric French braid

back view of a woman with brown hair in a braid
Rock an asymmetric French braid for added style!

Braids aren’t just for those with thick, Rapunzel-like locks, don’t you know? By taking an asymmetric twist on this trend, you can rock an incredible-looking braid that’s both polished and ultra-stylish.

Create a deep side parting and braid your hair loosely, close to your scalp across one side. Finish off with bobby pins to tuck in any loose strands.

19. Asymmetric French braid

front view image of a woman with her brown hair in a tucked pixie cut
Try a tucked pixie for movement and volume. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Textured pixie cuts look fantastic on thin hair, as it’s the ideal way to add volume and movement, without the need for much extra length. Keep your hair a little longer up top to allow for some messy, tousled textures to be worked in.

21. Messy updo

Woman with copper red fine hair styled into a messy bun with a scrunchie, wearing green striped top and posing for a street style all things hair shot
What’s not to love about buns! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This perfectly-imperfect updo is the Holy Grail of fine hairstyles, as it enhances thinner locks, making your tresses appear thicker. Keep your bun soft and relaxed with some loose strands of hair to frame your face.

22. Halo braid

Emily Blunt with her golden blonde hair styled into a halo braid with wispy tendrils at the front, wearing pink dress and posing on the red carpet
How romantic is this ‘do? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Another great option involving braids? A halo braid! If you’re looking for versatility, then this ‘do is fantastic for you as it can be styled for a night out or simply used to keep your hair out of the way during a sweaty gym sesh.

23. Voluminous pompadour

front view image of a woman with blonde hair in a pompadour hairstyle - styling fine hair
A voluminous pompadour will give your ‘do height. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Thin hair can sometimes feel flat with a short cut, so if you’re looking for ways of styling fine hair to give it a little more body, try a voluminous pompadour style. Add mousse to your damp hair before styling, to give it extra thickness, keeping plenty of shape at the front.

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