Your ultimate guide to styling fine hair to make your locks look thicker

All Things Hair | 05 December 2017

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, read on to discover how styling fine hair can transform your mane from meh to magnificent!

Styling fine hair: 21 fabulous looks to consider


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

1. Shaggy bob

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! 

But that’s not all: layered ends cut asymmetrically are super easy to style, tousle, and volumise, giving the impression of more depth.

TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Matte Cream
TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Matte Cream

Editor’s tip: Once you’ve visited the stylist’s chair, just grab your TIGI Bed Head Manipulator Matte Cream and work in a small amount, for a messy ‘do with tonnes of attitude.

Kate Moss with a full wispy fringe hairstyles for very fine hair
Take a leaf out of Kate Moss’ book and rock her iconic fringe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

2. The bangin’ fringe

If you’re feeling disheartened about having fine hair, don’t – it never stopped Kate Moss 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. 

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

3. Loose waves

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!).

TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist
TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist

Editor’s tip: The key to successfully using heated styling tools in your locks, is to ensure you protect your delicate strands from becoming dry, brittle and, worst of all, frizzy!

So, remember to safeguard your tresses with the TONI&GUY Prep Heat Protection Mist, before creating your luscious curls. 

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

4. Lived-in texture

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!

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray
TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Editor’s tip: We love the TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, because all you have to do is spray and scrunch, for an instant boost of fullness. Thin hair? What thin hair? Nothing to see here, move along.

side view of a woman with brown hair in a disconnected bob hairstyle
Styling fine hair with a disconnected bob adds volume! Credit: Credit:

5. Disconnected long bob

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

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

6. Curled layers

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.

Once you’ve done this, run your fingers through your curls to loosen them and spraying your mane with hairspray. Now you’re left with a wonderfully smooth and glossy ‘do, that gives your look a huge volume boost! Credit@hairbynoora

side view image of a woman with blonde hair in bouffant braids
Bouffant braids will add volume and dimension to your look. Credit:

7. Bouffant braids

While braids are a great way of adding personality to mid-length 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, there’s a simple trick to styling fine hair and getting fuller-looking braids, which will enhance your look. Credit@hair_by_pelerossi

TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser Spray
TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser Spray

To get the look, start by using some of the TONI&GUY 3D Volumiser on damp hair, before blow-drying. Next, create a bouffant body through the crown of your hair and start plaiting of your chosen braid.

Lightly tease the hair at the roots to boost volume and gently pancake your plait to open it up a little – and there you have it, a lovely chunky braid done in minutes!

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

8. Side parted waves

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

side view of a woman with dark hair and textured layers
Hairstyles for women with fine hair? Go for textured layers! Credit:

9. Sleek textured layers

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 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. Credit@mintforbeauty

front view image of a woman with her hair in a half up do
A half-up do gives extra height at the crown. Credit:

10. Feminine half updo

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.

A half updo is a classically pretty, feminine hairstyle, that also provides the perfect opportunity to uplift your locks by teasing your hair gently at the crown! Easy-peasy.

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

11. Hidden layers

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.

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

12. Centre-parted bangs

Bangs are always a good idea for those who have thin hair, especially when you have a square or oval face shape. A slightly grown-out centre-parted fringe is a brilliantly effortless way to add some dimension to a mid-length haircut.

side view of a woman with black shoulder length hair with a poker straight bob
A poker straight lob can give your locks the illusion of thicker hair. Credit: Dvora

13. Poker-straight lob

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 long bob will actually create the illusion of thicker hair.

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:

14. Long blunt cut

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!

front view image of a woman with long tousled blonde hair
Rock highlights and lowlights to add dimension to your hair. Credit:

15. Long layers and highlights/ lowlights

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 strategically placed highlights or lowlights, too! These hair colours will work with your layered tresses to create loads of depths and dimension, giving you the appearance of fuller looking hair!

front view image of a woman with blonde hair in an angled bob
An angled bob can make your hair look sleek and thick. Credit:

16. Angled bob

A standard bob can be a chic look, but perhaps a little tame for some. So if you’re looking for hairstyles for women with fine hair that are more on the interesting side, an angled hairstyle is the way to go!

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

17. Asymmetric French braid

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.

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

18. Tousled pixie

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.

front view image of a woman with her hair in a messy bun
A chic messy updo can enhance thin hair. Credit:

19. Messy updo

This perfectly-imperfect updo is the Holy Grail of fine hair styles, 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.

front view of a woman with her blonde hair in a halo braid - styling fine hair
A halo braid for styling thin hair is the way to go! Credit:

20. Braided crown

Another great option involving braids, this style actually works better on finer hair as thick locks tend to add too much volume to the look.

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.

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:

21. Voluminous pompadour

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.


Now, if you loved these looks but want something that’ll have you up and out of the house in minutes, you need to check out our step-by-step guide to the ponytail trick! Trust us, you’ll be fooling everyone with this mane-enhancing ‘do.

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