How to style thin hair: 19 hairstyles for women with fine hair

Questioning how to style thin hair? Not for long...  

Do you find yourself looking at your thick-haired friends with envy? Are you looking for new ideas for how to style thin hair? Whether it’s a few tweaks to your everyday style or adding the right volumising products to your hair kit, let us help you learn how to work with your tresses with our gorgeous selection of on-trend haircut ideas for thin hair, here.

1. Blunt cut bob

Woman with dark brown hair styled into a blunt bob, wearing red PVC outfit and posing on the street
This cut is celeb fave for a reason. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Out of all of the best haircut ideas for thin hair right now, the blunt cut bob is by far one of the most coveted. The blunt ends bring some weight to fine hair, or least create the illusion of it, thanks to it being cut the same length all around – so, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.

Editor’s tip: Want a way to stop your fine hair falling flat? Try using the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Thickening Balm! It’ll add extra oomph to each and every strand, making fine hair feel fuller and thicker.

To use it, smooth a small amount of it into your damp mane before blow drying, and prepare to be amazed.

2. Medium cut with a fringe

Sophie Turner with shoulder length layered hair with a fringe
Sophie Turner’s new bangs are all the inspiration we need. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This look is ideal for those with limp locks. Sophie Turner’s long wispy fringe and shaped layers around her face create subtle dimension and body, perfect for boosting fine hair.

Next read: How to use dry shampoo for fine hair

3. Soft curls

Lana El Sahely with short caramel brown hair styled into loose curls, wearing micro sunglasses and a red velvet jacket, posing on the street
This is how to style thin hair for parties! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If you’re wondering how to style thin hair for a night out, this beauty’s mane will have you reaching for the curling tongs.

Adding volume towards the ends of your hair is a genius way to make your strands look instantly thicker, as the curls add width to hair that would otherwise lay flat. Meet you on the dance floor!

4. Slick back hair

Zanita Whittington with slicked back platinum blonde short hair
Add dimension and lift without much effort. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Channelling red carpet vibes with your thin, fine hair is going to be easy with this slick back hairstyle in your life…

Pushing your hair back like this gives the impression the rest of your hair is fuller and also adds an edgy, glamorous appeal to your overall look.

5. Voluminous ponytail

Backshot of woman with medium fine hair styled into a low voluminous ponytail, with hairscarf around it on the street
Talk about hair goals! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Searching for hairstyles for shoulder-length thin hair? You should try gathering your tresses into this dreamy low ponytail and work in some beachy waves, to really boost your hair’s body. The hair scarf is optional, but highly recommended.

6. Wavy lob

Kaia Gerber with a brunette wavy long bob
Kaia Gerber nails the wavy lob look. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Simple and textured, Kaia Gerber‘s tousled look is a great way to wear a medium-length lob haircut with thin hair. Worried about your waves looking too polished? We recommend using straighteners to add a gentle curl to your hair for effortless, lived-in waves rather than perfect curls.

Watch our video on how to curl hair with a straightener to find out how to master this undone style.

7. The low bun

How to style thin hair: Caroline Daur with her platinum blonde short and fine hair styled into a low bun, wearing white shirt and hoop earrings on the street
This bun is fail-safe. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Need a style that takes less than five minutes but also works with your short fine hair? Look no further than this lovely low bun. It’ll give your workday look a model-off-duty vibe and allow you to embrace your strands.

8. Undone messy bun

side view of street style model with platinum blonde hair in messy high bun
Messy buns make for the perfect everyday style. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Another quick hairstyle you can covet? This perfectly imperfect messy bun. The trick to this look is to keep your hair as undone as possible, as this will help create the illusion of fuller strands.

 

Editor’s tip: Try spritzing your tresses with a sea salt spray such as the TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray while it’s damp and blast with a hairdryer until dry. This will add a gritty texture and grip to your strands while enhancing your natural wave pattern.

9. Deep side part

front view of street style model with blonde long bob with side parting
Cheat volume by opting for a side parting. Credit: indigitalimages.com

If you usually wear your hair in a middle parting, giving yourself a side part is the easiest and fastest way to inject some bounce into your strands at the roots.

10. Double French braided updo

side view of street style model with blonde hair in french braid
Braided styles a fine-haired girls best friend. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Think you can’t braid thin hair? Think again. With the right texturising product (and lots of teasing!), you too can achieve this pretty double French braided hairstyle.

Give this style a try when you’re out running errands, heading to the gym or hitting the club with your best friends.

Editor’s tip: Before you attempt to create this on-trend style, apply some of the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray through your tresses. This will give your hair a little grip and make creating your braid easier.

11. Retro bangs

Sai Bennett with light brown wavy hair with Bardot bangs
If your hair is too fine for a straight across fringe, try split bangs. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

If you’ve been avoiding getting a fringe because you’re worried about it looking limp and gappy, Bardot-inspired split bangs could be another stylish alternative. Long enough that you can clip them back if you want, they’re a low-commitment way to get in on the fringe trend.

12. Braids with bows

Back view of woman with long golden blonde hair styled into three-strand braid, wearing a silver jacket and posing on the street
If you pancake your hair braids, they will look like this! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Really want to amp up your braid game? Try pancaking it and playing around with hair accessories! The idea here is to make your made braid flatter, like a pancake, so it creates the illusion of a thicker and fuller plait.

To do it, start with a secure braid of any kind (French and Dutch work really well for this look). Then, gently pull apart each section of the plait with your fingers, to spread apart your braid and make it bigger. Top it off with a hair bow and you’ll be all set.

13. Half-up, half-down knot

back side view of street style model with long dark hair in half-up, half-down bun
You can’t go wrong with the trendy hun this year. Credit: indigitalimages.com

It’s a simple style, but this look is great for straight fine hair. Working your hair into a half-up, half-down hairstyle adds detail height to the top of your hair and makes your hair appear thicker. Plus, it’s a stylish and practical way to keep your hair off your face.

Whether you’re looking for hairstyles for shoulder-length thin hair or even shorter, make sure to add this half-up knot into your styling routine.

14. Half-up bouffant

Side profile of Solange Smith with long, fine hair styled into a half-up, half-down bouffant
Because who doesn’t want to channel Bardot vibes? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Achieving Bardot-worthy hair with thin tresses is possible! Ideal for a fancy dinner or after-work drinks, this half-up bouffant is perfect for ladies looking for a new way to style their long, thin hair.

As we’ve said before, teasing is everything when it comes to getting voluminous locks. And, you’ll definitely need to backcomb your crown to achieve the body this ’60s-inspired beehive hairstyle requires.

15. The blowout

side view of street style model with medium length blonde hair with blowout waves
When the occasion calls for it, a blowout will look fab on fine hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

For anyone with thin hair, a blow out will give your tresses the most enviable, bountiful finish. Not only will a blow out amplify your tresses, the added volume and lift will leave anyone in your wake lusting over your bouncy-looking tresses.

So when the occasion calls for it, treat your tresses to a bouncy blow dry and get ready for your hair-swishing Boomerang moment.

Editor’s tip: Want to recreate a voluminous blow dry in the comfort of your home? Try using the VO5 Big Volume Mousse. It gives you natural-looking volume — without weighing down your hair or leaving it feeling sticky.

Use on damp hair, before blow-drying, and use a vented brush to lift your strands as you dry.

16. Asymmetrical bob

Landiana Cerciu with her short, fine chestnut brown hair styled into an asymmetrical bob haircut, wearing pink hat with blouse
Looking for haircut ideas for thin hair? Try this. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

If Hollywood trends are any indication, this season is going to be all about the ’90s bob. If you’re worried about it making your hair look flat, try getting this asymmetrical bob haircut for your thin hair.

This smooth haircut draws the eye forward, distracting away from any flatness and making the perfect companion to your favourite hat.

17. Long, blunt bangs

Haircut ideas for thin hair: Woman with honey brown long straight, fine hair with wispy straight bangs, wearing sunglasses and red beret
List this one under good haircuts for fine hair! Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Got lengthy fine locks that you can’t bear to part with? To refresh your mane, you only need to take a leaf out of these street style star’s book and get a set of long, blunt bangs.

To nail this airy, effortless style, you’ll need to ask your stylist to build some long layers into your fringe and hair, so that your hair doesn’t look limp and thwarted by your length.

18. Pixie haircut

front view of street style model with short brown pixie cut
Short hair styles can make hair appear fuller. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Good haircuts for fine hair needn’t be whatever the latest style everyone else is wearing! If you’re feeling up to the challenge, opt for a timeless pixie cut (be it smooth or tousled!).

Don’t write off the style under the impression it will make fine hair appear thin, as pixie cuts are actually one of the best-suggested styles for making hair appear fuller and thicker. Choppy, sweeping or Audrey Hepburn-inspired, what look will you go for?

19. Braided bun

Blonde street styler with a low braided bun
Turn a basic bun into a chic braided updo. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Just because you’ve got naturally thin hair doesn’t mean you can’t rock an updo just like anybody else! This street styler’s low braided bun is a twist on the classic low bun, versatile enough for both the office or more formal occasions when you want to wear your hair up.