Short hairstyles for fine hair: 5 Brilliant ideas

All Things Hair | 03 July 2016

Plump up the look of thin hair with these clever cuts.

On the one hand, having fine hair means it’s easier to manage and style, but unfortunately, it also means you’re constantly battling with the fact that it often looks limp, lifeless, and sometimes greasy, even when it’s squeaky clean! Yeah, we know: the struggle is real. However, did you know that cutting it short can really help inject some much needed oomph? And luckily, there are plenty of fab short hairstyles for fine hair to choose from.

Whether you want to take it all the way up to a cute pixie, or want to keep as much as length as possible while still reaping all the benefits of a shorter style, we think we’ve just about got it all covered. Keep reading ahead to discover the best short hairstyles for fine hair that’ll help add body and volume where you need it most.

5 Short hairstyles for fine hair


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Tousled short bob.

Tousled short bob

This may not be what you want to hear, but a short bob really is one of the best short hairstyles for fine hair around, if volume and body are your top priorities. Texture is another keyword here; the more of it you have, the fuller and thicker your hair will look.

A great way to achieve the desired results is by adding in soft layers to give bounce and shape to your cut. If your hair has a naturally wavy texture, work it to your advantage. A good texture-boosting product like the VO5 Give Me Texture Rough & Sexy Sea Salt Spray (£3.99*) can really help you do this. But if you have straight hair, use a straightener to lightly curl the ends and sprinkle some TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Root Lifting Texturising Dust (£5.50*) to help inject some much needed volume to your roots.

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Long feathered pixie cut. Credit: Dvora

Long feathered pixie cut

If you’re looking for something fresh and funky, pixie cuts are incredibly stylish and versatile – and they’re great for giving your fine locks a bit of oomph. If the thought of really short pixie is making you nervous, why not try a longer, feathered look?

With defined layers worked in throughout the cut creating a softly tapered silhouette, and the addition of long piecey bangs, this is a style that’s sure to create the illusion of a fuller-looking head of hair.

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Messy wavy bob. Credit:

Wavy bob

Like we said, when it comes to plumping up fine hair, texture and volume are key. Which is why you should try out this low-maintenance style that just oozes contemporary feminine vibes.

To get the look, spray some TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day (£14.95*) into your roots when your hair is damp and work TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam (£5.50*) through the lengths and ends. Scrunch in the product using your hands. Then, use a hair dryer and diffuser to blow-dry your hair on the lowest setting until it’s almost completely dry – et voila!: a sexy, tousled bob with plenty of volume and movement is all yours!

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Asymmetric crop. Credit:

Asymmetric crop

Want a low-maintenance hairstyle that’ll help to instantly add movement and body to your thin hair? In which case, it’s all about the cut (and the addition of the simplest styling tricks!).

An asymmetric bob is not only one of this year’s most sought after haircuts, but it’s also a great way to give your fine locks shape and definition. Style it with a deep side part, which can help create the illusion of thicker-looking hair, and blow-dry it however you like!

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A-line bob. Credit:

A-line bob

Our round-up of the best short hairstyles for fine hair wouldn’t be complete without this classic cut now would it? Longer at the front and shorter and the back, this stylised look – which is usually cut blunt at the ends with the longest part hitting just above the chin – is a brilliant way to make your hair look thicker and fuller. For a more directional look, team your A-line bob with full, blunt-cut bangs, or leave it plain for a more modern, feminine outcome.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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