14 chic updos for thin hair

Stylish updos for thin hair to amp up your mane game.

Naturally lacking in the volume department? Whether you’re seeking inspiration for new styling ideas or you’re hoping to cheat your way to fuller-looking tresses using some clever hair hacks, these 14 on-trend updos for thin hair cover all bases.

So, if you’re looking to give your fine hair a revamp, simply keep reading for all our expert hair tips and tricks, plus a healthy dose of inspiring updos for fine hair from Instagram.

Updos for thin hair: Back view of a woman with light brown and blonde highlighted hair in a messy updo with a tortoiseshell claw clip
Claw clips are one of this season’s most sought-after accessories. Credit: Instagram.com/carnivala

1. Claw clip

Claw clips have become really popular again this season thanks to the ’90s revival (extra bonus points if it’s tortoiseshell print). The perfect way to channel the nineties nostalgia, there’s no easier or more stylish way to quickly throw your hair up. Credit: @carnivala

Updos for thin hair: Back side view of a woman with dark blonde hair in a French fishtail braided updo with wispy strands
Braided updos always look super romantic. Credit: Instagram.com/bridevibesandbalayage

2. French fishtail

Need occasion-worthy updos for thin hair? This French fishtail braided updo is everything you could want from an updo – pretty, romantic and most importantly, full of texture. Credit: @bridevibesandbalayage

Editor’s tip: If volume is your biggest hair concern, start your prep in the shower by using a specialist volumising hair care range like the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner. The Collagen+ Fullness System is infused with collagen, which as you might already know from your skincare is known for it’s plumping properties.

They’ll give your locks extra volume and body so that when you come to blow-drying your hair you’ve already got a more textured base for styling.

Read next: The hair lessons we’ve borrowed from the world of skincare

Updos for thin hair: Close-up back view of a woman with platinum blonde white hair in a sleek bun with an oversized gold hair pin
Looking for updos for thin hair? Add a fashion-forward touch with a statement hair pin. Credit: Instagram.com/rosibel.hair

3. French pin bun

French pins are top of our accessory wishlist right now and judging by the number of them we’ve seen popping up all over Instagram, we’re not alone in our love for them. Plus, they’re just what you need to make your updo look more glam for the evening. Credit: @rosibel.hair

Updos for thin hair: Blonde woman with two low buns and wispy front bangs, wearing a white cableknit jumper and retro sunglasses
So ’90s! Credit: Instagram.com/fashioninflux

4. Low double buns

Not only are these blogger’s double buns just about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen, the undone mini buns and wispy strands also make her hair look fuller. Credit: @fashioninflux

Next read: Get the look here with our double low bun tutorial

Updos for thin hair: Side close-up of a brunette woman with her hair in a messy bun with two gold bee hair accessories
Isn’t it bee-you-tiful? Credit: Instagram.com/byzantinempress

5. Statement clips

In the same way a statement shoe can transform an outfit, standout accessories can be the difference between an average updo and an Instagram dream. These bees are great for party season. Credit: @byzantinempress

Updos for thin hair: Close-up of a woman with ashy blonde hair in a halo braid updo hairstyle with pearl accessories, wearing a bridal dress
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate this halo braid? Credit: Instagram.com/leletny

6. Halo braid

A popular choice with brides, halo braid updos for fine hair look absolutely beautiful. The trick to the best looking and most long-lasting braids is to do them on day old hair, or to prep the hair with a texturising spray, as soft, freshly washed hair is prone to unravelling quicker. Credit: @leletny

Editor’s tip: The TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray helps to add grip to your strands, hold your braid in place for longer, and boost the texture of your fine tresses, too.

Updos for thin hair: Selfie of All Things Hair Editor Leona with dark brunette hair in a top knot style, wearing a grey high neck knit and hoop earrings
Top knot lovers, this is your moment. Credit: Instagram.com/lillyhearts

7. Top knot

This model go-to is a style statement in itself but it’s also one of the best updos for fine hair for disguising unwashed locks. In fact, hair that’s a day or 2 old will help give your bun more texture, which for thin hair can only ever be a good thing. Credit: @lillyhearts

Updos for thin hair: back view of a girl with platinum blonde long hair in a single plait, wearing a fluffy pink jumper
Simple and stylish. Credit: Instagram.com/grcelisabeth

8. Single braid

You don’t need extensions to get the perfect braid. By prepping the hair with the right products and making sure to pancake your braid afterwards (that is, gently pulling on your braid from either side to give it a fuller, plumped-up appearance), even a basic single braid can look amazing. Credit: @grcelisabeth

Updos for thin hair: back view of medium toned blonde hair in a twisted low bun
Smooth strands and twisted bun. Credit: Instagram.com/cabellobycarolina

9. Twisted bun

Great for all hair types, this twisted bun is the perfect go-to style for anyone looking for a stylish hairstyle to wear to the office or a night out with the girls. Credit: @cabellobycarolina

Updos for thin hair: Back view close-up of a woman with long brown hair in a tousled low ponytail with a black ribbon bow
Up your ponytail game with a on-trend bow. Credit: Instagram.com/thebadbob

10. Ribbon ponytail

If you feel like your hair is lacking, sometimes it’s as easy as adding an accessory to take it next level. Ribbons have become a huge street style hair favourite this year and they’re the perfect thing to pair with your pony. Credit: @thebadbob

Updos for thin hair: Back view of a blonde woman with her hair in a knotted updo
You will knot believe how simple this knotted updo is to do. Credit: Instagram.com/locksbylisab_

11. Knotted updo

Giving a whole new meaning to knotty hair, this knotted updo looks really intricate, but rather than being braided it’s actually created with just a series of basic knots. Credit: @locksbylisab_

Next read: Knot bun inspiration from the runway

Updos for thin hair: Back view of a woman with ash brown to silver blonde hair in a big messy bun, wearing a grey high neck knit jumper
Undone styles are the secret to fuller looking tresses. Credit: Instagram.com/larinabeauty

12. Messy bun

Hunting for updos for thin hair that can work from day to night and everything in between? Then we suggest styling your fine hair in a messy bun. Undone, textured and carefree, this high bun is ticking all our lazy-girl boxes. Credit: @larinabeauty

Next read: Tips on how to create the perfect messy bun

Editor’s tip: Whichever updos for thin hair you decide to try, remember to spritz your tresses with a hairspray that not only holds your updo in place but also gives your fine hair extra definition.

We love TONI&GUY Tousled Texture Creation Hairspray for adding natural movement to our hair – perfect for this undone updo.

Updos for thin hair: Back view of a woman with dark brunette long hair in a low wavy ponytail, wearing a strapless white top
Talk about ponytail goals. Credit: Instagram.com/hair.blitz.event.styling

13. Wavy ponytail

Something we’ve learnt from the red carpet is that ponytails are so much more than just a basic everyday hairstyle. Just add in some curls and hide your hair tie by wrapping the hair around your hair tie and it’ll look polished and put together. Credit: @hair.blitz.event.styling

Editor’s tip: Keep your tresses smooth and frizz free by prepping your strands with a heat protect spray. For glam styles, try using the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray as in addition to protecting your strands it’ll also boost shine and give a silky finish.

Updos for thin hair: side view of a woman with brunette long hair and curled ends with a half-up bun, wearing a sleeveless navy blouse and a white skirt
The half-up, half-down bun is the perfect in-between style. Credit: Instagram.com/tlmermaid

14. The hun

Get the best of both worlds with this blogger fave half-updo. From bobs to long Rapunzel lengths, the half-up, half-down bun (AKA the hun) has become one of the most popular updos for fine hair, but also works well on thick and curly hair too. Credit: @tlmermaid


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