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.
14 on-trend updos for fine hair that'll plump up your mane
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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