30 Best Hairstyles for Men with Fine Hair

It's time to break your silence, men! Fine hair can be just as versatile as your thicker mane counterparts, as we're going to show you how...  

Fine hair? Men can often feel ashamed of having fine or thinning hair, but if it’s something that you’re self-conscious about, rest assured that there are loads of great styles out there that can help limit the appearance of fine strands, plus improve the appearance of your ‘do.

So, whether you’ve always struggled with fine hair or it’s something you’re only just starting to be concerned about, why not try out one of these looks and see just how much of a difference it could make?

Buzz cut

photo of a man with a short buzz cut haircut
When in doubt, buzz it out. Credit: Instagram.com/dsr_the_barber_

This might come as a bit of a surprise, but sure enough, one of the most effective ways to conceal fine strands is actually to cut it super short into a close shaved buzz cut.

This military-inspired style has been around decades thanks to its low-maintenance nature, and has even been adopted by men with receding hairlines or premature balding, too. Credit: @dsr_the_barber_

Crew Cut

side profile shot of a man with a classic crew cut and fade detail
The crew is one of the simplest and most popular men’s haircuts. Credit: Instagram.com/londonschoolofbarbering

The crew cut is one of the best hairstyles for men with fine hair. This preppy ‘do combines a classic short back and sides, with the longer layers on top instantly giving a fuller appearance as a result! Pretty neat trick, right? Credit: @londonschoolofbarbering

Comb Over

shot from above of a brunette man with a sleek side parted combover hairstyle
Comb overs are a smart and sophisticated style, perfect for the office. Credit: Instagram.com/danielcoxbarbering

Like to look fresh for work? Side-swept comb overs are a clever way of making your mane appear more voluminous, as by sweeping all of your hair to one side, it magically makes your hair look thicker by concentrating all of your strands to one side. Now that’s what we call smart styling! Credit: @danielcoxbarbering

Editor’s tip: For a style that can survive the 9-5, you’ll need to use a product such as the VO5 Styling Wax. This wax is great for creating ultra precise, neat styles, as it’s able to shape and hold your hair without leaving it crispy.

Slicked Back

view from behind of a man with slicked back hair
Is hair thinning an issue for you? Try a slicked back look. Credit: Instagram.com/jacobheronbarber

Thinning around your crown? Stylishly disguise thinning locks and get in on the vintage-inspired slick back hair trend with a super suave style.

All you’ll need to do, is use a comb to sweep your hair over any problem areas and you’ll be ready for action; whether it’s work, drinks or a date. Credit: @jacobheronbarber

Pompadour

brunette man with a pompadour hairstyle
Peak your hair into a pompadour for the illusion of fullness. Credit: Instagram.com/chrismirandahair

Men with fine hair might think that peaked, pompadour hairstyles like those worn by Bruno Mars and David Beckham are out of reach, but actually, there’s no reason not to give them a go.

The wave shaped style can still work just as well on finer hair types, but your peak may just need to be a little shorter.

Editor’s tip: To give your pomp a helping hand, prep your hair by working through some of the VO5 Extreme Style Thicken Up Lifting Paste, working from the roots up. This will help hold your ‘do in position, plus provide you with a fuller effect.

Quiff

brunette man with quiffed up tousled hair
Want to go casual? Consider this textured, pushed up look. Credit: Instagram.com/ken_scissorhands

Prefer to maintain some length in your look so that you can play around with different styles? One thing we would suggest for fine-hair men, is that rather than having the same length all over, ask your barber to add in some choppy, shorter layers throughout, so that your natural style has a more tousled look to it. Credit: @ken_scissorhands

Spikes

brunette asian man with soft spiked up hair
Spiked up hair may have a bad reputation but softer styles are much more wearable. Credit: Instagram.com/supercool_rico

Thought spiked-up hair was strictly for boys under the age of 10? Spiked styles may not be as popular as they once were, but they can still look stylish when given a more subtle, contemporary makeunder.

Fine-hair men may find that creating soft, natural spikes can actually help the hair to appear thicker, so set aside any misconceptions and you might be pleasantly surprised. Credit: @supercool_rico

Editor’s tip: The key to nailing contemporary spikes in fine hair is to not use a gel. Instead try the TONI&GUY Men’s Texturising Fibre, which will help to add a softness to the spikes and ensure they don’t all clump together.

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Windblown

Man with thin, wispy wind blown hair

If you’re a ‘wash and go’ kind of guy, then you’ll be pleased to know that this style works with your haircare preferences. Leave the styling to the experts and let your texture do the talking with this easy and sexy windblown look.

Tousled Hair

Man with straight fine hair with layers
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Another way to work in texture is by asking your stylist for a haircut that supports it. What do we mean by that? By opting for a layered haircut you’ll find that tousled texture will be easy to achieve with virtually no effort. The layers naturally create some dimension for an easy styling routine that looks like it took some time.

Subtle Fade

Man with short hair with subtle fade

Consider opting for a style that works with your natural hair texture rather than trying to turn it into something it isn’t. The subtle fade is a great and easy way to get in on a trend that is here to stay.

Embracing Fine Hair

Man with his short brown hair styled swept back

If you’re finding that your fine hair has started to thin out, don’t panic just yet. Rather than fight your hair growth patterns, you can actually learn to embrace them.

Brushed Back

Man with spiked up short hair

Would you believe us if we told you that the shape of your hairstyle can affect the appearance of your bone structure? It’s true. By choosing a style like this one that’s styled up and away from your face, you elongate your face overall.

Editor’s tip: Make sure to set the look with a spritz of the VO5 Mega Hold Hairspray.

Military Cut

Man with short military style haircut on fine hair
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No matter what your hair type or texture is, you can never go wrong with a military cut.

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Straight

Man with fine hair styled to the side

Grow your hair out into a medium length and wear your style sleek and straight.

Man Bun

Man with his hair styled into a man bun

Grow your hair out even longer and tie your hair back into a man bun. Finer hair is easier to manage and throwing your hair up into a trendy man bun will be a breeze.

Heavily Styled

Man with dark hair styled swept back

Many guys (and girls) are wary of using hair products on finer hair types. They’re worried about weighing their lightweight strands down with too much product and end up missing out on some opportune styling moments.

Undone Curls

Man with fine, fluffy dark curls

Anyone with curly hair will be wary of removing hair products from their routine… and with good reason too. Give it a shot for an undone look on days when you want a style that’s a bit more low-maintenance.

Deepen Your Part

Man with with fine hair side into a deep side part

If you’re in the ‘searching for more volume’ camp, then you’ll want to try this easy trick. By styling your hair with a side part, you’ll add a quick and easy amount of volume at your roots for the appearance of thicker strands.

Cropped

Man with short fine cropped hair
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Another look that works on every hair type and texture is a completely cropped style.

Brushed-Through

Man with dark hair styled swept back

This product-free style is another one for all the low-maintenance guys out there. Run your fingers through your hair to make good use of your natural oils for a tousled brushed-through look.

Balanced Beard

Man with brushed back blonde hair

Balance out your fine hair with a thick and full beard.

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Trimmed Beard

Man with short, fine afro with trimmed beard
Credit: Unsplash

Or, if you’re not quite ready for a full-bearded look, then consider a trimmed option.

Short Sides

Man with short professional haircut

To create the appearance of thicker hair, keep the hair on the sides of your head short.

Thin Locks

Man with thin brown hair styled partly

Let’s face it, you may not want to spend a lot of time styling your hair to change the appearance of its texture. Instead of working against your hair, work with it! Embrace your naturally fine hair and opt for a shorter style. This makes your fine texture not as noticeable, plus it’ll be easy to maintain.

Distinct Part

Man with dark brown hair with hard side part

Want to create the illusion of more voluminous hair? Create a distinct part and brush your hair over to one side.

Swoop Style

Man with medium swoop hair

Does your hair have a little length to it? Channel your inner heartthrob singer, and try swoop style.

Messy Strands

Man with messy short fine hair

Creating a messy hairstyle will lift you strand, which will make them appear less limp.

Short Length

Man with dark short quiff haircut

Work with the natural texture of your hair by maintaining a short style. This cut won’t emphasize your fine strands and it requires little to no product to maintain, which is great of you’re always on the go.

Slicked Back

Man with short dark hair styled slick and backwards

Keep the sides of your hair shorter to create the illusion that your hair is thicker. Use a gel to slick the longer section of hair back to create a smooth style with more volume at the root.

Tousled Waves

Man with swept back natural waves

There’s nothing wrong with embracing your natural waves.

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