Got thin hair? These are the styles you need to ask your barber for

All Things Hair | 15 January 2018

On-trend and flattering: these are the hairstyles you need to try if you have thin hair…


While those of you with thick, full locks are blessed with a plethora of options when it comes to styles and cuts, many who have naturally fine or thin hair often struggle to find a cut that’s both stylish and flattering.

But fear not, gents, as a wealth of hairstyles do exist – and we’re going to prove it with our round up of the coolest ‘dos to try.

The must-try hairstyles for men with thin hair


front view image of man with short black hair and a French crop hairstyle
Give the the French crop a whirl if you have thin hair. Credit:

1. The French crop

Neat, masculine and timeless, the French crop boasts several benefits and is great for those who want to keep it short, but relatively stylised. If your barber does a good job in tailoring the cut to suit your taste and hair type, it should require very little to no maintenance at all.

So, what do you ask for? Request to keep it tight through the back and sides, while leaving the top section slightly longer (a couple of inches at most) with a choppy, textured finish, which will provide ample coverage and help give your hair a thicker look.

As for the front part, you have the choice of keeping some length if you want to style it forward, or cut into a short fringe.

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Editor’s tip: To build up the texture for this look, opt for a styling product that has a matt finish, such as the TONI&GUY Men’s Moulding Clay.

front view image of a man with blonde hair and a short razor cut
This short razored cut will give your hair an edgy look.

2. Short razored cut

Razor cutting is a technique that involves slicing and texturising the hair with the use of knife-like razors. Depending on the angle that the razor is held, this method can produce a variety of results and effects; be it soft, straight styles or smoother, more layered styles that are heavily textured. So it’s very flexible and perfectly adaptable to suit each individual.

For men with thin or fine hair, try keeping the top fairly short with shorter back and sides. It can also be the perfect hairstyle if you want to go a little longer, as the textured finish will provide a more natural, grown-out look, while giving you good coverage, too.

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Editor’s tip: To work this ‘do like a pro, reach for the VO5 Extreme Style Thicken Up Lifting Paste to help create texture and the illusion of thicker-looking locks.

front view of a man with a beard and brown hair slicked back
Try rocking semi-long hair and slicked back Credit:

3. Semi-long and slicked back

Now, don’t worry if you prefer to keep your locks on the slightly longer side, as thin hair doesn’t always have to be cut short to look good! For a more dapper look with some retro vibes, choose to rock a sleek and suave ‘do this season.

Keep the top about medium length and the sides only a tad shorter. The trick is to use a hairdryer to help guide the hair into place and build height (again, for coverage) by sweeping it over slightly to one side. Go for a classic wet-look using pomade or hold it in place with some hairspray, it’s all up to you!

front view image of a man with dark hair a mini quiff hairstyle
A minimalist quiff could be just what you need! Credit:

4. Minimalist quiff

We know what you’re thinking: quiffs equal drama. But before switching off, hear us out…

First of all, a quiff can work for men of all ages, and while being perfect for making a statement, it doesn’t have to be a big one. How extreme you go is entirely up to how large your personality is.

With the right touches and some personalisation, a good barber will certainly be able to tailor a quiff to suit you and your hair.

front view of a man with short textured hair
It’s all about texture with this look. Credit:

5. Textured top

If you’ve got thin hair, choosing a textured cut with lots of angles and definition creates plenty of interest and can give the illusion of thicker tresses. The mini-fringe helps to detract from fine or thinning locks, plus it’s such an easy, versatile look to pull off! Credit: @barberinspirations

Give a skin face a whirl to detract from thin hair. Credit:

6. Skin fade

The contrast between the dramatic skin fade and the swept-over length on top really helps to detract from thin hair.

This is a great look for style conscious gents who don’t want to comprise when it comes to their hair, with the added attention to detail from the hard shaved parting working to give off an on-trend vibe. Nice! Credit: @barber_moscowfrant

front view of a man with short hair
Short hair can make your hair look thicker overall. Credit:

7. Classic short hair

This classic and stylish short hairdo is perfect for fellas who like the more preppy look.

By keeping your hair cut closely to your head, with the overall look staying fairly neat and tidy looking, you’ll help to make your hair look thicker. This is a great one, if you want to keep you hairstyle on the smarter side. Credit: @fellowbarber

Alexander Ludwig with short blonde hair and a comber over
Keep the top of your hair long and swept back. Credit:

8. Short sides and combover

While we understand that advising you to rock a comb over might not be exactly what you had in mind, but as you can see, this look is far cooler than a traditional ‘comb over’!

Keep the sides of your hair neatly buzzed, and rock a longer length on top. Sweep the longer section back, for an incredibly suave look, that will make your hair look full and thick. Credit: @alexanderludwig

Go for a classic short hair cut to make your tresses look thicker. Credit:

9. Striking and messy

At first glance, this would appear to be a very ‘safe’ style, but it actually has bags of personality! The textured, choppy cut gives an appearance of added fullness to your hair, while the movement in the hair creates plenty of interest.

The best part about this style is that you can pretty much wake up and go, although if you reach for a wax or clay, we can almost guarantee this style will look even more cool. Credit: @kcfee

back view of a man with short hair and comb over
Keep things short and sweep your locks over to one side. Credit:

10. Short fade and side sweep

Give your look plenty of edge with this striking style, that will have people thinking about your stylish ‘do, rather than thin hair!

The straight razor cut finish, with length left on top and smooth back and sides, will all work together to make your hair look fuller than it actually is. Credit: @barbertownworc

side view of a man with short sides and spiky black hair
Spike up your hair to give your look definition. Credit:

11. Spiky hair

Give your hair the volume it deserves with this spiky look. Your angular, almost faux hawk look, will give your locks height and definition in all the right places.

Plus, the spikes will contrast with the shorter sides of your hair perfectly, creating the illusion of dense tresses. Credit: @andrewdoeshair

front view of a man with a mini quiff and short sides
Why not try out a mini quiff! Credit:

12. Mini pompadour

When you’ve got thin hair, you might think that you’re not able to pull of some of the edgier styles, such as the pompadour, but we’re here to tell you – you can get on board!

While you might not have the volume or height, you can still create a mini quiff, that will give height and texture to your hair. Trendsetters the world over have been coveting this striking and suave look, so now is the ideal time to get on board. Credit: @yyusufozdemirr2

Give your look a choppy edge with this style. Credit:

13. Brushed up spikes

As we’ve said before, spiky hair is your friend and brushed-up spikes are even better, as they add tonnes of volume to your look.

You’ll need plenty of product to recreate this style (we suggest a good wax or clay), but once you do, it’s well worth it, as the eye will be drawn to the top of the head, keeping your hair the focal point. If you like edgier styles, try this 2-in-1 look that you can switch up with your mood. Credit: @morrismotley



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