Straight Off the Runway: Hairstyles for Fine Hair Types

Disclaimer: Do NOT overthink it.

New York Fashion Week has been giving us serious I <3 NY feels lately, what with the bevy of edgy, inspired looks making the rounds. Fine hair types in particular are feeling the love this season, as the latest iterations on grungy-sleek—wet looks, off-center partings, deliberate *stringiness*—actually make the most out of thin strands.

Part street urchin, part athleisure babe, those of us with fine hair types are celebrating the inclusivity of these latest runway offerings. Scroll through to see our faves from all this ’90s-inspired fabulousness:

Trendy Hairstyles for Fine Hair Types from NYFW FW 2017

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Off-center partings freshen up a tired hairline, as well as give the illusion of some lift. Photo credit:

1. Off-Center Parts

Women with thin, straight hair but are wary of a big commitment can opt for playing with their part line. This new silhouette helps create a trompe l’oeil effect; in some cases, flipping your hair over to your non-dominant side can even infuse your roots with a bit more volume. To avoid a greasy look, mop up any sebum or second-day buildup with a dry shampoo, such as Dove Refresh+Care Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo, sprayed on the root and mussed throughout your hair.

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A wet look is an crisp and edgy style for natural-textured women with thinner-density hair. Photo credit:

2. Wet Look

Slicking your hair back with gel or shine pomade achieves a one-two punch: First, it smoothens down any flyways and frizz, and second, nails one of the trendiest looks of the past two seasons. Fine hair types that are of a natural texture benefit a lot from this hairstyle, as it gives their fickle strands (read: slightly poufy, but thin) a bit of balance and structure. Choose a styler that gives shine as it reins in any errant strands, such as Nexxus Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam, and rake through from your roots to tips.

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A platinum pixie cut serves up in-your-face style, without the nonsense. Photo credit:

3. Blonde Pixie

Pixie cuts are for girls who want to cut their losses, quite literally. Keeping hair cropped close to the head creates the illusion of fullness and more overall density to those with all-around thinning, a look that can be exacerbated by long, stringy strands. Dyeing hair lighter goes one step further: Bleaching can swell up the hair shaft and provide more texture and stylability to short hair.

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A balayage with side-swept bangs is a classically flattering look. Photo credit:

4. Balayage + Bangs

Highlights give hair dimension and can help make hair look thicker, so pairing a sexy, subtle balayage with even sexier, chin-grazing bangs is a no-brainer for fine hair types. This combo is a foolproof way to infuse hair with some color- and layer-induced volume, not to mention being one of the most versatile looks of the bunch. Turn up the ante by texturizing with a paste or hair putty, such as SheaMoisture Manuka Honey Hydrate + Repair Whipped Curl Cream, which helps give your locks some street-style separation.

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The shag + the lob = the perfect ‘grown-out’ mid-length look. Photo credit:

5. “The Shlob”

Not to be confused with your general lazy, non-showering winter couch potato, this look is a runway-approved mashup of last year’s two biggest hair trends: the shag and the lob. It features longer layers in the fringe area that fall near the chin, giving it more wash-and-wear appeal and updo friendliness. But like the shag, it retains a bit of choppiness at the ends that help maintain a swingy ‘do that’s got all rocker chicks rushing to their nearest salon.

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A micro fringe is another bang option for ladies with thin hair. Photo credit:

6. Baby Bangs

Nail that sweet ingénue look with a unique-looking micro fringe. Not only does this particular bang hairstyle abbreviate a large, receding forehead; it also refreshes the eye area, giving the wearer a more youthful countenance. Fine hair types can do well with using a bit of volumizing lotion on their fringe, such as TRESemmé Thermal Creations Blow-Dry Accelerator Spray, then blowdrying with a brush and a diffuser. Bonus points for that trendy middle part.

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