Haircuts for Volume: Top 16 Haircuts to Achieve Voluminous Strands

The bigger, the better!

We know that if you have thin or fine hair, faking volume can be a big struggle. A lot of it can come down to your haircut! We know it may seem like styles or products are the better route, but sometimes a quick snip is all you need. Haircuts for volume aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. There are tons of different haircuts out there—trust us—but, if lift is number one on your mind, there are a few main styles to try.

Different haircuts for volume play off of a few key cuts. If you keep the following four in mind, you can make whatever tweaks you need to get your perfect look. Read on to see our top four haircuts for volume and why they work:

1. Blunt Bob

haircuts for volume the blunt bob
Best for babes with textured hair.

We like blunt cuts for faking more volume, but only if you already have some texture to your hair. Getting a blunt cut on curly or wavy hair textures allows the ends of your hair to sit on top of each other. This gives you instant volume at the ends of your hair! On straight textures, this effect can still work, but it may take more styling to get the same amount of volume.

2. Long Shag

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Shag cuts are the sleeper hit of voluminous haircuts. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Messy styles will always look much more voluminous than their sleek counterparts. Having texture run through your hair keeps things visually looking much wider and fuller. We love shag haircuts for volume because of the seamless transition from bangs to the ends, and refined layers give an overall halo effect to this look. Without the presence of sharp angles or clear-cut lines, the shag haircut gives even fine hair the appearance of being much thicker.

3. Long Layered Haircuts for Volume

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The more layers, the better. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you have long hair, long layers and face-framing layers may seem counter-intuitive for making your haircut look more voluminous, as some may think that incorporating layers removes more hair. In this case, it works: Having very long hair without any layers takes the movement out of thin hair, meaning any bit of bend or body that your hair may have isn’t fully taken advantage of. Layers help create more shape, movement, and dimension, giving the illusion of fuller locks.

4. Stacked Bob

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Work your magic to add volume to straight hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This is our short-haired option for gals with straight hair. If this is more up your alley, try a stacked bob. This detail means that this bob is shorter in the back, with layers and angles longer in front. The reason this style works so well is that the layers and angular cut help to create more shape, especially for straight hair. These layers towards the front also thin down a wider face. Also, having your hair shorter at the back creates contrast and helps to emphasize the volume.

If you have a cut like this and want to work in a little more texture, we suggest using hair wax. A creamy wax like S Factor by TIGI Creamy Molding Wax works not only for adding texture to your ends, but to your roots as well. Simply take a pea-sized amount in your fingers and work it through your hair.

5. Angled Bob with Layers

angled bob haircut
Make hair appear thicker with an angled bob.

Opting for an angled bob with layers will help add movement to your strands. The layering will also create contrast so the style isn’t bottom heavy.

6. Teased Style with Layers

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Teasing can help add volume to your hair.

Asking for layers in your hair is one of the fool-proof tricks when it comes to making hair appear thicking. However, if that isn’t enough, gently tease strands at the roos for even more body.

7. Frace-Framing Layers

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Face-framing layers help add volume to your style.

This ’90s-inspired haircut is a perfect option when you’re looking for a cut that will make hair more voluminous. To achieve this style, ask your stylist for face-framing layers.

8. Pixie Cut with Longer Front

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A cropped cut like this can actually help add volume.

If you’re a fan of ultra-short styles, this pixie cut is for you. By keeping the front section of your hair longer, you’re able to style it back to add height to your style.

To do this, we suggest using a round brush and blow-dryer after washing your hair. This will help create the volume you’re looking for. To set in place, use Suave Professionals Firm Control Boosting Mousse.

9. Face-Framing Strands Haircuts for Volume

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Use face-framing pieces to makes the hair appear more voluminous.

Not only is this style trendy, but it’s perfect if you want to make your strands appear more voluminous. To hold this style in place, use TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Boost Hold Level 3 Hair Spray.

10. Brushed-Out Curls

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brush out your curls to achieve all the volume.

Want to add more volume to your curly hair? Simply brush out your strands! This is an easy weight to instantly add more body to your hair no matter what length.

11. Side-Part Haircuts for Volume

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Create more volume with a side part!

Whether you have long or short hair, just changing your part to the side helps create instant volume at the crown of your head.

12. Curtain Bangs Haircut

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Try adding bangs!

Longer bangs, like the trending curtain style is a great way to make your hair appear voluminous. This will create more movement and bounce higher up, instead of having a one-length haircut that is heavy on the bottom.

13. Shag Haircut with Bangs

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A shag cut. can help make the hair appear more voluminous.

A shag haircut has many layers, mainly on the upper and middle sections of the hair shaft. Because of the layers, the additional movement and texture will help add volume to your strands.

To emphasize the texture, use Nexxus Between Washes Air Lift Dry Texture Finishing Spray. This will help add bounce to your strands with a lightweight hold. Plus, it’s perfect for second day hair.

14. Micro Bangs with Layers

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Micro bangs with layers help add more volume!

Having a haircut with bangs and longer layers will allow your strands to have the most movement possible. This will make you hair more bouncy and won’t appear weighed down.

15. Side-Swept Hair

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Go for a side-swept look.

No matter what hair type you have, adding a deep side part is one of the best ways to instantly give your hair boost of volume.

16. Short Layers

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Short layers can help make the hair appear more voluminous.

Haircuts with short layers is such an easy way to make your hair appear more voluminous. The layers will help add more dimension and body to your style. 

Wheather you add layers to your haircut or opt for a shag cut, there are many ways you can switch up your style to make your hair appear more voluminous. 

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