Fine hair is one of the most exceedingly difficult hair types to style. There aren’t that many hairstyles for thin hair that can mimic the appearance of a fuller, thicker mane. Some women who are completely frustrated have resorted to drastic measures in the quest for hairstyles for thin hair—everything from popping hair growth supplements to chopping off some length to spending an arm and a leg on hair extensions.
However, those with fine hair don’t have to resort to cutting it all off. There are several looks that make the most out of naturally baby-fine texture without having to sacrifice length. A lot of women with curly hair are conditioned by the claims of volumizing hair products that often make them feel as if having thin hair is the worst thing in the world. If you like your thin hair, you should embrace it. Conversely, if you want to make your hair look fuller, you can do that too.
There’s no wrong way to wear your hair texture as long as it feels appropriate to your personal taste and preferences. If you’re looking for some hairstyling ideas, we’ve rounded up some of our top favorite hairstyles for thin hair types. Check out some of our go-to hairstyles for thin hair below:
Hairstyles for Thin Hair: 35 Elevated and Easy Looks
1. The Minimalist Style
Keep it simple with an easy everyday look. To keep the voluminous look and feel of your thin hair, opt for using a dry shampoo in between washes to prevent oily strands.
2. Straight Blowout
Never underestimate the power of blowout hairstyles for thin hair. With the right volumizing hair care products you are well on your way to a beautiful style.
3. Thin Hairstyles for Textured Hair
If you have a naturally curly or wavy hair texture, use it to your advantage. Implement products into your haircare routine that wake up your texture, helping you to create the illusion of fuller locks.
4. Super Thin Style
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone that hates their thin hair. There’s a good amount of women that don’t mind embracing their thin and fine strands.
5. Choppy Layers
If you’re looking for hairstyles for thin hair that create a fuller effect, try going for choppy layers. The layers create a natural-looking undone feel and give your hairstyle lots of movement.
6. Loose Bun
Creating buns on thin hair can be a struggle. We don’t feel it should be that way! If you want to conceal the thin texture of your hair, opt for a looser bun.
7. Disheveled Thin Hairstyles
One thing you’re not exempt from when having thin hair is being able to try out trends just like everyone else. You want the disheveled messy hair effect? Go for it.
8. Extra Long Thin Hair
Having naturally thin hair isn’t a determining factor of whether your hair is healthy or not. Thin hair can grow long once it’s taken care of. If you’re constantly flat ironing your hair to wear straight styles, don’t ever forget to use a heat protectant.
9. Thin Hair Fringe
Create the illusion of a thicker hairstyle with a super short bob and bang hairstyle on jet black hair.
10. Wavy High Ponytail
Want a full pony on thin hair? Add waves to the ends of your hair prior to creating your ponytail. Backcomb the ends to create volume.
11. Highlights on Thin Hair
There are so many ways to fake the illusion of thicker hair on thin hair types. There are also ways to take the attention away from your thin texture, like using highlights to add dimension.
12. Platinum Thin Hair
For many, going for the platinum hair color on thin hair is a major no-no. However, if you insist, be sure to treat your hair and wear styles that help your locks appear fuller and more compact, like the lob.
13. Brushed-Out Thin Hairstyles
This brushed out blowout is giving us all the feels. Achieve this pillow soft texture by brushing your hair with a boar-bristled brush and a few drops of shine serum. Focus more on your ends with your brush strokes to create the airy effect.
14. Partial Highlights on Thin Hairstyles
Want to give your thin hair a quick update? Try face framing partial highlights.
15. The Low Bun
Want a no-fuss style? A low bun is easy and classy.
16. Thick Fringe
Use a thick fringe to offset the thinner silhouette of your mane.
17. Thin Hair Pixie
Go for a pixie with an undercut to achieve a thicker, layered effect.
18. Straight Ponytail
Not only does a high ponytail make your hair look longer, but when you style it with textured ends you create a voluminous finish on thin hair types.
19. Shag Hairstyle for Thin Hair
Looking for a hip haircut that looks great on thin hair? Try a shag. The thin layers add a stylish element to your overall look and work in your favor when it comes to achieving natural movement.
20. Short Blowout Styles for Thin Hair
A middle-parted blowout adds the perfect symmetry to your look. Tease the ends for texture and to enhance volume.
21. Short Shaggy Crop
Try your hand at a short and choppy style to create an edgy look.
22. Silver Thin Hair
Like blonde and platinum blonde, silver hair can give your hair the illusion of hair that’s thinner than it actually is. Try wearing this hair color with styles that create a fuller and thicker look.
23. Stacked Bob
An angled or stacked bob on thin hair creates a little volumizing action.
24. Ear-to-Ear Bangs
Tired of your thin hair being front and center? Try something different. Ear-to-ear bangs create a widening effect to your style, making it seem fuller than it is.
25. Tousled Hair Thin Hairstyles
26. Face-Framing Bangs
When creating face-framing bangs, instead of styling them completely straight, opt for bumping the ends just a bit with your curling iron. This bumping method will help with volume.
27. Messy & Voluminous Hairstyles for Thin Hair
If you haven’t used the rough dry hack on your thin hair, you are truly missing out. This technique could be the answer to all of your lifeless hair questions. Try it out and be sure to set with a flexible hold hairstyle like Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray.
28. Wavy Thin Hair
Styling your thin hair into a wavy hairstyle is an easy way to create a voluminous look.
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29. Inverted Lob
Snipping off frayed, damaged ends into a bob haircut is a popular solution for long yet thinning hair, but there’s a way to salvage some of that precious length too. The inverted lob is a nifty way to wear your hair shorter and get that uniform fullness as longer layers at the front draws the eye forward and down, giving the illusion of length. This is especially flattering if you don’t have too much volume on top.
30. Messy Part
Creating a jagged part instead of a sharp, well-demarcated line gives the illusion of fullness and some lift to the top layers. Messy parts are best worn with loose, wavy layers or mid-length shags. You can also use some mousse, like TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse, to infuse hair with extra body and texture.
31. Deep Side Part
Work your angles by creating a deep side part. This will draw attention downward as it creates a sexy peek-a-boo effect over one eye. Worn with a lob or even with a low ponytail, it’s a great day-to-night hairstyle for women with fine hair. Worried about looking like you have a tiny ponytail? Loop a lock of hair around your hair tie to mask it. So chic and effective!
32. Hair Donut
While a set of three chignon donut bun makers will cost you more than an actual doughnut at your neighborhood café, we think they’re definitely a gift that keeps on giving. A foam bun maker—a circular ball with a hole in the middle, hence its super-sweet nickname—is one of the industry’s best-kept beauty secrets. To use, first gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with a hair tie. Next, pull the donut through and keep it snug around the hair tie. Proceed to twist the ponytail hair around the donut, making sure to cover it completely. Tuck in the ends around the base with some bobby pins.
33. Blunt Bob with Bangs
As opposed to razored techniques, ask for a choppy, blunt bob and your stylist will cut hair at the fullest part of the shaft, resulting in more thicker-looking volume straight across. Keep your style from looking mousy with the addition of cool-girl bangs that graze your browbone. The hairstyle looks trés chic when rumpled up with a bit of texture or with a few strategic waves via a styling iron.
34. Strategic Color and Highlights
Using color on hairstyles for thin hair spices up your ’do via some dimension-adding highlights. Water and color swell up the hair shaft, resulting in more texture and fluff—two things that women with flat, thinning hair might want. In addition, carefully placed highlights can give a trompe l’oeil effect of more (and thicker!) hair.
35. Side French or Fishtail Braid
Fake some strand density by wearing a messy braid on one (or both) sides of your head. A French or fishtail braid worn crown-style, starting from your hair part downwards to the nape, is a flattering updo for women with finer hair. A 3D plait fattens up your crown’s silhouette and perfectly camouflages any thinness or bald spots.
Need more styling inspiration for your hair type? Here are some bob haircuts that will make thin hair look fuller.