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 easy 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.
While some people have naturally thin hair, if you noticed that your hair has suddenly become more sparse or has thinned out over time, it may be due to other circumstances. Keep scrolling to find out some of our go-to hairstyles for thin hair and learn what could be causing thinner strands.
What Causes Thinning Hair
If you’ve suddenly started experiencing hair loss or have noticed your hair gradually getting thinner over time, it may be due to other causes. If you don’t have naturally thin hair, check out some reasons that may be causing your hair to thin.
Over-Treating Your Hair
Hair treatments like keratin, perms, relaxers, and dyeing can all take a toll on your strands over time. Applying harsh chemicals to your hair multiple times a year can definitely lead to hair thinning and breakage. To avoid this, try to limit the number of treatments you get and when you do get one of these treatments done, make sure to take extra good care of your hair to prevent as much damage as possible.
We love these tight ponytails and braided styles too, but wearing these styles a lot causes more harm than good. Sure, the hairstyles are very cute, but constantly putting that much tension and on your hair and scalp, especially near the root will lead to thinning hair. It’s best to only do these hairstyles once in a while.
Yes, it’s true. Stress can lead to thinning hair. When you experience chronic stress, your corticosterone levels are increased, and when they’re increased, it slows down the hair growth cycle. You’ll still be experiencing hair fall, however, your hair isn’t growing as fast as normal, which is why it will appear thinner.
Not Getting Enough Vitamins
If your body is healthy, your hair will be healthy too. Some vitamins that are essential for hair growth include Iron, folic acid, and zinc. If you think you may be deficient in any of these, you can get a blood test done to find out if you should be taking a supplement. You can also begin to include foods in your diet that are rich in these vitamins.
Hairstyle Ideas for Thin Hair
Need some hairstyle inspo? Check out our top looks for thin hair!
1. Minimal and Straight
Keep it simple with an easy everyday look. Prime strands with a thermal protectant, then blowdry with a round brush with the hair split into four equal sections. For extra volume at the roots, spritz in some dry shampoo and massage into the scalp thoroughly for an instant lift. Bed Head by TIGI Straighten Out Straightening Cream
2. Blunt bob
This is the quintessential haircut to try if you have thin hair. Creating layers and snipping your hair is an incredible way to impart volume, as you cut strands at their thickest part, making hair look fuller. You can really have fun with the length too, as you go shorter in the back and longer in the front, creating depth and dimension to your face while also looking super modern.
3. Deep Side Part
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone hates their thin hair. There’s a good amount of women that don’t mind embracing their thin and fine strands. If you’re looking to add an extra boost of volume, spritz TRESemmé Volumizing Hair Thickening Spray throughout your hair, focusing on your roots.
4. The Angled Bob
This style is all about angles that if done probably, no one will ever suspect was for camouflaging your thinning strands. Your stylist can create multiple layers of shorter hair in the back and have them graduate longer in the front. We love this look on thin, straight hair, as it can make hair look thicker and have more depth.
5. The Loose, Wavy 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. Use a bit of styling paste on the ends to add dimension, texture, and a voluminous finish for thin hair types.
Hero Product: Bed Head by TIGI Hard to Get Texturizing Paste
6. Long Layers
If you haven’t tried layers with your thin hair, you’ll soon see how this look can be your BFF. Layers can frame your face as they thicken up your hair. The addition of a few strategically curled pieces in front gives some freshness and dimension to your look. This one is also a favorite if you don’t want to go short but crave an easy solution to mix up your style with little effort. Such a big reward!
7. The Brushed-Out Style
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 an airy effect. Spritz the ends with dry shampoo, like Suave Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo, to add to the fuzzy vibe.
8. Thick, Blunt Fringe
Thick, blunt bangs give the illusion of depth thanks to strategic styling above the brows. It almost feels like a bowl cut from the 90s but way, way chicer.
9. A Pixie Undercut
If you’re not afraid to go short, try a pixie—and double down on it with a cool undercut for a layered effect that’s pretty awesome.
10. A Skinny Shag
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.
11. 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. Spray TRESemmé TRES Two Unscented Extra Hold Hair Spray liberally to lock the style in place.
12. Side 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.
13. Choppy Bob
Another bob that’s really awesome for thin hair is a choppy bob. You can really have fun with the multiple layers in this look while creating texture and depth. Tousle some styling cream into your hair as you rock the messy hair look in style for effortless hold, swing, and hydration.
Hero Product: Emerge My Everything Hair Styling Butter Cream
14. The Lob
The lob is everywhere these days and it’s easy to see why. This in-between hairstyle allows you to slightly test out short hair while still having some length. The look is also gorgeously feminine as your hair ‘kisses’ your collarbone ever so slightly, creating an eye-catching look that also adds some swing to your thin hair.
15. Beachy Waves
If you want to stay away from heat, try creating waves with a sea salt spray, which works best when you massage through damp and/or dry strands. This creates some temporary volume and depth to your thin hair.
16. Side-Swept Pixie
If losing length doesn’t bother you, the pixie cut may be your thing. This spunky style gives some fullness to your crown and doesn’t require much maintenance. You can also play with your bangs, opting to switch up the sides or spiking them upwards.
17. Puffed-Up and Pulled Back
You can also create depth to your locks (without losing length) but try different updos. The classic half-up/half-down is always an easy way to go, but you can also try out various buns, chignons, or a braided twist.
No matter which looks you choose, remember confidence is queen: Wear your thin hair with pride. Whether that’s short or long, layered or banged, or a bit of both, remember that your hair is what makes you beautiful—and you.