15 of the Best Hairstyles for Thin Hair for the Holidays

Be the belle of all the balls with these fullness-enhancing looks.

With a whole host of events to attend throughout December, the festive holiday period is a great time to try out something new! Whether you’ve always had thin hair or are currently suffering from some hair loss, our styles for short, medium and long hair are sure to flatter and make the most of your locks. Read on as we break down which of the best hairstyles for thin hair will have you owning the holiday party circuit:

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Thin hair gets a fuller look and feel with the right cut.

Short hair is easy to style for a holiday party or a night out. If you’re pressed for time, placing a bejeweled hair clip or a few sparkly pins in your hair can add a festive look to your tresses in seconds. Another quick fix to add drama and fullness on a hairstyle for short thin hair would be to pump up the volume by teasing (a.k.a. backcombing) the crown. For a long-term solution, look for a Nutrafol supplement that can assist in your hair’s health and improve its thickness too. Below are five chic and gorgeous holiday hairstyles for thin hair:

1. Lob

A lob, or long bob, is a shoulder-skimming haircut that fits any face shape. To add the appearance of thick hair to any holiday style, use volumizing hair care products—from shampoo and conditioner to styling foam, to even hair spray—as all work in tandem to help infuse more body and lift into your hairstyle. For inspiration and how-tos, try this lob styling guide.

2. Bangs

Bangs can really switch up any style and are relatively easy to pull off, given the right fringe! You can purchase clippable bangs if you’re a bit scissor-shy—just remember to place them above your hairline so they’ll look natural. You may want to trim stray strands or cut them to create a choppy, i.e. more natural, style. Here are step-by-step directions on how to add them to your hairstyle repertoire.

3. Tousled Waves

Another way to make thin hair appear thicker is to create tousled waves. This style can be done with thin short hair; anything from a pixie to a lob works. Check out these 10 styles: You never know—one (or two) could end up becoming your fave holiday look.

4. Headband Braid

It doesn’t matter if your style is boho chic or all-out glamazon; a headband braid can match any style. It’s also a simple look to create, following a few easy steps. Check out this tutorial.

5. Sleek Bun

If your hair is lob-length, wearing a sleek bun is a classic holiday party style. Gather hair together at the nape and secure it into a low ponytail. Coil the ponytail around the elastic until you have a bun, and then pin into place with bobby pins. Spritz with hairspray to keep locks in place.

If your hair is too short to create a bun, you can actually pick up a bun that matches your hair color. On damp hair, use gel to brush hair back from the hairline, giving a smoother, sleeker finish. After hair is dry, place the bun at the nape and either clip it in or use bobby pins to secure in place.

Looking to make your mid-length hair the talk of the office party for all the right reasons? Try these mid-length hairstyles to help give your fine locks a boost.

6. Half-Up Bun

A half-up bun is an easy style to do on the fly (perfect for hectic party season!) and a great way to show off spectacular earrings too. There are 24 different ways to create this style, and this tutorial shows you how to do them all.

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A classic blowout can make hair look lush and polished.

7. Blowout

A classic blowout can make thin hair look fuller when using a thickening hair care regimen that includes thickening mousse or foam. Follow along with this guide on how to create the perfect party blowout.

8. Braided Bun

You can amp up your bun game with a braid. It’s such a pretty look that you might find yourself wearing it all year long, even after the holidays have come and gone. Here’s how you can create a braided bun in minutes.

9. Corkscrew Curls

Even if your hair is naturally pin-straight, you can always opt to wear it in some cute corkscrew curls for a party. Best yet, it’s a style that can be created while you sleep! The night before a big event, wash your hair as you normally do, then apply a volumizing or thickening styling product afterwards, while hair is still damp. After the product has been applied and combed through from crown to ends, you will create tiny pin curls all around your head. The tinier the pin curl, the tighter the ringlet. The next day, gently unwind the pin curls, and voilà: You have a head of corkscrew curls.

10. Headbands

Headbands are back and have never been bigger than this season. They were prominent on all the runways and the hair accessory du jour in street style photos across the world. There’s a wide variety: padded, thick, knotted, pearl-encrusted, jeweled, velvet… the list goes on. When using a headband, you can instantly add a touch of glamour to any outfit and elevate even the most everyday of looks.

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The proper growth plan can help resolve issues of thinning hair.

When it comes to styling a party look, long thin hair has so many options! Each one is as head-turning and gorgeous as the next. You might find yourself RSVPing to more parties just to show off your many styles.

11. French Braid

The French braid is a classic hairstyle that always looks on-trend. The tail of the braid can be adorned with a silk flower accessory, a velvet or jeweled clip or—our seasonal fave—a bow. Using this tutorial, you’ll be creating French braids every day of the week.

12. Classic Curls

A classic curly style is a great party look to try for thin hair. The curls create an illusion of thicker, fuller hair. To see how many variations there are on this look, and how to do each at home, follow this guide.

13. Low Bun

A low bun style is a perennially chic way to style long, thin hair. Create a ponytail at the nape, and then wrap hair around the base of the ponytail. When hair is in place, pin it securely. You might want to gently pull a few wisps out around the hairline and ears for a romantic and super trendy throwback effect.

14. Fishtail Braids

Like the French braid, fishtail braids are an elegant addition to any evening glam. They may look complicated, but following these directions, you’ll have them down in minutes.

15. Curly Ponytail

Capture curls into a ponytail for an easy party style. First, spritz a thermal protectant spray all over your hair, and then split hair into three sections—one for each side and the back. Then, use a curling iron to create curls. Let hair cool down after curling, then gather hair into a low pony and secure with an elastic. If you want to hide the elastic, take a few strands of hair from the back of the pony and wrap them around the elastic and pin into place.

Which style will you choose this Christmas? For more long-term care, consider trying a hair supplement like Nutrafol—select your personalized GrowthPlan®to help improve and thicken your hair.