10 Trending Updos for Thin Hair and How to Make Them

Thicker looking hair in minutes.

If you have long hair, you might not think that an updo could help enhance its thickness. But piling up your long hair can actually create depth, making updos for thin hair a great option for voluminous and thick-looking locks! And the best part? There are so many cool updo variations out there that you are sure to find one that works for both your strands and your personality.

10 Updos for Thin Hair

Ready to thicken things up a bit? Read on to check out top ways to achieve updos for fine hair:

1. Braided Updo

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Braids and buns are always a fit.

This fun braided updo is a winner for long, thin hair because of that hunky-chunky bun. Having a lot of hair to wrap up makes your buns look instantly larger than those with shorter, thicker hair. This style is created by braiding back the front section of hair and pinning that braid in place at the crown of your head. Then, pile the rest of your hair into a hearty bun right on top.

2. Slicked-Back and Pinned in Place

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This slick look may not be thick but it is gorgeous. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Want intricate-looking but secretly super easy updos for fine hair? Try slicking back your strands. We know this might seem counterintuitive, but it will make a big statement. Start this style by slicking down your hair with Dove Amplified Textures & Shine Moisture Finishing Gel and pulling hair into a low ponytail. Then, take that ponytail and pin it up against the back of your head. Get a bolder look by folding that tail in half first and pinning with extra large barrettes.

3. Giant Headband and Chignon

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Scarves are great for allowing thin hair to rest without heat styling.

Another way to grab attention with your updo is to add an oversized hair accessory. We like to pair up a giant headband like this one with a simple chignon. Just pull your hair back into a low ponytail and twist the tail into a bun. Top it with your favorite headband (or three) and rock that updo.

4. Gibson Tuck

How to make updos for long thin hair look thicker
The Gibson tuck.

The Gibson tuck is another good example of how long, thinner hair looks much thicker when all piled up together. We like the Gibson tuck because it’s a gorgeous vintage style that still looks relevant. Finish by setting this style with Nexxus Weightless Style Ultra Light Hair Spray.

5. Retro Updo

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Try a throwback updo.

Can’t get the larger-than-life look with your own locks? Add in some curl! It’s an easy way for you to infuse extra height or width into your hairstyle. We adore this extra twisty retro updo as an edgy alternative to the ’60s original. Add in a headscarf if you really want to embody the retro aspect of the look.

6. Voluminous Chignon

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Elegant chignons are great for thin hair.

Our favorite way to add extra volume to thin hair is with a lifting spray. Suave Root Lifting Volume Boosting Spray is a great product to create lift and fullness. Create your chic low chignon and secure it with pins.

7. Undone Updo

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Easy and undone.

If the word ‘updo’ makes you think of a stiff and overly-hair sprayed style, you aren’t alone, but the truth is that the updo has evolved a lot in recent years. This undone updo is the perfect example of a more laidback iteration of the classic formal styles of yesteryear.

8. Chic Knot

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A low knot is as chic as it gets.

If you’re looking for a style that’s chic, formal, and still feels like it’s not too overdone, this chic knot might be for you. The great thing about this updo is that it adds instant volume because of the way it weaves together. This makes it a great option for those with thinner strands!

9. Crimped and Voluminous

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Create the illusion of thicker hair.

If you are wanting to create the illusion of thicker hair without investing in hair extensions, consider the texture of your updo. By opting for a crimped texture like the one pictured here, you can create the illusion of thicker strands.

10. Braided Updo

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This braided updo looks more complicated than it actually is!

Finally, consider this braided updo. This is one of those styles that only looks complicated but actually takes a pretty short amount of time to create. This classic French braid extends into a loose knot for a perfectly undone boho style.

Are you thinking about trying out one of these updos? Be sure to share the final look with us over @AllThingsHairUS!


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