Updos for Thin Hair: Styles That Give Your Strands the Boost You Want

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.

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 longer, 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. Follow our tutorial to learn more about how to create the Gibson tuck on your hair. Finish by setting this style with Bed Head By TIGI Full of It Volume Hairspray.

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 to 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. TIGI Copyright Custom Create Volume Lift Styling Spray is a great product to create lift and fullness. Create your chic low chignon and secure with pins.

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