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20 Hairstyles for Long Thin Hair: Liven Up Your Tresses!

Got long thin hair? Here are some cut and styling ideas to help you get the most out of your tresses! First of all, to boost finely textured strands you need a volumizing mousse, a thickening spray and a dry shampoo.

You don’t necessarily have to use all three at once, but any combination will help your hair from falling flat. Big, babelicious curls and a bit of backcombing also work wonders to maximize your style. Here are 20 hairstyles for long thin hair that are sure to inspire you!

1. SOFT WAVES

Create movement with softly curled hair for a casual look.

Long Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Soft CurlsLong Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Soft Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight volumizer.
  2. Blow dry hair using a large barrel round brush for a soft volume finish.
  3. Create a slight off-center parting and curl hair from mid-shaft to ends using a large barrel curling iron.
  4. Run fingers through ends to separate longer layers for a soft, piecey finish.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Accent with a boho chic headband.

2. SPIRAL CURLS

Bring back the 90’s with this spiral curled look to create maximum fullness and density.

Long Hairstyle with Spiral CurlsLong Hairstyle with Spiral Curls Back

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight texturizer.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush for light volume.
  3. Section hair horizontally from ear to ear. Beginning in the lower nape section, curl hair with a small to medium-sized barrel curling iron. Alternate curl direction to maximize fullness.
  4. Continue working your way up taking one-inch horizontal sections and curl hair until you reach the top layer.
  5. Next, move to the side sections and curl hair away from face in small sections from the mid-shaft down to the ends.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Deva Curl LIGHT DEFINING GEL to mold and define with protective moisture to lock in curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent with a butterfly hair pin.

3. CHERRY CURLS

Draw attention to that elongated fringe and crown layers with a pop of bright color.

Long Hairstyle with Curls and Layers

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight moisture lock spray.
  2. Create a center part and begin curling one to two-inch sections of hair with a large barrel curling iron. The key to this curl is to take the section of hair and curl from the ends upward towards the mid-shaft. Hold a few sections then release and allow the curls to cool undisturbed. Work your way around the head, alternating curl direction as you go.
  3. Detail the face-frame with smaller curls by switching to a small to medium-sized curling iron.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DevaCurl SET IT FREE to eliminate frizz, add shine and enhance curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, heart or oval shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Backcomb the ends for a fuller finish.

4. VOLUME WAVES

Channel your inner diva with this bouffant-inspired, long wave duo that will last.

Long Hairstyle with Waves and Volume

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight treatment.
  2. Blow dry hair lightly to dry any of the treatment using a paddle brush for a smooth texture.
  3. Smooth hair in the crown and fringe areas with a straightening iron for super sleek texture.
  4. Create a small diagonal off-center parting and sweep the fringe off to one side.
  5. Backcomb the base of the hair all over with maximum volume in the crown area. Be sure to leave the surface smooth.
  6. Take hair lengths in one to two-inch sections and wrap them around a large barrel curling iron to create soft waves from the mid-shaft down to the ends.
  7. Run fingers lightly through ends for light separation.
  8. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try DevaCurl B’LEAVE IN to enhance curl fullness and strength.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to thick hair.

Tip:

Try liquid colored hair chalk to play with different hues.

5. CASCADE WAVE

Cascading waves take long thin locks from drab to fab in an instant.

Long A Line Bob Haircut with CurlsLong A Line Bob Haircut with Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight volumizer.
  2. Blow dry hair using a large barrel round brush for a soft volume finish.
  3. Create a slight off-center parting and curl hair from mid-shaft to ends using a large barrel curling iron. Curl hair away from face on each side to create a cascade effect.
  4. Run fingers through ends to separate longer layers for a soft, piecey finish.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

6. DUAL TONED WAVES

These brighter and lighter fringe pieces amplify texture and give thin strands a voluminous boost.

Long Hairstyle with Waves and Fringe

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight thickening lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair using a large barrel round brush for a soft volume finish.
  3. Smooth the fringe downward using a straightening iron, if necessary.
  4. Next, curl hair from the ends upward about two to four inches using a large barrel curling iron. Curl hair away from the face on each side.
  5. Brush hair ends for a smooth finish.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN thickening lotion for fullness and body with natural movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Try a wet finger-waved style for a glam 20′s inspired look.

7. FEATHERY CURLS

Try this casual look for layered hair that’s both voluminous and light.

Hairstyles for Long Thin Hair

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight volume spray.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush for a smooth, bouncy finish.
  3. For extra definition, use a straightening iron to flick ends out.
  4. Shake hair out a bit for a casual finish.
  5. Set with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS to boost fine, thin hair texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Gather ends into a chignon for an upswept style.

8. BOMBSHELL CURLS

Create extra shine on rich brunette hair with these pretty curls.

Long Brunette Hairstyle with Curls

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight curl enhancer.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Create a deep side parting and curl hair by taking small and large sections and wrapping hair vertically around a large barrel curling iron. For longer layers, curl hair from the ends upward towards the mid-shaft.
  4. Lightly separate hair using fingertips.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION curl enhancer to define curls with frizz control.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Gather the sides and create victory rolls for a vintage touch.

9. ELEGANT CURLS

Try this vintage-y, swept over curl that hangs softly off the shoulder.

Vintage Long Hairstyle with CurlsVintage Long Hairstyle with Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a volumizing foam.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush for a smooth, low volume hairstyle.
  3. Start of the left side and begin by taking one to two-inch vertical sections and curling hair from the ends up and towards the mid-shaft. Continue working your way around the head. Maintain the same curl direction to create this look.
  4. Sweep hair over the right side, intertwining the curls together so they form one large, textured curl on the right side.
  5. Take the fringe section and curl the ends slightly and sweep off to the right side.
  6. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Ouidad PLAYCURL Volumizing Foam to build body and boost the volume of fine, thin curls.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or round face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Add a bejeweled headband to accent your look.

10. FAIRYTALE CURLS

Looking for that perfect hairstyle for your special day? Well, here it is!

Long Blonde Hairstyle with Curls

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight treatment.
  2. Blow dry hair using a large barrel round brush for a soft volume finish.
  3. Create a slight off-center parting and curl hair from mid-shaft to ends using a large barrel curling iron. Alternate curl direction for slight fullness.
  4. Run fingers through ends to separate longer layers for a satin finish.
  5. Take the fringe piece and softly sweep it back towards the ear and pin as necessary.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Braid ends and twist them up into a low deconstructed bun.

11. TEXTURED WAVES

This is the “in” texture of the moment. Go wavy with a bend for an undone feel.

Long Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Textured WavesLong Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Textured Waves Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight texturizing spray.
  2. Create beachy textured waves by loosely wrapping hair around a large barrel curling iron. Leave the ends out for a casual finish.
  3. Run fingers through hair for light separation.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Oribe APRES BEACH wave and shine spray for glamorous, touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, round or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Tuck and pin the ends upward to create a faux bob.

12. GOLDEN WAVES

Show off that colorful, golden blonde dimension with these soft waves.

Golden Blonde Long Hairstyle with Soft WavesGolden Blonde Long Hairstyle with Soft Waves Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight curl enhancer.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for light volume.
  3. Create a slight off-center parting and curl hair by taking small and large sections and wrap the hair vertically around a large barrel curling iron. For longer layers, curl hair from the ends upward toward the mid-shaft.
  4. Lightly separate hair using fingertips.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.MASS to boost fine, thin hair texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Gather hair into a messy topknot for a fresh look.

13. CINNAMON CURLS

Multi-layered curls show off the dimensional coloring of this long layered style.

Long Hairstyle with Cinnamon CurlsLong Hairstyle with Cinnamon Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight volumizing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for volume.
  3. Create cascading curls with a small and medium barrel curling iron. Take vertical sections and curl hair for a spiral finish.
  4. Create light separation using just your fingertips. Backcomb the base for extra volume.
  5. Create a side parting and sweep the fringe off to one side.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to thick hair.

Tip:

Brush curls out for a super glamorous finish.

14. PLUM CURLS

Boost fine hair with layers to keep hair full with movement and manageability.

Long Hairstyle with Layers and Curls

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a dry shampoo for extra volume.
  2. Create a super-deep side parting and sweep hair over to one side for an asymmetrical look.
  3. Create beachy textured waves by loosely wrapping hair around a large barrel curling iron a few inches from the ends. Be sure to leave the actual ends out for a casual finish.
  4. Run fingers through hair for light separation.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Create a side French braid at the temple area for a fun, textured finish.

15. L.A. WAVES

Promote fullness and accent dimensional coloring with this long layered cut and soft, face-framing layers.

Long Layered Haircut with WavesLong Layered Haircut with Waves Side

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight texturizing spray.
  2. Create a center parting, then take extra large vertical sections of hair and wrap around an extra large barrel curling iron. Run fingers through hair as soon as it’s curled for a relaxed finish.
  3. Shake hair a bit and scrunch for messy texture.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY for a textured finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.

Tip:

Gather hair up into a messy topknot.

16. SLEEK BRUNETTE

Keep it together with this long, blunt cut style that defines and enhances a strong silhouette.

Long Sleek Hairstyle for Thin Hair

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight leave-in creme.
  2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush for smooth, low volume.
  3. Create and off-center parting and smooth hair straight.
  4. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Slick hair back into a high fashion ponytail on day two or three.

17. BLONDE BEND

Promote fullness and volume at the sides to accent this long silhouette.

Long Blonde Hairstyle with Fringe

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight texturizing lotion.
  2. Create beachy textured waves by loosely wrapping hair around a large barrel curling iron just in the mid-shaft area. Leave the ends out for a casual finish. Smooth the fringe downward with a straightening iron.
  3. Run fingers through hair for light separation.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT Lotion for a textured finish.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Backcomb the interior of the hair for maximum hold.

18. SUPERMODEL WAVES

Amp up long, fine hair with some clip-in extensions for extra volume and length.

Long Hairstyle with Volume and Curls

How To Style:

  1. Prep dry hair with a lightweight texturizing spray. Add clip-in extensions if needed.
  2. Create cascading curls with a small and medium barrel curling iron. Take vertical sections and curl hair for a spiral finish.
  3. Create light separation using just your fingertips.
  4. Create a side parting and sweep fringe off to one side.
  5. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Oribe Après Beach Wave And Shine Spray for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Create a long, textured herringbone braid on day two or three.

19. SWEET SWIRLS

Try this swirly look with a smooth finish for a sweet occasion.

Sweet Long Hairstyle with Curls

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a volumizing mousse.
  2. Blow dry hair using a round brush for a smooth, low volume hairstyle.
  3. Start of the left side and begin by taking one to two-inch vertical sections and curling hair from the ends up towards the mid-shaft. Continue working your way around the head. Alternate your curl direction to create this look.
  4. Sweep hair over the right side, run fingers slightly through hair for light separation.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Add a sparkly barrette to dress up this look for an evening out.

20. WAVES DELUXE

Gorgeous sandy blonde coloring shines in this loosely styled wave pattern.

Long Hairstyle with Loose Waves

How To Style:

  1. Prep damp hair with a lightweight volumizing lotion.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush for volume.
  3. Create cascading curls with a large barrel curling iron. Take vertical sections and curl hair from ends up for a casual finish.
  4. Create light separation using just your fingertips. Backcomb the base of the curls for extra volume.
  5. Create a side parting and sweep fringe off to one side.
  6. Set this style with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:


This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Accent this style with a small hair bow or fancy barrette.

Wear it curly or wear it straight, with the right products anything of these gorgeous hairstyles for long thin hair are possible! Boost volume with curls and waves. If worn straight, keep a strong silhouette and be sure to create high shine for maximum reflection.