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20 Medium Hairstyles for Fine Hair: From Drab To Fab!

So you’ve got fine hair. You’ve always envied those girls with all that long, thick, amazing hair, right? Well envy no more my fine haired foxes.

We’ve compiled some of our absolute favorite medium hairstyles for fine hair that will complement your locks and help you ditch those clip-in extensions!

1. Face Framing and Fabulous

A great way to make medium hair work for you is to create a frame around your face with layers and bangs.

Medium Hairstyles for Fine HairMedium Hairstyle with Layers and Bangs Side

How To Style:

  1. Use a round brush to dry hair and bangs so they are smooth and straight.
  2. Apply some shine spray to the ends of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect for those with straight, fine hair. Be sure to ask your stylist to give you some layers around your face. The layers should start at your chin. A long, oval face will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

If you have fine hair, a great round brush must be in your arsenal of hair tools. I love Ibiza Round Brushes. They are high quality and will last. The bristles are perfectly designed to give you maximum body and volume.

2. Retro Chic

What a fabulous look to rock for a night out or a themed party! This retro chic style is easy to create and is perfect for your fine hair.

Retro Hairstyle for Fine Hair

How To Style:

  1. Curl sections of dry hair using a 1¼-inch curling iron. Be sure all the curls are going in the same direction. A good rule of thumb is to curl every section away from your face.
  2. Use a brush to gently brush through the curls to soften them. Use the brush to help form a more defined curl pattern.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray and add a fun headband!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Hair that’s mostly one length with very few layers is great for this look. An a-line haircut (shorter in the back and longer in the front) could also be perfect with this style. A square face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

I love Classic Hairspray by Bumble and Bumble. It’s super light and won’t get sticky or crunchy.

3. Big and Full of Body

Adding body to fine hair can prove to be difficult at times. But with the right products and a few easy steps, you can create plenty of volume!

Medium Hairstyle with Body

How To Style:

  1. Begin by spraying a root boosting spray at your roots on wet hair after you wash it.
  2. Use a round brush to blow dry your hair smooth. Place Velcro rollers over your part, then allow them to cool and set while you dry the rest of your hair.
  3. Use a large curling iron to curl sections of hair.
  4. If more volume is desired, use a back combing brush and backcomb the hair at your roots.
  5. Spray all over with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have a new haircut or some new bangs, this is the perfect style to show them off! This look is fabulous for those who have a square shaped face as the curls will soften any sharp features.

Recommended Products:

One of my favorite root boosting sprays is Thickening Spray by Bumble and Bumble. It’s light and you can use as much as you need. It’s impossible to overuse!

Tips:

If you have never used Velcro rollers, you’re missing out! They are so simple and create a ton of volume. In my opinion, you are at an advantage if you put them in a section right after you have blown it dry and then let your hair cool with them in. Remove the rollers after 15 or so minutes for fabulous hair!

4. Curled Up and Extra Glam

There are curls and then there are GLAM curls. This look is more than just your ordinary, everyday set of curls!

Medium Haircut with CurlsMedium Haircut with Curls Side

How To Style:

  1. Part your hair as desired, then use a 1-inch curling iron and curl small sections of your hair.
  2. Gently run your fingers through the curls to separate them a bit, but not too much to where they start to look too relaxed.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Your fine hair will look fabulous curled like this. The small, even curls make this look extra glamorous and chic. A square face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

Do you have trouble getting curls to stay in your fine textured hair? Try spraying a bit of Bumble and Bumble’s Spray de Mode in each section before you curl it. It should help the curls stay longer!

5. Sleek and Sassy

This look is so relaxed and it’s a super easy look for my medium fine haired ladies to pull off. With almost no work at all, you can easily rock this sleek and sassy style.

Relaxed Look for Medium Fine HairRelaxed Look for Medium Fine Hair Side

How To Style:

  1. Begin by round brushing wet hair. Use a medium-sized boar bristle round brush as you blow dry.
  2. Apply a shine serum to the ends of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style is perfect if you have an a-line haircut with longer layers. Straight or wavy fine hair will work for this look. A round face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

If you have super straight hair, applying a mousse or root boosting spray will be helpful. If your fine hair is wavy or curly, apply a smoothing cream or serum (like Super Skinny Serum by Paul Mitchell) to your locks before you dry.

Tips:

A boar bristle round brush is great for smoothing hair and making it appear soft and shiny.

6. Curly Q’d

This look is up there as one of our favorite looks for fine haired beauties. It’s a fun, trendy take on your typical curly style.

Naturally Curly Fine HairstyleNaturally Curly Fine Hairstyle Back

How To Style:

  1. If you have naturally curly hair, apply curl cream and use a diffuser to dry curls.
  2. If you have naturally straight hair, use a 1-inch curling iron to curl very small sections of hair.
  3. Pick up large sections and use a brush to gently backcomb each section. This will create body and volume.
  4. Use a strong hold hairspray when finished curling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have plenty of short layers you will have an easier time creating this look. A square face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

I love Air Control Hairspray by Aveda. The aroma is fresh and earthy and it will keep your curls looking fresh all night!

7. Flipped Out With Fringe

A heavy fringe with short layers that are flipped out is a great way to frame the face with your fine hair.

Medium Hairstyle with Heavy FringeMedium Hairstyle with Heavy Fringe Back

How To Style:

  1. Style your fringe to the side and make it smooth using a blow dryer and flat iron if needed.
  2. Use a curling iron to curl the short layers around your face. Curl each piece so it goes away from your face.
  3. Use a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Obviously, some shorter layers around your face are necessary to really make this look complete. Long side bangs are also a nice complement, but aren’t completely necessary. This look is fitting for you if you have an oval or heart shaped face.

Recommended Products:

Use a small curling iron to get this look. I love the 1-inch Hot Tools curling iron!

8. Twisted Tresses

This funky fun look will keep your fine locks out of your face without having to compromise on style! This style looks intricate and sophisticated, but in reality is incredibly easy to recreate.

Fun Hairstyle for Fine HairFun Hairstyle for Fine Hair Back

How To Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair. Take a small section of hair (about two inches in width) and twist it so that it reaches the back/middle of your head.
  2. Gather the rest of your hair into a ponytail, being sure to include the section you just twisted.
  3. Use a very small curling iron to curl small sections of the ponytail.
  4. Take the ponytail hair section by section and pin each one to your head so that it hides the ponytail holder.
  5. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have straight and fine hair, this look is a great option for you. It will keep your hair out of your face all day. A round or oval face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

If your hair has a lot of flyaways and you have trouble keeping it secured back in a ponytail, use a dab of gel or smoothing cream before you pull it back into a ponytail. I love Super Goo by Kevin Murphy!

Tips:

If you have curly hair naturally, no curling iron needed! Simply pin up sections of your already curly hair.

9. Easy Breezy

There is yet another great way to keep your hair out of your face without compromising on the fabulous factor! This look includes a fun little headband which is perfect for those extra short layers or fringe around your face that fall out of a ponytail and drive you nuts.

Easy Updo with HeadbandEasy Updo with Headband Side

How To Style:

  1. Use a back combing brush to create a “bump” in the crown area of your head.
  2. Gather hair into a loose ponytail in the back/middle of your head.
  3. Use bobby pins or a clip to pin up sections of the ponytail so that they look a bit imperfect. No need to spend too much time or energy on this step!
  4. Use a tight headband and place it so it’s holding your hair back and sitting right behind your ears.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Extra fine hair will work incredibly well for this look. This style allows your hair to look voluminous and thick because it’s pulled back, creating the illusion of your hair being thicker and fuller. A oval or round face shape will work well for this style.

Recommended Products:

A little texture cream would be a fun addition to this style. Rub a tiny bit between your fingers and then apply it to the ends of the pieces of hair that you have pinned to your head.

10. The Side Winder

Secure your hair to the side for a dramatic look that is sure to have all eyes on you!

Dramatic Hairstyle for Fine HairDramatic Hairstyle for Fine Hair Side

How To Style:

  1. Part hair deeply to one side and then style your bangs as desired.
  2. Curl sections of hair using a small curling iron.
  3. Gather hair to one side and use bobby pins to hold it in place. Be sure to hide the bobby pins underneath hair and use sections of hair to cover the bobby pins.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is ideal if you have some layers and a heavy side fringe. A round face shape will be extremely fitting for this look!

Recommended Products:

Use a finishing spray like Session Spray by Kevin Murphy to ensure that your side ‘do stays put.

11. Two Pony Twister

Here’s a fun, fancy look that seems far more complex than it actually is! Impress everyone with your trendy, fine-haired masterpiece!

Fun Pony for Fine HairFun Pony for Fine Hair Back

How To Style:

  1. Use a back combing brush to create body over the center/top section of your scalp.
  2. Secure the top half of your hair back using a ponytail holder, being sure to leave the top section of your hair “poofed” on top of your head. Leave out a few pieces around your face if desired.
  3. Secure the rest of your hair back using a ponytail holder. This section of hair should be pulled back right below the top section.
  4. Gather pieces of the two ponytails you have created and secure them to your head using bobby pins. Be sure that the pinned sections hide the ponytail holders.
  5. Use a bit of texture cream on the ends of your hair to give the pieces a “piecier”, edgy feel.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

For this look, hair that’s a bit on the longer side with less layers is ideal. The more hair you have in the ponytails, the better. An oval face shape will work well for this fun style.

Recommended Products:

Brilliantine Styling Cream by Bumble and Bumble is so perfect for this look. Rub a tiny amount in between your fingers and apply it to the ends of your hair.

Tips:

Don’t overthink this style. It should be a bit messy and funky!

12. Supremely Sweet

A smoothed and simple style is sometimes all it takes to show off your fine, medium length hair! This is a timeless classic that will never get old.

Smooth Simple Hairstyle for Fine Medium Hair

How To Style:

  1. Begin with wet hair and apply a styling mousse to the roots.
  2. Use a medium-sized boar bristle brush to round brush each section.
  3. Add a shine spray or serum to the ends of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have fine hair that’s layered around your face, give this look a try! This style is fitting for a square face shape.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Sculpting Foam is a great way to add body and volume at your roots. Add it to wet hair for a little extra oomph at your roots.

Tips:

Don’t skimp on a round brush! It’s a very important styling tool and if you have the right one it can make all the difference. I love Ibiza brushes. They are well made and last forever!

13. Easy Elegance

This style is an absolute classic and is one of the most versatile styles out there. Nearly anyone can pull off this look!

Classic Updo for Medium Fine HairClassic Updo for Medium Fine Hair Back

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side.
  2. Use a gel or smoothing serum to smooth hair and secure it back into a tight, low ponytail. Secure with a ponytail holder.
  3. Twist the hair in the ponytail and then wrap it around the ponytail holder. Secure with bobby pins.
  4. Spray with a strong hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Any type of hair is perfect for this look! It’s incredibly versatile. An oval or heart shaped face will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

I love Gel by Bumble and Bumble. It will definitely keep your ponytail in place and will add a ton of shine. Don’t overdo it though! A little goes a long way. Start with a small amount, comb it through your hair, then you can add more if needed.

14. Lightly Tousled

This look seems so relaxed and laid back. It’s no wonder easy, breezy hair is all the rage! You can’t go wrong with this simple yet stylish look.

Easy Tousled Fine Hairstyle

How To Style:

  1. Begin by spraying thickening spray at the roots of just washed hair.
  2. Use a round brush to blow dry sections of hair.
  3. Use a curling iron to subtly bend the ends of your hair.
  4. Apply a shine or smoothing serum to the ends of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

I love this look if you have fine hair that has a bit of natural wave. It will help to give the look more texture and movement. If you have a round face shape, this look is for you!

Recommended Products:

I absolutely adore Body Mass Spray by Kevin Murphy. It smells fabulous and you can’t use too much! It’s a must have for fine haired girls.

15. Middle Parted Miss

A middle part with accented layers is a fabulous way to show off your new hair color or simply to frame your beautiful face! Middle parts are a fun way to change up your everyday style.

Medium Hairstyle with Middle Part

How To Style:

  1. Part wet hair down the middle and apply a root boosting spray at your roots.
  2. Begin blow drying hair using a medium-sized round brush.
  3. When hair is dry, use a large curling iron to add a bend to the ends of each layer.
  4. Apply a smoothing serum to your hair from mid-shaft to ends.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is ideal if you have layers that begin at your chin. As I mentioned above, it’s a fun way to bring attention to your new hair color, or even some fun accessories or new eye shadow color. A round face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

Try using Moroccan Oil as a smoothing aid after you have styled your hair. Use only a little bit — you don’t need much of this great product!

16. Evolved and Edgy

Volume on the top of your hair with the sides smoothed back is a trendy look that can be edgy and funky, but isn’t too over the top. This style is a unique way to really draw attention to your beautiful features.

Funky Hairstyle with VolumeFunky Hairstyle with Volume Side

How To Style:

  1. Begin by back combing the hair that is in the “Mohawk” section. This is the hair that begins at your hairline and goes back to the crown of your head.
  2. Use a bobby pin to secure this section of hair back so it creates a messy “pouf”.
  3. Use a boar bristle brush or comb to smooth the side sections of your hair. Gather these two sections back into a tight ponytail, just be sure to leave the hair from the above mentioned pouf out of the ponytail so it lays on top of the ponytail you have just created.
  4. If you want, curl some of the pieces of hair in the ponytail, as well as some that aren’t in the ponytail. Then begin to secure them to your head using bobby pins. Be sure to hide the ponytail holder so it doesn’t show. It should look like you’ve created a faux Mohawk down the back of your head.
  5. Spray everything with a strong hold hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If your fine hair is close to one length without minimal layers, this look is perfect for you. Your round face shape will be complemented by this look.

Recommended Products:

If you are having trouble getting enough volume in the front/top section of your hair, spray the roots with a bit of dry shampoo before you back comb. I like Fresh hair by Kevin Murphy. It will give you so much extra volume and it smells wonderful!

Tips:

Use a back combing brush instead of a fine tooth comb. It’s so much gentler on your hair and won’t be as hard to get out!

17. Layered Lass

Here’s the perfect look for you beauties who have a ton of layers in your medium length haircut. This is a great way to show them off and flaunt your fabulous cut.

Medium Hairstyle with LayersMedium Hairstyle with Layers Back

How To Style:

  1. Begin by parting your hair as desired, then use a medium-sized round brush to dry your hair.
  2. Once hair is dry, go back in with a large curling iron and curl the end of each section so it flips back just a bit. This isn’t a curl though, just a small flip.
  3. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have a haircut with plenty of layers, this look is ideal for you! Face framing layers will make this style especially fabulous. A square face shape will work really well with this style.

Recommended Products:

To finish off your style, give everything a spritz with Does It All Spray from Bumble and Bumble. It’s super light and won’t get crunchy!

18. The Straight Shooter

Straight and sleek = an awesome way to show off your shiny mane! The heavy fringe gives this look even more of an edgy look. A precision haircut is really highlighted in this style.

Straight Hairstyle with Heavy FringeStraight Hairstyle with Heavy Fringe Side

How To Style:

  1. Use a round brush or a flat paddle brush to dry your hair. If more straightness is desired, follow up with flat iron to smooth your hair. Pay special attention to getting the bangs extra straight and shiny.
  2. Add a shine serum to the ends of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If your fine hair is on the straighter side, this look is absolutely ideal for you. An a-line haircut with minimal layering will give you the sleekest, most dramatic look, but this style is definitely possible to create on those with layers. A round face shape will really be flattered by this look.

Recommended Products:

If you have to use your flat iron for this look, you definitely want to be sure that you have used a good heat protectant. Spray Damage Manager by Kevin Murphy on wet hair before you dry.

Tips:

If you are using a flat iron to create this look, be sure you aren’t overdoing it. If you have fine hair, there is no reason for your iron to be over 200 degrees.

19. Simple and Understated

This simple and sweet, half up half down look is one of my favorites because it draws attention to your beautiful face while adding body to fine hair and creating a beautiful, casual look!

Simple Half Up look

How To Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair that’s parted as desired.
  2. Use a 1¼-inch curling iron to curl each section of hair. After you’ve finished curling, run your fingers through the curls to separate them a bit and make them appear softer and more natural.
  3. Gather a section of hair that falls above your ears and secure it back using a ponytail holder or bobby pins. This should be loosely pulled back — not too tight.
  4. Spray everything with a light hold finishing spray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

If you have a lovely side fringe that you want to show off, or recently got some face framing highlights, this look is for you! A square face shape would be beautifully complemented by this style.

Recommended Products:

Before you dry your hair, apply some sort of leave-in conditioner to ensure the health of your hair. One of my favorites is Unite’s Leave-In Conditioner. It’s a spray so it’s super easy to apply!

20. Straight, Sassy and Oh So Classy

Sleek, straight hair will simply never go out of style! Fine textured hair makes this look easy to create without a lot of fussing.

Sleek Straight Hairstyle for Fine Hair

How To Style:

  1. Start with dry hair that has been blown dry with a round brush or a flat paddle brush. Part it down the middle.
  2. Use a flat iron on a safe heat setting to run over each section to ensure that it’s extra straight and shiny.
  3. Apply a shine spray to the ends of your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

A round face will appear thinner with this look. If you have longer layers or no layers at all, this style will be more dramatic.

Recommended Products:

Shiny hair is key here, so be sure to apply some sort of shine spray or serum to the ends once you have flat ironed it. BioSilk is a great product, but use it sparingly. A pea-sized amount should be all you need for your hair!

Fine hair of a medium length gives you endless possibilities! Whether it’s stylishly pulled back or down and framing your gorgeous face, there’s no style you should eliminate simply because you have fine hair. If you keep your hair healthy with frequent trims, you have nothing stopping you from rocking any of these gorgeous medium hairstyles for fine hair!