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20 Timeless Short Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Thin hair can be frustrating to deal with at times, but don’t let it get you down. Shorter haircuts are awesome options for thin hair! People will notice your cool style and fashion forward look instead of thin, limp locks. Follow our simple tips and tricks to give an illusion of thicker and fuller hair, and be inspired to take a few inches off with these chic short hairstyles for thin hair.

#1 Angled Pixie

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This short pixie hairstyle is contrasted by longer bangs that add a sense of drama and mystery. Lots of angled lines in the bangs and the sideburns make this style edgy and fun.

How To Style:

  1. Blow hair dry in the direction you want it to lay down.
  2. Use a waxy spray or light hold hairspray on roots and rough hair up with your fingers.
  3. Use a flat iron on the bangs to really show off those razored edges.

Recommended Products:

Prive Texture Spray will really add definition and shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart shaped faces with straight types of hair work best with this haircut.

Tip:

Keeping fun shattered bangs and lifted layers on the top helps keep this cut soft and girly.

#2 Rosy Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This whimsical bob hairstyle is cut right past the chin with lots of layers and side swept bangs. The length and texture keep it looking full and interesting.

Short Bob Hairstyle with Texture for Thin Hair

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Short Bob Hairstyle with Texture for Thin Hair Side

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Start with clean, dry hair and part hair to the side.
  2. Flat iron bangs and push them over to one side.
  3. Use a small curling wand on a few pieces of hair to create some wavy texture.
  4. Spray on a light hairspray and scrunch strands with your fingers to create some definition.

Recommended Products:

Enjoy Texture Spray is a great product for this textured and airy style.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Most face shapes can pull of this hairstyle because of the length and bangs. Straight, wavy, or slightly curly hair would be a good fit for this look.

Tip:

If you have a smaller face, skip the bangs altogether so you don’t crowd your features.

#3 Sweet and Sleek

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This sleek hairstyle is simple and chic. A longer bob with minimal layers really helps elongate the face and frame it nicely.

Sleek Simple Hairstyle for Thin Hair

Style by Michelle VanHouten, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Sleek Simple Hairstyle for Thin Hair Back

Style by Michelle VanHouten, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Part clean, dry hair to the side and brush through.
  2. Use a flat iron to go through, section by section, and smooth strands out as much as possible.

Recommended Products:

Moroccan Oil Treatment Serum is great for protecting strands from heat styling.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or square shaped faces would look great with this style. Naturally straight hair is ideal.

Tip:

Always use a light spray or serum to protect strands from heat when flat ironing. Most of the protective products amp up the shine factor as well, so it’s a double win!

#4 Modern Waves

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This super cool look is full of texture and volume and will make anyone look like they have tons of hair.

Modern Wavy Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair

Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

Modern Wavy Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair Side

Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Part hair as far as you can to one side and brush through.
  2. Prep hair with a protective spray or serum and a light hold hairspray.
  3. Use a small curling wand on strands from roots to tips.
  4. Pull hair up and spray a texturizing spray up into the roots to create that incredible volume.

Recommended Products:

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray — it’s life changing!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes or heart shaped faces will be balanced out with all this volume. Natural waves are ideal for this look.

Tip:

When curling or flat ironing, always start at the bottom (the nape) and work up to the top (the crown) for best results and easier styling.

#5 Seriously Stunning

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This blunt cut bob has matching blunt cut bangs that really give the illusion of thick, chunky hair. The dramatic fringe and sleek texture is absolutely amazing.

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair as sleek as you can. Really focus on getting the bangs to lay down nice and flat.
  2. When hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to go through, section by section, and smooth strands out as much as possible.

Recommended Products:

Apply Biosilk Silk Therapy Serum to wet or dry strands for frizz-free results.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or oval shaped faces would be offset nicely by the strong lines created from this hairstyle. Naturally straight or slightly wavy hair is best.

Tip:

Ask your stylist to cut your hair dry for an even more blunt result.

#6 Smoldering Silk

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This ultra straight hairstyle is cut right past the chinline and looks fabulous with a shattered fringe.

Ultra Straight Hairstyle with Shattered Fringe

Photo Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

Ultra Straight Hairstyle with Shattered Fringe Back

Photo Credit: EncoreHD Magazine

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair as sleek as you can. Especially focus on getting the bangs to lay down nice and flat.
  2. When hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to go through, section by section, and smooth strands out as much as possible.

Recommended Products:

Intelligent Nutrients Straight Hair Serum is great to use on wet or dry hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval or rectangular shaped faces wear this style best. The straighter your hair is naturally, the better.

Tip:

As your forward facing bangs grow out, you can still enjoy them by wearing them to the side. Just part your hair a little differently.

#7 Ice Pixie

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This pale pixie is full of dimension and texture. The soft, feathered layers are styled beautifully with lots of height and texture.

Pixie Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Texture

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Pixie Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Texture Back

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Use a medium to strong hold hair pomade and rub it through your hands and fingers.
  2. Rough the product through hair strands from roots to tips.
  3. Use your hands and fingers to shape hair into the direction you desire until you are satisfied.
  4. Use a shine spray to finish off your look.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble Sumotech pomade works great at adding funk to your hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Pixie haircuts look fabulous on heart shaped faces. Straight, wavy, or slightly curly textures can easily pull off this look.

Tip:

Make sure you really rub product into your hands first before applying it to your hair, otherwise you’ll be stuck with thick clumps and chunks.

#8 Fabulous Flip

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This flipped out bob has tons of layers and short sprouts cut into the crown. The textured bangs keep with the choppy theme of this edgy hairstyle.

Bob Hairstyle with Layers and Flips

Style by London Hair

How To Style:

  1. Blow hair out with as much volume on top as you can. Focus on lifting at the roots and blow hair upside down if you have to.
  2. Use a large-sized curling iron to flip the ends up and out.
  3. Roll the bangs forward.
  4. Lift hair and spray hairspray up and into your layers. Really lift hair up and consider spraying your hair while it’s upside down.
  5. Flip your head back right side up and use your fingers to arrange strands into place and then spray all over to lock it in.

Recommended Products:

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray. If it’s fabulous enough for the stars, then it’s fabulous enough for you!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart shaped faces will be balanced out by this dramatic flip. Thin hair that is straight to slightly wavy is ideal.

Tip:

Keep a travel-sized hairspray in your purse to touch this look up when on the go.

#9 Shattered Pieces

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This bob was cut with a razor to show off lot of different lines and angles. Long, swooping bangs and a smooth texture are ultra chic and super wearable.

How To Style:

  1. Use a brush to create a deep side part and arrange hair to swoop over one eye.
  2. Use a flat iron on the mid-lengths and ends to create a crisp finish at the tips.
  3. Use a light hold hairspray or a texturizing spray to spray up and into strands, then smooth the top down with your fingers.

Recommended Products:

Prive Texturizing Spray is a light blend that will make your layers look amazing.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and heart shaped faces will be flattered by this haircut. Thin hair with straight or slightly wavy texture will style easily into this look.

Tip:

Braid bangs to the side for a totally new and bohemian-inspired look.

#10 Beach Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This short hairstyle is messy and sexy with tousled waves and textured layers. The sandy texture is great for thin hair as it adds shape and volume.

How To Style:

  1. Use a sea salt spray on damp strands and scrunch with your fingers.
  2. Allow hair to air dry or diffuse slightly so hair dries rough and not smooth.

Recommended Products:

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray will do the trick at creating that “just gone to the beach” look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes can wear this textured bob. Thin hair with wavy hair types is best.

Tip:

Layer the sea spray by using it right out of the shower, and then again when hair is dry. Lift hair up to spray the strands underneath as well.

#11 Daring Diva

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This short pixie has tons of volume and thick blunt bangs, making it a fabulous choice for thin haired ladies. The edges are cut bluntly, but the layers help add texture and keep the look soft.

Short Pixie Hairstyle For Thin Hair

Style by Caroline Lawson, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry bangs forward so they lay flat.
  2. Blow dry the sides towards the face so they frame it nicely.
  3. Blow dry hair on top of the head back for ultimate volume.
  4. Follow up with a flat hair when hair is completely dry if needed.
  5. Spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

Try Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This style would be great for oval shaped faces because of the awesome blunt cut bangs. Straight to wavy hair that can be blown out easily would be great for girls with thin to medium amounts of hair.

Tip:

Short hairstyles require less time styling day to day, but more trips to the salon month to month. Keep up with your hair appointments to keep your cut in shape.

#12 Pump it Up

Written by Irene Bredthauer

One of the great things about having thin hair is that you can easily get away with more gravity-defying hairstyles. This wild pixie cut is styled up to the sky for a totally rocking result.

How To Style:

  1. Apply your favorite mousse to damp strands from roots to tips.
  2. Flip your head upside down and blow hair dry.
  3. Use a curling iron when hair is 100% dry to polish off the ends and make them look finished.
  4. Run a pomade up and through to defy gravity, then spray with a hairspray for hold.

Recommended Products:

Try Short Sexy Hair’s Rocked Out to pull strands up and out. Finish off with Big Sexy Hair’s Spray and Stay Hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square, round or heart shaped faces would look fabulous with this hairstyle. Thin amounts of hair, fine to medium texture with straight or wavy strands, is best.

Tip:

Make sure your stylist doesn’t over texturize your locks, especially on thin hair. Let her know you want your hair to look as full as possible without any straggly looking ends.

#13 Charlie’s Angel

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This trendy above the shoulder hairstyle has a fun retro feel to it. Hair is parted to the side slightly and has gorgeous swoopy bangs. Hair is feathered back away from the face and curled throughout.

Shoulder Length Feathered Hairstyle With Side Bangs

Style by Emily Volk

Short Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Style by Emily Volk

How To Style:

  1. Part hair to the side and detangle hair when dry.
  2. Use a one and a quarter inch-sized curling iron to feather hair back and away from the face.
  3. Use the same iron to flip the bangs back and add curl to the entire head of hair.

Recommended Products:

Try Prive Flash Brilliance. This misting shine spray is awesome for thin, fine hair because it won’t weight it down.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This is a great option for ladies with thin hair because the cut is kept blunt with minimal layering. The curls add volume to the shape, making the hairstyle look thicker and fuller than it actually is. Thinner shaped faces would look great with this hairstyle.

Tip:

Never use heavy oils or gels on thin, fine hair. They will weigh hair down and may cause a greasy result.

#14 Soft Curls

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This style has fun bouncy waves that help soften and frame the face. Hair is cut right to the neck and slowly blends up into volume enhancing layers. Hair is kept longer around the face for framing and bangs would look great, too!

Short Hairstyle With Bouncy Waves For Thin Hair

Style by Tamela Bishop, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Diffuse naturally curly hair if your hair is naturally wavy, if not, move on to the next steps.
  2.  Grab your hot tools and start curling hair with a 1-inch or larger curling iron. Spray with hairspray before and after each piece to really keep the curl tight. When you are finished curling, spray your entire head of curls again with hairspray and scrunch up with your fingers to add texture. If you want a looser curl, use a larger sized iron and run your fingers through after you curl.

Recommended Products:

Try Global Keratin Light Hold Hairspray. This light hold hairspray adds manageable hold and instant shine, while taming frizz and fly aways and creating a flexible hold for curls, waves and straight hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square and heart shaped faces would look amazing with this pretty hairstyle! Get some bangs if you have a longer shaped face. Thin to medium thickness hair strands with natural wave or curl is ideal, although straight hair is doable.

Tip:

If your hair is naturally curly, embrace it! Curls are actually a blessing for thin haired girls because your hair will look thicker than it actually is.

#15 Chocolate Chop

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This gorgeous chocolate colored hairstyle is a severe a-line haircut with silky smooth side bangs. The layers are longer to keep fullness, and also add just the right amount of volume giving tons of va va voom style to this look!

Chocolate Colored Hairstyle With Severe A-Line Haircut And Side Bangs

Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Chocolate Colored Hairstyle With Severe A-Line Haircut For Thin Hair

Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Part towel dried strands to the side and comb through.
  2. Use a round brush and a blow dryer to remove moisture from strands. Really bevel hair under with the round brush to create volume and shape.
  3. When hair is completely dry, use a large curling iron on the ends of hair to add that fun, whimsical wave effect.
  4. Flat iron the bangs to the side if needed.

Recommended Products:

I love L’Oreal EverStyle Smooth and Shine Serum. This alcohol-free product is non-greasy (great for thin, fine hair) and great at eliminating frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or heart shaped faces would look great with this a-line hairstyle. Thin to thick haired ladies can rock this adorable hairstyle!

Tip:

Avoid using hot tools on your hair too often or you may dry out your strands. Try giving them a break on the weekends as a rule.

#16 Wavy Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This bob is cut right at the jawline and has tons of fun whimsical texture. The layers are soft and the waves keep the overall feel soft as well. Thin hair looks fuller when shorter and the layers help add the illusion of weight on the sides.

Wavy Bob Short Hairstyles For Thin Hair

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Part strands to the side and blow hair dry. Use a paddle brush to remove moisture to get a sleek result.
  2. Use a one-inch curling iron to curl ends of hair.
  3. Run your fingers through your curls to break them up and get that fun tousled result.

Recommended Products:

Suave Professionals Vibrant Shine Spray. Spritz this on strands before using a curling iron for shiny strands that will be protected from heat but never weighed down.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square and heart shaped faces would be ideal for this whimsical hairstyle. Thin hair that has natural wave or loose natural curls are great candidates. If hair strands are straight naturally, then just grab your curling iron and curl!

Tip:

Curls are a great idea for day two hair.

#17 Fly Girl

Written by Irene Bredthauer

Here is another fabulous gravity defying hairstyle! Give your thin hair wings with this swept up look. Hair is cut right to the nape and gradually gets longer as it moves up and to the front of the face. Hair is blown out to perfection, then held in place with some sweet styling products.

Short Blonde Hairstyle With Volume

Style by Kimm Dotro, Moda 33 The Salon, Rahway, NJ

How To Style:

  1. Start with damp hair and run a hair foam or mousse through strands for hold.
  2. Blow dry hair up and back for as much volume as you can. Flip your head down if you want to create even more volume.
  3. Use a small round brush for the top of your hair so the ends are rounded and finished.
  4. Run a pomade through strands to really make it stand up and then spray to hold.

Recommended Products:

Try Tigi Catwalk Extra Strong Mousse. It is an alcohol-free mousse that creates super texture, volume and lasting hold for fine to medium textured hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round or heart shaped faces are ideal for this short hairstyle. Thin to thick amounts of hair can achieve this style.

Tip:

Leave some bangs forward if you want to help balance out a longer face shape or forehead.

#18 Bold Bangs

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This hairstyle is cut right at the shoulders and all of the lines are very blunt. Blunt lines help keep thin hair looking as thick as possible. The straight across bangs also give the illusion of thicker hair.

Medium Length Hairstyle For Thin Hair

Style by Nicky Deangelo, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, Wilmington, DE

How To Style:

  1. When hair is still a little damp, apply your favorite smoothing products and blow hair dry with a paddle brush.
  2. When hair is totally dry, go in with a flat iron to smooth out strands even more.
  3. Follow up with your favorite layer-defining product.

Recommended Products:

Prive Grooming Cream is awesome at showing off subtle layers in hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square, round or heart shaped faces would look fabulous with this hairstyle. Thin to medium amounts of hair that is naturally straight work best for this sleek look.

Tip:

Invest in a good flat iron. Some important elements to look for is one that is one-inch in size, has ceramic plates and a temperature control gauge.

#19 Copper Cut

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This super cute cut is just past the jawline with lots of texture and shape. The long side bangs add interest and softness to the angled layers. The variance in layers helps give volume and bounce to this sleek hairstyle.

Cute Hairstyle With Lots of Texture Long Side Bangs And Angled Layers

Style by Ray Brookshire, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Start by parting hair on one side and then blow dry with a medium-sized round brush. Angle your brush towards the face with the front layers and towards the back with the top layers to create volume.
  2. If you need to flat iron when you are done, do so after applying a shine spray or serum.

Recommended Products:

Oribe Grandiose Mousse is a hair plumping mousse will add amazing volume to your strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round, heart and square shaped faces are complemented nicely with this bob haircut. Thin to medium amounts of hair are made to look their best with this short, layered hairstyle.

Tip:

Switch up your part every now and then to add volume. When bangs are this long, you can part your hair either way and totally change up your look.

#20 Sleek and Sweet

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This straight hairstyle is a fun, edgy look for thin haired ladies to try out. There are layers cut into the style, but they are longer so the ends stay full and don’t look straggly.

Sleek Straight Edgy Hairstyle With Long Layers For Thin Hair

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

  1. Blow hair dry with a paddle brush to get hair as straight and smooth as possible.
  2. Go in with a round brush when hair is almost dry to detail the ends and create a rounded edge.
  3. Blow dry bangs forward with a round brush.
  4. When hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to smooth out any pieces that need it.

Recommended Products:

Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray helps protect strands and helps heal damaged hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long shaped faces or long foreheads would be great candidates for this hairstyle because of the forward facing bangs. Thin hair that is on the straight side naturally would work best.

Tip:

Keep the bangs soft and texturized on the tips for a more soft and blended look. Blunt bangs are bolder and slightly harder to grow out.

Embrace your thin locks and make the most of them! Consider adding blunt edges or wavy texture to your hair for more fullness and shape. Get creative and the sky is the limit with these gorgeous short hairstyles for thin hair!