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25 Must-Have Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

Finding the perfect hairstyle for thinning (or thin) hair can be a challenge. But, with the right hairstyle and product line-up, you can make the most of your locks and create full, swoon-worthy looks that even girls with the thickest hair would be jealous of! Peep these must-have hairstyles for thinning hair for a little hair-inspiration…

  • #1 Short and Sassy

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    This tousled curly look paired with beautiful blonde hair color is both fun and sassy! This cut and style combo is the perfect way to give extra texture and thickness to the finest hair.

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    Hair by PK Design Team, Makeup Betty Mekonnen for Paul Kenneth Salon & Spa, Woburn, MA.

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a thickening mousse to towel dried hair.
    2. Blow dry hair using a diffuser. Turn your dryer to the highest heat setting, but lowest force.
    3. Using a small curling wand, add extra curls if needed.
    4. Apply a volumizing powder to root area.
    5. Shake it out and get ready for some fun!

    Recommended Products:

    Label.m thickening cream gives extra thickness and soft hold to thin hair. Just remember that a little goes a long way.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Heart shaped faces wear this look best, while hair that is fine to thin and naturally wavy to curly makes it easy to recreate this style.

  • #2 Red Waves

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Just because you have thinner hair it doesn’t mean it can’t be long! Soft waves and bright red color bring fun and extra density to your locks.

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    Hair Melissa Walkup, Makeup Jasmine Miller for William Wesley Grand Salon and Spa, Davenport, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a thickening cream to damp hair that has been washed with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.
    2. Blow dry hair, starting with your head flipped over to give you extra volume. Finish drying with a medium round brush.
    3. Once hair is completely dry, use a 1 to 1½-inch curling wand to wave hair in two-inch sections.
    4. For extra hold and lift, you can apply a light hairspray, making sure to spray lightly near your root area.

    Recommended Products:

    A small amount of Label.m thickening cream will give this look extra thickness and a soft hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Square and heart shaped faces look fabulous in this long wavy look. Hair that is fine to thin and naturally wavy or straight is a perfect starting point to recreate this style.

  • #3 Bold and Blonde

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Bold blonde highlights throughout a chocolate brown base with lots of layering is a fun way to liven up thin locks.

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    Nina John for Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a volumizing mousse to damp hair. Comb through to ensure even distribution.
    2. Blow dry using a medium flat brush.
    3. Using a flat iron set at the lowest heat setting, smooth the ends of hair and fringe.
    4. Apply a texturizing powder to hands and work through layers to get more of a separated look.

    Recommended Products:

    Pravana’s Lived In Powder is an amazing root volumizer and texture powder. It transforms in to a thin pomade in your hands for easy application and disappears into your hair.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Fine to thin hair that is healthy enough for these bold highlights paired with a heart shaped face is perfect for this short and textured look.

  • #4 Beachy Waves

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Beach-inspired waves paired with a multidimensional color gives added thickness and dimension to thinning locks.

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    Hair Kelsey Coots, Makeup Lizzy Watson for William Wesley Grand Salon and Spa, Davenport, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a sea salt spray to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry hair using a large round brush, making sure to lift away from the scalp to add volume.
    3. Once hair is dry, curl mid lengths and ends with a 1½-inch curling iron or wand.
    4. Mist curls with hairspray as they are cooling,
    5. Separate curls with hands and shake out.

    Recommended Products:

    Sea salt sprays sound like they wouldn’t be a great idea for your hair, but they give amazing tetuture and style to every hair type without drying it out. Give Kevin Murphy’s Hair Resort Spray a try. It’s my favorite for creating beachy waves!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Oval and diamond shaped faces wear this long wavy look well. Hair that is on the skinny side and is naturally wavy to curly will help hold these waves all day.

  • #5 Copper Ombre’

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Adding a bright copper to your ends gives it extra style and texture. Paired with longer layers and a blunt base, it creates weight in even the finest of textures.

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    Hair Hailey Lubbock, Makeup Lizzy Watson for William Wesley Grand Salon and Spa, Davenport, IA

    How To Style:

    1. After shampooing hair with a volumizing color safe shampoo and conditioner, apply a thickening cream or mousse.
    2. Blow dry hair with a large paddle brush, lifting at roots for extra volume.
    3. Once hair is dry, use a flat iron set at the lowest heat setting to smooth ends.
    4. Finish with a light shine spray.

    Recommended Products:

    Finding a volumizing shampoo and conditioner that is also color safe is very important for this style. Try Biolage Uplift in their new Raw collection. Its natural ingredients are kind to your color and thinning hair!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Shoulder length hair that is naturally straight paired with a heart shaped face is perfect for recreating this look.

  • #6 Purple Undercut

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Bright colors are becoming increasingly popular and more accepted in lots of workplaces. Why not give this fun look a try? Paired with a short undercut, it gives the appearance of lots of hair.

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    Hair Haylee Chayer, Makeup Abby Thompson for Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

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    Hair Haylee Chayer, Makeup Abby Thompson for Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply volumizing product to the lengths of the top section.
    2. Blow dry hair using a small round brush.
    3. Curl with a 1-inch curling iron with curls going away from the face.
    4. Apply a texturizing powder to hands and separate curls.
    5. Finish with your favorite hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Having a fabulous curling iron that has multiple heat settings is important. You need to be able to turn the heat down low for fashion colors and fine/thin hair. Check out Hot Tools at your local beauty supply store or local salon.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Finer hair that is any texture can rock this purple undercut, while face shapes that are heart or round wear the style best.

  • #7 Deep Teal Texture

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Dive into the blue with this amazing deep teal color that is shown off with a rough texture. It gives the finest of locks a boost of volume!

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    Hair by Kelli Stevens, Makeup Amy Carter for Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    How To Style:

    1. Apply sea salt spray to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry hair with just your fingers, moving it in different directions to give extra body.
    3. Once it is completely dry, using a large curling iron to curl different sized sections in alternating directions.
    4. Flip head over and give your curls a shake out once they are cooled.
    5. Spray sea salt spray in hair and scrunch ends where needed.

    Recommended Products:

    To keep your fashion colors from fading fast, using a dry shampoo is a must. The bonus is that a lot of them (including Pravana’s Fresh dry shampoo) are also very volumizing. Use it on a wash day for extra volume, or on that 2nd or 3rd day hair too!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Heart or round shaped faces look great in all this texture, while hair that is strong enough to be lightened is a must for this color. Finer hair that is straight to wavy is awesome for recreating this style.

  • #8 Angled Bob

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    This softly angled bob gives thinner, finer hair the option of a little extra length. The stacked layers in the back create beautiful fullness.

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    Hair by Amber Cox, Makeup Amy Carter for Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology, Columbia, SC

    How To Style:

    1. Apply thickening lotion to damp hair.
    2. Blow dry hair using a medium round brush.
    3. Once hair is dry, use a large curling iron just on the ends of hair to give them a soft curl or bend.
    4. Finish with your favorite hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    A lot of finer haired clients are scared of any type of lotion in their hair, but Kevin Murphy’s Full Again thickening lotion doesn’t weigh your hair down and creates a full, smooth blowout

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Square, round or oval face shapes look amazing in this angled style, while hair that is naturally straight and fine to thin does well in recreating this look.

  • #9 The Classic

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    A classic, softly layered at the ends and raised around your face mid-length cut may seem like a boring choice, but paired with great highlights and a lowlight, it gives fun and style!

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    Hair Amanda Mitchell for Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Use a thickening cream or mousse on damp hair that has been washed with a volumizing shampoo or conditioner.
    2. Blow dry hair using a concentrator on your dryer and a flat brush. Lift hair at scalp to add extra volume.
    3. Use a flat iron set at a low heat setting (this protects your fine tresses from the heat and your color from fading) to smooth out ends of hair.
    4. Use a texture powder to smooth any flyaways or ends.

    Recommended Products:

    A great thickening mousse is Pravana’s Full Volume. It uses cottonseed to plump each strand and give amazing shine, too!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    Fine to thin hair that is naturally straight on any face shape looks fabulous in this classic look.

  • #10 Long and Layered

    Written by Sarah Nitz

    Added layers give thinning hair style and volume. This style can be changed so easily too by simply adding curls or waves.

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    Hair Alyssa Shatek, Makeup Abi Kolosik for Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

    How To Style:

    1. Apply a medium hold volumizing spray from roots to ends.
    2. Blow dry hair in sections, lifting hair up and away from your head to create volume and turning the ends under. I recommend using a medium-sized round brush, but if you have shorter layers, you can also use a small round brush.
    3. Using your favorite hairspray, mist your entire head and piece out and separate the layers.
    4. Finish off with your favorite shine spray.

    Recommended Products:

    I love Kevin Murphy’s Anti Gravity spray. It gives shine, hold, and most of all, volume!

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    The best face shapes for this easy and soft style are oval, diamond or heart. Fine to thin textures that are straight will make styling a breeze.

  • #11 Razored Bob

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Just because you have fine locks is no reason to shy away from a razored look. Combining textured ends and a graduation creates a look that is full of volume and movement.

    Razored Bob Look for Thinning Hair Hairstyles for Thinning Hair

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Spritz roots with a volumizing root booster.
    3. Section off the top.
    4. Blow dry the underneath section with a small paddle brush, moving the hair from side to side.
    5. Unclip top section. Using a medium-sized round brush, dry top section away from face.
    6. Smooth hair with 1-inch flat iron.
    7. Mist roots with a texturizing spray.
    8. Gently backcomb crown area.
    9. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder for soft, shiny hair with mega volume.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for oval, triangle, oblong and heart face shapes and all hair densities.

  • #12 Blunt Ends

    Written by Carina Connelly

    The quickest way to make it appear that you have thick locks is a blunt haircut with minimal layering. Next time you’re in the salon, ask your stylist for a blunt bob with slight graduation.

    Blunt Ends Smooth Bob For Thinning Hair Blunt Ends Smooth Bob Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with damp hair, apply a blow dry lotion from roots to tips.
    2. Blow dry hair with a small paddle brush.
    3. Gently backcomb crown area.
    4. Run a flat iron over the backcombing.
    5. Gently brush out the backcombing.
    6. Spray hair with a flexible hold hairspray.
    7. Smooth hair with 1-inch flat iron.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender for heat protection. It also helps block out volume deflating humidity.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work best for heart and oval face shapes and thin to medium hair densities.

  • #13 Loose Waves

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Loose waves add body and volume to long, layered hairstyles and are super easy to create.

    Loose Waves Look For Thinning Hair Loose Waves Blonde Long Wavy Look Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean dry hair, spritz roots with a texturizing spray.
    2. Section off the crown area.
    3. Using a triple barrel waver, begin waving the hair underneath by taking small vertical sections.
    4. Allow hair to cool.
    5. Unclip top section. Section off the bang area. Begin waving the top section by working in small vertical sections. Once the top (except the bangs) is finished, allow waves to cool.
    6. Take bang section and round brush hair forward.
    7. Position bangs to the side and spray with hairspray.
    8. Gently run fingers through waves.
    9. Gently backcomb crown area.
    10. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Big Sexy Hair’s Spray and Play for flexible hold that locks in volume.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #14 Naturally Curly

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Naturally curly, thinning hair can be challenge. But, with a bit of product and a little help from the blow dryer, it’s easy to have full locks.

    Naturally Curly Blonde Look Naturally Curly Look Blonde Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Apply a small amount of gel to ends.
    3. Starting in the nape, create twists of various sizes. Continue working up until all hair is twisted.
    4. Using a diffuser, gently blow dry hair until it is mostly dry.
    5. Gently shake out twists.
    6. Mist hair with hairspray.
    7. Allow to air dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Ouidad’s Curl Quencher Moisturizing Styling Gel for lightweight hold that conditions your curls.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for oval, heart, or long face shapes and all hair densities.

  • #15 Big Hair, Don’t Care

    Written by Carina Connelly

    If you love big hair, this is the perfect style for you! It’s full of volume and stylishly put together.

    Big Hair Blonde Full Hairstyle For Thinning Hair Big Hair Blonde Full Look with Fringe Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Spritz roots with a volumizing root booster.
    3. Blow dry hair with a medium-sized round brush.
    4. Set hair with large Velcro rollers.
    5. Allow rollers to cool.
    6. Mist with hairspray.
    7. Remove rollers and shake hair out.
    8. Gently backcomb crown area.
    9. Arrange bangs in swoop.
    10. Mist hair with hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Mega volume starts in the shower with volume enhancing shampoos and conditioners. Try Prive’s Amplifying Shampoo and Daily Conditioner to prep your hair for ultra volume.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and all hair densities.

  • #16 Tousled Curls

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Adding curls is the easiest way to create volume and body to thinning locks.

    Tousled Curls Layered Look with Highlights Tousled Curls Layered Look with Highlights Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, take a medium-sized vertical section of hair.
    2. Wrap hair around a 1-inch curling iron, no higher than ear level.
    3. Release hair and allow curl to cool. Repeat round head.
    4. Flip head upside down and shake curls out.
    5. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Kerastase’s Double Force Controle Ultime for stronger locks and long lasting hold.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and all hair densities.

  • #17 The People’s Princess

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Channel your inner princess Diana with this chic and sultry style.

    Peoples Princess Thinning Hairstyles Peoples Princess Thinning Style Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Spritz roots with a volumizing root booster.
    3. Blow dry hair with a small round brush.
    4. Emulsify a small amount of pomade in your hands and gently work through hair for texture.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Organic Salon Systems’s Organic Connect Putty for definition and separation.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style works best for oval, long, heart, and square face shapes and medium to thin hair densities.

  • #18 Natural Waves

    Written by Carina Connelly

    This boho style emphasizes natural body and volume with minimal effort.

    Natural Waves Long Crimped Look

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Create two braids starting at the top of the ears.
    3. Allow braids to dry.
    4. Release braids.
    5. Mist ends with a sea salt spray.
    6. Scrunch and allow to air dry.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Verb’s Sea Salt Spray to add the perfect amount of texture and grittiness to any style.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and all hair densities.

  • #19 Twisted Updo

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Looking for a stylish updo for an event, but worried your thinning locks will ruin the style? Try this gorgeous style and put all of those worries to rest.

    Twisted Updo For Thinning Hair Twisted Updo For Thinning Hair Side View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, spritz roots and ends with a texturizing spray.
    2. Set hair in hot rollers.
    3. Section hair from ear to ear.
    4. Pull all hair from behind your ears into a ponytail.
    5. Backcomb crown area and create part.
    6. Gently smooth backcombed area.
    7. Take a small section and twist back towards ponytail. Secure twist into ponytail.
    8. Take a larger section and twist. Secure into ponytail.
    9. Gently twist ends of ponytail and secure, allowing curled ends to remain loose.
    10. Spray hair with a strong hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray for touchable, non-sticky hold with a natural shine finish.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and all hair densities.

  • #20 Color Panel

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Coloring the hair underneath darker helps it to look thicker and fuller. Next time you’re at the salon, have your stylist add panels of one to two shades darker than your natural color to the underneath of your hair. You’ll instantly feel like you’ve gained thicker locks!

    Color Panel Medium Blonde Look

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Blow dry hair using a paddle brush.
    3. Gently smooth ends with a flat iron.
    4. Backcomb crown area.
    5. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Protect your color investment with a color safe shampoo and conditioner. Try Kevin Murphy’s Balancing Wash and Angel Rinse for ultimate color protection.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and thin to medium hair densities.

  • #21 Perfectly Polished Pony

    Written by Carina Connelly

    This is the perfect pony for a day at the office, brunch with the girls, or for date night and it’s super easy to do!

    Perfectly Polished Pony Smooth Blonde Ponytail Perfectly Polished Pony Smooth Blonde Ponytail Back View

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean dry hair, spritz roots with dry shampoo.
    2. Backcomb crown area.
    3. Divide hair into two low pigtails, one centered and the other just off center.
    4. Remove the off center ponytail holder and gently twist.
    5. Secure twist to centered ponytail.
    6. Curl ends of ponytail with a 1-inch curling iron.
    7. Spray with a strong hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Aveda’s Force Control for maximum hold that lasts all day.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #22 Strong Bangs

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Fine or thinning locks shouldn’t make you shy away from trying bangs with face framing layers. Have your stylist give you a thick fringe with well-blended layers to master this look.

    Strong Bangs Brunette Thinning with Reddish Highlights

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Spritz roots with a volumizing root booster.
    3. Blow dry fringe with a small paddle brush, moving bangs from side to side (like windshield wipers).
    4. Once bangs are dry, section off crown area.
    5. Blow dry underneath using a paddle brush.
    6. Round brush top section.
    7. Gently wrap hair in large Velcro rollers. Mist with hairspray and blast with the blow dryer.
    8. Allow rollers to cool.
    9. Remove rollers and spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Kevin Murphy’s Body Builder for soft, shiny hair with mega volume.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all hair densities and long, heart, triangle, and oval face shapes.

  • #23 Kate Middleton

    Written by Carina Connelly

    She’s a hair inspiration for most ladies (including me!). Channel your inner Duchess with this glamour blowout.

    Kate Middleton Long Brunette Hair with Waves

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Apply a small amount of argan oil to ends.
    3. Starting at the nape of neck, blow dry hair using a medium-sized round brush, working in small sections.
    4. After each section is dry, roll into a curl and secure with a bobby pin.
    5. Continue working around head, repeating steps 3 and 4.
    6. Allow hair to cool.
    7. Unclip hair and gently run fingers through hair.
    8. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Verb’s Styling Cream for a soft hold with heat protection and natural shine.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #24 Long Layers

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Adding a dimension to long layers creates movement and gives the illusion of thicker locks. Ask your stylist for dimensional hair color next time you’re in the salon.

    Long Layers with Center Part

    How To Style:

    1. Starting with dry hair, spritz roots with a dry shampoo.
    2. Using a 1¼-inch curling iron, take thick sections of hair and wrap around curling iron vertically.
    3. Allow hair to heat thoroughly and release.
    4. Continue working vertically around the head until all hair is curled.
    5. Gently backcomb crown area.
    6. Using your fingers, gently break up curls and smooth backcombing.
    7. Spray with a flexible hold hairspray.

    Recommended Products:

    Try Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray for texture and shine with a bit of grittiness for volume.

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

  • #25 Textured Ends

    Written by Carina Connelly

    Try this style for a youthful look that’s sleek with a bit of texture on the ends.

    Textured Ends Straight Brunette Look Textured Ends Straight Brunette Look Side View

    How To Style

    1. Starting with clean damp hair, apply a palm-full of volumizing mousse from roots to tips.
    2. Blow dry hair straight with a paddle brush.
    3. Using a flat iron, gently bend bangs under and smooth ends of hair.
    4. Apply a small amount of argan oil to ends.

    Recommended Products:

    Verb’s Ghost Oil tames frizz and provides weightless shine

    Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

    This style will work for all face shapes and hair densities.

    If you have thinning hair, or thin hair, there’s no reason to give up! Try one of these volume-enhancing styles to make the most of your locks!