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15 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…

Razored Bob

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Blunt Ends

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Loose Waves

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Naturally Curly

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Big Hair, Don’t Care

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Tousled Curls

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

The People’s Princess

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Natural Waves

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Twisted Updo

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Color Panel

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Perfectly Polished Pony

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Strong Bangs

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Kate Middleton

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Long Layers

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.

Product Recommendation:

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.

Textured Ends

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.

Product Recommendation:

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!