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15 Surprising Hairstyles & Haircuts for Thin Hair

Clients with thin hair are constantly looking for hairstyles to help their hair appear thicker. With a few standard hair rules and cutting techniques, your fine hair can be on it’s way to voluminous styles in no time.

The right products and styling methods are also great tools to help your hair look fuller. Enjoy these perfect hairstyles for thin hair that show off every single strand ya got!

1. Fringe Effect

A super strong bang can actually make thin strands appear thicker. This fringe is cut bluntly right above the eyes for an incredibly dramatic result.

Long Hairstyle with Fringe for Thin Hair

Style by Morgan Christy, Makeup by Lauren West, Bob Steele Salon, Atlanta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Style the lengths of your hair as desired (curly, straight, wavy, etc.).
  2. Drop down the front section of bangs and flat iron.
  3. Drop down a little more section of bangs and flat iron.
  4. Continue until the entire bang is smooth and sleek. You’ll be glad you took your time with small detailed sections as you will get the best results!

Recommended Products:

The InfraShine 1-inch Ceramic Flat Iron is an amazing hot tool. It’s awesome at delivering ultimate shine and sleekness to your strands. It has a temperature control knob so you can lower the heat on finer hair textures too!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

These dramatic bangs look best on long oval or rectangular shaped faces. All hair types except natural tight curls would look good with this hairstyle.

Tip:

Make sure you’re in store for frequent trips to the beauty salon for bang trims. A forward, face-framing fringe requires much more maintenance than side swooping bangs. Ask your stylist if bang trims are complementary or consider trimming them up yourself in between full haircut appointments.

2. Classy Chic

This adorable layered bob is awesome for ladies who want thick looking hair. Hair is cut right at the chin and tapered in the back so it hugs the neck just right. Side sweeping bangs help frame the face and keep it modern.

Classy Layered Bob for Thin Hair

Style by Becky Bennett, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Use a medium-sized round brush (about two inches is fine) to roll hair under while blowing strands dry.
  2. Lift the roots up on the top while drying to create volume.
  3. When hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to polish off any pieces if needed.
  4. Rake some pomade or hair cream through strands to show off all the fun texture and layers this hairstyle has.

Recommended Products:

Privé Grooming Cream is the perfect hair polish to add some shine and definition to your layers.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is best for square, heart or round face shapes. Ladies with thinner hair that is naturally straight or wavy is ideal to create this look.

Tip:

Shorter hairstyles may not seem like they have versatility, but they totally do! Instead of rolling the ends under, flip them out with a curling iron for an adorable retro look that’s totally different.

3. Professional Pixie

Short pixie haircuts are a great option for thin haired clients. Creating volume and lift is easy when strands are so short and with this cool look, you won’t be lacking in the style department either.

Short Pixie Hairstyle for Thin Hair

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Short Pixie Hairstyle for Thin Hair Side

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Prep partially damp strands with a medium to strong hold mousse.
  2. Use a small round brush to roll bangs forward and the top up and back for some incredible volume.
  3. When hair is dry, use a small comb to tease the crown for extra lift if desired.
  4. Spray with your favorite hairspray to lock in your look and create texture.

Recommended Products:

Pureology Colour Stylist Silk Mousse Bodifier is awesome at giving lift and hold. Finish your look off with a great hairspray like Bumble and Bumble Spray De Mode Hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Pixie hairstyles look best on heart shaped faces. Thin to thick amounts of hair that is naturally straight, wavy, or slightly curly could achieve this look.

Tip:

Don’t overdo the product usage on your hair. Most high end products are highly concentrated and are designed to go a long way. Ask your stylist what a good daily amount of product is good to use on your hair type. The amount will also vary on the thickness and length of your strands.

4. Crimped Craze

Give long thin hair an attitude with micro-crimped texture. A center part anchors the look while the ends are left angled and airy. Pastel colors are still on trend and this lavender looks absolutely exquisite. The overall look is super soft and really quite stunning.

Long Crimped Hairstyle for Thin Hair

Style by Selan Frese, Makeup by Tekoah Ferro, Blaze Color Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

How to Style:

  1. Use a comb to create a crisp center part.
  2. Flat iron strands from the nape up to the temples, but leave the top veil of hair out for crimping.
  3. Use a mini crimping iron on the top section of hair you left out. Take your time so your crimps are nice and clean, not frizzy.
  4. Gently use your fingers to rake through your strands and break up the hair into more defined vertical pieces instead of horizontal crimped panels.

Recommended Products:

The Micro Gold Crimping Tool from Hot Tools in a one-inch size allows you to be really precise with your crimping.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

All face shapes should be able to rock this unique hairstyle. Long, thin hair that is naturally straight is best.

Tip:

Use a mini crimping iron to create the exact look shown, or try a triple barrel curling iron for a softer texture.

5. Lovely with Layers

Try this cute short hairstyle for an illusion of thick hair. Layers are left with heavier weight lines and more definition so hair appears thick and full.

Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Layers

Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Layers Side

Style by Lindsay Hines, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How to Style:

  1. Part hair to the side. Keep it loose and use your fingers instead of a comb so the part-line looks more natural and soft.
  2. Use a medium-sized curling iron (1 1/2-inch size would work great) to curl the ends of hair under. Try to create large and loose waves, but don’t worry about being perfect. The overall look is more wavy than curly, so you don’t need to be so precise.
  3. Spray your strands with a light hold hairspray, then rake your fingers through your hair to break up curls.

Recommended Products:

L’Oreal Professional Infinium Light Hold Hairspray would be great for thin, fine hair.

Best Face Shapes and Hair Type:

Square, heart or round shaped faces would work with this layered hairstyle.

Tip:

Thin hair is usually fine in texture, so you don’t need a heavy dose of product. Keep it light so hair won’t be weighed down.

6. Curl Booster

A great way to make fine limp hair look thicker and fuller is to add thick luscious curls. Minimal layering and having the length fall a few inches past the shoulders also helps this thin hair looks bouncy and full. A nice side part keeps the look fresh and modern.

wavy blonde hairstyles for thin hair

Style by AnVa Spa and Salon, Holland, OH

wavy blonde hairstyles for thin hair 2

Style by AnVa Spa and Salon, Holland, OH

How To Style:

  1. Begin your styling by having your curling iron on (1-inch barrel curling iron or slightly larger), your hair clean and combed, and the proper heat protecting products applied.
  2. Section up most of your hair and begin curling the bottom dropped out section of hair.
  3. Spray your curls with hairspray and then drop down another section to curl.
  4. Curl your entire head of hair and finish off with your favorite hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Use something to protect your hair from the heat without weighing it down like Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Styling Hairspray. It’s lightweight and delivers lasting hold without any sticky, crunchy, or flaky residue.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes are great candidates for this curly hairstyle. Fine to thick hair will work and straight to wavy textures will work well, too.

Tip:

Roll the curling iron away from the face when you are curling hair around the front of your face. This helps the waves look balanced and more natural.

7. Blonde Ambition

Take off some length and look awesome with this sexy bob. Shorter hair with blunt ends helps thin hair look thicker. Minimal layering is key to keep the style full but some deep side bangs add some shape and style.

short blonde sculpted thin hairstyle

Style by Acacia Cronic

short blonde sculpted thin hairstyle

Style by Acacia Cronic

How To Style:

You can let your hair air dry or simply blow it dry with a paddle brush.

  1. Begin with clean, dry hair that is parted to the side.
  2. Use a 1-inch flat iron and start at your nape with the rest of your hair pinned up. Flat iron the dropped down section and bevel the ends under slightly.
  3. Drop down another horizontal section and flat iron.
  4. Continue until your entire head of hair, including the bangs, are smooth and beveled towards the face for a nice polished look.

Recommended Products:

Use a nice product to protect your hair like Frizz-Ease Hair Serum from John Frieda. It works great on all hair types and will help your strands stay soft and healthy even after applying heat.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is perfect for clients with round or heart shaped faces. Fine to medium thicknesses of hair that is naturally straight would look amazing with this hairstyle.

Tip:

If you’re thinking about taking your hair this blonde you should always consider the maintenance involved. If you have naturally dark hair, you will have dark roots repeatedly and will have to make a good few trips to the salon. Ask your stylist if there are other lower maintenance blonde shades that might make your life a bit easier.

8. Lovely Lob

This long extra long bob totally works with the deep side part and thick wispy pieces. When you have thin hair the key is to keep the cut full with no layering. Your hair will look twice as thick! Subtle side bang / layers in the front help add a little shape without taking out too much weight.

medium length hairstyles for thin hair

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

medium length hairstyles for thin hair 2

Style by Flonnie Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply strong volumizing products to damp roots and comb through.
  2. Flip your head upside down and blow dry. Having the roots hang with gravity will help them dry with more volume.
  3. When your hair is almost dry, flip right back up and use a large round brush to really curl and flip the ends under for that nice rounded shape.

Recommended Products:

Use a mousse that will really give your roots a lift like Volumactiv from Kerastase. A little goes a long way but will give you really big results.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Because of the big shape and the deep side part, this look would complement most face shapes. Fine to thick hair could pull this off with straight to wavy texture.

Tip:

Flip your hair upside down and spray with a strong hold hairspray. Flip right side up again and gently smooth for instant volume! Use this tip in the bathroom at lunch to add some body back into your day.

9. Sweet Silk

This gorgeous cinnamon color helps break up this no layered cut. Hair falls right above the shoulders with a blunt cut that helps keep the style full and flattering. Pop in some sweet side bangs for a fresh modern style.

sleek thin hairstyle

Style by Tara Kerr, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

sleek thin hairstyle 2

Style by Tara Kerr, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry your hair with a paddle brush to get a smooth and sleek blow out.
  2. After your hair is 100% dry, go in on small sections of hair and flat iron to really make the hair straight and sleek.

Recommended Products:

Use a nourishing heat protector like Cristophe Professional Hair Serum. It adds shine, tames your frizz, and leaves hair silky soft with its conditioning properties. Use this product on your hair while it is either wet or dry.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval faces would glow with these fuller bangs that balance out the long face shape. Fine straight hair would work best.

Tip:

Extensions can be a great way to add fullness to your hairstyle. Most people just think of adding them for length, but you can make your hair look so much thicker with some panels put in.

10. Red Velvet

This crimson beauty rocks with a dramatic sweeping side part and soft tapered ends. A theme to these fine haired styles is to keep the layers only around the face. Having no layers throughout keeps the style full and thick looking.

medium layered haircut for thin hair

Style by Pacific Northwest Beauty Supply

medium layered haircut for thin hair 2

Style by Pacific Northwest Beauty Supply

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry your hair upside down and part it to the opposite side you normally do.
  2. Go through your entire head and flat iron to get your hair super smooth.
  3. When you are finished flat ironing, spray your roots with a hairspray or a texture spray, and then flip your part over to the opposite side for added volume.

Recommended Products:

Use a heat protection serum like Glass from Redken and follow up after hair is ironed with Privé Texture Spray for some added hold and texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes will look great with this longer thinning style. Oval faces will be over exaggerated to they should opt for a different look or simple add some bangs to add balance.

Tip:

Switch up your part from one side to the other every week or so to add volume. Try it — it works!

11. The Glamazon

Sport this glamorous style when you need a bit more elegance in your life. The super creamy blonde color is to die for and the smooth sweeping bangs show off the color beautifully. Spicing up the rest of your hair with sassy curls make this hairstyle completely irresistible.

Blonde layers with curls

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

Blonde layers with curls 2

Style by Peles Salon and Day Spa, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Break out your 1-inch curling iron and have at your hair! Take small sections and curl at the roots first, then slowly click in the ends of the hair strand.
  2. Leave the bangs out and simply run a flat iron over them to add shine and to flick the ends back into the curls so they look blended.
  3. Hold your curls in place with your favorite hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Use Spray Starch by Redken on your hair before curling to protect and help the hair retain its shape. Follow up with a light hold hairspray like Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray. Works great and smells amazing!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square shaped faces, like the one shown here, look fabulous with these shoulder length curls. Fine hair or even thick haired girls can pull this off with their best curling iron skills.

Tip:

Got a special occasion coming up? Consider making a styling appointment at the salon so you can ensure gorgeous hair without stressing out and doing it on your own. Treat yourself — you deserve it!

12. Fine Flip

Fine hair looks great with minimal layers, but challenge a boring, no layered haircut by adding them around your face. Your hair will look full and styling with face framing, flips, and chiseled layers.

Straight hairstyle for thin hair

Style by AnVa Spa and Salon, Holland, OH

How To Style:

  1. Use a paddle brush to really blow dry your head of hair dry and smooth.
  2. Take a large curling iron and flip out the ends of your hair around your face.
  3. Use your fingers to break up the curl to look more like a flip and then set your hair with spray.

Recommended Products:

Use a light hold hairspray like Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Angel Wings Super Light Hairspray.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round and square shaped faces would look best with this medium to long layered hairstyle. Fine to thick hair that is on the straighter side will totally rock this look.

Tip:

Fine haired clients oftentimes have oily hair. Use a clarifying shampoo that will help break up the oil and add volume, or try a dry shampoo to add texture and lift.

13. Cute Copper Crop

This longer, shaggy pixie is super cute and great for thin hair. The awesome way this style was cut shows off wispy pieces and tons of movement. Sweet layers and a gorgeous color really pop and make this hairstyle full of drama and dimension.

thin hair short layered cut

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

thin hair short layered cut 2

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

Don’t think too hard when styling this cute whimsical style.

  1. Just blow dry with your fingers and then use a flat iron to detail the bangs.
  2. Enjoy!

Recommended Products:

Use something light but tacky to add texture to this adorable short crop. I love Healthy Sexy Hair’s Soy Paste Texture Pomade. A little goes a long way and it’s perfect for short haircuts.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart shaped faces will glow with this gorgeous haircut. Fine to thick haired clients can pull off this fashion forward look.

Tip:

Short haircuts like this are perfect for showing off cute, dangly earrings!

14. Shattered Shag

You don’t have to have a ton of thinning layers to pull off a shag. There are no layers, but by simply shattering out the bottom edge it gives the illusion of a textured shag. Add in some asymmetrical bangs with the same texture and you’ve got an amazing look for thin hair.

Thin shoulder length hair with short bangs

Style by Letisha Harper

Thin shoulder length hair with short bangs 2

Style by Letisha Harper

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry your hair with a paddle brush and pay special attention to the bangs. Just blow dry them down towards your face so they’ll lay flat.
  2. Go back in when your hair is completely dry and flat iron section by section to get a fabulously straight hairstyle.
  3. Use some shine spray for added glam.

Recommended Products:

I absolutely love the Shine Spray by Privé. Spritz it on your hair while wet for a quicker dry time and then on hair again when finished for a totally mirror like sheen. Beautiful!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval shaped faces will work best for this sultry shag. Sleek straight hair with thin to medium thickness will rock this hairstyle.

Tip:

Instead of using a razor to cut the hair, have your stylist use their shears to “point-cut” the ends of the hair strands. This will create that textured look without ripping and slicing the thin strands.

15. Ginger Spice

Spice up your hair color with this beautiful cinnamon hue. It’s gorgeous for any season! Keep your fine hair looking full by keeping the layers just around the face. The light razored edges help add texture and don’t take away from the thickness.

Tapered straight thin hair

Style by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

Auburn straight thin hair

Style by Simply Swank Salon & Spa, Hudson, OH

How To Style:

  1. Use your blow dryer to remove all the moisture out of your hair. A paddle brush is great to use for a straight look like this one.
  2. Grab your flat iron and straighten out your strands when your hair is totally dry.
  3. Grab a few sections of hair on top of your head and tease the roots slightly to add a little volume.

Recommended Products:

Use the lightest concentration of Oleo Relax from Kerastase so your strands will get the protection and hydration they need without being weighed down.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Oval and round faces will look great with these soft, face-framing layers. The side bangs help balance out oval face shapes. Super straight, fine hair is the best hair type for this style.

Tip:

If you have super fine hair, keep it healthy from roots to tips. Split ends can happen more often on thinner strands, so really take the time to give it the TLC it needs.

Did you learn anything on how to achieve thicker-looking hair? Keeping blunt cuts, minimal layers or adding curls are some keys to unlocking your body-full future. You’re certainly on your way to fuller hair that is sure to turn a few heads with these gorgeous hairstyles for thin hair!