44 Volumizing Haircuts for Thin Long Hair (Before & After Makeovers)

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Haircuts for long thin hair are cut in a specific way to add volume. Long hair can weigh down your thin tresses and make them look lifeless, but with techniques such as layering and razor cutting, it’s possible for fine-haired women to wear long hairstyles without their hair looking flat.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these inspiring pictures of gorgeous and easy hairstyles for long thin hair:


#1: Long Hair with Carved Bangs

Long hair with carved bangs is perfect for girls who want to keep length while enjoying an edgy, fun style. Aim to keep your style time to a minimum. I suggest asking your stylist if you have the right texture for carved bangs. The shorter layers throughout can add great texture to thin hair.

#2: Waist-Length Curled Thin Hair

For thin, waist-length hair, try adding volume. Thin hair tends to lay flat. If your hair is waist-length, this issue comes up more often. Adding curls can create the illusion of thick and voluminous hair. A medium tightness curl will give a fuller and longer-lasting look. Fine hair may not hold curls well. A holding spray such as Kenra Thermal Styling Spray can help. It holds curls and provides heat protection. Always keep your hot tools at a lower temperature to avoid breakage or damage.

#3: Very Thin Long Hairstyle

A very thin long hairstyle is perfect for those with very straight hair. Adding a middle part can also be a great option. This sleek and simple look makes it perfect for those who want a low-maintenance style. It is also versatile in working for various face shapes and ages. Don’t forget to finish with a shine serum to give your hair a beautiful glow!

#4: Middle-Parted Hair for the Thinnest Hair

A middle-parted style for the thinnest hair is chic. When you want to add fullness to thin hair, try a middle part if your face shape allows it. This way, you have an even amount of hair on each side. Add a side bang if you have a long, rectangular face shape. Ask for a blunt perimeter with only a few disconnected crown layers if you want body.

#5: Brown Blonde Balayage for Thin Hair

Be amazed by how many dimensions and structures a beautiful bronde balayage can add to your hair! This is one of the simplest ways to make your long, luscious brown hair look picture-perfect all the time.

#6: Long Blonde Balayage Hair with Razored Ends

The long blonde balayage hair hair with razored ends is a gorgeous hairstyle. It’s ideal if you are looking to add fullness, volume, and texture to your long straight hair. The balayage will not only create an optical illusion of thickness, but the layers it will fill your thin hair with body and dimension.

#7: Wispy Layers and Face-Framing Caramel Highlights

Wispy layers and face-framing caramel highlights are a fabulous idea for your hair. Having shorter lengths of the soft layers will create more body and volume. The pretty face frame will brighten your face and complement your skin complexion.

Mid Back-Length Platinum Blonde Hair with a Shadow Root for Round Faces
Instagram @beautybybost

#8: Mid Back-Length Platinum Blonde Hair with a Shadow Root

A great haircut can be like a contour to your hair. A mid back-length haircut can elongate the face that is small or round. A color like a platinum blonde with a shadow root gives transition by connecting roots to mids and ends. When wanting to create a more voluminous style, a crimping iron gives lift when pressed at the root. Just style as usual. Once cooled down, pass a comb through your hair to loosen the curl and create a lived-in style.

Sleek Center-Parted Hairstyle with a Money Piece for Thin Hair
Instagram @hollyrees_hair

#9: Sleek Center-Parted Hairstyle with a Money Piece

It’s easy to enjoy your long hair and look trendy! A sleek center-parted hairstyle with a money piece is a great way to incorporate the latest style while still looking carefree and not too high maintenance.

Long Honey Blonde Hair with Dark Roots for Thin Hair
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#10: Long Honey Blonde Hair with Dark Roots

Long honey blonde hair with dark roots makes it easier to maintain while still allowing you to have a bright blonde look. Leaving your natural hair color and blending into blonde at the ends, allows you to go longer between salon appointments. Adding curls after blowdrying is volume-boosting for finer hair and will give the illusion of thicker hair.

#11: Long Side-Parted Hair with Subtle Layers

Long side-parted hair with subtle layers is perfect for those who want a classic layered hairstyle with a chic twist. Great if you have a mane with thin or fine hair, asking for blunt cut ends adds a sharp, clean look.

#12: Low-Maintenance Face-Framing Layers and Side Swept Bangs

The haircut has long layers, side-swept bangs, and some face-framing layers, which are very low maintenance. The layers will give women with thin, long hair a little more movement, and body without taking out too much of the weight at your ends that you want to keep for added thickness.

#13: Classic Long Blonde Feathered Thin Layers

Long feathered layers create a ton of movement without losing density or length. Customized layering can range from curtain fringe, side part, or face-framing. Visits to the salon can range from 8 to 12 weeks, creating a low-maintenance choice with this haircut.

Voluminous Long Waves with Side Part
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#14: Voluminous Waves with Side Part

Wearing voluminous waves with a side part is one of many ways to style thin or fine hair. Looking for hairstyles for long, thin hair can be tricky. But by giving the illusion of full, thick hair with beautiful waves and the added volume with a side part will always be eye-catching.

Stunning long-length thin hair
Instagram @igorkhonin

#15: Stunning Long-Length Thin Hair

A long length is doable without looking stringy. When handling long, thin hairstyles, ask your stylist for minimal layering and to keep a blunt cut. If you want a little face-framing feature, add some layers from the mid-length down to get more movement and shape.

Long front layered cut for thin hair with wispy bangs
Instagram @elenicrisshair

#16: Long Front Layered Cut with Thin Wispy Bangs

Try a long front layered cut with wispy bangs to add more shape, movement, and body to hair. Layers can make your hair appear fuller and thicker and give more to your style. When blow-drying and styling the fringe, use low heat to help your style set better, and blow-dry from side to side.

Ponytail with a braid for long thin hair
Instagram @hairamusement

#17: Ponytail with a Braid

A ponytail with a braid works best on second-day hair. That’s when your hair has gathered natural oils and stays in place a lot easier. To make a long braid appear thicker, use a thickening tonic from Aveda. Then, gently pull apart each section to expand the braid. Lightly spritz hairspray like Aveda Air Control throughout for a finishing touch. The style looks perfect for a prom!

Soft half up updo for long thin hair
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#18: Soft Half Up Updo

A half-up updo for long hair is a great way to change up your style without it feeling too dramatic. Play around with different braids or twists and pull this out for a thicker feel. Leave some hair to fall around your face for extra softness.

#19: Flipped Ends for Longer Thin Hair

Flipped ends for longer hair will put life back into your finer locks. Styling your hair to add a little flip with a curling iron creates a stacked wave effect. The result? Hair appears wider and fuller. When styling, ensure to add some heat protection like Aveda Shampure Thermal Dry Conditioner. It can be used on wet and dry hair.

#20: Long Hair Messy Bun for the Wedding Day

Choose an elegant messy bun for your wedding day, which will be timeless when you look back on your big day’s photos. It looks so soft and chic, with ribbons of hair falling around your face. The bun is placed symmetrically, which works perfectly with most dresses.

Long Layered Thin Loose Waves
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#21: Long and Layered Thin Loose Waves

Long and layered hair is another classic cut for women who like to keep their tresses long. This hair is a great way to create instant movement and remove weight if your hair is too thick. Complete your look with loose waves and a few spritzes of texture tonic from Aveda.

Dark magenta color melt on thin long curly hair
Instagram @steph.p.hair

#22: Dark Magenta Color Melt on Thin Long Curly Hair

Try a dark magenta color melt for full-blown vibrancy without the crazy maintenance. Achieving a magenta hair color requires a lightening process, allowing your roots to take a darker base, and melting the contrast of these colors allows low-maintenance roots, and all the vibrancy you need.

Beautiful Curly Long Hair Style
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#23: Beautiful Curly Long Hair Style

Curled long hair is for women who want to flaunt their natural texture. The trick to maintaining your style in this hair type is using the right moisturizing products such as Aveda’s Be Curly line. Refrain from shampooing daily. Instead, try to wash your hair every week. For styling, use Curl Enhancer by Aveda and diffuse on low heat bending over to create voluminous curls.

#24: Blonde Babylights with Curled Ends on Long Fine Hair

Transform your hair with blonde babylights and curled ends on long fine hair to give a fuller dimension. Fine hair absolutely loves the fine weaves of babylights. This way of micro-lighting allows a bright appearance but supernatural, allowing the contrast of your natural color to flow through. Finish off your new color by curling your ends to add some bounce and volume.

Beachy curls for long thin hair
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#25: Long Beachy Curls for Thin Hair

Long beachy curls are every girl’s dream. Get long layers and textured ends to soften your hairstyle. Use a 1 1/2-inch curling wand or standard curling iron. Take one-inch sections, this will give you more waves. Two-inch sections will result in fewer waves. Finish it off with a beach spray to achieve textured beach waves.

Dimensional Blonde Layers on Long Fine Hair
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#26: Dimensional Blonde Layers

Bright highlights complement the beige blonde undertone to create the illusion of thicker hair. Adding face-framing but very little allows long, fine hair to have movement and length layering throughout. If your hair is finer and tends to wilt easily as the day goes on, adding highlights can help create texture and allow your style to stay longer.

Soft face-fraing layers on long straight hair
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#27: Soft Face-Framing Layers on Long Straight Hair

Soft face-framing layers on long, straight hair are the perfect blend of symmetry. To style hair, adding layers should be the key point. Face-framing layers are added to create a more refined definition of your overall appearance.

Soft long layers for thin haired women
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#28: Soft Long Layers for Thin-Haired Women

Soft long layers for thin-haired women exude effortless elegance. A long layered haircut for thin hair can be great for the appearance of fullness & body to your hair. Keeping haircuts with the added layer won’t take too much weight away from your ends. Instead, this makes it appear voluminous. If you layer too much, it will make your hair thinner. Keep your layers within 45-90 degrees.

Rooty Cool Balayage for Long Thin Choppy Hair
Instagram @dani_curlygirl

#29: Rooty Cool Balayage for Long Thin Choppy Hair

This rooty cool balayage for long, choppy hair needs a hydrating or repairing shampoo/conditioner such as Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me Wash & Rinse or Repair Me Wash & Rinse. The choppy cut is very low-maintenance; if you opt for it, you won’t have noticeable regrowth for quite some time. This look for women who want a change without committing to appointments every 6 weeks.

#30: Messy Long Modern Shag Hairstyle

A modern shag hairstyle is a perfect style for ladies who need texture and movement when those tresses want to lay flat. It also creates a dimension when a style is added. Adding layers to a haircut creates movement and gives a great shape to your hair. When jazzing up, consider a sea salt spray such as Evo’s Salty Dog to create a cute beachy look.

Simple Thin and Long Layers Hairstyle
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#31: Simple Thin and Long Layers

Simple long layers make one of the best haircuts. This hairstyle adds volume and a rich texture to your locks. The technique used for this is the blunt cut. I often use this technique for fine hair to make it fuller and thicker on the bottom. Ask your stylist for face-framing layers in your haircut.

Done but undone long cut for women
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#32: Done But Undone Long Cut for Women

A done but undone long cut for women shows off an elegant vibe. A long layered haircut that frames your face with some added texture is great for hair on the thinner side. Face-framing from mid-length down adds volume, texture, and movement. Add soft and messy waves with salt spray to complete your style.

Soft Brown Waves for Thin Long Hair
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#33: Soft Brown Waves

Soft brown waves are always a beautiful option on long and thin hair. When a woman has hair that’s more on the finer side, softer colors that blend well together help give a more seamless effect. Big waves are always a good option to have fullness and volume to more fine hair.

Large Spiral Curls for Thin Hair
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#34: Large Spiral Curls for Thin Hair

The large spiral curls for thin hair are great for women who want to try curly hair without committing to a perm. Try using a thin curling rod and set the curl with pins. Curls in this hairstyle will hold better once they’re cooled down and styled with a flexible hold hairspray like Aveda Control Force.

Long hairstyle for thinning hair
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#35: For Longer Thinning Hair

For longer thinning hair, incorporating medium-length layers with soft waves is a must to achieve a fuller style. The waves add a lot of volume to your hair. Using a curling wand with a heat protection spray, you can achieve some soft waves. Mid-length layers allow texture and movement without taking away too much weight from your hair. Ask your stylist for the best length and layering that would suit you best.

Long Volume Adding Wavy Hair
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#36: Long Volume-Adding Wavy Hair

Long volume-adding wavy hair is sometimes difficult, but knowing your product and styling options will help. Add large waves with round brushes and style with a great setting and finishing spray. These will help to achieve a beautiful, long, wavy hairstyle.

#37: Dimensional Long Waves with Highlights

Long waves with copper highlights are a great addition to long thin locks. When a woman has long, thin or fine locks, her hair can be made to look fuller by adding dimension.

#38: Long Thin Hair for Women Over 40

Long hair for women over 40 years of age can still be amazing! Whoever said women should go shorter as they get older never had awesome hair. Women often think they can’t have long hair at an older age, especially if it’s thin.

Gorgeous Long Textured Layers
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#39: Gorgeous Long Textured Layers

Having long, textured layers can be a huge help to ladies with thin locks. Women with long, thin hair can benefit from having extra movement throughout the ends. It helps give volume and shape to your hair that’s otherwise sometimes more difficult to style. Be careful by adding too many layers to fine hair, as one could have areas that get too see-through.

Stunning Long Beach Waves with Ombre
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#40: Stunning Long Beach Waves with Ombre

Long beach waves with an ombré can be a great advantage for ladies with thin, long hair. The ombré gives depth and dimension throughout, so it appears thicker and denser. Styling in beach waves gives it volume and can accentuate your color.

#41: Cute Long Sleek Hairstyle

A long, sleek hairstyle doesn’t need to be flat. We don’t want to overly layer thin locks as it removes weight from the length. However, adding long bangs and a loose wave creates width, bringing life back to your hair. Try using a curling tong, which is 1.5 inches, for a loose “S” shape.

Related: Haircuts with bangs for thin hair.

Melted long layers hairstyle
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#42: Melted Long Layers

Melted long layers offer a low-maintenance color for ladies with long, thin hair. This gives your tresses dimension and brightness. A tease and weave technique achieved the full balayage with soft waves. Apply a shadow root to the base and feather it down to create extra softness. Leave the front blonde pieces out to make them pop more.

#43: Natural Long Feathered Hairstyle

A long feathered hairstyle has face-framing layers to soften any face shape.  Babylights are the key to achieving this natural lived-in dimension. Plus it’s super low-maintenance, too. When styling, use a root lift spray like Moroccan oil. Blow-dry the roots first and then use a large round brush to style.

#44: Chocolate Brown Long Fine Hair

Chocolate brown hair is the way to go if you love your length but want to try something fun. The layers in this cut help make your fine hair look like it has more body and movement. Ask your stylist what he or she thinks you should use to help make the volume last all day and how to recreate your style at home.