36 Haircuts and Hairstyles for Long Thin Hair: Liven Up Your Tresses!

Got thin long hair? Here are hairstyles for long thin hair that are sure to inspire you! First of all, to boost finely textured strands you need a volumizing mousse, a thickening spray and a dry shampoo.

You don’t necessarily have to use all three at once, but any combination will help your hair from falling flat. Big, babelicious curls and a bit of backcombing also work wonders to maximize your style. Here are some cut and styling ideas to help you get the most out of your tresses!

Dark Blonde Tips

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Brown Blonde Balayage

Picture of a long brown blonde balayage
Instagram @beccajoyhair

Be amazed by how much dimension and structure a beautiful bronde balayage can add to your hair! This is one of the simplest ways to make your long luscious hair look picture perfect all the time.

Layered Root Shadow

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Instagram @roshanpdxstyle

Q&A with style creator, Roshan Tayefemohajer
Owner / Lead Stylist @ Glow Boutique Salon in Portland, OR

How would you describe this look?

I created a razored long layered cut that is soft, flowing, and full of body. I also chose a combo of babylights, lowlights, and balayage to keep the color soft, dimensional, and lower maintenance.

My favorite thing about this look is that it can be worn many different ways due to the soft, connected layers and blended color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut and color are suitable for all hair types, face shapes, and lifestyles. Texture, layer length, and color placement can be adjusted to work for each individual’s unique hair type, face shape, and skin tone.

This look is a lower maintenance style that will look great with little effort, or you can spend a little more time adding some waves, curls, or straightening the hair after drying.

I always recommend Seven Haircare’s Seal Spray for locking in your color and delivering weightless shine, and Heat Defense Thermal Protection Spray before using hot tools.

I used Seven’s Mousse and Beach Spray to create volume and texture before blowing the hair out with a round brush.

I then applied a small amount of Seven Haircare Putty to the ends after the hair was dry to create a lightly textured look.

Dark Magenta Color Melt

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Q&A with style creator, Kim Dai
Cosmetologist @ Nathan Michaels Salon in Elk Grove, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is perfect for a client that wants something fun without the high maintenance. My favorite is definitely the pop of color and shine!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Long layered cut and long side bangs soften the perimeter of the face that makes styling easy. That is best for straight or curly hair.

I used a leave-in conditioner with shine serum and a dry spray wax, and then hairspray to finish.

Though this color is not as high maintenance as vivid colors, this might not be suitable for someone who only colors 1 to 2 times a year.

Copper Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Priscilla
Hairstylist @ Mi Amore Salon & Spa in Avon Lake, OH


How would you describe this look?

This look has blonde highlights with a copper accent on a natural redhead.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My client wanted a change that she could notice. I used wider sections with my foiling and Wella color and Kevin Murphy styling products. I used shaping gel, root-shoot, and reflections oil to boost shine. I personally love natural redheads and I love that we kept some of her natural color.

Blonde Babylights

Picture of a long blonde hair with babylights
Instagram @jstebzhair

Q&A with style creator, Jamie Steabner
Hairstylist @ Chatters Hair Salon in Calgary, AB


How would you describe this look?

I love blondes they are my absolute favorite to achieve. This look was created by doing a full head of baby lights. This created a nice, soft and bright blonde that’s perfect for Summer! Baby lights are a subtle way to take someone blonder, without any harsh root lines.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Baby lights are an easier way to achieve a lighter result with minimal maintenance compared to a heavier highlighting technique.

This style is easy to achieve by starting with a blow dry cream, using a paddle brush to blow dry then adding a few flat iron curls. I generally do the flat iron curls half way down the strand then finishing with a smoothing cream to piece out the curls and tame any frizz. When styling curls, don’t worry about perfection. Perfect curls are in the past, it’s all about texture and movement.

Low Maintenance Face-framing Layers

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Instagram @kendallxfire

Q&A with style creator, Kendall Marie
Hair Artist (Color Specialist) @ Signature Hair Designers in North Augusta, SC


How would you describe this look?

This hairstyle is perfect for anyone! The haircut has long layers and some face-framing layers which are very low maintenance.

The layers will give someone with thin, long hair a little more movement and body without taking out too much of the weight at the ends that you want to keep for added thickness.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To style your hair like this, you need a 1-inch curling iron, IGK Detox dry shampoo as a texture spray, a little It’s a 10 miracle Styling Potion for the ends, and some hairspray! Curl the hair away from the face until you get behind the ears, then start switching directions for a more undone and messy look!

For extra body, leave in the curls until the whole head is curled, then finger through and shake them out! Leave a little of the ends out when curling to make your hair look more undone and a little longer.

Long Beachy Curls

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Q&A with style creator, Cathy Hope
Stylist @ Sassé Salon in Senatobia, MS


How would you describe this look?

One of the fabulous things about extensions is the ability to create a look that client cannot achieve on their own. This look is definitely the hair envy of most long beachy curls.

This cute model had just had a baby and wanted a new look to freshen her up. There is no better way to do this than to give someone some long, beautiful, shiny hair. I refer to extensions as the game-changer makeover!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Clients that want to achieve this style need to have at least shoulder-length hair. You cannot have this beautiful hair without using the proper professional product and styling tools. We recommend and LOVE Alterna’s Caviar line. My personal favorite is their Infinite Color Hold shampoo and conditioner because they add sheen to the extensions and the hair.

I always recommend and teach my clients to protect their hair and extensions with product, especially a heat protectant spray. Extensions are not for everyone, you have to be willing to put in the time and money to keep them up. Educate yourself on styling them so they accentuate your beautiful features.

Finding the right stylist and extension specialist is essential as they are trained in knowing what will suit you the best as well as provide you with the highest quality extensions, advice, and care.

Dimensional Blonde Layers

Dimensional Blonde Layers hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Erika Congdon
Hairstylist @ Magnum Opus Salon in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

I love a beautiful dimensional blonde! Who doesn’t?

Bright highlights complement the beige blonde undertone to create the illusion of thicker hair. Adding face-framing, but very little layering throughout, allows her fine hair to still have movement and length.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If the hair is a bit finer and tends to wilt easily as the day goes on, adding highlights can help create a bit of texture and allow the style to stay longer. If a full blonde look isn’t your thing, add a few lighter pieces around your frame for a reflective halo.

Finer hair can also be a bit trickier when trying to have a lot of length. Thin and fine hair might have to be cut a bit shorter, say collarbone-length, to keep looking fuller. Fine and thicker hair can definitely make it to the longer side, however. Stick with light layering, consistent haircuts, and great at-home hair care products.

My favorite product for keeping hair healthy is Kerastase Ciment Thermique. It’s a leave-in thermal protectant that also helps strengthen the hair.

Soft Face-Framing Layers

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Allred
Stylist @ FORM SALON in Orem, UT


How would you describe this look?

I love the softness of this style. The face-framing and long layers add shape in a very natural-looking way. This cut looks great with a blowout, but it could style itself as well.

Any advice for someone considering it?

As someone that personally has fine, thin hair, I’m very mindful of hair types. It can be a struggle to keep fine hair from falling flat, especially when it’s long. Layers help! The key is for them to be long and blended. Long layers are perfect for getting a bit of lift while keeping the ends as dense as possible. Tapering can be done around the face to give the illusion of more dramatic layering.

Hair product is also so helpful! Volumizing products make the strands feel thicker, add grip, and help hold a style. Since fine hair can be fragile, it’s important to use moisturizing products to keep it healthy as well. I love Pureology Hydrate for moisture, a little MoroccanOil Light to soften the ends, and Big Sexy Hair for volume. Big Altitude Mousse and Powder Play are my two favorite volume products.

The biggest piece of advice I have with this style is to pre-book appointments six to eight weeks out for regular trims. Yes, it’s a low maintenance style, but that makes it even easier to forget to keep up with it! Hair can grow unevenly and ends can split. Staying on a trim schedule will ensure it always looks great.

Soft Long Layers

Soft Long Layers hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Hans Billot
Owner & Hairstylist @ Root Salon & Studio in New Orleans, LA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a soft, long layered haircut with face-framing. When properly executed, it could be worn straight, curly, or naturally, which is an advantage of this look. I really like the versatility of the cut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When a client is considering a look like this, they need to take into consideration the density and texture of their hair. You don’t want to cut in a lot of layers if you don’t have a lot of hair. If the texture of your hair is particularly frizzy, it could be challenging to style on a regular basis.

What makes this look work is how full her layers can be in comparison to how short they can be.

Rooty Cool Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Caleigh Giarra
Hairstylist/Balayage Specialist @ Haven Hair Co. in Nashville, TN


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a rooty cool balayage. It’s very beachy, has lots of pops, and also looks like it was just kissed by the sun. My favorite thing about this look is the brightness we were able to achieve while keeping some depth.

Any advice for someone considering it?

First of all, I’d like to note that this guest came to me with pre-lightened hair. Because of the state her hair was already in, we were able to brighten it up a bit more and add a lot of pops. This probably wouldn’t have been the same result if we had lightened her hair for the first time. So, the advice I would give is to understand that sometimes it takes a couple balayage sessions before you’re able to get as light as you want to be.

I recommend a hydrating or repairing shampoo/conditioner such as Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me Wash & Rinse, or Repair Me Wash & Rinse. A purple shampoo, such as Angel Wash by Kevin Murphy, would also be a good option to maintain bright blonde at home.

This look is very low maintenance and my guest will not have noticeable regrowth for quite some time. I suggest this look for anyone that wants a change without having to commit to appointments every six weeks.

Long Modern Shag

Long Modern Shag hairstyle
Instagram @stylebystace

Q&A with style creator, Stacey Shuler-Abdella
Independent Artist @ Voodoo Hair Studio in St. Albert, AB


How would you describe this look?

I love the long modern shag. Adding layers to long hair creates movement and gives a great shape to the hair. By adding face-framing balayage, you highlight the face and add dimension to the look. I love how this hair moves!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great cut for wavy to straight textured long hair. The look is very versatile and can be styled both up and down. It is suitable for anyone wanting a fun new look.

For best results, prepare the hair with KMS Thermashape shampoo and conditioner. Apply KMS Add Volume Styling  Foam to damp hair and blow dry. Once dry, apply KMS Thermashape 2n1 Spray before styling with hot tools. A curling iron can be used to create the desired look. Finish with KMS Hairplay Dry Wax to bring out the texture.

Simple Long Layers

Simple Long Layers hairstyle
Instagram @freshendsbyanna

Q&A with style creator, Anna Nordby
Hairstylist @ Juut Salonspa in Wayzata, MN


How would you describe this look?

My first concern for women looking for haircuts for thin long hair is to avoid letting the hair get too long! Women who start out with thinner hair often make the mistake of thinking longer hair looks like more hair. This is not the case in my experience. When the hair is too long, it can look frail and sparce. This is when people often feel “too old” for long hair. It has nothing to do with age and everything to do with the quality of your hair.

If it has thinned out over the years, taking several inches off can make your hair look thicker, therefore making you feel younger. If it’s still healthy looking, you can let it be! Have an honest conversation with your stylist and take their advice as to when you stop growing your hair for its optimum length and fullness.

With this look in particular, the client has fine hair, but not necessarily thin hair. Long layers were the best option to give her movement while keeping it looking thick and voluminous. My favorite thing about it is its simplicity. Long hair is classic and simple, and works with basically any face shape and texture. It will always be a staple in fashion trends and will never go out of style.

Going forward this year, I believe we are going to see a lot of one length haircuts (no layers). This is a wonderful thing for people with thin, fine hair! It’s chic, simple, and easy to maintain.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Even though long hair is beautiful, it isn’t for everyone! It can drag someone down if the hair is too long for them, and if they’re unwilling to put any effort into styling it. It also needs to be taken care of. Always, always, always use a quality shampoo and conditioner and a good heat protectant.

I’m a die hard Aveda lover and highly recommend Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair for your protectant. It’s lightweight, detangles nicely, and also replenishes the protein in each hair strand. Before you do any heat styling with an iron, be sure your hair is 100% bone dry or it will get damaged. Long hair only looks good when it’s healthy!

Done But Undone

Q&A with style creator, Julianne Yapur
Hairstylist @ Parlóur Beauty Boutique in Annapolis, MD


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a soft, textured, long layered haircut with face framing angles around the face.

My favorite thing about this cut is that it is low maintenance because all of the detail within her cut is on the longer side!

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

I recommend a light volumizing spray blown into the hair and a dry texture spray to spray throughout the hair once curled. Finish with a light shine spray!

Some of my favorite products are Color Proof Superplump Thickening Spray, Bumble & bumble Voluminizing Thickening Spray, Amika Un-done Texture Spray, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray and IGK Speechless Dry Oil Shine Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for all hair types! If the client has a rounder face shape, keep the angles around the face longer and start below the chin. If they have a more narrow face, start the angles around the face a little higher like around the nose or cheekbones.

The style of this look is perfect for a ‘done but undone’ lifestyle! The soft, textured, lived-in style is great for the business woman who is stretching her wash until the next day or for your beachy boho kind of girl.

This look is best for someone whose hair is on the thinner side and is looking for a style to make her hair more voluminous!

Melted Long Layers

Melted Long Layers hairstyle
Instagram @euniceyk

Q&A with style creator, Eunice Kim
Associate Cutter @ Immortal Beloved in Washington, DC


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

These are melted in long layers with lots of texture. It’s a super easy maintenance look. It is effortless hair, yet it looks expensive.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Start off with towel dried hair and spray in Maximista by Oribe from roots to mids. Take a bit of Airstyle and apply on the ends. Take a flat brush and blow dry for a wavy blow out, then spray in Oribe’s Dry Texture spray for volume and separation.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is great for people who have fine to medium textured hair that want a lot of movement and volume without feeling thin at the ends. It’s also great because it will go in that messy topknot effortlessly for women on the go.

Essentially though, the best thing about this haircut is that it’s almost universal if you add some customized tweaks.

1. SOFT BROWN WAVES

Create movement with softly curled hair for a casual look. Soft curls with long thin hair can create an appearance of fullness.

Long Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Soft Curls

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse for flexible fullness and hold.
This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on fine hair.
Accent with a boho chic headband.

2. LARGE SPIRAL CURLS

Bring back the 90s with this spiral curled look to create maximum fullness and density. This vintage look is updated with crafty highlights which is another technique for enhancing thin hair.

Long Hairstyle with Spiral Curls

Try Deva Curl LIGHT DEFINING GEL to mold and define with protective moisture to lock in curls.
Accent with a butterfly hair pin.

3. RED TONE HIGHLIGHTS

Draw attention to that elongated fringe and crown layers with a touch of bright hair color. The right hair color can really make long thin hair look much fuller and healthier.

Long Hairstyle with Curls and Layers

Try DevaCurl SET IT FREE to eliminate frizz, add shine and enhance curls.
This look is suitable for round, heart or oval shaped faces.
Backcomb the ends for a fuller finish.

4. VOLUME WAVY LOCKS

Channel your inner diva with this bouffant-inspired, long wave duo that will last.

Long Hairstyle with Waves and Volume

Try DevaCurl B’LEAVE IN to enhance curl fullness and strength.

This look is suitable for round, oval or square shaped faces. This style works best on fine to thick hair.
Try liquid colored hair chalk to play with different hues.

5. CASCADE WAVES

Cascading waves take long thin locks from drab to fab in an instant. Long thin hair needs something extra to add emphasis and waves are great for this.

Long A Line Bob Haircut with Curls

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI-GRAVITY volumizer and texturizer for control with oil-free shine. Volume can take long thin hair the extra step to looking much better.
This style works best on fine hair.
Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

6. DUAL TONED WAVES

These brighter and lighter fringe pieces amplify texture and give thin strands a voluminous boost.

Long Hairstyle with Waves and Fringe
Try a wet finger-waved style for a glam 20′s inspired look.

7. FEATHERY CURLS

Try this casual look for layered hair that’s both voluminous and light. Layering is a glamorous feature for improving the appearance of thin hair as it provides a fuller appearance.

Hairstyles for Long Thin Hair

Gather ends into a chignon for an upswept style.

8. BOMBSHELL CURLS

Create extra shine on rich brunette hair color with these pretty curls.For long thin hair, curls are a fantastic compliment.

Long Brunette Hairstyle with Curls

Try Kevin Murphy MOTION.LOTION curl enhancer to define curls with frizz control.
Gather the sides and create victory rolls for a vintage touch.

9. ELEGANT CURLS

Try this vintage-y, swept over curl that hangs softly off the shoulder.

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Try Ouidad PLAYCURL Volumizing Foam to build body and boost the volume of fine, thin curls.
Add a bejeweled headband to accent your look.

10. FAIRYTALE CURLS

Looking for that perfect hairstyle for your special day? Well, here it is!

Long Blonde Hairstyle with Curls

Try KM STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.
Braid ends and twist them up into a low deconstructed bun.

11. TEXTURED LAYERED WAVES

This is the “in” texture of the moment. Go wavy with a bend for an undone feel. For improving long thin hair, layers and texturing are some of the best styling techniques.

Long Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Textured WavesLong Hairstyle for Thin Hair with Textured Waves Side

Try Oribe APRES BEACH wave and shine spray for glamorous, touchable texture.
Tuck and pin the ends upward to create a faux bob.

12. GOLDEN WAVY CURLS

Show off that colorful, golden blonde hair color and dimension with these soft waves. It is important to enhance your hair color if you have long thin hair.

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Gather hair into a messy topknot for a fresh look.

13. CINNAMON CURLS

Multi-layered curls show off the dimensional coloring for long layered hairstyles. The cinnamon hair color compliments the style perfectly.

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This style works best on fine to thick hair.
Brush curls out for a super glamorous finish and a thicker look for those thin strands.

14. PLUM CURLS

Boost fine hair with layers to keep hair full with movement and manageability.

Long Hairstyle with Layers and Curls

Try FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.
Create a side French braid at the temple area for a fun, textured finish.

15. L.A. WAVY HAIRSTYLE

Long thin can definitely benefit by promoting fullness and accenting dimensional coloring with this long layered cut and soft, face-framing layers.

Long Layered Haircut with WavesLong Layered Haircut with Waves Side

Try HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY for a textured finish.
Gather the hair up into a messy topknot for this look.

16. SLEEK BRUNETTE HAIR COLOR

Keep it together with this long, blunt cut style that defines and enhances a strong silhouette. Definition is a great enhancement for long thin hair.

Long Sleek Hairstyle for Thin Hair

Try BODY.GUARD leave-in creme to smooth and protect hair with extra shine.
Slick hair back into a high fashion ponytail on day two or three.

17. BLONDE HAIR COLOR WITH A FRINGE

Promote fullness and volume at the sides to accent this long silhouette.

Long Blonde Hairstyle with Fringe

Try HAIR.RESORT Lotion for a textured finish.
Backcomb the interior of the hair for maximum hold.

18. SUPERMODEL WAVES

Amp up long, fine hair with some clip-in extensions for extra volume and length.

Long Hairstyle with Volume and Curls

Try Oribe Après Beach Wave And Shine Spray for touchable waves with beautiful shine.
Create a long, textured herringbone braid on day two or three.

19. SWEET SWIRLS

Try this swirly look with a smooth finish for a sweet occasion.

Sweet Long Hairstyle with Curls

Try SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.
Add a sparkly barrette to dress up this look for an evening out.

20. WAVES DELUXE

The last hair cut finishes with gorgeous sandy blonde coloring shines in this loosely styled wave pattern.

Long Hairstyle with Loose Waves

Try UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Accent this style with a small hair bow or fancy barrette.

Wear it curly or wear it straight, with the right hair products anything of these gorgeous hairstyles for long thin hair are possible! Boost volume with curls and waves. If worn straight, keep a strong silhouette and be sure to create high shine for maximum reflection.