Haircuts for long thin hair are cut in a specific way to add volume. Long hair can weigh down 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 the hair looking flat.
Got thin long locks? 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 are also a great option that works wonders to maximize your style.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of hairstyles for long thin hair:
Long Length Thin Hair with Dark Blonde Tips
Long thin hairstyles are easier to manage when cut into layers like this one.
Long Front Layered Cut with Wispy Bangs
Try a long front layered cut with wispy bangs to add more shape, movement, and body to hair. Layers can make the hair appear fuller and thicker and gives more to the style. When blow-drying and styling bangs, use low heat to help the style set better, and blow-dry from side to side.
Ponytail with Braid for Long Thin Hair
A ponytail with braid for long thin hair works best on the second-day hair. That’s when the 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.
Half Up Updo for Long Hair
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 the face for extra softness.
Flipped Ends for Longer Hair
Flipped ends for longer hair will put life back into your finer locks. Styling the 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.
Long Hair Messy Bun for the Wedding Day
Choose an elegant long hair 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 the face. The bun is placed symmetrically, which works perfectly with most dresses.
Brown Blonde Balayage for Long Thin Hair
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 brown hair look picture perfect all the time.
Long and Layered
Long and layered hair is another classic cut for women who like to keep their long tresses. This long layered hair is a great way to create instant movement and remove weight if the hair is too thick. Complete the look with loose waves and a few spritzes of texture tonic from Aveda.
Dark Magenta Color Melt on Long Curly Hair
This color melt is perfect for women that want something fun without the high maintenance. It was created by cosmetologist Kim Dai of Elk Grove, CA.
“Long layered cuts with long side bangs soften the perimeter of the face that makes styling easy,” says Dai, “that is best for straight or curly hair.”
Dai recommends you use a leave-in conditioner with shine serum and a dry spray wax, and then hairspray to finish.
Curly Long Hair Style
The curly long hair style is for women who want to flaunt their natural texture. The trick 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.
Blonde Babylights with Curled Ends on Long Fine Hair
“This look was created by doing a full head of baby lights,” says hairstylist Jamie Steabner of Calgary, AB. “This created a nice, soft, and bright blonde hair color that’s perfect for Summer,” she adds.
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,” explains Steabner. 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 and Side Swept Bangs
The haircut has long layers, side swept bangs, and some face-framing layers which are very low maintenance. It was creaed by hair artist Kendall Marie of North Augusta, SC.
“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,” explains Kendall.
To style your hair like this, Kandall says 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,” she adds.
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. Finish with a texturizing spray!
Long Beachy Curls
These long beachy curls were created by stylist Cathy Hope of Senatobia, MS.
“Women that want to achieve this style need to have at least shoulder-length hair,” says Hope. “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 hair.”
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 on Long Fine Hair
“Bright highlights complement the beige blonde undertone to create the illusion of thicker hair on a long thin hairstyle,” says hairstylist Erika Congdon of Portland, OR. “Adding face-framing, but very little layering throughout, allows her long fine hair to still have movement and length,” she adds.
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.
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 when rocking hairstyles for long fine hair.
Congdon’s 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 on Long Straight Hair
This long straight hair was created by stylist Nikki Allred of Orem, UT. “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,” she adds.
“As someone that personally has fine thin hair, I’m very mindful of hair types,” explains Allred. “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.
Allred’s biggest piece of advice with these long styles 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,” she adds.
Soft Long Layers for Thin Haired Women
This soft, long layered haircut for thin hair with face-framing layers was created by owner and hairstylist Hans Billot of New Orleans, LA. “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,” adds Billot.
If you are considering long thin haircuts like this, take into consideration the density and texture of your 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,” explains Billot.
What makes this look work is how full the layers can be in comparison to how short they can be.
Rooty Cool Balayage for Long Choppy Hair
This rooty cool balayage for long choppy hair was created by hairstylist Caleigh Giarra of Nashville, TN.
“I recommend a hydrating or repairing shampoo/conditioner such as Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me Wash & Rinse, or Repair Me Wash & Rinse,” says Giarra.
This choppy cut is very low maintenance and if you opt for it, you won’t have noticeable regrowth for quite some time. This look for women that want a change without having to commit to appointments every six weeks.
Messy Long Modern Shag Hairstyle
A messy long 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 for long thin hair creates movement and gives a great shape to the hair. When jazzing up, consider a sea salt spray such as Evo’s Salty Dog to create a cute beachy look.
Simple Long Layers
These simple long layers were created by hairstylist Anna Nordby of Wayzata, MN. “My first concern for women looking for haircuts for thin long hair is to avoid letting the hair get too long,” claims Anna. “Women who start out with thinner hair often make the mistake of thinking longer hair looks like more hair. When the hair is too long, it can look frail and sparse. This is when people often feel “too old” for long hair,” she explains.
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!
Anna explains that 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.”
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.
For styling, Anna explains she’s a die hard Aveda lover and highly recommends 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,” she adds.
Done But Undone Long Cut for Women
This look is a soft, textured, long layered haircut with face framing angles around the face. It was created by hairstylist Julianne Yapur of Annapolis, MD.
“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,” she states.
Yapur recommends 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!
“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,” she adds.
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
These melted in long layers with lots of texture were created by associate cutter Eunice Kim of Washington, DC. “It’s a super easy maintenance look. It is effortless hair, yet it looks expensive,” adds Kim.
For styling, Kim says “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.”
This cut is great for women 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.
Soft Brown Waves for Thin Long Hair
Soft brown waves for thin long hair are always a beautiful option. When a woman has hair that’s more on the finer side, softer colors that blend well together help give a more seamless and full effect. Big waves are always a good option to have fullness and volume to more fine hair.
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 for long thin hair will hold better once they’re cooled down and styled with a flexible hold hairspray like Aveda Control Force.
Red Tone Highlights for Longer Thinning Hair
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.
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.
Long Volume Adding Wavy Hair
Long volume-adding wavy hair is sometimes difficult to get but knowing your product and styling options will help. Add large waves with round brushes and style with a great setting spray and finishing spray. These will help to achieve a beautiful, long, wavy hairstyle.
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, the hair can be made to look fuller by adding dimension. Long, thinning hair needs regular trims to keep it in great shape. Adding highlights and beach waves can also give us the illusion of thicker, fuller hair.
Long Hair for Women Over 40
Long hair for women over 40 years of age can still be amazing! Whoever said women must 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. Long, thin hair for over 40 women can still be beautiful when maintained with regular trims and color appointments throughout to keep a more updated style.
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 the 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.
Long Beach Waves with Ombre
Long beach waves with an ombré can be a great advantage for someone with thin, long hair. The ombré gives depth and dimension throughout, so it appears thicker and denser. Styling in beach waves gives it the volume and can accentuate the color.
Long Sleek Hairstyle for Thin Hair
A long sleek hairstyle for thin hair doesn’t need to be flat. We don’t want to overly layer thin locks as it removes weight from the length. However, adding some long bangs and a loose wave creates width, bringing life back to your long thin hair. Try using a curling tong, which is 1.5 inches, for a loose “S” shape.
Long Feathered Hairstyle for Thin Hair
A long feathered hairstyle for thin hair has face-framing layers to soften any face shape. Georgia-based stylist Amanda Medlin created this flattering cut with added color.
Babylights are the key to achieving this natural lived-in dimension. Plus it’s super low-maintenance, too.
When styling, Medlin uses a root lift spray. “My favorite is Moroccan oil. Blow-dry the roots first and then use a large round brush to style.”
Long Waves with Side Part
Wearing voluminous long 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.