The 30 Best Short Haircuts and Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Cute short thin hairstyles

I know that for most women with thin hair, it can be frustrating to deal with at times. We tend to think that if we could just grow it out longer, it would look fuller. But in most cases, the opposite is true.

Short haircuts for thin hair can totally work. The key is getting the right cut, styling technique and hair products. Getting that combination right can make your hair appear fuller and thicker than ever! Talk to your stylists about ways you can add blunt edges or wavy texture to your hair for more fullness and shape.

So if you’re ready to finally do something about your slim, limp locks, follow these simple tips and tricks to give an illusion of thicker and fuller hair. Get ready to be inspired to take a few inches off with one of these best short haircuts for thin hair:

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Blunt Modern Bob for Thin Locks

Blunt Modern Bob hairstyle
Instagram @conorjmd

Q&A with designer, Conor Doyle
Colour Specialist / Director @ Peter Mark in Dublin, Ireland

How would you describe this look?

This short bob for thick locks takes elements of old and new. The bob has been knocking around for decades. The core principles are there, but customizing it to each individual is fundamental.

With this client, I focused on keeping the base classic, sharp, and blunt. This maintains density through the ends and ideal for thin-haired women. With the external part of the haircut comes the personality. Long layers shattered on the ends with a razor blade provide deconstruction and modern edge.

Texturizing in this way is a personal favorite. It allows us to take the “set” look out of a bob and deliver something a lot more versatile.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to a client seeking this style is to be very clear and specific when describing what you are looking for. Recapping on what I said earlier, the bob has been around for decades and the last thing you want is to end up looking like Dora the Explorer credited to vague descriptions.

When styling, less is more. Learn the basics of soft GHD waves, play around with different sized sections and techniques, then get your hands on some texturing wax to give it that perfectly undone feel. My favorites are in the Loreal Techni Art range.

Long Pixie Cut

Long Pixie
Instagram @balayage_babe_

Short hair but with long strands? Definitely achievable as shown by stylist Valrico on balayage, thin hair.

Neck Length Wavy Bob

Neck Length Wavy Bob
Instagram @colourmesue

Q&A with style creator, Sue Soussain
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Salon B in Amsterdam, Netherlands

How would you describe this look?

The short cut for thin hair is slightly angled to give it a bit more volume in the back with soft layers but not in a traditional way but cut freehanded into her hair to make it a personal cut with exactly where she needs her volume. I love the creaminess of this ashy color and the depth we created with baby lights and a rooty finish.

For the styling, I used a salt spray to give here more grip and texture then finished with a few twists done with a medium curling iron. I love to use dry shampoo on thinner hair as it gives it the appearance of more hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I think everyone could pull this look off! (As long as you personalize it.) Make it a little longer/shorter according to what you like. More or fewer layers but not too much (I always think the more the hair is on one length the fuller it looks as long as you cut in some freehand layers). It’s a carefree haircut. You can wear it sleek or wavy depending on your mood.

The color, on the other hand, needs some maintenance. Use a good silver shampoo and a good professional conditioner to keep it healthy and looking ashy.

Jawline Bob with Choppy Thin Bangs

Q&A with designer, Erin Vroman
Owner / Independent Stylist @ Erin Vroman Hair Studio in Harrisburg, PA

How would you describe this look?

This particular photo showcases a bob with a slight jawline angle and choppy, straight across bangs.

With precision cutting, I love the ability to build massive texture and volume with a bit of product and very little heat. Doing this makes it much easier to do short hairstyles for thin hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Before drying, take a scrape of ADH Dry and rub it between your hands. Working it into the crown of the head before drying creates a substantial base for volume. Blow dry for volume either upside down or with hands/brush pulling hair out from the follicle. For bangs, rub a dab of ADH Dry into the roots of the fringe. Dry them with a brush from left to right and right to left until they are full and dry.

For added texture (or on second-day hair), twist the hair back and forth with a 1 1/4-inch iron (one turn), and rake the hair out. For added volume (or on second/third-day hair), pump Puff.Me Light into the roots and mid-lengths. Toss the hair and shape with your fingers.

This look is super flexible because you can style it a lot or a little and pick your level of maintenance. It is an easygoing style and looks great with a scarf or hat.

Short Asymmetrical Bob

Asymmetrical bob
Instagram @chromacrowns

If you are looking for that extra edge to spice up your thin, short hair, going asymmetrical with a bob definitely satisfies that craving. Just be sure to get one that works with your hair texture to complete that cool and fashionable image.

Q&A with designer, Jen Puebla Alfaro
Colorist @ ChromaCrowns Studio in Glendale, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a short, asymmetrical blunt and textured bob for thin hair. I love that it has fullness around the edges while still being playful and light with the layering.

These soft waves give great texture all over, and the longer side adds to the interest around the face. There were also some soft balayage highlights added throughout for dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Find a professional stylist you love! This person will be able to recommend the best cut for your face shape, hair texture, and density.

This cut is also great for short thin hair as it gives the illusion of fullness in the ends when they are all cut at one level.

Short Textured Bob

Q&A with designer, Ashley Barton
Hairstylist @ Hair Klaudt in Charlotte, NC

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this looked as a short, textured bob!

My favorite thing about it is the layers. I find it can be difficult layering thin hair because if there are too many layers, it can actually make the hair look thinner. There are just enough layers and at the perfect length in this cut to give the appearance of a fuller hairstyle!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is very easy to style at home and is best for people with either thin/average, straight/wavy hair. People with coarse and curly hair would have to put a little more work in.

Style this look, I used Rejuvenol Extreme Blowout Spray and Kenra Medium Hold Hairspray. If you want bangs, keep in mind they require more trims than the rest of your hair, especially short bangs! This client gets her bangs trimmed every two weeks.

Thin Razor Cut

Razored short haircut for thin hair
Instagram @hairbymakaylao

Compatible with straight and wavy hair, a razor cut makes your short locks look thin and feathered to create that sharp and light effect. This technique supplies texture and volume without making your hair too heavy.

Q&A with designer, Makayla Olmstead
Owner @ Bloom Hair Studio in Vancouver, WA

How would you describe this look?

This volumizing thin haircut for short hair is a textured lob (long bob) and was cut just above the shoulders. My model’s color was created using a faux balayage technique to give bright pops of platinum and dimension in her natural hair color.

I styled the hair using a 1 1/4 inch curling wand to create lived-in waves and finished the style with Kevin Murphy Bedroom Hair to give texture. I love how easy it is to style, and how versatile it is.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is great for anyone who is looking to go shorter but wants to ease their way into short hair life. For my clients who have always had long hair, I start them out with this length. This style is easy to grow out if they want to go back to long hair, and if they enjoy wearing it short, they can always go shorter the next time.

This look can be worn straight, wavy, and is still long enough to pull up. Generally, this length works for all face shapes and most hair types. It’s a great style for women on the go who don’t have a ton of time to spend on their hair. A few loose waves with the curling iron and some texture spray are all it takes to keep this style looking good.

Platinum Blonde Bob

Platinum blonde bob
Instagram @jen.paints

Q&A with style creator, Jenna Roncka
Hair Painter @ Ello Pretty Salon & Beauty Loft in Providence, RI

How would you describe this look?

I’d say overall, this thin, short haircut is extremely versatile while remaining modern. The cut, although being a very short, blunt bob, can be easily manipulated to play on the texture. For this specific look, we smoothed her out with a paddle brush and used a 3/4″ Marcel iron to add the slight bend.

However, for a day that you don’t feel like doing much to get ready, I highly recommend scrunching in Aircraft by R+Co to get that beachy lived in texture just by air drying. Lastly, this cut can be sleek and elegant just by flat ironing and adding a slight tuck behind the ear. I believe the color is what truly makes this cut pop. The trendy cool toned blonde really adds to the overall look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Whenever I have someone in my chair that says they’re looking for a big change, 9/10 times they’re interested in a good chop. However, this isn’t always realistic for everyone’s lifestyle. Are you an avid gym goer that hates having your hair in your face or on your neck? Do you love the way your hair looks in a bun? What about committing to styling your hair every day as you can’t just toss it up? If these examples seem problematic in regards to your lifestyle, I’d stay below the shoulder in order to avoid any future complications.

I personally feel that this cut complements a lot of face shapes. However, if you feel yours is on the rounder side, it might further enhance that shape and might not be as flattering. In that case, I’d opt for a longer bob with more of angle to sharpen your jawline. Lastly, this color takes a lot of maintenance. This specific client comes in every 6 weeks to get her roots touched up along with a gloss to refresh those icy tones we love so much. I try to convince all of my blondes to take home our Evo Platinum conditioner in order to maintain these tones so they love their hair as long as possible.

Choppy Layered Bob with Side-Swept Bangs

Choppy Layered with Side-Swept Bangs
Instagram @anidomanihair

Q&A with style creator, Anika Domanico
Stylist / Salon Owner @ Salon Domani in West Bloomfield Township, MI

How would you describe this look?

This is a choppy layered bob with a sexy beach wave. The cutest thing about it is the relaxed feeling it gives with all the choppy layers. To me, it’s this short hairstyle for thin hair is modern and undone but still very beautiful.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This type of short haircut is great for most textures and thicknesses. It’s great for women who don’t want to look too put together but who also want to be stylish and on trend. This look requires minimal styling for women with naturally wavy hair, as a curl cream and diffuser may be all that is necessary. For straight textures, a curling wand or large barrel curling iron would work just as well to give this cut texture and sass.

Short Hair with Undercut and Fringe

Short Hair with Undercut and Fringe
Instagram @thecirclesalon

Q&A with designer, Jamie Bushman
Owner & Stylist @ The Circle Salon in Chicago, IL

How would you describe this look?

I’d describe this look as a round shape with a heavy straight fringe. I love that this cut is actually created by utilizing disconnection, but it’s not obvious once the hair is styled. It adds to the appearance of movement and texture throughout the layering.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are concerned about your face shape looking more round, then avoid rounder shapes with your hair. This type of look works best on straight, flat hair. It’s easy to style and virtually falls into place when the hair is straighter.

Styling is quick and easy if the hair texture is right. A simple wrap dries without volume and your favorite texturizing product for separation and to enhance the texture of the cut is all you need.

For maintenance, hair this length should be trimmed every four to five weeks. Wearing the fringe over the eyebrow may require a bang trim every three weeks.

An Easy to Style Bob

Q&A with designer, Julie Mangin
Manager @ L’Atelier de Julie in Villers-lès-Nancy, France

How would you describe this look?

What I like about this short haircut is that it is very feminine and easy to style wavy or straight.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for providing volume to thinning hair. The hairstyle suits blondes, brunettes, and redheads just as well. This hairstyle will emphasize the curves of a round face, so I would not recommend it for that face shape. The look suits an urban, bohemian, or fancy lifestyle.

I recommend using a styling/modeling spray and a styler to comb and curl the hair. You can also blow dry the hair upside down for more volume.

Curly Bob with Bangs

Curly Bob with Bangs
Instagram @newflorencesalon

Curls are the easiest and most fun way to go for quick volume when it comes to short thin hair! Add in cute coiled bangs for a pretty face-framing effect!

Fun & Easy Short Cut

Fun & Easy Short Cut
Instagram @lisa_napoleone

Q&A with designer, Lisa Napoleone
Stylist Apprentice @ Head Games Salon in Portland, ME

How would you describe this look?

This is a fun short cut for thin hair that gradually gains length through the sides and top to create a soft and feathery texture. I love the movement and direction the hair has created by fun texturizing techniques.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel like this cut works best on thin hair, though most hair types can pull it off beautifully. This style can be for the everyday wash and go client or the client that likes to go all out!

low dry the hair in the desired forward motion, then add some matte thickening paste. Push the hair forward and piece it out for an effortless look. Easy!

Very Classic Pixie Cut with Glasses

Very Classic Pixie Cut hairstyle with glasses and thin hair
Instagram @mommmjeans

Q&A with designer, Beth Ann Keen
Independent Stylist @ Beth Ann Keen Hairdesign in Oregon City, OR

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a very classic pixie cut. This client has insanely thick and coarse hair, so there is a delicate balance between leaving just enough length for weight and getting the hair as cropped as you can.

My favorite thing about this is the chic, short, and simple cut around the ears and the more textured bang. This is a super simple and clean cut to live in!

Any advice for someone considering it?

To anyone considering a classic pixie cut, there are a few things you should know. It will require a bit of time each day because wetting and restyling is often needed for a pixie if you don’t want to wash. This cut is super easy to style though. With a bit of stronger hold styling cream and a blow dryer, you can get whipped into shape quickly.

I love a classic pixie for fuller or squarer jawlines. The sweet details around the ear and bang add a ton of softness while keeping it simple!

Feminine Layered Lob

Q&A with Designer, Elizabeth
Stylist @ VAIN Downton in Seattle, WA

How would you describe this look?

This is a lob that has some texture, also known as long layers on medium length hair. We basically just broke up the bottom so it didn’t look so heavy toward the ends.

I like it because it’s cute, feminine, and easy for the client to style. This length is the easiest to style for sure.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love a long bob on everyone, but the exact length of the bob ultimately rests on the way the face is shaped. If the cheeks are more round, then I like to a-line just below the chin to draw the attention length-wise. If they have a narrow face, I like a more blunt, non a-line to beef it up a bit.

The texture plays a big part in if I layer or piece it out. Thin hair gets a little layering toward the crown, while I slide-cut out bulk and do piecey texture at the ends to take out excess weight on thick hair.

The styling products I use are Kevin Murphy Beach.Resort for texture, Davines Sea Salt Spray for texture, and always Davines Melu Shield for thermal protection. If I want a sleek bob, I use R+Co Park Avenue blowout balm and finish with a tiny bit of Kevin Murphy Easy.Rider to calm down flyaways.

Short Angled Bob

Q&A with designer, Courtney Bond
Hairstylist @ Xcentric Hair Studio in Waterloo, ON

How would you describe this look?

This haircut is a short, slightly angled bob with a hidden taper in the back. My favorite thing about this cut is that the shape is created in the nape area to give a curved silhouette. This means the hair can be sleek without any shaggy layers and still maintain the taper effect.

What products would you recommend?

Using a texture spray as a finishing product is the best for this haircut. Thin hair tends to get weighed down by overusing product, so only a little is necessary. The texture spray will provide just enough grit to the thin hair and allow movement.

Who would you recommend this for?

This haircut is so easy to maintain on a daily basis because the style is created by the perimeter shape. Anyone who doesn’t want to fuss with their hair will benefit from the ease and versatility of this look.

Thin to medium thickness works the best and typically those that have length and fullness in the front will achieve this degree of an angle. Because of that angle, and with a deep side part to create a diagonal line, this cut is suitable for any face shape.

Textured & Layered Pixie Bob Cut

Q&A with designer, Timothy Keegan
Owner / Educator @ Timothy Richard Salon in East Granby, CT

How would you describe this look?

I love this textured pixie bob cut. It has a versatile shape that can be worn messy and separated for a lived-in look, or smooth and polished for a more classic look.

What products do you recommend?

I used Bed Head Small Talk to give the hair a nice, smooth surface and add texture and volume without weighing it down. To finish, use Bed Head Hard To Get texturizing paste to give separation and enhance movement.

Who would you recommend this for?

This haircut is perfect for thin to medium textured hair, but can easily be tailored to fit any hair type or face shape. The textured layers add life to thin limp hair and make for an easy wash and wear style.

Short Graduated Bob with Long Bangs

Short Graduation bob with long bangs
Instagram @maygovintage

Q&A with designer, Mayara Goulart
Hairdresser & Make-up Artist @ Studio Vintage in Sao Paolo, Brazil

Tell us about this look…

This is a short cut with graduation at the nape of the neck with the longest front and light layers. My favorite thing about this haircut is that it shows a lot of personality!

What products do you recommend?

I recommend styling products with a light fixation that give shine and volume to the hair such as the Perfect Me (by EIME Wella Professionals) before and after drying.

Who would you recommend this for?

This look is for modern women who want practicality with a touch of sophistication in their day to day style. This haircut is great for those who have thin or normal hair and the short face shape. In my opinion however, what matters most is the personality and attitude of the client!

Modern Chelsea Shag Cut

Modern Chelsea Shag Cut for Thin Hair

Q&A with designer, Emily Vanhuss
Vanity Specialist & Colorist @ Liberated Salon in Los Angeles, CA

How would you describe this look?

I like to describe this look as a modern-day Chelsea cut. My favorite thing about this short shaggy haircut is the length and soft texture left all along the hairline.

What products do you recommend?

I recommend using a light natural oil or styling cream while wet before drying. If dry styling, use it on the ends to avoid frizz. The second product is key for this look. You want some sort of sea salt spray for the messy, wavy texture. I recommend my favorite from Kavella which is an all vegan, eco-friendly company. It’s called Salty Sugar Texture Spray. It is great for low maintenance wet or dry styling!

Who would you recommend this for?

I recommend this type of look for any client that has thin to medium hair density with anything from slightly wavy to overly curly texture. This look and cut is extremely low maintenance and wearable for most busy lifestyles. The only face shape I would maybe discourage from this look is someone with an extremely round shape.

Angled Pixie Cut with Long Bangs

Angled Pixie Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair
Style by Excellent Hair

This short pixie hairstyle is contrasted by longer bangs that add a sense of drama and mystery. Lots of angled lines in the bangs and the sideburns make this style edgy and fun. Heart shaped faces with straight types of hair work best with this haircut. Keeping fun shattered bangs and lifted layers on the top helps keep this cut soft and girly.

Tousled Short Hairstyle

Tousled Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair
Instagram @ashleyjadehair

Dark roots with blonde ends enhance the texture brought by this revolutionary short hairstyle for women with thin hair. Stylist Ashley picked the perfect combination of hair color and style.

Chic for Women over 40

Sleek Simple Hairstyle for Thin Hair
Style by Michelle VanHouten, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

This sleek short hairstyle for women over 40 with thin hair is simple and chic. A longer bob with minimal layers really helps elongate the face and frame it nicely. Round or square shaped faces would look great with this style. Naturally straight hair is ideal. Always use a light spray or serum to protect strands from heat when flat ironing. Most of the protective products amp up the shine factor as well, so it’s a double win!

Short Haircut with Wavy Hair

Modern Wavy Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair
Style by Emily Rutt, Makeup by Jason Kelly, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

This super cool look is full of texture and volume and will make anyone look like they have tons of hair.

Longer face shapes or heart shaped faces will be balanced out with all this volume. Natural waves are ideal for this look.

When curling or flat ironing, always start at the bottom (the nape) and work up to the top (the crown) for best results and easier styling.

Blunt Bob with Choppy Bangs

Blunt Cut Bob for Thin Hair
Style by Braun Der Friseur

This blunt cut bob has matching blunt cut bangs that really give the illusion of thick, chunky hair. The dramatic fringe and sleek texture is absolutely amazing. Round or oval shaped faces would be offset nicely by the strong lines created by this hairstyle. Naturally straight or slightly wavy hair is best. Ask your stylist to cut your hair dry for an even more blunt result.

Short Layered Bob

Short layered bob
Instagram @randynyhair_makeuphenna

Short layered bob haircuts never go out of style for their easy upkeep. It’s a simple and refreshing cut that will keep your tresses healthy and full of life!

Layered Pixie

Layered Pixie
Instagram @hairbyfranco

A muted purple-silver shade on a wild undercut like this is the bomb! Layering adds more density and texture that can give the illusion of thickness.

Super Short Crop

Super Short Crop
Instagram @katiebuttz

Totally cute yet edgy – this shorty’s for the confident gals who wanna have a high fashion look without all the maintenance requirements!

Short Hairstyles with Deep Side Part

Short Bob Hairstyle with Shattered Pieces
Style by Braun Der Friseur

This bob was cut with a razor to show off lot of different lines and angles. It’s a super cute short haircut for thin hair. Long, swooping bangs and a smooth texture are ultra chic and super wearable. Round and heart shaped faces will be flattered by this haircut. Slender hair with straight or slightly wavy texture will style easily into this look. Braid bangs to the side for a totally new and bohemian-inspired look.

Short Hair with Beach Waves

Messy Short Hairstyle for Thin Hair
Style by Excellent Hair

This short hairstyle is messy and sexy with tousled waves and textured layers. Short cuts for thin hair are easier to style when adding lots of texture to create more volume and shape. All face shapes can wear this textured bob. Slender hair with wavy hair types is best. Layer the sea spray by using it right out of the shower, and then again when hair is dry. Lift hair up to spray the strands underneath as well.

Stylish Crop for Women Over 60

Stylish Crop for Women Over 60
Instagram @thevanityloungehairandbeauty

This is a stylish crop for women over 60 who’s ready to go for short hair. If you’re one of those thin-haired ladies, you can rock a textured pixie cut and style the best. A fusion of grey and blonde strands can make a gorgeous short crop for women over 60 years old, for sure!

Choppy Pixie

Choppy Pixie
Instagram @suzannebell

Do you have short hair with thin, long strands? You can choose both with a cropped cut that breathes volume to thin hair.

Short Curly Hair

Short Curly Hair
Instagram @dknastudio

Getting some volume-enhancing layers means classing up your short curly hair. They add more movement and texture to dark locks that thin-haired girls will admire the most.

Silver Pixie for Women Over 50

Short Silver Pixie Cut for Women Over 50 with Thin Hair
Instagram @valerieesperanza

This is an edgy short haircut for women over 50 with thin hair. The crossover you never knew you needed.