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12 Trendiest Hairstyles And Haircuts For Thin Hair In 2018

05 March 2018
windswept updo hairstyle on woman with thin hair
Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

If you have thin locks, you’re probably no stranger to volumizing products. There’s a multitude of shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, and serums that all promise to give you the thick, full locks you’ve been coveting. While we love a good volumizing product, we don’t want you to have to rely on products to have a good hair day. Instead, we’ve found 12 haircuts and hairstyles for thin hair that we’re confident will make your thin locks look flawless.

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Shaggy Lob

If you have thin or fine hair, one of the first things most stylists will mention is the importance of removing any dead weight and adding some texture to your ‘do. A shaggy lob is the perfect combination of movement and style. Ask your stylist to use a razor to create a perfectly textured bob will give you chic bed head every day.

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When you have thin locks, sometimes your instincts tell you to hold on to as much of your hair as possible. You’ve convinced yourself that’s the only way to achieve the appearance of the thick, full locks you’re coveting. However, sometimes the best thing you can do is get rid of that extra length. A pixie looks great on everyone. Without that extra length weighing you down, your hair will flourish and look thicker than ever.

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Asymmetrical Lob

When you’re trying to take attention away from your thin locks, distraction is the name of the game. There is no better distraction than an on-trend asymmetrical haircut. The stylishly uneven cut is a guaranteed show-stopper.

For a subtle asymmetrical look, have your stylist cut one side of your lob 1 to 2 inches shorter than the other side. If you’re looking for a more dramatic style, have your stylist cut off 4 to 6 inches.

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Long Layers

Stylists often recommend short haircuts for people with thin or fine hair, but you’ll need a cut with tons of movement if you’re not ready to get rid of your length. Layers are the best way to create movement in your hair while keeping the length you love. There are tons of ways cut this timeless ‘do, from classic layers to textured layers. Talk with your stylist to decide which cut is perfect for you.

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Blunt Bob

Adding movement to your ‘do isn’t the only way to give your hair a fuller appearance. Blunt cuts are not only edgy and trendy, but also can make your hair appear thicker. A blunt bob is a perfect way to bring some new life to your fine strands. The short ‘do will remove some unnecessary weight, while the blunt cut will make your hair look thicker and healthier than ever.

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Deep Side Part

This simple styling hack will create a whole new look in just seconds. All you have to do is make a part on the left or right side of your head. With the majority of your hair piled on one side of the part, you’ll achieve a little volume—no teasing necessary.

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Flippy Ends

You’ll want to style your hair in ways that create major movement if you have thin locks. One of the best ways to accomplish that is to swap your stick straight locks for retro flippy ends. Simply use your flat iron to curl your ends up and away from your face. If you’re looking for a more subtle style, invert your flipped ends and curl them towards your face.

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Ponytail Extensions

When you have thin locks, trying to create a thick, voluminous ponytail can sometimes feel next to impossible. Stop beating yourself—and your hair—up for something that’s completely out of your control. Instead, let a hair piece do the heavy lifting. Head to your local beauty supply store and pick up a ponytail piece in your desired length and color.

When you’re ready to install the ponytail, simply secure a ponytail in your desired position. Secure the ponytail hair piece to the bottom of your ponytail and voila—the thick, voluminous ponytail of your dreams. Nobody knows your secret but you!

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Half Up

If you have fine locks, sometimes more scalp is visible than you prefer. Cover up the problem—literally. Whether you secure your half-up style in a ponytail, top knot, or simply clip it back, brushing the front half of your hair up and over your scalp easily covers your problem area.

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Windswept Updo

Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant before wrapping it around a 1-inch curling wand. Hold each section of hair to the wand until it’s just heated through.

Once you’ve curled your entire head, run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls. Remember, you’re going for a intentionally imperfect final look. Use your fingers to gently rake your hair away from your face and begin to pin your curls to form a messy chignon. Set your look with a flexible hold hairspray.

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Donut Top Knot

If you have thin locks, your go-to styles can often use a little help in the volume department. If your top knots aren’t as full as you’d like them to be, consider picking up a foam hair donut. To begin, gather all of your hair on the top of your head and secure a ponytail in your desired position with a strong elastic.

Pull your locks through a foam hair donut and place the donut at the base of your ponytail. Wrap your hair around the donut to form a bun, ensuring the donut is completely covered by your hair. To complete your look, use several bobby pins to keep the top knot in place.

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Faux Bob

Secure the ends of your hair with an elastic, then gently tuck it up toward the base of your neck and pin it. Gently rearrange and loosen your folded hair into a shape that resembles a bob. Finish your look with a spritz of shine mist.

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