If you have thin locks, you’re probably no stranger to volumizing products. There are 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...which is why we’ve curated the definitive list of the trendiest hairstyles and cuts for thin hair.
From the shaggy lob dubbed “haircut of the year” to a breathtaking windswept updo, these cuts and styles are here to help your thin dark brown hair or ash blonde strands live their biggest, wildest dreams.
What is the best hairstyle for thin hair?
The best hairstyle for your hair will depend on your hair type, texture, and length, but volume is the name of the game when it comes to thin hair. We’ve curated some of the best hairstyles for thin hair below, but consider switching your regular normal part for a deep side part if you’re looking for a quick fix. This simple style trick helps to create volume at your roots instantly.
Does thin hair look better short?
Deciding to cut your hair short is a personal choice and there are beautiful haircuts for thin hair at every length. If your primary concern is having hair that looks full without using products to boost your volume, however, a short haircut is probably your best bet.
Thin strands tend to fall flat and if you have really long hair the weight of your strands can make it difficult to maintain any volume at the roots. By opting for a short cut, you don’t have to worry about heavy strands weighing down your ‘do. You’ll be rewarded with a bouncy style that makes your fine strands appear thicker than you ever imagined!
How do you make thin hair look thicker?
If you’ve been struggling to make your thin hair appear thicker, you’ve come to the right place. There are several ways to help fine strands look thicker, you just have to find the solution that’s right for you. If you’re looking to switch up your style completely, check out one of the 12 haircuts and styles we’ve curated below. Each one can be tailored to your specific hair type, texture, and length to help you achieve thicker-looking strands.
If you love your haircut and go-to style but still covet thicker-looking locks, get ready to load your hair care arsenal with volumizing products. The best way to make thin hair appear thicker is to use volumizing products from the very beginning of your hair care routine to the end. From the L’Oréal portfolio of products, we love the L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with purifying salicylic acid and HydraLight, the shampoo and conditioner system helps hair look volumized, cleansed, and lightly moisturized.
For sky-high hair, follow the Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner with L’Oréal Professionnel’s Volumetry Anti-Gravity Effect Volume Spray. The lifting formula with a combination of Intra-Cylane and HydraLight provides body and fullness to the hair from the root, for voluminous hold. These products will go a long way to helping your thin strands appear thicker, but if you’re still craving a little extra oomph, be sure to pick up the Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray.
Do layers make thin hair look thicker?
If you have thin strands but can’t imagine parting with your long locks, long layers are a great way to add movement. Opting for short face-framing layers will rid your hair of some weight and instantly make your roots appear more voluminous.
Still in need of a little inspiration? We found 12 ideas that will make your thin locks look flawless.
Hairstyles For Thin Hair
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.
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 extra hair, simply secure the ponytail hair extension to the bottom of your real ponytail and voila—the thick, voluminous ponytail of your dreams. Nobody knows your secret but you!
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 areas.
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.
Once you’ve curled your entire head, run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls. Remember, you’re going for an intentionally imperfect final look, so use your fingers to gently rake your hair away from your face and pin your curls to form a messy chignon. Set your look with a flexible hold hairspray.
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 it 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.
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.
Haircuts For Thin Hair
If you have thin or fine locks, 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 that will give you chic bed head every day.
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.
When you’re trying to take attention away from your thin locks, distraction is the name of the game—and there’s here is no better idea than an on-trend asymmetrical cut. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Equipped with these haircuts and styles lifeless, limp hair will be a thing of the past!
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