Cute Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Crystal Schwanke
Layered and roller-set thin hair

Adding body to thin hair can be a real struggle, but there are a number styling options that can actually give limp locks more volume and movement. If you've always had a love-hate relationship with your fine hair and can't seem to win the long battle, take control of the situation. On your next visit to the salon, be prepared with a list of styles that you feel may suit you, work well with your hair type, and flatter your face shape. This may be easier said than done, but a few of these cuts should make your fine hair look fabulous.

Great Cuts for Thin Hair

Cute hairstyles for thin hair include bobs, short styles, and medium to long cuts with a lot of layers. If you've got thin hair, think big! A long, layered style set with rollers and spray will add volume and sexiness to a retro pinup coif. A straight, edgy bob will add a modern and chic appeal to your fine style. Short hair with a lot of layers and pieces can be a breeze to style for anyone with fine hair.

Classic Bob

A short bob is one of the most flattering styles for women with fine hair because it gives naturally lightweight tresses a thicker appearance. The classic bob is your everyday bob, cut to the chin and designed to make the most of those naturally sleek locks. Consider that you won't have to fight your hair type to sport this style; simply wash and go. The hair is "tricked" into looking thick when it's cut short. The longer the hair, the more weighed down it will be. This cut is not conducive to full-bodied hair!

Classic bob haircut
Classic bob haircut

Graduated Bob

The graduated bob is a style that takes some courage to pull off, but it's a celebratory move that may well give your hair the leverage it needs. Similar to Victoria Beckham's popular cut, the graduated bob is shorter in the back and longer in the front. Add some height at the crown using a hairdryer and paddle brush, run some molding wax through the ends for texture, and revel in richer hair.

Graduated bob hairstyle
Graduated bob hairstyle

Blunt Bob

The blunt bob is a fabulous choice for fine hair. Cut to just below ear level, this style instantly enriches the appearance of fine hair and lends it a more luxurious appearance. Kristen Stewart has sported this style, and she shows just how easy it is to make fine hair look so naturally thick.

Blunt bob hairstyle
Blunt bob hairstyle

Cap

Great for individuals with oval-shaped faces, the cap haircut is not the first choice for most women simply because it doesn't suit everyone. It's not the universally flattering style that the bob is, but it can really pump up fine hair and give it a voluminous, outstanding look. This style is really all about the bangs; they suggest abundance and produce a strong, textured look. The cap style is a super-short bob with bangs that hugs the face and nape of the neck.

Cap hairstyle
Cap hairstyle

Chop

Choppy hair is essentially a more modern, edgy take on the traditional bob. The ends, however, are cut irregularly. This provides fine hair with some very necessary shape and dimension. Choppy bangs can also be worked into any bob-type style; they can be cut long or short, and they instantly add a shot of tousled volume to the hair.

Choppy hair
Choppy hair

Crop

Fine hair and a little confidence are the right ingredients for the crop haircut. This updated, short style is casual and youthful, cut close to the head, and typically tapers at the neck for a sleek look. Creating volume at the roots and bangs is essential in achieving a thicker appearance. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is a great example of someone who makes the most of her fine hair with a cropped cut.

Crop hairstyle
Crop hairstyle

Shoulder-Length Layers

Although shorter styles are the best bet for fine hair, many women can get away with shoulder-length styles if the cut is right. Opt for long, textured layers, which go a long way in maximizing body and lending the hair that enviable bounce. This cut is sometimes referred to as "the Lob," and has been seen on Kate Beckinsale as well as many other female celebrities.

Kate Beckinsale's shoulder length layers
Kate Beckinsale's shoulder length layers

Style Solutions for Thin Hair

To style your thin hair, get used to styling aids such as mousse and volumizers. Adding volume to your style will be a daily task, but with the addition of styling tools and appliances, your style can be versatile and offer many cute and stylish options.

Up-dos and Formal Styling

Up-dos add a lot of body to hair and conceal the amount of hair on the head. Although not practical for everyday wear, a formal up-do style is perfect when a special occasion calls and you need to add some oomph to your thin hair. Jumbo roller-set hair pinned up into a loose style looks feminine and gives the appearance of full hair. For added volume, consider a clip-in hair piece that matches your hair perfectly.

Up-do roller set style
Up-do roller set style

Roller Girl

Roller set styles work wonders on thin hair when the locks are pinned up immediately after curling, rather than let loose (fine hair tends to lose its curl easily.) Opt for a roller-set style that pulls all the hair into a chignon or loose bun to add volume and body.

Roller set bun
Roller set bun

Swiss Miss

Not just a nifty styling trick for concealing limp locks, braids are right on trend this season when paired with hippie style headbands and accessories. Parted down the center and braided, no one would ever guess the amount of hair you have. Braids also make a great option for day old hair. Simply unravel your knots and let your mane tumble with thick waves and quirky kinks.

Braided hairstyle
Braided hairstyle

Helpful Tips

The right cut goes a long way to make the most of fine hair. Keep the momentum going by using a few of these tips in your routine!

  • Color and bleach damage the hair, which is not really a secret. However, did you know this damage actually adds some life to limp locks? Hit the salon and get some highlights and see how much volume and texture you get. If you shy away from blonde highlights, you can get the same results from an allover color.
  • Lowlights work wonders in enhancing the hair and lending it a darker, warmer and ultimately richer and dimensional appearance. This depth is what gives thin hair a thicker visage; just the shine and dimension is more than enough to elevate fine hair to a whole new level.
  • Use a volume-enhancing product, such as a thickening cream or root styling gel, to make the most of your style. Light, oil-free, strengthening formulas are ideal since they won't weigh your hair down, even after several hours.
  • Get acquainted with hot rollers and large-barrel curling irons. Set your style with a shot of cool air and a spritz of volumizing spray to maintain the look all day long.

Accessories

Thick headbands and hair scarves are right on trend this season and add a level of dimension to thin hair. Try seeking out different accessories that add fullness and trend to your style.

Make the Most of Your Fine Hair

Whether you choose to cut your hair, style it, color it, or use a combination of these styling techniques, you really can make the most of your fine hair. You just might find you look lovely in a number of styles, so don't feel limited to a single cut.

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Cute Hairstyles for Thin Hair