The 10 Best Hair Styles for Thin Hair

Women with thin hair can find themselves in an endless struggle to find a flattering hair cut. To make your search easier, we’ve compiled the best hair styles for thin hair so you can feel like a bombshell, too. It turns out the right cut, short or long, can help you achieve your dream volume, and your thin strands can appear far thicker. Maybe your options aren’t so limited.

1. Asymmetrical bob

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Actress Rosamund Pike rocks this look. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

A straight-edge bob falls flat and can age you. As an alternative, try an asymmetrical bob. Having a cut that is longer on one side adds dimension to your hair and can sharpen your facial features. You can also part your asymmetrical bob to one side, which helps boost volume.

2. Loosely slicked back

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Journalist Megyn Kelly works this style well. | Andrew Toth/Getty Images

Short hair styles can be so frustrating when they fall flat and refuse to cooperate. If you’re tired of this problem, loosely slicking it back is a perfect hair style for you. Simply use your fingers to comb your hair back, and if your hair is short enough, secure it with bobby pins, then finish with hair spray. If you have long hair, you can use a hair tie to pull it back, then slightly rough it up in the front before misting with hair spray.

3. Wavy lob

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Actress Emma Stone shows off this great look. | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

The wavy lob (i.e., long bob) has become the hottest hairstyle obsession for women of all hair types, but it’s especially popular for those with thinner hair because it’s short enough to never fall flat, and the wavy texture gives the illusion of thickness. For added dimension, have your stylist dry your hair in sections. 

4. Deep side part

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Miranda Lambert sports a deep side part. | Jason Merritt/Getty Images

If there’s one hair style you need to avoid at all costs, it’s a dead-center part. When you have thin hair, this look will make your hair appear completely flat. Instead, experiment with which side you prefer to part your hair on, then form a part three inches away from the center. It may feel like you’ve created a combover a first, but once your hair settles, having a deep side part will make your fine hair look far more voluminous.

5. Uneven bangs

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Alexa Chung looks great with these bangs. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Women with thick hair can get away with having full, wide-set front bangs (think Zooey Deschanel). While this look isn’t the best for thin hair, bangs are still an option. Instead of getting heavy bangs with a blunt edge, test out choppy front bangs. Having uneven strands gives you the freedom to part the bangs to the side or separate them in the middle. French women have loved this popular hairstyle for decades.

6. Pixie cut

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Emma Watson shows off the perfect pixie. | Stuart Wilson/Getty Images

One of the best short hair styles for fine hair is actually having very little hair altogether. Having thin hair will actually work to your advantage with a pixie cut, as it proves extremely low-maintenance. Rather than spending ages trying to style your thin hair, wouldn’t it be fabulous to just wake up and go with a perfect pixie?

7. Angled bob

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Actress Emma Roberts rocks this beautiful bob. | Michael Buckner/Getty Images

There are so many great ways to play up a standard bob, the best of which is the angled cut. This style works wonders for fine hair, as it adds an element of chicness and sophistication to an otherwise plain ‘do. This short hairstyle not only provides added volume in the back, it’s also so easy to style. Simply use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner when you shower, then blow dry, straighten, or towel-dry for incredible results.

8. Braided crown

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Actress Kate Bosworth looks regal with this style. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

People with thin hair will find a braid falling down their back or shoulder looks pretty meager and only exaggerates how fine their hair actually is. A great alternative is the braided crown. By pulling your hair up and using a braid as a headband, you can create the illusion of having more hair than you do. You’ll also draw away attention from how much remains in the back. 

9. Wrapped ponytail

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Beyoncé always looks great with a super chic ponytail. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

It often feels like there are limited decent hairstyles for fine hair, but fear not! We know of one that works wonders. Simply pull your hair up into a messy ponytail (you can choose how high or low it falls). Then, find an imitation hair tie that matches your hair color and use it to fasten your ponytail. The appearance of wrapped hair will make it look like you have even more beyond your ponytail.

10. Wispy front layers

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Elle Fanning looks great with these layers. | Tiziana Fabi/Getty Images

For thin-haired gals who are fans of medium-length cuts, one of our favorite looks is one that incorporates wispy front layers. Ask your hair stylist to cut your hair between your collarbone and bust, then add wispy front layers that start from the bottom of your chin down to your ends. These front layers nicely frame your face, add texture, and can be styled for greater volume. Just keep in mind that the back of your hair should be cut in a straight line, as thin back layers tend to get scraggly.

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