Ever wondered what the ideal haircut is for people with thin hair? Carolyn Aronson, hairstylist and founder of It's a 10 Haircare, as well as celebrity stylists Justine Marjan and Jessica Hoffman Shakir, says the bob is your best bet. "Shorter styles work best with fine hair because it makes the hair appear thicker," says Aronson. "It's important to keep thin or fine hair regularly trimmed because it's fragile; the ends may split easily." Luckily the bob is wildly popular these days, especially during the summer. Practically every notable celebrity has chopped her locks in favor of a shorter, more fine hair–friendly look. Below, find the three most versatile bob styles to try.
The Layered, Asymmetrical Bob
"The asymmetrical bob has one side cut shorter than the other (with a side part in mind), and as a result, your hair seems fuller than it is," says Shakir. "Even if you don't do an asymmetrical cut, you can style your hair in a deep side part to add fullness. In fact, by changing things up and doing a different part, you can add crazy volume to your style.
"I love massaging the Root Werk Spray by NUME into the scalp to create volume that stays for hours. This wonder product smells amazing and really lifts without creating a thick, gritty texture. Simply spray a couple inches away from the roots of your wet hair before you blow-dry to create perfect texture, or you can use Root Werk Spray as a texturizer on dry hair."
"Overdirecting the hair while blow drying also helps to give lift to the root and add more volume to any style," recommends Aronson. "Flip your head over to help in lifting the root by blowing it straight forward with a vent brush."
The Blunt Bob
"If you have thin hair, you’ll want to keep the ends blunt instead of feathering them," suggests Shakir. "This gives the look of density and thickness."
"Overlayering and too much texture can make fine hair look thin and limp," agrees Marjan. "Blunt cuts make the ends appear fuller and healthier."
"The long bob looks amazing on just about everyone, and it's especially life-giving to those who have thin hair," explains Shakir. "Soft, face-framing layers will add dimension and fullness without weighing you down. You can also ask your hairstylist about adding internal layers to your shoulder-grazing locks, so you can keep the length of your hair while adding the volume you desire. To add just the right amount of texture, grit, and hold to your mid-length style, I love Davines Hair Assistant Primer. It does exactly what you would expect: It primes your hair for your blowout by adding volume and grit. The lob is one of my favorite haircuts, and the easiest way for me to blow dry my own hair is to use the Rotating Hot Air Brush by Conair. This brush has a multidirectional rotation feature that helps reel in a section of hair, heat it up, and release the hair all in one pass. The brush also has a cooling button so you can shape each section of hair while it's still coiled."
There you have it—fresh inspiration for your next trip to the hairdresser's.