These Are 35 of the All-Time Best Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Let’s be clear on one thing: Being born with super-thick, flowing, supermodel-esque hair may afford you more options, but there’s no reason those with fine hair need to throw in the towel. Much of beauty is about optical illusions. Just like the right lipstick can make your lips look fuller and the right eyeliner can make your peepers pop, the right cut and style can transform thin hair into a (seemingly) thick, voluminous mane.

Using our finest hairstyling know-how and the advice of Feisal Qureshi, founder and creative director at Raincry, we put together this roundup of the 35 best hairstyles and haircuts for thin hair to look thicker and more voluminous—with lots of photos to prove it. Some of these A-list inspirations may already have thick hair to begin with, but it's the way in which their hair is styled that will trick onlookers into believing you have a thicker, fuller mane than you actually do. Plus, we're sprinkling in some product recommendations along the way.

Meet the Expert

Faisel Qureshi is the founder of luxury haircare brand Raincry, and has three decades of experience in the beauty industry as a hair artist.

Scroll through to see the official Byrdie guide to the best haircuts for thin hair.

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Shoulder-Length Blunt Cut

Kendall Jenner with a shoulder-length cut

 Steve Granitz / Getty Images

No matter the hair type, long locks have the tendency to weigh the hair down, but this is especially true for those whose hair fares thinner. "Typically, very long lengths will lack volume and that includes your layered lengths also," says Qureshi. "I recommend making the hair and layers proportionate with each other and not too long overall." If you're going for a shoulder-length cut, opt for blunt ends, as this can make your hair appear thicker.

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Deep Side Part

Cara Delevingne with a deep side part

Paul Archuleta / Getty Images

With a deep side part, you’re essentially lumping all of the hair together on one side. This creates the illusion of volume. Add a few bends to the front pieces of hair for added texture and create lift at the roots with a styling powder like Eva NYC's Zero Gravity Volume Powder ($12).

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Bedazzled Side Part

Lucy Boynton with a bedazzled side part

Getty / Kevin Mazur

What's better than a side part? A bedazzled side part. Adorn your side part with a few pops of pearls or jewels for a red carpet-worthy moment.

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Choppy Pixie

Janelle Monae with a choppy pixie

Dan Macmedan / Getty Images

Shorter hair is oftentimes stronger than longer strands, so even very fine hair can benefit from a super short cropped cut. Pixie cuts can actually make your thin hair appear thicker than it really is. Try one with choppy layers to add volume, and work in a light styling balm or paste like Reverie’s Rake Styling Balm ($36) to give your cut definition without weighing it down.

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Pixie With Side-Swept Bangs

Carey Mulligan with a wispy pixie

 Vera Anderson / Getty Images 

A pixie haircut is round by nature, and with a few soft layers and side-swept bangs, it can look fabulous on thinner hair types. Go choppy around the nape of the neck where you can afford to go shorter—this will also give the illusion of an elongated neck.

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Ear-Tucked Bob

Jenna Dewan with a ear-tucked bob

Albert L. Ortega / Getty Images

While those with thick hair may find it more cumbersome to pull off an ear-tucked style, thinner hair types won't have to fuss with flattening out the extra hair that sticks out. Pair it with a short cut, like a bob, for volume.

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Under-Curled Ends

Ann Curry with under-curled ends

Fernando Leon / Getty Images

Sporting a "lob" (aka a long bob)? Go for an under curl at your ends, which offers a subtle flare and something different from the age-old curl-away-from-your-face style. Try a jagged part and blow-dry hair normally, flipping toward your jaw-line once you reach the ends.

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Angled Bob

Victoria Beckham with an angled bob

M. Tran / Getty Images​ 

"The asymmetrical bob is best done on thinner hair textures, as thin hair typically shows off straight lines really well and this lends to emphasizing the cut’s beautiful geometry," says Qureshi. "Once that cut and shape has been achieved, the bob becomes very easy to style, maintain, and grow out with thinner textures."

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Chin-Grazing Bob

Ciara with a chin-grazing bob

John Lamparski / Getty Images 

This chin-grazing bob is made to look thicker with the addition of some waves. Apply a wave-boosting leave-in like the R+Co Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner ($32) and curl with a medium-sized curling iron.

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Lob With Light Layers

Rosie Huntington Whiteley with a lob with light layers

Kevin Winter / Getty Images 

The ever-flattering lob works on any hair type, especially thin hair, because it frames your face without weighing you down. Layering adds movement to hair, but removing too much could backfire. Stick with light layers and keep the ends blunt rather than feathered. Use a texture spray like Hair Shake Liquid-To-Powder Texturizer ($19) by Joico to create volume.

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Lob With Side-Swept Bangs

Vanessa Hudgets with side-swept bangs

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Getty Images​ 

Side-swept bangs can look thicker if cut right. Qureshi says to ask your stylist to cut side-swept bangs into a “shallow concave” shape and then style them to the side. "If not, with thin hair your side-swept bags will look more like diagonal bangs," he notes.

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Thick Bangs

Alexa Chung with thick bangs

 Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

Whatever your style may be, incorporating bangs can add a bump up to thin hair. Just make your fringe is thick—the blunter the better. Heavy bangs add density and bring body to the front.

Qureshi recommends identifying the category of thin hair you fall into. Consider the following: How thick each individual strand is and how much density (or strands of hair) you have on your head. This will make it easier to find a haircut or style that suits you.

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Curtain Bangs

Halle Berry with curtain bangs

Karwai Tang / Getty Images

While a middle part can tend to make thin hair look flatter, curtain bangs can do quite the opposite. Plus, they're relatively low-maintenance, only requiring trims every other month to maintain their face-framing length. Throw hair into an ultra-messy topknot to feign volume.

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Straight-Across Bangs

Jessica Biel

Jon Kopalof / Getty Images

Straight-across bangs are ultra-flattering on oval face shapes, but if you have thin hair, your natural hair type matters. "If your hair is oily like many with thin hair, then be sure to leave enough length in your bangs to account for the extra volume needed at the root area when styling," says Qureshi.

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Slicked Back

Zendaya with slicked back hair

Edward Berthelot / Getty Images

A slicked-back 'do is versatile—it can look polished and sophisticated or be the epitome of chic. Whatever style you choose, Qureshi urges slicking back on dry hair, noting that "if your hair is wet when you slick it back, it can make your already-thin hair look separated and less dense."

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The Shag

Taylor swift with a shag

Jim Spellman / Getty Images

The shag gets our ultimate stamp of approval as an ideal haircut for thin hair. It has the ability to revive limp hair while still giving off a cool-girl vibe. To fake the fullness, style with layers and an ombré to add body and dimension.

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Flip-Out Ends

Priyanka Chopra Jonas with flip-out ends


It's the hairstyle that keeps making a comeback: flipped-out ends. Made popular in the '60s and coming back in style in the '90s, this retro 'do makes otherwise fine hair that falls limp appear thicker. To achieve, use a blow-dry brush—like Amika's Blowout Babe Thermal Brush ($100)—to give yourself a blow-out, making sure to do a flipping motion away from the face once you reach the ends.

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Beach Waves

Chrissy Teigan with beach wave

Jon Kopaloff/ / Getty Images 

"For most people beach waves are achieved through a wand or iron," notes Qureshi. "For those with thin hair, it's especially important to use a heat protectant spray to shield your fragile locks from the unnecessary damage." Try Moroccanoil's Perfect Defense Heat Protectant ($28)—it coats the hair with nourishing antioxidants as it protects.

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Mid-Length Voluminous Curls

Jennifer Lawrence with voluminous curls

 Dan MacMedan / Getty Images

While thinner hair types are notoriously known for resisting a curl, getting that voluminous retro-wavy look is possible. Your hair is more likely to hold a curl if it doesn't have length to weigh it down. Be vigilant about using a curl-boosting spray like Aveda's Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray ($23).

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Braided Headband

Jessica Alba with a braided headband

Jon Furniss / Getty Images

While a typical braid can accentuate a finer hair texture, a braided headband is an alternative that adds in some playfulness to your look while still maintaining that braided element. Qureshi advises not to pull or apply too much tension near the root area, as this can lead to stress on the follicles and cause hair to not only look thinner but become thinner with time.

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Half-Up Half-Down Ponytail

Kristen Bell

Jean Baptiste Lacroix / Getty Images

Kristen Bell's ode to Kelly Kapowski's retro half-up half-down pony is the modern version, which, when paired with bangs, gives more body and life to otherwise flat hair. Wrap a strand of hair around the base of your ponytail for extra dimension.

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Glamorous Side Sweep

Leslie Mann

 Getty Images

One of Leslie Mann's go-to styles is this pulled-to-the-side, slightly waved style. By teasing the roots and gathering the hair over to one side, she's able to give her thin strands a bit more oomph.

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Raised Bouffant

Adele with a raised bouffant

Jason Merritt / Getty Images

A hair-raising bouffant makes a statement wherever it's worn. For a little lift, try incorporating extensions. "Be sure to create an adequate base—usually by teasing—to allow for your extensions to anchor into," Qureshi advises. "Otherwise your bouffant will collapse as soon as you start achieving height."

For a healthier tease, use a teasing brush that has boar bristles like the Drybar Texas Tease Teasing Brush ($18), which is made up of part nylon, part boar bristles that'll add volume without the damage.

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Double French-Braided Undo

Sienna Miller with a double french-braided updo

Anthony Harvey / Getty Images

A double-French braided updo is sure to be your new go-to: it's playful yet formal, and effectively gets your hair out of your face without foregoing volume. The double French braids add a natural lift to the roots—we approve.

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Half-Up Bun

Nicole Richie with a half-up bun

JB Lacroix / Getty Images

This laid-back hairstyle for thin hair exudes that model-off-duty vibe. To achieve, Qureshi recommends honing in on getting as much volume as possible at the root (before starting with the bun) to help hair look thicker. Living Proof's Full Dry Volume Blast ($29) is formulated to give a boost of volume for fine to medium hair types. For extra volume, Qureshi says to tease the ponytail before looping it around into a bun for maximum thickness.

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Relaxed Brush-Back

Mollie King with a relaxed brush-back

David M. Benett / Getty Images

A tousled take on the completely slicked-back 'do, this relaxed brush-back can be made to appear as casual or elegant as the event calls for. Let your hair dry naturally before working in a styling pomade with a comb, making sure to pull back gently for that relaxed feel.

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Messy Topknot

Zendaya with a messy topknot

Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

Topknots are praised for their "I-woke-up-like-this" vibe, yet they still somehow always manage to look put together. For thin hair, Qureshi advises to "make sure that it's not too far forward" and to go for a messier, disheveled look rather than a sleek one. "This will help that topknot look thicker and provide a sassy alternative to the usual."

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Face-Framing Layers

Jennifer Aniston with face-framing layers

Gregg DeGuire / Getty Images​ 

Strands that lean super fine may want to steer clear from this style, as shorter layers may make already-fine texture appear flatter. For fine hair that holds a slight bit of natural volume, though, face-framing layers can be a standout look.

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Vintage Curls

Jessica Chastain with vintage curls

Jason Merritt / Getty Image​ 

The classic Old Hollywood hairstyle is both timeless and workable for all hair types, thin included. "Traditionally, this style is achieved starting with wet hair," says Qureshi. "However with thin hair, be sure to start on dry hair to allow for easier, more comfortable styling and much less damage when brushing out." If your thin hair is frizz-prone, use an in-shower anti-frizz treatment like the In Common Static Silk Smoothing Enhancer ($30)—it'll land you polished curls in the end (sans flyaways).

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Mile-High Ponytail

Hailey Bieber with a mile-high ponytail

Taylor Hill / Getty Images​ 

No one has to know you're sporting fine hair underneath this mile-high ponytail. The hairstyle naturally creates the illusion of lift while the strategic addition of a scrunchie gives more volume.

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Waved Balayage

Lily Aldridge with waved balayage

Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images

"Thin hair is one of the few textures where color, highlights, and balayage can truly help hair look thicker and support volume," notes Qureshi. "So experiment and have fun." Ask for tight pieces at the top and thicker color at the ends of the hair—this will create the illusion of a more voluminous mane.

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Pink Pixie

Katy Perry with a pink pixie

Allen Berezovsky / Getty Images

As Qureshi notes, adding color to your hair is an instant way to pump up its thickness. A head-turning pastel pink pixie can work to draw attention away from hair's natural fineness.

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Volumized Pompadour

Gwen Stefani with a volumized pompadour

 Ian Gavan / Getty Images

If your hair is a little lackluster in the volume department, a pompadour is a sure-fire way to transform it. Spritz some hairspray on the bang-area of your head, comb it upward, and take a blow-dryer to it to ensure it holds in that up-right position.

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Side Chignon

Tyra banks with a side chignon

Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images

For a more formal updo, opt for a side chignon, which is easier to create than you'd think. In fact, this style is touted as being one of the most favorable for finer hair types, as it doesn't require volume at the front or too many bobby pins (which are notorious for slipping off of thin hair types).

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Low Side Ponytail

Kerry Washington with a low side ponytail

Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Here's a style that suits thin hair effortlessly. With a low side ponytail, you have options: keep it sleek and straight or play it up with some waves. Either way, pull the pony to one side and part your bangs on the other for added balance.

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