15 Updos That Make Thin Hair Look 10 Times Thicker

Updated 04/29/19

Truth be told, the bigger the hair isn't always the better—especially when it comes to elegant updos. If you've been blessed with fine hair, use it to your advantage. It's the ideal texture for sleek styles. Plus, you can fake fullness in seconds with updos, a style thin hair looks especially gorgeous in. With the help of braids, buns, chignons, and sophisticated hair accessories, your fine strands will look Pinterest-worthy in no time. Your pool of options are actually endless, and these styles will give you the illusion of the fullness you're looking for.

So all my thin-haired sisters out there, rest assured that these updos will look effortlessly cool on you. Get ready to screenshot away because we've already added all of these to our mood board.

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A braid is your friend when it comes to updos. Like this style, add dimension and texture to a loosely twisted updo with a braid to fake fullness.

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Try swirling your strands into a Cinnabon-style messy bun. Fine hair can certainly achieve a full bun, as proven here. Glam it up with any hair accessory.

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Here's another imperfectly twisted, swirly bun that looks so elegant and chic.

Letting a few of your strands peek out adds cool texture to any style and creates the illusion of more hair.

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I mean, how gorgeous is this Pinterest-worthy updo? This twisted, knotted style looks so incredibly gorgeous embroidered with delicate flowers.

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Give your hair all the volume with a half-up topknot style like this. Simply sweep your strands into a bun and twist the bottom half of your hair into a loose low bun. A large hair clip like this will add a touch of elegance.

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If you're worried that you don't have enough hair to complete one full bun, pull off three! This braided-bun combo is a picturesque style to add height to your hair.

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Emma Stone's auburn strands look gorgeous in this double-bun updo. Create a sleek half part like this and simply wrap your hair around in mini knots to re-create the look.

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A loosely swept hair doughnut like this a classic, tried-and-true updo that you can tease like so for added volume (peep her bouffant at the top of her hair). 

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Texture should be your go-to when evening out your updo's volume. This wet, textured bun looks effortlessly cool on Sophia Bush. 

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This elegant, low, twisted updo screams chic. Nail the tousled bun look with Jen Atkin's Chloe and Isabel clip. 

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Get inspired by Emma Stone's twisted updo. With the help of bobby pins, you too can execute this chignon style. 

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The tuck automatically creates the illusion of fuller hair. Simply fold your ends over to loosely sweep the hair into this gorgeous updo. 

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Another swirly, double-bun style for the win, created by the very talented Kristin Ess.

Gently tease the top of your hair to maximize volume.

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Slick your hair back and wrap it around in a circular motion to re-create this voluminous-looking bun. It's one of those styles that works on both thin and thick hair. 

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This architectural updo on Lucy Hale created by Kristin Ess is what you call #HairGoals. Using hair accessories like this gold wire adds a level of sophistication to your updo and distracts from any signs of thinness. 

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