8 Best Hairstyles for Thin Hair
A fresh hairstyle can make you feel confident, alluring and like a brand-new person. But thin or fine hair can make finding a flattering new hairstyle challenging.
You're in luck: Thinning hair doesn't have to derail your plans for a style swap. Here's how to transform thin hair with the most flattering hairstyles and styling tips. Plus, find out what you can do to get thicker looking hair.
Thin Hair Helpers
Figuring out the right hairstyles for thin or fine hair is slightly tricky but not impossible! Rather than fighting against the unique needs of thin hair, work with them.
- First, nix the frustration. Some degree of thinning hair and hair loss is common, especially as we age. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80 million people in the U.S. experience hereditary hair loss.
- Next, minimize stress. From the skin to the scalp, where healthy hair growth begins, to strands, stress can exacerbate hair thinning issues.
- Then, discover the "mane" formula. Finding flattering hairstyles for thin hair, along with using the correct products, can help make it appear more voluminous, increasing the visible appearance of fullness.
8 Best Hairstyles for Thin Hair
Change is the only constant in life and the catalyst to breathe new life into your look. If you're looking to update your same-old style, here are some of the most flattering hairstyles for fine thin hair.
Hairstyle 1: Faux Fullness
Thinner hair, especially thin, fine hair, has the tendency to fall flat. To achieve thicker-looking hair, start by selecting the right base cut. Then, fake fullness using volume-boosting products like texturizing spray.
"For fine thin hair, it is best to keep a haircut style that is a bit more blunt cut like a blunt bob," said New York City-based hairstylist Jasmine Anna Galazka. "This allows for [a] more thick look and feel to the hair. Adding a thickening spray, mousse or foam to strands will add even more volume and fullness to fine tresses."
- Bolster both volume and texture, all while helping promote healthy hair growth, by pre-styling with GRO Hair Foam. The mousse-like formula instantly creates body and texture as it deeply penetrates the scalp with powerful phyto-actives to support visibly fuller, thicker-looking hair.
- Start with towel-dried or dry hair.
- Dispense the foam evenly, massage into the scalp and comb through before styling as desired.
Hairstyle 2: Shorter Styles
Shorter hair is a good option when it comes to flattering haircuts for thin hair, as it makes thin hair appear more full. Ideas include a shoulder-length cut, classic bob, long bob, lob or pixie cut.
"You can dry cut it," said New Jersey-based hairstylist Lauren Mangiamele. "And add some texture to give it more body and movement without making it feel choppy and thinner."
- Transform thin hair starting in the shower. Opt for a gentle cleansing and conditioning routine that promotes scalp care as it encourages healthy hair growth.
- Set up your tresses for success by lathering up with GRO Revitalizing Shampoo and following with GRO Revitalizing Conditioner. Cleanse, condition and recalibrate with the duo, which promotes thicker, fuller looking hair utilizing powerful, deeply penetrating plant phyto-actives.
- The pair act as a vegan-friendly alternative to keratin. Karmatin™️ deeply nourishes and restores damaged hair follicles, physically bonding micro-encapsulated vegan b-SILK™️ protein that remains on strands even after rinsing out.
- Apply your hair foam to towel-dried hair to add texture and volume.
- Blow-dry hair on low using a round brush.
Hairstyle 3: Middle or Jagged Part
Switch up your standard part to amp up volume and fullness. This trick works on most hairstyles for thin hair, including very thin hair, and elevates flat hair with extra volume at the roots.
- Use GRO Hair Serum, which increases the appearance of hair density and thickness and reduces signs of shedding, to spot treat areas along the hairline or where hair is parted.
- Distribute it evenly by massaging it directly into the scalp and hairline. It works best on towel-dried or dry hair.
- Style hair as desired.
Hairstyle 4: Soft, Textured Beach Waves
Intentionally undone texture — aka boho beach waves — is another trick to making fine hair or thin strands appear more full. Score a perfectly-imperfect textured look by skipping the daily shampoo. Instead, opt for making the most of those in-between hair wash days with a dry shampoo that also boosts texture and volume as it refreshes day-old hair.
- Maximize the time between washing hair to boost volume and texture in fine and thin hair. For long thin hair that tends to get greasy at the roots, mist dry shampoo daily along the roots and crown.
- GRO Dry Shampoo is volumizing, texturizing and refreshing for those days when you don't have time to wash hair, making it perfect to achieving soft, textured waves. Plus, it smells great!
- The formula is powered by the same proprietary blend of phyto-active ingredients found in our bestselling serum to encourage healthier strands and a well-nourished scalp, as it adds the necessary grip, texture and volume for breezy, boho waves.
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Hairstyle 5: Brush-Back & Teased Roots
Teasing the roots and/or brushing back the crown into pompadour-like volume are other ideas to mimic the appearance of volume and fullness.
"This is a great option for anyone with fine hair as it adds body to the crown and front of the hair and stops hair from looking limp," said Mangiamele. "You can achieve a lot of volume that holds by styling this look with Velcro rollers. It’s super easy and will leave you forgetting your hair was ever thin in the first place!"
- Start by using a gentle, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner duo.
- Towel dry hair gently and slick back strands using fingertips or a teasing comb. This look works on short hair styles, long hair or medium length strands. You can combine a hair serum with gel to set the look in place.
- Set on hot rollers to boost volume and emphasize fullness.
Hairstyle 6: Wispy or Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are flattering on nearly everyone, no matter hair type, texture, length or face shape. An added bonus: All-over fullness is implied in how these bangs create increased volume. Plus, as long bangs eventually grow out, they'll add even more depth and fullness to the rest of the hair.
Alternatively, go with wispy bangs which can be styled to look like full-on fringe or face-framing layers. Shifting the shape, volume or texture of bangs can give fine hair an entirely new look, making thin strands appear more full.
- Consider amplifying bangs even further by shifting their shape using heat-styling tools.
- A curling iron can amplify volume and body, while sleeking fringe with a flat iron defines thin hair with a more side-swept, polished feel.
- You can even apply hair serum after styling to encourage thicker, fuller looking hair. The non-greasy, lightweight formula will apply beautifully!
Hairstyle 7: Face-Framing, Asymmetrical, Angled Layers
Ask your hairstylist for choppy layers or face-framing angles, all styled with asymmetry in mind, which can help make fine hair or thin hair appear to look thicker and more full.
- After shampooing and conditioning, massage a volumizing hair foam into your scalp and comb it throughout your strands to add volume and texture.
- Use a blow dryer to set layers with added volume.
- Rough-dry, using hands to circulate air in all directions to achieve extra movement and volume.
- Be mindful when heat styling thin hair, selecting low temperatures and use a heat protectant.
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Hairstyle 8: Shaggy Layers and Sideswept Bangs
Shaggy, long layers and sideswept bangs, paired together or separately, also give fine thin hair a boost when it comes to the appearance of volume, texture and fullness. Once you get the cut, get the perfect look with minimal effort by doing a pre-bedtime styling routine.
- To do, loosely braid hair and secure with gentle hair ties that won't cause breakage.
- The soft, gentle fabric prevents snags and damage. Get your beauty sleep by pairing with a pillowcase designed to protect your hair when you sleep to preserve volume and style without frizz or flyaways.
- In the morning, gently unravel braids and wake up to natural texture and volume, no styling required.
Change Is in the Hair
Change is a powerful catalyst for transformation, and there's no reason to let thin, fine hair stop you from making such a change. Instead, opt for a cut that works with your hair type and texture and use targeted hair wellness products to help you achieve the perfect style. With a fresh new hairstyle that flatters you and products that help your hair look its best, you'll be ready for spring!
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