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Revitalize Your Thin Hair with Volume-Boosting Hairstyles

By Sara Anderson
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Not everyone is blessed with bountiful locks that would make Rapunzel jealous⁠, but that doesn’t mean thin-haired ladies have to throw in the towel. It’s all about illusion. You know how the right lipstick can plump up your pout, and the right mascara can make your peepers pop? The right hairstyle can help you achieve that dramatic oomph you dream of without too much effort. If you’re looking for hairstyles for fine hair that are flattering, not flattening, it turns out your options aren’t so limited after all.

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Deep side part

One hairstyle to avoid at all costs? The dead-center part. This look completely flattens out fine, thin hair. Instead of parting in the middle, pick a side and form a part three inches away from the center. It might feel a little comb-overish at first, but once your hair settles, it will look noticeably fuller. Piling your hair up on one side gives you lift at the roots and creates the impression of volume.

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Wavy lob

The lob, or a long bob that ends just above the collarbone, is one of the hottest hairstyles for a reason. The ever-flattering cut frames the face is easy to volumize and is just short enough to never fall flat. This means it’s especially perfect for thin, limp hair. Ask your stylist to chop in a few light layers for movement, and style with a texture spray to create soft waves for structure. For the biggest boost, keep the ends blunt rather than feathered.

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French girl fringe

Popular with French women for decades, thick, choppy bangs add density to your ‘do. Leave the wide-set blunt edge to the thick-haired ladies, and go with uneven, eye-skimming, unstructured strands favored by Frenchies. This will give you the freedom to part your bangs to the side, or split them down the middle.

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Perfect pixie

One of the best hairstyles for fine, thin hair? Hardly any hair at all! A short haircut can actually make thin hair appear thicker than it actually is. Try a choppy, layered pixie for instant texture and volume, and style it with a light balm or paste to add definition without weighing your hair down. Bonus: a pixie cut is extremely low maintenance. In addition to looking adorable, you’ll have extra time for your busy life!

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Shoulder-length blunt cut

Hair is pulled down by its own weight. The longer your locks, the flatter your hair can seem. Fight the force of gravity by keeping your thin, fine hair medium-length or above for a fuller look. If you want shoulder-sweeping strands or longer, leave the layering behind and always make sure to go for a blunt cut to add sharpness and definition. The bluntness at the ends will make your hair appear thicker and healthier. Make sure your stylist sticks with scissors to trim your tresses, and never uses thinning shears or a razor unless it’s a straight edge.

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Wrapped ponytail

For an instant injection of volume, there’s nothing like a wrapped ponytail. Ladies with thick hair can make do with their own locks, but when you have thin hair, you have to fake it ‘til you make it. Pull your hair up into a messy ponytail⁠—the higher, the better. Then, with an imitation hair ponytail wrap that matches your hair color as closely as possible, fasten your pony in place. Not only does this give the illusion that you have hair for days, it also gives your ponytail some height off your scalp better than a standard band.

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Milkmaid braid

When you have thin hair, regular hanging braids can look scrawny and tend to just accentuate how little hair you have. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on braids altogether. A milkmaid braid, or a braided crown, is the perfect alternative. Not only is it a ridiculously simple look to pull off, but it creates the illusion of having more hair than you actually do by adding much-needed height and texture at the crown. Simply make two braids, one on each side of your head, and secure them over and across the top of your head like a headband. Instant updo!

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Angled bob

Stacked or angled bobs have long been the go-to hairstyles for women with thin, fine hair. Hair is shortest and layered up at the nape of the neck, adding instant volume to the crown. But unlike a classic bob, the hair gradually gets longer as it approaches the face, usually falling below the chin. The asymmetry of this cut adds unexpected edginess to an otherwise ordinary ‘do. To keep your angled bob looking its best, always use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner, then blow dry or straighten.

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Slicked back and sculpted

Add effortless dimension and lift to your fine, thin hair simply by slicking it back. Forgo your part, and comb your fingers back through your hair with wax or pomade for instant texture and hold. Shorter hair can be secured with bobby pins, while longer hair can be held back with a hairband. Slightly rough it up at the roots for volume before finishing with a spritz of hairspray.

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Accessories in action

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Headbands and other hair accessories are a shortcut to adding bulk to your hairstyle, creating the illusion of body.

  • A floral headband or clip that compliments your hair color is an easy way to add instant height to your hair. If you’re blonde, go with pale pink or yellow blossoms. Redheads should choose jewel hues like magenta, while dark-haired ladies should pick deep purples and dark reds.
  • A sparkly or metallic headband breaks up the texture of your locks and adds visual interest, making your hair appear thicker.

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Asymmetrical bob

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The asymmetrical bob is more than just a hairstyle; it's a statement. This modern take on the classic bob plays with uneven lengths, offering a dynamic and edgy look. Perfect for those seeking a bold transformation, the shorter side provides a natural lift at the roots, while the longer side gracefully frames the face. It's a versatile style that suits various face shapes, and when paired with subtle highlights or balayage, it can truly make thin hair appear voluminous and full of life. Embrace the asymmetry and let your hair do the talking.

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Side-part bob

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Sometimes, a simple change can make a world of difference. Enter the side-part bob, a style that's both chic and functional for thin hair. By merely shifting your parting to the side, you introduce a natural lift at the roots, instantly adding volume. This style is not just about aesthetics; it's a quick remedy for those days when your hair feels lifeless. Pair it with soft waves or keep it sleek; the side-part bob is adaptable and always in vogue. It's a timeless choice for those looking to combine elegance with ease.

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Messy lob

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The beauty of the messy lob lies in its imperfection. This shoulder-grazing style exudes a laid-back charm that's hard to resist. When tousled, it creates an illusion of depth and volume, making it a go-to for those with thin hair. The key is to embrace the natural texture, adding waves and ruffles that look effortlessly chic. Whether you're heading to a brunch or a night out, the messy lob transitions seamlessly. It's less about precision and more about capturing a vibe – relaxed, stylish, and undeniably voluminous.

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Dutch braids

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Who said braids were only for thick hair? Dutch braids, with their intricate weaving technique, are a game-changer for thin hair. They create a beautiful raised effect, offering depth and dimension. The braids run on top of the hair, making it appear fuller and more voluminous. But the magic doesn't stop there. Once you unravel them, you're greeted with soft waves, giving you a two-in-one style. Whether you're going for a boho look or a sporty vibe, Dutch braids are versatile, stylish, and perfect for adding that extra oomph to thin hair.

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Tousled loose waves

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Waves have a magical way of transforming hair, especially when it's thin. Tousled loose waves are all about capturing a carefree spirit while adding significant volume. Achieving this look is simpler than it seems. A curling wand, some texturizing spray, or even overnight braids can give you these dreamy waves. They not only add body but also introduce a playful texture, making hair appear thicker. Perfect for any occasion, from casual outings to formal events, tousled loose waves are the epitome of effortless chic, ensuring your thin hair never looks flat.

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