Thin hair might seem easy to style. It requires less blow-drying time and it can be twisted easily into a low bun or ponytail in a pinch. But for those of us with thinner-than-thin locks, a thick head of hair is at the top of our wish list. We know all too well the challenges of adding volume or getting strands to hold a curl. The good news is, you don't have to be born with tons of hair to fake a fuller mane. If you’ve got limp, lackluster locks, but crave the look of thick, voluminous hair we’ve got the hairstyles, tips, and products you need for bigger hair in minutes.
These hairstyles will have your locks looking bigger than you ever dreamed possible.
Shorter cuts are always a good idea if your thin hair is falling flat. A lob creates a defined shape for fine hair to fall into. An angled lob is longer in the front, building up the weight in one place, which makes your hair look fuller. The deep side part pushes all your hair together on one side, creating the most volume. It also creates lift at the roots. For a perfectly tousled lob, style with a beach hair spray.
An asymmetrical cut means one side is cut shorter than the other, resulting in hair that seems fuller than it really is. This cut works well on just about any type of hair, but it can do wonders for creating volume on pin-straight fine hair. Ask your stylist to strategically place subtle layers throughout your bob and stack it in the back. To style, flip your head over when blow-drying to create lift at the root, and blow it straight forward with a vent brush. Then massage a volumizing powder into your scalp for volume that lasts all day.
Plump up the classic french braid by braiding it asymmetrically along one side. This makes it stick out a little further from your scalp without looking unrefined or messy.
How to do an asymmetrical french braid:
Add mega body to a thin head of hair with a shoulder-length hairstyle that just grazes the collarbone. Light layering close to the edges and an A-line side bang creates a textured, volumized look.
A pixie haircut adds fullness to already-thin strands. Short hairstyles are stronger than long, so even very fine hair can benefit from a super-short crop. Try a pixie with choppy layers to add volume. Ask your stylist to leave the top section a bit longer around the hairline (especially the ears) to create a softer, more feminine appearance. Work a matte hair wax through your hair to give your pixie definition.
By pulling your thin hair into a super high ponytail, you add the illusion of height. Try wrapping some hair around the base, instead of a hair tie, to add even more volume. Or if you like to accessorize, try using a scrunchie for an even more voluminous ponytail.
Rocking a faux bob makes thin hair look thicker and more voluminous.
How to do a faux bob:
Choppy layers create movement, but the key to this hairstyle is keeping those layers to a minimum. This preserves the hair’s fullness and body. Ask your stylist to start your layers at the midway point between your crown and ends.
Instead of a tight three-strand braid that can shrink the look of already-fine hair, try deeply parting your hair and loosely twisting two sections to the side. For more on How to Braid Your Own Hair, see our previous post.
One of the easiest ways to add texture to fine hair is with a short, blunt cut. Since all the hair at the bottom gets cut off, a blunt bob gives the illusion of density and instant volume. For the bluntest of cuts, ask your stylist not to use a razor unless it’s a straight edge. Perfect your bob with volumizing mousse. Apply it from your roots to ends with a comb for an instant boost, without the weight.
Wrapping braids around the top of your head is a perfect way to show off a romantic style while giving the appearance of thicker hair.
How to do a crown braid:
Whether it’s a shoulder-length hairstyle or a short haircut, incorporating a front fringe instantly bumps up your hair look. Just make sure your bangs are thick and blunt. Heavy bangs add density, bringing body and fullness to the front. This hairstyle also draws the eye towards the face and away from your thinner ends. Ask your stylist to start your bangs towards the crown of your head, allowing them to consist of more hair and look thicker.
Try pinning up your hair, and adding a headband in a complementary color to your own hair. This creates the illusion of volume in a subtle, but pretty way. For example, blondes should look for yellow or pale pink hues, redheads can try deeper magenta or hot pink, and dark-haired ladies should pick deep purples, navy, or black.
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The right haircut can make or break your attempt at volumizing thin hair. Keep the following tips in mind before your next appointment with your stylist.
These tips will help you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to styling your thin hair.
We suggest seeing your doctor if your hair is suddenly falling out or thinning more than usual. Otherwise, adding these hair looks and styling tips into your hair game will give your limp locks the volume they’ve been yearning for!
by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor
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