The less you do to fine hair, the better, but a flattering cut can make your hair appear more thick and full.
There are other quick fixes for adding fullness and body to fine hair — like volumizing powders, sprays, and clip-in extensions. But if you’re in the business of changing your look for more than a day or two, here are some haircuts to give thin hair new life.
Chop a bob: Hair appears more voluminous when it is shorter. Since fine hair is less dense, a bob cut can give strands nice lift and movement. Depending on how blunt you want your ends to look, add a little bit of texture. Don’t think that adding texture and removing weight will make your hair look even thinner for when done right, it should create movement and body.
The real work happens when it’s time to style your hair at home. Getting a bob will mean committing to upkeep until you’re ready to grow it out. To keep up the shape and lines, schedule an appointment every six to eight weeks.
You should also use less oil and more hold-enhancing products. Anything that adds weight to your hair will make it look and feel condensed, so avoid using heavy conditioners and creams, too. To style your bob, choose featherweight volumizing products.
Join the blunt-lob bandwagon: So you think bobs are cute, but you really don’t want to shed too many inches? Your best option is a lob. A textured, blunt lob works for a wide variety of hair types, but it looks great for fine hair textures, too.
A lob looks especially flattering when it falls right above the shoulders. Ask your stylist for an A-line cut to make the shape of your bob look longer. Unlike the classic bob, which requires more frequent maintenance and trims, you can go eight to 12 weeks at a time between touching up your lob.
On days when your strands are feeling particularly limp, reach for a can of texture spray. It’ll perk up your hair from root to tip, and give you bedhead texture that is actually cute.
Play with minimal layers: The idea of layers may seem alarming if your hair is naturally thin at the ends, subtle layers will add volume to fine strands. The key is keeping the bottom of the hair full and creating roundness around the face. Adding some pieces around the face is also a great way to conceal any fineness around the hairline. To avoid your layers falling flat and weighing down your face, use products that add extra texture will be vital to maintaining this type of cut.
Experiment with bangs: Bangs are a great way to create the illusion of thicker hair, especially on wavy or curly hair. Generally, having short pieces in the front will make your strands look thicker and make it the focus of your style rather than the ends, which tend to appear finer. Another perk of cutting a fringe? Getting rid of your part.
Since the hair is falling forward, it looks more dense compared to having more of your strands to one side. Keep product usage to a minimum when styling bangs, and use a dry shampoo to add volume without weighing down your fringe (or making your forehead greasy).