If you have thin hair, you know that most hairstyles don’t turn out the way you hope they will—even after multiple tries. And it’s not your fault—some styles just don’t hold on limp strands. Thankfully, all hope isn’t lost. Even if you’ve tried everything from a new shampoo to hair serums and hair masks, there’s one thing that can fix your woes instantly. What is it? A new haircut. Why? Because certain cuts can actually make your thin hair appear fuller.
To make things easier for you, we’ve put together a guide on the five best haircuts that automatically add volume to thin hair. So, book an appointment at the salon and wave goodbye to lifeless locks. These cuts guarantee the appearance of volume and are universally flattering. We’ve also added in hair care products that will make your thin locks look better than ever.
HAIRCUT #1: PIXIE
If you want a fuss-free ‘do, a pixie is your best bet. Timeless and easy to style, this haircut makes it impossible to know your hair is thin. Try using L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost-It Air Blown Texture Mist for the perfectly imperfect tousled look.
HAIRCUT #2: ASYMMETRICAL BOB
A slightly angled bob adds body and shape to thin hair. Add side swept bangs or feathery layers for added texture and body. Adding different lengths makes the style piecier without compromising the texture.
Even on straightened hair, an asymmetrical bob creates the illusion of volume. And if you do curl it, add a wave in the middle of the strand, leaving the ends straight. This will not only make your hair appear thicker but also gives you an effortless style that looks like you just rolled out of bed. As always, apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight HeatSpray, before using any heat styling tools.
HAIRCUT #3: LONG BOB
When they say anyone can rock the long bob—or “lob”—they truly mean anyone. Regardless of face shape, hair color, or—in this case—hair texture, this look is universally flattering. The more geometric and blunt these cuts are, the fuller they appear. It gives the same result as layers but uses a different method. Instead of adding layers for volume throughout, a blunt cut makes the ends of your strands look denser and thus thicker. For those with curly hair, try styling your long bob with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Curve It Elastic Curl Mousse.
HAIRCUT #4: BANGS
A set of bangs can take any hairstyle for thin hair to the next level. Whether you have a blunt bob, long bob, or layers, bangs are transformative. They create a distraction and help avert the eye from the thinness of your strands. Additionally, bangs give an instant fullness to the front, where the eye automatically goes at first glance. If you have layers, go for a pair of soft, eye-grazing bangs. If your cut is blunt, keep it consistent and opt for blunt bangs.
The perfect product for making your bangs look fresh and alive? Dry shampoo. Try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo to add life and body to your bangs.
HAIRCUT #5: LONG LAYERS
If you want to keep your hair long, it’s important not to keep it too long. When thin hair grows super long, it has a tendency to look extra fine and stringy towards the ends. Try a mid-chest length or above cut because hair tends to appear thinner as it grows past that point. If body and volume are your goals and you prefer your strands long, just ask your hairstylist to add a bit of texture on the ends. Think light, slightly feathered layers that don’t weigh your strands down. Wavy layers add beautiful volume to your locks and make for easy styling that always looks effortlessly polished. The other great thing about this cut? It looks amazing with barely any styling at all.
Just because your haircut is making your hair appear thicker doesn’t mean your hair has changed textures. Remember that taking care of your hair is extremely important, especially if you have delicate, thin strands. Check out Our Best Shampoos for Thin Hair and The Hair Care Guide for Thin Hair.