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When you have fine hair, there’s one question that can loom over you like a dark gray cloud—and that is, “Does my hair look flat?” And as you’d imagine, when the answer to that is yes, it can be a total bummer. But the truth of the matter is, things don’t have to be that way—if you know how to style your fine hair. The good news: Fine hair is actually easier to style than you might think. That means you can choose from a variety of hairstyles and haircuts that will look stunning on you. Want to make your fine hair seem larger than life? From a layered bob to playful curls, you can make your hair look more voluminous by trying out one of these 15 hairstyles for fine hair.
Ah, the layered bob: It’s a classic hairstyle that looks amazing on women with fine hair. This hairstyle is not only on trend (you’re welcome!), but it suits every face shape to boot. When you go to the salon, ask your stylist to cut your hair to chin length and to taper it at the back. Asking for layers in your bob will add dimension to your fine strands. This can make your hair look thicker and fuller. If you want something on the messier, more carefree side, try out a choppy bob. On the other hand, if your personality leans more towards structure, opt for a modern, bob with an asymmetrical finish.
Once you’ve gotten your new layered bob haircut, give your locks a boost by spritzing your roots with a hair spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Then, flip your head down and brush your hair outwards before flipping it back again. Let it air dry for an undone, heat-free hairstyle.
Getting bangs can be a scary thought at first—but trust us on this one, because they can make fine hair look thicker! Take the leap and chop your hair into a sleek, eyebrow-grazing blunt fringe to give the appearance of more volume. When you cut your bangs in a straight line, what you’re doing is essentially distributing the density of your hair evenly, which makes it look fuller. Plus, this bold hairstyle will draw people's attention straight to your gorgeous face.
As for the rest of your hair, you can leave it as it is or add some loose curls to give your hair the illusion of more body. To ensure your bangs are in perfect shape, make sure to flat-iron them on a regular basis.
Those of you with short hair (or soon-to-be short hair), don’t think we forgot about you! A tousled pixie can make your hair look thicker by injecting some texture and movement into your strands. This super-short haircut gives you and your fine hair a fresh, clean slate. Give your pixie haircut a tousled effect by styling individual pieces of hair with a pomade. Take a small amount of product on your fingertips, rub it onto individual sections of your hair, then style those sections in random directions as you go.
Albeit more of a haircut than a style, the angled bob is a go-to for women with fine hair for a reason. We particularly love an angled bob paired with pin-straight locks. But before you pick up your flat iron, just remember: Always apply a heat protectant spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray, before using any type of heat tool. This rule of thumb is especially important for fine-haired ladies since thinner hair is naturally more prone to breakage and damage from hot tools.
A chignon is basically the French word for up-do/bun, and a center-parted chignon that’s placed on the nape of the neck is a classic hairstyle that looks great on thin hair. Bonus: It’s also easy to create! Whatever you’re working with, you’ll likely want to add a bit of hair gel onto the upper part of your hair, just below the root. Squeeze a dollop of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Clean Style Gel into your palms, rub it between your hands, then work the product through your hair. Next, grab your boar-bristle brush and secure all of your hair into a low ponytail that sits at the nape of your neck. The last step is forming a bun with your ponytail, then securing it with a few strategically-placed bobby pins.
One of the great things about the top knot is that it can be dressed-up or dressed-down to suit just about any occasion. For those of us with fine strands, it’s also a great option for those days when you just don’t feel like heat styling. Simply pull all of your hair into a ponytail at the top of your head—use a boar-bristle brush to really gather every last strand. Secure it with a hair elastic, then use a few bobby pins to form and secure your top knot.
As far as we’re concerned, braids are an awesome hairstyle for just about any hair type. For finer strands, going for a messier aesthetic with your braid can also help to add a bit of volume and dimension to the overall look. Best of all? It’s easy to achieve—if it looks sort of messy, you’re doing it right!
If you want to pump up the volume even more, here’s a tip you’re going to wish you knew sooner: Slightly tease the sections in your braid to make them look bigger. Another tip to try: Loosen your braid. Start by keeping the braid tight while you’re weaving it. Then, once you’ve braided your hair, loosen your braid by gently tugging on the sides of the plait to add more volume.
Editor’s tip: You can add texture to this hairstyle, too, by using a toothbrush (yes, you read that right). Mist a clean toothbrush with hair spray and then gently brush back the hair with small movements to create a mussed look.
We’ve already established that buns (or chignons, if you want to get fancy) are a great hairstyle option for fine strands. If you’re looking for a bun that’s slightly more intricate than your standard high or low bun, a braided bun is the perfect option. Don’t fret—it’s actually easier to create than it looks. Luckily for you, we’ve got a full on tutorial that will walk you through every single step: Learn to Upgrade Your Updo with a Beautiful Braided Bun.
Curls are a pretty and playful style, and it turns out they can make fine hair look thicker. Yay! Whether you have medium-length hair or long hair, this is one hairstyle that looks gorgeous on just about everyone. Depending on your personality, you can go for tight ringlets or loose, beachy curls. (If you have a round face shape, we suggest you stick to loose curls, as they won’t make your face look overly round.) One way to give your curls a modern spin is by creating a center part rather than a side part.
To really amp up the volume on your thin hair, you’ll want to boost texture before creating your curls. To do this, apply a hair mousse, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse, to damp hair. Then, blow-dry your hair using a diffuser to help bring out your natural texture. After this, you can create loose or tight curls with a curling iron or wand, depending on the look you’re going for. Finish off your curls with a couple of spritzes of hair spray for added hold.
It’s funny how one small adjustment can make a huge difference in how your fine hair looks. Case in point? Changing how you part your hair. As silly as it sounds, it’s actually true! It’s safe to say that most of us probably stick to a routine—especially when it comes to our hair. But you should really consider switching things up by changing your hair part to see what a difference it makes. Why is that? Well, when you part your hair in the same place day after day, it can start to look flat, which is not what you want when you have fine hair. Break this habit and give yourself a new look by changing your part every once in a while.
Editor’s tip: To get the most out of this change, spritz hair with the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray. Apply it to your roots and around your crown to add a little extra oomph to your hairstyle. And there you have it: This is possibly the easiest hairstyle to create and you barely had to lift a finger!
Not only is this hairstyle perfect for adding dimension to fine hair, but it’s also perfectly on trend! The classic half-up, half-down hairstyle gets a bit of a modern twist here, thanks to the addition of a bun on top. To get the look, all you’ll need are a few bobby pins (or a hair tie) and a bit of hair spray, like the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.
For those of you with fine, shoulder-length hair, we have a hairstyle that will revamp your entire look: the ‘70s shag. This retro hairstyle is reminiscent of rock ‘n rollers who knew how to make an edgy statement. To get the “shaggy” aspect of this hairdo, ask your stylist to cut your hair with multiple layers. Consider adding bangs to the style for a super-cool look!
To style this haircut on your own, work a small amount of hair mousse through wet or damp hair, letting your hair air dry. Then, get the illusion of fullness by creating a jagged hair part to make your strands stick out a little more—the messier it looks, the better. Rock on!
We spoke too soon—this might actually be the easiest hairstyle of all. Better yet, it’s a look that women with thicker hair have a harder time pulling off. Wherever your part lies, try tucking your hair behind your ears and securing it with a bit of hairspray. This chic look is always a classy go-to, and it works especially well on fine hair. With this hairstyle, your face also takes center stage—perfect if you’re rocking a new makeup trend that you want to show off.
Sometimes it’s better to go bigger. Case in point: the volumized chignon. This bun sits higher on top of your head, and to create a boost in volume you’ll need a fine-tooth comb to slightly tease the underside of your locks both above and beneath your bun.
Want to feel like royalty for the day? Then this next hairstyle for fine hair is right up your alley! A braided crown is great for fine hair because it involves wrapping a braid around your hairline, which can give the appearance of thicker, more luscious hair.
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Remove knots. Start by brushing through your fine hair to remove any tangles or knots.
Step 2: Part your hair. With a comb, create a middle part.
Step 3: Section off hair. Split your hair into two even halves and clip one side up while you work on the other.
Step 4: Begin a French braid. Start braiding from the nape of your neck on the loose side. Use the French braiding technique you learned as a kid!
Step 5: Continue braiding. Instead of passing each piece over the top as you would with most braids, pass each piece underneath the braid. Work your way around the side of your head, ensuring that the braid is kept tight throughout the process.
Step 6: Finish braid and tie off. Go across the top of your forehead and then braid the hair all the way down to the end. Secure it with a small hair elastic. Let it hang over your face while you work on the other half.
Step 7: Make a second braid. With the second side, start the braid at the top of your head and work your way around to the nape of your neck. Braid all the way down to the end and secure with a hair tie.
Step 8: Create a crown. Wrap the braids around your head to create a crown and secure it with multiple bobby pins.
Step 9: Finish with hairspray. Spritz your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray. And there you go—this is a hairstyle fit for a queen.
Haven’t had your fill of these hairstyles for fine hair? In that case, these 5 Hairstyles That Make Thin Hair Look Thick will be of interest to you.
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