Hairstyles for Thin Hair

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Medium length shag haircut with side bang and caramel highlights

Easy Hairstyle Ideas that Are Flattering for Thin Hair!

Many women suffer from frustrating challenges of thin hair. As opposed to fine hair, which refers to the diameter of the individual hair strand, the term “thin” refers to the quantity of hair that a person has. Thin hair can be caused by genetics, health issues and hair damage. While it’s important to consult a medical professional if you have concerns, there’s also a number of hairstyles and hair products that can help reduce the appearance of thin hair. Take heart, you can still have a fabulous hairstyle, even if you suffer from the frustrations of thinner hair. Read on for a number of haircuts, products and styling tips that will help you get the most out of your hair, and look your very best.

Victoria Beckham short shag haircut on chocolate brown hair and wispy bang

The Shag

The pieces around the face help to disguise a sparse hairline, while the layers create movement and fullness. To style, apply a volumizing mousse like Kenra Volume Mousse to towel dried hair and blow dry hair in the opposite direction of where it will fall. Shag hairstyles are usually tousled and effortless, so finish off by using a small amount of texture creme like Short Sexy Hair Slept In Texture Creme . Emulsify and then use hands to muss up hair , while defining pieces around the ears, neck, and face.


Katie Holmes, brown hair with stacked bob with layers

blonde layered hair with stacked bob

The Stacked Bob

A stack is a great way to create the illusion of fullness. It also is a great option if you want to maintain some length around the face. For styling, I recommend applying a volumizing gel like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Sculpting Gel on towel dried hair. Blow dry with a round brush to create softness and volume. A volume hairspray like Paul Mitchell Extra Body Finishing Spray is a great way to complete the look for a long lasting style.

platinum blonde hair with brown peak a boo highlight and a pixie asymmetrical haircutAnne Hathawy with brown hair with a pixie haircut and bangs

The Pixie

Pixie haircuts are not only incredibly stylish, but are a great option to disguise thinning hair. Length can weigh hair down, while shorter cuts allow hair to be fuller. The feminine wisps around the face and neck help to disguise a thin hairline and are super chic. Apply a dry wax like Enjoy Dry Wax on hair that is 80% dry, while using fingers to tousle for a messy, sexy look that’s ultra flattering.

Ashlee Simpson red hair with layers and long bangs

Ashley Olsen platinum blonde loose updo with bangs

 The Bang

Bangs are a great accessory to any hairstyle, but especially flattering for thin hair. A bang brings attention to your beautiful face, while also adding movement and fullness, and hiding any breakage. For a chic hairstyle like Ashlee and Ashley, blow dry bangs with a flat or round brush and touch up with a flat iron. Use a touch of dry shampoo like Big Sexy Dry Shampoo to help with fly aways and to create texture.

Rachel McAdams chocolate brown bob with waves and side bang

Curly blonde shag with side bang

The Wave

Texture is a great way to conceal thinning hair. With waves or curls, hair automatically looks fuller. Not to mention, that curly hair helps to cover areas where scalp is showing. Use a curl crème like TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock and diffuse with a blow dryer for a sexy and full, curly hairstyle.

If you suffer from thin hair, you don’t have to hide under hats and scarves. You should also avoid the easy mistake of thinking the longer your hair is the thicker it looks! Make the most of your hair, and be bold, with a sexy and stylish new hairstyle. For more thin hair ideas check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.

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Hairstyle Blog contributing author Lindsay Hausch
Contributing author Lindsay Hausch has provided clients with professional cutting edge color and cutting techniques at exclusive Paul Mitchell and Bumble and Bumble Signature Salons for the past seven years. She co-founded Sedona Beauty Team, which represents a team of artists that offer luxury, on-location beauty services. She enjoys writing articles that share her expertise. You can follow Lindsay on Twitter and FaceBook.