How To Deal With Fine Hair - Plus 10 Awesome Hairstyles That Work

Last updated on : April 25 2021

Braided hair on a girl

Thin hair is unique in its way and requires a particular approach when creating haircuts and hairstyles. 

Some girls worry that their braid does not have impressive thickness. However, fine strands are not at all a cause for sadness. Hair like this is much easier to texturize and can be treated with any styling product. 

The main thing is to find a hairstyle that suits you and one you can quickly achieve with a suitable flat iron, hot airbrush, or curler for fine hair

This article contains excellent ideas for thin locks.

Fine Hair Features

Before proceeding with a hairstyle choice, let's understand the features of fine hair. 

Your hair's thickness is genetically determined and changes throughout life. Fine hair has the thinnest diameter, making it very sensitive to any impact (thermal, chemical, and mechanical). However, it can be easily colored, lightened, and reshaped. 

Your natural color is also an essential factor: blondes have thinner strands than brunettes or redheads.

The main problem with fine hair is rapid greasiness and oily roots. The reason is the wrong choice of products and procedures for washing your hair. 

In your hair care routine, it is advisable to use shampoos for fine locks, which add volume and are suitable for daily use. They gently cleanse the hair and scalp without drying it out. 

Apply a small amount of shampoo to the roots and scalp and conditioner to the bottom two-thirds of the hair only. 

Do not use oily masks and serums, but rather give preference to leave-in two-phase conditioners and light creamy balms for fine hair. Don't ignore dry shampoos, but don't overuse them either.

Haircut Recommendations

For fine hair strands, medium-length haircuts are ideal. Also, you can opt for graduated and short ones. 

Fine locks cannot withstand long lengths and begin to break quickly. This process is mainly active in the upper layers of the hair and on the temples. 

If you would like to keep the length longer, give preference to cascading shapes, but ask your hairdresser not to overuse thinning. It is cascade haircuts that will allow you to cut the brittle parts and eliminate the problem. 

Also, cuts with long massive bangs, made with an even blunt cut, will give the impression of thicker hair.

For a cascading or layered haircut to look beautiful on thin strands and the locks to look thick and voluminous, you need to trim the ends of your hair regularly.

Healthy ends with a fresh cut look much thicker by optically adding thickness and volume to the haircut. 

Keeping the cut fresh also allows the hair to lay better and keep your styling for longer. As a result, we advise those with fine hair to visit a beauty salon at least once every two months.


People with fine hair who are ready to change their hair color should consider dyeing because you can add additional volume to the strands with the help of gentle highlighting or coloring. 

To do it, colorists use different techniques and several shades. Smooth transitions within the same color range create a stunning illusion of volume. 

The main thing is to choose the right color combination and a suitable dye not to destroy the hair structure. 

If you don't want to change the color of your strands, try health toning. It will give a light shade to the locks, make them smoother, more manageable, and add volume.

Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Styling fine hair with the right choice of styling products and tools takes a few minutes. 

When drying and lifting curls at the roots, we recommend using lightweight and comfortable hot airbrushes of low power. An excellent helper for creating root volume is a hair crimper with fine teeth. Also, do not neglect curling wands of different diameters.

Avoid very tight ponytails, braids, and hairpins, as they weaken the hair and lead to unnecessary hair loss and splitting.

You can still choose your favorite hairstyle. Just switch to a looser version without over-tightening it. Opt for loose braids and a little creative mess, and your look will be even more intriguing.

Here are some examples.

1. Asymmetrical Bob Cut

The bob is perhaps the haircut that will never go out of style. It goes from season to season and is popular among many fashionistas. 

A classic bob looks great on fine hair. If you want to add extra volume, make it asymmetrical. One half that is longer than the other and ideally straight lines will perfectly hide the lack of volume.

2. Pixie

Pixie haircut

Such a short haircut may not please all people. Plus, Pixie isn't suitable for every type of face. If you are the owner of an elongated or oval thin face and fine hair, feel free to decide on this haircut. 

Strands sticking out in different directions on the crown make the look more relaxed and perky. For extra volume, you can use a curler or flat iron. 

Curl the long strands gently, slightly loosen them with fingers, and secure them with a spray.

3. Beachy Waves

You can create a relaxed look with beachy waves on both short and medium-length haircuts. 

Don't think that the numerous curling wands and straighteners are intended only for long strands. It is light and careless waves on the hair that can add volume to thin locks. 

Part your hair into sections and style it away from your face. To create a messy effect, apply a fixing spray on your palms and shake the strands with your hands slightly.

4. Shaggy Bob

Grunge has returned to fashion for quite some time, but many of its elements remain relevant today. If you are a fan of this style, check out the shaggy bob cut. 

A textured haircut like this will give you a more daring vibe, and your hair will look much more voluminous than it is. If you dye your strands in different colors, this haircut will accentuate them.

5. Ponytail With Scarf

Although those with fine hair should avoid tight hairstyles and elastic, that doesn't mean they should always wear their hair loose. 

An excellent alternative to damaging hairpins is a cute scarf you can use to tie a low ponytail. It will remove interfering locks from your face while maintaining the health of your hair.

6. Cascade Long Hairstyle

If you have fine locks, you don't have to give up long hair altogether. Not all owners of fine strands want a pixie or bob cut.

Those who want to keep their strands longer can have a cascading haircut. Layered ends along the face line add volume to the hair. 

If desired, you can twist them slightly with a flat iron or curler for a more sophisticated look and a "waterfall" effect.

cascading hair

7. Messy Bun

A messy bun is another excellent option for medium-length hair. It is suitable for everyday wear to work or at home. 

The main thing is not to pull your strands too tight so as not to damage them. Otherwise, you can stick to the principle "the more disheveled, the better." 

Perfectly smooth shapes are useless in this case. If you have a cascade haircut, you can leave the short strands near the face hanging free.

8. Pompadour

Pompadour hairstyle is suitable for curls of any length and structure. However, thanks to the artificially created volume, it looks terrific on fine hair. 

The important thing here is finding an excellent product for adding volume (for example, foam) and fixing the result (spray). 

You need to lift the hair slightly from the roots with a brush and blowdryer (work from the back of the head to the forehead) and smooth the strands a bit using your styler.

9. Unicornbraid

The combination of lightly curled hair and a french braid will quickly hide the lack of volume. 

You can use a curler or crimper to add extra volume to thin strands. Divide your hair into sections and process all locks. Then separate the top and braid a loose braid; if necessary, stretch out some strands to increase its volume. 

Don't forget to fix your hair with a spray.

10. Slicked Back

A slicked-back hairstyle is an exciting option for fine hair. 

Since this style does not require much hair volume, you can try it on your strands. The secret is to blowdry the locks from the face back and straighten them at the ends. 

Use a gel and a fine-toothed comb to secure your hair in the desired direction. You can gently stretch out some strands to create a cheeky messy vibe.

Pro Tips

A. Frequent drying with a hot blowdryer is not suitable for fine hair. It is better to dry your fine strands with warm air. Also, allow them to dry naturally as often as possible so that your hair neither loses moisture nor becomes dry and brittle. 

B. When drying and combing, opt for natural brushes as they will treat your curls more gently. 

C. To add volume to fine hair, blowdry it from the back of your head up or with your head down. You can also pin your locks at the crown while drying.

D. For thin hair, moisturizing and strengthening shampoos are helpful, as is washing once a month with a deep cleaning shampoo. Many owners of fine-stranded locks constantly use shampoos and conditioners to increase hair volume. 

In this case, you need to know that after the first delight from the effect, the strands often become addictive, and the hairstyle seems to lower over time. Therefore, we recommend changing shampoos and balms from time to time. 

For example, take turns using the series for hair volume, nourishment, and moisturizing.

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Use our tips and advice above to make the most of your fine hair.  

Remember, thin hair is unique in its way and only requires a particular approach when creating haircuts and hairstyles to look fabulous.

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