Though you hear the words together often, there's actually a difference between fine and thin hair. Fine hair refers to the diameter of each hair on your head, and thin hair refers to the number of strands. Thinning can happen on both men and women's hair—especially as we age. Thinning hair that is also fine can become a real challenge to style. Rather than spending money on products that offer promises to thicken your hair, you can choose a haircut that will add fullness to your hair, diminish the fine appearance, and flatter your face. We like!
A layered bob combines the classic bob + layers. This haircut (about chin length) will help define your chin and elongate your neck. When styling your hair, add volume at the crown with a curling iron or use a volumizing hair product to give lift. The layers will give your fine, thin hair fullness.
A pixie haircut has many layers which adds fullness to thin hair. A pixie cut is very short on the sides and back, with a little more length on the top of your head. The short length of a pixie will help conceal the fineness of your strands. This cut is also convenient as a wash-and-go option. A pixie cut with a wispy bang adds a fun and youthful look, too!
If short hair is not appealing to you, a medium-length layered cut is a great option. A medium-length cut will fall right at your shoulders and is angled towards the front. The added layers and angle give the illusion of volume to disguise your fine, thin strands.
Similar in length to the typical bob haircut, the chop has irregular or razored ends. A razored cut creates wispy ends, where as a blunt cut lacks dimension. Fine, thin hair can appear limp and the chop gives hair fullness and shape. This is another low-maintenance cut that will give your hair lots of body.
For men with fine and thin strands, short is the way to go. The Caesar cut is low maintenance and ageless. This haircut is named after Julius Caesar, who wore his hair short all over—about 1 to 2 inches long—with a bang combed forward or up. George Clooney has also helped to revive the trend of the Caesar cut. The Caesar is also a way to conceal the signs of balding or hair loss.
A crew cut is very short all around and is tapered on the sides and back. There is a little more length at the top that follows the natural contour of your head. The short length gives your hair a thicker appearance and keeps your strands close together for a fuller appearance. Your hair is stronger towards the root since that's where your natural oils are that keeps your hair healthy, which is another reason short is the best option.
Crys James has been writing newsletters for her employer since 2004 and began freelance writing in 2010. Her writing focuses on topics in personal finance, family, food and fitness. James has a Bachelor of Science in business management from National Louis University in Wheeling, Ill.