Hairdos & Hairstyles for Fine, Thin Hair

By Tiesha Whatley

Many people with thin and fine hair don't quite know what to do with it. Fine hair can be misinterpreted as unhealthy hair, but this is not the case. Genetically, the hair strand just has a smaller diameter than other hair textures. Styling fine hair is the best way to make the hair as thick and beautiful as fuller hair types. Choose curly, straight or updos to style your thin and fine hair.

Woman brushing hair

Curly Hairstyles

Hair rollers

Curls can give any hair more body and volume; that is why they are perfect for thin hair. Freshly wash and condition hair. Spray the wet hair with setting lotion and roll with rollers. Sit under a hooded dryer until the hair is try, then remove the curlers. Pull apart the curls with your fingers until the hair falls into a mass of messy curls. Pull the hair away from the face with fashionable hair clips or leave the curls framing the face. Use mousse and oil sheen to maintain the curls for days.

Straight Hairstyles

Pixie cut

There are several ways to style straight, fine hair. For long straight hair, cut the hair into long layers so that it doesn't look limp and dull. Add some highlights or lowlights to make the hair look fuller. Volumizing mousse can also be used to thicken up the hair. Other styles for straight, fine hair are different cuts. Short and medium hairstyles works best with straight, fine hair. Try bobs, pixie cuts and feather cuts to make the hair look fuller.

Updos and Ponytails


Ponytails are flattering hairstyles for fine hair. Tease the hair first to give it some body. Slick the hair into a ponytail, then tease the ends some more so that it doesn't look limp. Use a high ponytail for thin hair to give the illusion of body. Buns are good for long fine hair also because most of the hair is hidden so people can't tell that it is fine. Use styling gel and mousse to slick the hair back into a ponytail at the nape of the head. Comb out the ponytail to make sure that the hair isn't tangled. Wrap the hair around the ponytail holder and secure with hair pins. Spray with holding spray to hold the shape. Some people with thin hair uses a hair piece to bulk up thin and fine updos. The pieces are placed in the middle of the head and then covered with hair. The hair is pinned and secured. Hair pins and hair jewelry can decorate the up do. You can also choose to incorporate bangs with the updo.