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Hair Cut Styles For Thinning Hair [NEW]

Anyone with fine hair knows the struggle of finding hairstyles that don't flatten out. "Thin or fine hair can always be a challenge when it comes to creating a fabulous style, but there a few looks that actually work better if you have fine, thinning hair," says Cris Baadsgaard, Colour Collective Salon partner and Scene Salon owner.

hair cut styles for thinning hair

One of the simplest, low-maintenance hairstyles for thin hair is the pixie cut. "The cut is meant to sit close to the head, and if styled correctly, it really showcases the eyes and camouflages the look of thinning hair with long layers," Baadsgaard says. "The pixie can be utilized to create a lot of texture which allows you to place the hair in zones where you may be experiencing hair loss. The texture and movement is great for creating an impression of fullness," Rivera adds.

Sometimes, years of parting your hair in the same direction can cause hair stress and results in thinning. A deep side-part not only hides thinning, but this hairstyle helps create volume and fullness around the face, Rivera says. "For instance, if you are experiencing thinning on the top of the scalp, a deep side part can act to hide it," she says. For added body at the roots, try a root spray.

The wavy lob has two big benefits: It's short enough that it'll never weigh you down, and the beachy texture provides an appearance of thickness. If you have naturally thin hair or are thinning, having longer strands actually accentuates your thinning, rather than camouflaging it, Rivera says. "Thinning hair people actually have more hair present towards the root/mid-lengths area and, the longer the length, the thinner it appears," she says. "The messy lob accentuates the shape of the face and looks full from roots to ends."

To create this look, wash and towel dry your hair. To start, use a texturizing spray throughout your hair to add lasting density, volume, and texture. Depending on your hair's natural curl, either use your hands to scrunch your hair while it's wet, or create beachy waves with a curling wand when it's dry. Gently use your fingers to mess up the curls, and finish with hairspray.

Though Russo says thin hair can be tricky to braid, some gripping powder like Big Sexy Hair's Powder Play can be worked into a pretty style. "The trick is to first blow the hair out with a mousse, then apply the gripping powder to the roots and through the mid lengths of the hair," she says. "Then, braid the hair with medium to loose tension, pulling apart the loops of the braid after you've tried it off to add thickness."

Creating a voluminous ponytail is an easy way to style fine hair so that it appears thicker. For a teased ponytail, make sure your hair is dry. Then, hold up the top layer of your hair (which falls in line with your eyebrows) and use a fine-tooth comb to tease it. The process of teasing your hair is basically the exact opposite of how you'd usually brush it: Hold the comb beneath your hair and brush it toward your scalp, in order to make volumizing knots. Once the top of your head is teased, pull your hair back into a high ponytail. With your elastic tightly secured, tug thick sections of hair a centimeter out of its grip. The result will be a full ponytail that creates the illusion of thick hair. To finish, spray a hair spray like Aveda Control Force all over your up-do to secure it into place.

A collar-length cut with short, piecey layers can add volume and camouflage thinness, Russo says. "This style creates the illusion of both height and width that may be missing in thinning hair, and blows out into an elegant shape," she says. "It has the added benefit of bringing the facial features upward which is flattering at any age!"

Try wispy front layers if you want to keep your hair long. Have your hairstylist cut front layers that start from the bottom of your chin and cascade down. These layers will nicely frame your face, add texture, and can be styled for greater volume. Just keep in mind that the back of your hair should be cut in a straight line, as back layers tend to get scraggly and appear thin. And with longer fine hair, be sure to always use a thickening spray, which gives life to thin hair, making it look and feel much fuller.

The first step to faking extra volume starts with the right cut, and these, the best haircuts for thin hair, span a number of lengths. Here, we chatted with the pros on how to get it just right.

The blunt appearance is "so effective," says Ash Therese, another Bird House salon stylist. Blunt cuts are some of the best options for thin hair, and Therese's trick is to create a "point-cut" perimeter to the style, as opposed to a simple straight line. Recreate a version of Karlie Kloss's lob, which looks sharp enough to slice through something, with a ceramic tourmaline flatiron like the Beachwaver Coast Pro. To style, lift the hair at the root for volume with the iron, then smooth it, curling it ever-so-slightly inward to create the illusion of width.

This lob looks like it could be cut in one straight line (then styled with curls afterward, obviously), but Therese has a hunch that it's actually just designed that way. "If you look carefully, you'll notice that most of [Mindy Kaling's] haircuts are seemingly blunt, but the perimeter has texture, giving it more movement and a better sense of weightlessness," Therese says. At her salon, she reaches for a mousse to add thickness. (We like the Living Proof Thickening Mousse for this.) "Mousse has a bit of a bad reputation, but if you have fine hair, once you use a high-quality mousse, you'll never turn back," she says. "It has the power to thicken literally every strand on your head at the fibrous level."

A pixie cut can add some fullness to already-thin strands, making it one of the best low-maintenance short haircuts. "Without much effort at all, it creates the look of dense, full hair," says Los Angeles-based hairstylist Adir Abergel, who works with Michelle Williams. "There are endless variations to pixies. In order to create a soft appearance, I leave the top section a bit longer around the hairline, especially around the ears."

Yes, this is a still from Empire, and yes, we think we can all agree this hairstyle works for Cookie Lyon. Bicoastal hairstylist Sarah Potempa cites this cut as one of her favorite options to help volumize thin hair. "I love a clean, vertical sweeping bang as it draws attention up and allows for volume around the cheekbone," she says.

"The rule is, the thinner the hair, the shorter and blunter it should be cut," says Weller. For a fun twist on a classic bob, try one with a slight angle that's longer in the front and shorter in the back, à la Jada Pinkett Smith. "The blunt ends create an illusion of weight and fullness," she notes.

Retro '70s shag haircuts are back in a big way, and stars like Barbie Ferreira are making the look their own. The bangs help balance out the thin, tapered ends, and Ferreira's close-cropped version makes thin hair look sculpted and chic. "This low-maintenance cut is great for thin hair because the choppy layers provide tons of movement and texture, creating the illusion that hair is more full," says New York City-based hairstylist Sally Hershberger.

Similar to Hadid's, it's (surprise, surprise) free of layers and super blunt. If you've got thin hair, consider this cut as it creates the appearance of extra weight on the ends. To style: go for a deep side part, apply Amika Blockade Hair Defense Serum, then flip your ends out slightly with a flatiron, which also adds a dose of volume.

Joan Smalls's midlength hair has long, choppy layers, which create movement. But notice that the layers are minimal, preserving the overall fullness and body. This cut works well for those with thin, naturally-textured, but chemically straightened or relaxed hair, which holds shape and allows for volume to be emphasized by the various lengths.

Look closely, and you'll see that Small's layers start at the midway point between the crown and ends. To go the extra mile in making hair look thicker, Teddi Cranford, hairstylist, owner, and creative director of White Rose Collective in New York City, recommends adding a volumizing powder to your regimen. "It's a great tool to give the illusion of thicker strands." Try the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder.

Say hello to the no-fail haircut that looks good on just about everyone. A medium, one-length haircut with blunt ends (notice a theme?) easily creates the appearance of thick hair. Plus, the longer length allows for more freedom in styling if you want to, say, throw it up in a messy bun or high ponytail. Wondering if this cut will suit your face shape? Cranford isn't so worried. "I think it's more about personal style and someone's overall vibe," she notes. "Confidence goes a long way."

According to Yepez, side bangs are a strategic way to frame the face. Suki Waterhouse's medium-length cut serves as the perfect balance for her fringe. Why? Bangs add fullness and serve as a distraction from thin hair, especially at the top.

Think about it: side bangs, if you've got 'em, are likely the first thing people notice about your hair since they sit at eye level. To finish off a look like Waterhouse's, add a few spritzes of texturizing spray. "The key is to make sure you style hair with texture so it appears thicker," she says.

"The trend here is 'blunt,'" says New York City-based hairstylist Jasmine Burnside. "Finer hair is less dense, so the cutting technique for this type of texture is very important." Burnside suggests asking your stylist to use a scissor, not a razor, and cut a blunt line tailored to give the appearance of a thick perimeter. Keeping the hair all one length also builds up shape and density, instead of hair that falls flat. Also, be sure your stylist is cutting a fringe that is long enough to be considered a curtain bang, but short enough so you're not left with medium-length hair and super-long bangs as it grows out.


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