The 33 Best Haircuts for Thin Hair, According to Stylists

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If you have thin hair, you might feel like styling it is near impossible. Spoiler alert: That’s not the case at all. Aside from upgrading your haircare collection (with anti-thinning shampoo and thickening serums), a spankin’ new haircut can be a good way to bring some dimension to your locks. Thankfully, we found the 20 best haircuts for thin hair to bring as inspo the next time you’re at the salon.

The Most Common Mistake People with Thin Hair Make

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1. Wavy Lob

This shoulder-length cut is ultra-popular for a reason: It’s incredibly flattering. Ask your stylist to snip it slightly shorter in the back for added lift.

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2. Pixie Cut

If you’re looking for a cut that doesn’t require much styling, the pixie is right up your alley. “This is a good hair cut for thin hair, because it lays flat on the head and doesn’t require much volume,” explains Erinn Courtney, StyleSeat hairstylist and natural hair expert. “It’s also great to cover thinning or balding areas that may be visible with longer hair.”

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3. Carefree Bob

Worn sleek and sophisticated or choppy and tousled, the bob is a versatile option that doesn’t require a ton of volume. (Oh, and texturizing spray is your best friend.)

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4. Buzzcut

Here’s your sign to try the big chop like celebs like Michaela Coel, Kristen Stewart and Joey King. “A buzzed cut is great for thin hair because any thinning or balding spots will not be as obvious as they may be in a longer haircut,” says Courtney.

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5. Long Pixie

Yes, there’s more than one type of pixie. This iteration offers more volume, especially in the front, so grab some mousse for a slick finish.

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6. Curly Cut

It’s time to give your curls some more definition and bounce. “This haircut allows curly hair to appear fuller and not lay flat against the head,” explains Courtney.

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7. Sharp Layers

If you want to keep your long locks, consider maintaining sharp, clean layers. Otherwise, lengthy hair can look limp and thinner (and that’s the last thing we want).

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8. Blunt Cut

“A blunt cut creates the sharp illusion of more depth and volume,” says Philip B, founder of Philip B Hair Care. “It also defines thin hair and prevents strands from looking straggly and unhealthy at the ends.” Simply put: Keeping the same length all around makes for a sleek, fuller look. Plus, adding a volumizing mist keeps hair soft, shiny and bouncy all day.

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9. French Bob

Nothing says chic like a French bob. The stylish cut sits right above the jaw, while bangs add a nice touch to make thin hair appear fuller.

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10. Coily Pompadour

This pompadour offers shape and body where you need it the most. If you have medium to long hair, consider adding braids on the side like Danai Gurira to elevate the style.

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11. Deep Side Part

Pro tip: An extreme side part is a surefire way to make it look like you have more hair. “Brushing your hair to one side creates the look of volume and will help add balance while drawing attention away from the top of the scalp,” says Philip B. He also recommends adding a styling gel to enhance body and add texture for a tousled look.

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12. Full Bangs

Another volumizing trick? Bangs. A little forehead fringe goes a long way in adding oomph. The key is to not overdo the lift, recommends Chaz Dean, celebrity hairstylist, colorist and founder of WEN hair and body care line. He advises using your hairdryer’s nozzle attachment and giving the root a gentle lift.

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13. The Rachel

Jennifer Aniston will always be hair inspo and her iconic Rachel cut is making waves—just look at Hailey Bieber for proof. “The layers create the illusion that you have more hair than you do,” says Laura Polko, a celebrity hairstylist in Los Angeles. “The key is [framing the face] in a way that makes the hair bouncier and more voluminous.” And if you need a refresher, Polko recommends a hot air brush (like the T3 AireBrush Duo) to create movement in your strands.

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14. Asymmetrical Bob

This uneven cut makes thin hair appear fuller and voluminous. So, forget your usual middle part and opt for a deep side part instead for some much-needed dimension.

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15. Curtain Bangs

There’s something about face-framing pieces—like curtain bangs—that are a real winner for thin hair. “With thin hair you can really tell at the hairline, so having bangs can hide it,” Polko tells us. “You can also bulk up bangs easily, so if you don’t have a ton of hair you can easily fluff them up to create a thicker, more voluminous feel.” Plus, curtain bangs can define facial features and flatters most hair types and textures. Must we go on?

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16. Mid-length Cut

A shoulder-length cut is always a good option if you’re not into a short ‘do. Keep it sleek and straight or add some waves to say goodbye to flat locks for a while.

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17. Beachy Waves

Celebs like Blake Lively have been rocking wavy tresses for years. “Beachy waves ​​create the illusion that you have more hair, and with the new texture you are able to bulk it up,” says Polko. And if your strands seem too flat, a good ‘ol curler and some mousse can define your locks to your liking.

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18. Wavy Blunt Cut

Blunt cuts aren’t only limited to straight, sleek styles. Wavy gals can show off their natural texture with little trims to the ends.

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19. Mixie

One of the hottest hair trend of 2022 is great for thin hair. The shag and pixie combo features choppy layers, tapered ends and bangs to bring the whole look together.

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20. Curly Tapered Cut

Give your curls some shape and definition like Amandla Stenberg. It highlights your pattern and provides a chic short cut behind.

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21. Sculpted Shag

“The layers within this version of a shag create fullness and body for thin hair,” explains Jacelyn Bautista, a stylist at NYC THE TEAM. However, she warns that the edgy look does require maintenance, recommending an appointment every ten to 12 weeks. When styling, use a lightweight texture spray or balm to separate the strands.

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22. Full Fringe

A full fringe is a great haircut for thin hair because it can help give the appearance of fullness, especially if your hair is particularly sparse around your face. “A deeper fringe can help your hair look fuller and thicker,” Dean says. He recommends a depth of one to 1.5 inches from the hairline to boost face-framing volume. Then, keep the remainder of your hair styled at one length. “Use a mousse and medium round brush to add volume and fullness,” Dean advises.

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23. Classic Lob

While the classic lob can work well for thinning hair, Bautista cautions that you want it to complement the length at which your hair is most dense, so be wary of a lob that’s too long.

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24. Long Layers with Deep Side Part

There are two secrets to pulling off this haircut and style. The first is to make sure your stylist cuts longer layers, as chopping too much will decrease your hair volume. Then, Dean explains, you want to part your hair by bringing the fuller side over to the thinner side to bulk it up. He says that in his 25 years of styling, most of his clients tend to have fuller hair on their left side. Don’t make the mistake of parting the thinner side over the fuller side of your head, as you’ll just exacerbate the appearance of the lack of density.

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25. Long Sweeping Bangs

“If you have those wispy pieces and they aren’t doing much for you, creating a slightly fuller section to marry it together would be best,” Bautista recommends. “It gives the haircut a different shape and a softer feel. It does require a little bit of styling—blow dry it with a one-inch round brush.”

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26. Blunt Bob

Cut correctly, layers can give you a volume boost, but don’t discount the blunt bob as one of the best haircuts for thin hair. “Because your hair is all one length, you're not removing any weight,” Dean says. When you style it, he says it’s crucial to build volume in the roots. He advises lifting and drying your roots in the opposite direction that your hair will fall—it gives a fuller, sleeker look.

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27. Kitty Cut

The kitty cut is everywhere and lucky for the thin haired folks: You can wear it, too. Fabio Scalia, owner of Fabio Scalia Salons in New York City, recommends separating your hair top and bottom when styling. When drying and styling the bottom half, position the hair dryer so the airflow blows on top of your hair. With the top sections, blow from below to create lift. You can finish the look with dry texturizer on the ends.  

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28. Angled Bob

"The angled bob instantly creates fullness and a very chic, precise shape,” Bautista says. It’s also low maintenance; it doesn’t require much styling and is versatile. If you feel like doing it up, she recommends using a flat iron to smooth it out and accentuate the shape or do beach waves to create more texture. 

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29. Choppy Pixie

Dean calls the choppy pixie and “incredible” haircut for thin hair because of its ability to build tons of volume and body. To style it, he recommends applying a leave-in conditioner and mousse to help build volume. You can also incorporate a water-soluble pomade for texture. Set with a light finishing spray.

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30. Soft Long Layers

Keeping your layers long allows them to blend more easily than a choppy cut. “Thin hair doesn’t hold a style for long so when curls or waves fall, you want to make sure it still looks cohesive with the haircut,” she advises.

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31. Faux Blunt Cut

“Use a mousse that will provide density but also hold and grip for the brush,” Scalia advises. “[You want a] medium to large brush. If curly, use a brush with more bristle.” As you dry your hair, do so in horizontal sections, starting from the bottom up.

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32. Lob with Side Bangs

To maximize volume and the exaggeration of the lob shape, Dean recommends using a large round brush. Focus on lifting the roots and “overdirecting” the hair. That means, as he mentioned above, lifting and drying your hair in the opposite direction that it’s going to fall.

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33. Lob with Layers

This haircut for thin hair works best if your locks are slightly wavy, according to Dean. “[Waviness lends] movement and texture, [helping to build body]. [You want to create] the illusion of it being slightly longer in the front and shorter in the back. If you have waves, you should have enough weight in there to create the illusion of the lob but also give you texture.”

The Five Best Styling Tips for Thin Hair

When considering your next cut, Bautista says you want it to bring your hair to the length at which it’s most dense. While layers can work, depending on your hair density, you may want to avoid them if your hair falls past your collarbone. “If you have hair down the middle of your back, you want to tend to avoid that because it's taking fullness and volume out of your hair,’ Dean adds. The cut, he continues, is only half the equation—styling and products play a big role in giving you the volume boost, he continues. Here are five tips:

  • Maintain your haircut. Bautista recommends going in every couple months—but you could go up to 12 weeks between appointments, depending on how quickly your hair grows.
  • Go easy on the layering. Scalia, Bautista and Dean all agree here. “Too much face framing is something you want to avoid if you are wanting to preserve density,” she says. “There can be a few soft pieces but mostly people with thin hair want to keep it long in the front.” Dean adds that the longer the hair, the longer the layers need to be.
  • Apply products to wet hair. “[Think of your hair as a] moist sponge as opposed to a dry sponge,” Dean says. “A moist sponge will attract moisture, where a dry sponge kind of repels it. You want to apply your products to soaking wet hair because [it does a better job] absorbing and plumping.” Scalia recommends a densifying, alcohol-free mousse and volume spray on the roots.
  • Don’t overdo it with hot tools. Dean says that your hair should still retain bounce and body after styling. Over-drying and styling can lead to excessive flyaways and static. “Pre-dry to about 90 percent,” Scalia says. “You get more texture, hold and volume that way.”
  • Always over-direct the roots. “As you're drying your hair, make sure you're drying in at the roots and over-direct so that you build root lift,” he explains. “Blow against gravity. If you're parting to the right, blow [your hair] to the left so that when it comes back over, [there’s more] lift.”

Meet the Experts

  • Erinn Courtney is a LA-based hairstylist and a StyleSeat professional. She has 15 years of experience, specializing in styling, cutting and chemical treatments for natural hair. She also installs braids, weaves and extensions for her clients.
  • Philip B. (also known as Philip Berkovitz) is a scalp expert, celebrity hairstylist and founder of Philip B. He has over 30 years of experience and launched his first product—the Rejuvenating Oil Treatment—in 1992. The founder has worked with celebrities like Sharon Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sandra Bullock.
  • Laura Polko is a celebrity hairstylist at PRTNRS and has more than 15 years of experience in the industry. Her work has been featured on Vogue, Allure, Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan, as well as on red carpet events, movie premieres and fashion shows. Her clients include Gigi Hadid, Hailey Steinfeld, Maren Morris, Chrissy Teigen and others.
  • Chaz Dean is a celebrity hairstylist, colorist and the founder of WEN hair and body care line. Dean has over 25 years of experience, and his salon has served the likes of Ming-Na Wen, Nicole Murphy, Gilles Marini, Alyssa Milano, Gwyneth Paltrow and others. WEN is also the winner of multiple QVC Beauty Awards.
  • Fabio Scalia is the owner of Fabio Scalia Salons in New York City, which has salons in Soho and Brooklyn Heights. Scalia has been working in the industry since he was 12 and is an expert in hair growth and trichology. He has trained at multiple academies, including Aldo Coppola, Vidal Sassoon and TONI&GUY, in addition to working in top salons from Milan to Monte Carlo. 
  • Jacelyn Bautista is a stylist at NYC THE TEAM hair salon in New York City. Bautista specializes in cutting and styling and has been in the industry for more than 10 years, having worked with Whoopi Goldberg at The View. She trained with AVEDA and Vidal Sassoon.

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