Strands feeling a bit sparse? A good haircut can make all the difference in pumping up thin hair. If you're not sure where to start, never fear - we've rounded up the best hairstyles for thinning hair, for men and women.
Hairstyles for Men
1. Brushed up hairstyle, a la Bono
If you’ve got a receding hairline to go along with thinning hair, take a cue from U2’s Bono, who uses his receding hairline to his advantage to conceal his thinning hair. The brushed up style adds volume, and the slightly dishevelled look adds a touch of cool.
2. Faux hawk
A great disguise for thin hair, the faux hawk is just a bit trendy, just a bit cool. Style your hair upwards and taper it to a point into a faux hawk style – the natural layering of your hair will camouflage sparse strands into one large section, and the taper fade on the sides directs attention upwards. This style works for both short or longer hair.
3. Slick Pompadour
You’ll need longer hair to pull off this look, but it’s hard to go wrong with the classic pompadour. It’s slick, it’s stylish, it’s sophisticated, it’s fashionable and a little bit retro. Use a generous amount of pomade to give this look the shine it deserves. Sweep the hair back across the head, and keep an extreme fade on the sides to complement the dramatic pomp.
4. Buzz cut
Longer locks tend to make fine hair look thinner, so cutting it short is a great way to disguise sparse strands. A buzz cut makes the hair short all over, and can have the added benefit of making it look a little thicker. This cut looks great with a beard, which goes a long way to draw attention away from thin locks!
5. Comb-over with fade
A comb-over isn’t just for your grandpa anymore - they are back, and better than ever! Paired with a faded undercut, you can instantly create the appearance of more volume with the contrast between the short sides and longer top. To master this tidy and stylish look after your haircut, apply a small amount of pomade or wax to clean hair, make a rough side part, and comb the sides down and the top across.
If you need a little extra help with that pomp or fade, check out our gallery of men’s hair systems. We have a variety of options to achieve the look that you want, today!
Hairstyles for Women
1. Angled bob
This is hands-down one of the best hairstyles for thin hair. The angle of the bob will give instant lift to your thin locks. Tousled light layers and blunt ends complete this look for maximum volume.
2. Shag cut
The length of your hair can vary with this style, but it’s one of the best options if you want to keep your hair long. Razor cut choppy layers create texture and fuller looking hair.
3. Short bob
The short bob is trendy and versatile – you can wear it straight for a chic, polished look, or add some waves and texture spray for a more edgy, undone look. For thinner hair, do add those waves, spray a good texture spray, shake it out, and you look like you have twice as much hair.
A good pixie cut can suit any age and lifestyle and complement just about any face shape, and for thin hair it’s a great option to add texture and volume. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of product: blow hair dry with a texture spray and be liberal with the styling products – try a volume powder to create a look of density within your hair.
5. Textured lob
A great haircut for thin hair is a shoulder-length textured lob (long bob) cut. The texturing around the shoulders boosts volume, is easy to style and flatters any face shape. Experiment with highlights around your face to accentuate your features!
6. Blunt bob
The bobs are running away with it for thin hair styles – that’s because shorter styles typically don’t weigh the hair down, which is great for thinner hair. A classic square or stacked (pictured) blunt bob will suit anyone, but it’s particularly helpful for those with thin hair because it stacks all the hair together and makes it appear thicker, rather than thinning it out further with excessive layering. This style can be worn sleek or teased at the crown.
If your natural hair just isn't doing it for you, a hair topette might be just the thing to add volume - it blends seamlessly with your natural hair to create that extra density on the top where it's needed most. Check out our gallery and give us a call today to try one out for yourself!