Ever since I became aware of my hair back in middle school when I finally retired my beloved slick soccer ponytail, I've lamented my fine, thin locks. And after becoming a beauty editor, it's become my mission to find out which haircuts are best for feigning the look of fuller, thicker hair. Here's what I've learned: it's all about the optical illusions your stylist creates in addition to how you care for and maintain your cut at home.
"If you have fine or thin hair, the haircut you choose is super important," explains celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson. "In general, blunter lines are always better, and if you do opt for layers, keep them minimal. Bobs, lobs, long hair that's roughly one length, and pixies are great for this type of hair." Oh, and avoid heavy hair products and overworking your hair at all costs.
"The worst styling mistakes for people with fine or thin hair is using heavy conditioner or heavy oils—these will not only make a finer texture look greasy fast, but they'll weigh the hair down and hinder its potential for a voluminous, fluffy finish regardless of how strategic your cut is," confirms Gibson.
Ahead, I asked top celebrity hairstylists to share the best haircuts for thin, fine hair. Keep scrolling to see what they had to say!
Long Lob With Light Layers and a Deep Side Part
For those with thin hair looking for a happy medium between long and layered, or short and blunt, NatureLab Tokyo brand ambassador and celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzsimons recommends a mid-length haircut accented with beachy texture (aka subtle layering) and a deep part for an extra punch of fullness and body. "This haircut is a great option for anyone who doesn’t want to do a really big chop like a pixie or bob," he explains. "Ask your stylist about potentially adding in soft layers—done properly, it can make your hair look fuller. This cut and style looks good on everyone and is a great way to extend the beachy vibes we enjoyed during summer."