The Best Hairstyles for Fine Hair

Though there are plenty of ways you can add volume and texture to fine hair, all is essentially lost unless you’ve got a cut that’s going to work with finer hair types. The main thing you want to achieve with your cut and styling technique is fuller-looking hair. Luckily, fine hair tends to be much easier to style than coarse hair, so you actually have way more choice than you might think; it’s just a matter of finding the right cut for your hair type and face shape.

The best haircuts for fine hair are usually geometric; the blunter the cut, the fuller the hair density appears. As such, those with fine hair should avoid having short layers cut into hair, since the ends may start to look straggly. Soft layers can work – as long as the core shape remains blunt – but they should be face-framing or cut into the tips. Apply a matte styling product (like a pomade or clay) to the ends to create movement and texture.

If your hair is fine and straight, you’re not going to be able to tease shaggier styles into shape as much as you’d like (and you risk damaging your hair in trying to achieve texture using hot tools). Embrace your natural hair type with an easy-to-maintain cut instead; sleeker, one-length styles are going to work best for you.

The Best Haircuts for Fine Hair

The Bob

As a rule, shorter cuts will make fine hair look thicker. Since they don’t carry the same weight, short styles don’t pull the hair downwards in the same way that longer ‘dos might. Bob haircuts are a great option if you still want to keep a bit of length – the fact that they’re so versatile means you can still have fun switching up your look too.

The angled bob is a firm favourite of ours here at Rush; it’s one of those cuts that never fails to look stylish and ultra-modern (plus, it usually suits any face shape). Whether you wear yours sleek and straight or slightly tousled, it doesn’t require too much styling. Simply spritz some volumizing spray (one that doubles up as a heat protectant) to towel dried hair before using a round brush to blow dry into shape. You can add a little texturizing powder to give your hair some oomph when it’s dry, but avoid using too much of the stuff; it’ll leave your hair feeling weighed down and dehydrated. If you’re prone to flyaways, a lightweight finishing spray will smooth down hair without leaving it looking limp and/or greasy.

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Blunt bobs have an edgier appeal, and are one of the easiest cuts to style. They tend to make thick hair look heavy, but they make fine hair appear fuller. If you’ve got a square face shape, ask your stylist to cut your hair just below the chin; those with rounder faces should go for a longer length. Grow out your fringe for a contemporary finish; if want to experiment with a bolder look, get a micro fringe – this cool-girl cut will offset it perfectly.

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Lob with a Side Parting

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we love a lob (or long bob). It’s a flattering, on-trend hairstyle that works with almost every hair type and texture – even very fine hair. If you want to keep your hair on the longer side, then this cut is the one for you. Parting your hair to the side will give it an added lift; cheat your way to fuller hair by teasing it at the crown and misting over with a light-hold hairspray to finish.

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The Textured Pixie Cut

Pixie cuts are timeless and chic, and – though it may seem counter-intuitive – shorter cuts also create the illusion of fullness. Keep some length on top and through the front so that you’ve got a bit of hair to play with. Add depth and texture by going for a more tousled look; using your hands, rub a matte pomade or clay through the hair. Style individual pieces of the hair as you go to keep things on the messier side. Pixie cuts are great for getting experimental with colour too; speak to your colourist to find out which hair colours will suit your skin tone.

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The Long, Blunt Cut

Those with long fine hair should go for a blunt, one-length cut; layers will only thin the hair out. A few face-framing layers at the front won’t hurt, but remember to keep them long. You can also make hair look thicker by applying colour tonally; experiment with highlights, or keep roots darker to create more depth (FYI, a little colour trickery works wonders on shorter hair that’s fine too).

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Voluminous Curls

Whether you go for loose waves or tighter curls, reaching for the curling tongs once in a while (or enhancing your natural texture!) can totally transform fine hair. If your hair is naturally straight, don’t curl it every day so as not to damage it; your fine tresses won’t appreciate being fried. You can create loose waves by sleeping in your braids too – just don’t plait them too tight (the looser the better) and avoid doing it every night to avoid breakage.

Fine hair that’s naturally very curly can be challenging; you want to add body without drying it out – it can be a bit of a Catch 22. Keep your curls in good condition to banish frizz, whilst adding fullness with a thickening or volumizing shampoo. Everything you put on your hair should be lightweight; use mousses, serums and sprays (not all at once), over heavier oil-based products.

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