Take inspiration from these celebrities and discover a host of new styles you can try today
Looking for high-volume hairstyles for fine hair? Not to be confused with thin or thinning hair, we’ve rounded up the best ones to give your ‘do some oomph. In fact, fine hair is probably the best hair type to have: It’s manageable as well as malleable, which means that it will suit most styles and will hold shape far better than any other kind of hair.
Lucky fine-haired ladies can choose from a variety of hairstyles for their fine hair that will add life to a flat and lifeless cut. Choose curls and waves to add bounce and movement, or a blunt bob hairstyle that you can bring depth and texture to with the right products and clever drying techniques.
There are plenty of celebrities who know some great tricks when it comes to creating winning hairstyles for fine hair.
Amongst the best hairstyles for fine hair? Well fine hair can take a subtle side fringe – check out how Reese Witherspoon fakes a fringe for a night out – or follow Alexa Chung’s lead and make a style statement with a full fringe and longer sides, a look anyone with coarse or curly hair won’t be able to emulate.
Keep reading to find out which other stars make our edit of the best hairstyles for fine hair .
Hairstyles for fine long hair
As fine hair holds its style well, longer lengths are your best option when it comes to versatile styling options. ‘The key thing to remember with long hair is that it needs to look healthy,’ says Sam Burnett, KMS Style Council member and founder of Hare and Bone. ‘There is no point in having long unhealthy hair as the condition will always determine the length. If you
have fine hair, keep layers longer as over layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser.’
Straight, wavy or curly, the world is your oyster here – this is the length most fine-haired celebs opt for when choosing a style that’ll work on and off the red carpet.
Celebrity inspiration: Kate Moss, Keira Knightley and Naomie Harris
Hairstyles for fine medium length hair
Safe to say that blunt, mid-length styles are all the rage right now. ‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well; think fuller, blunt styles with no layering,’ advises Sam. ‘If an individuals’ hair is prone to frizz then it’s best to keep the hair on the longer side of medium. The longer and heavier the hair, the more controlled it will be.’
Celebrity inspiration: Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman
Hairstyles for fine short hair
The key to making finer, short hair appear fuller with a cropped style is to add layering on top to create the illusion of volume and height, while sweeping fringes with multi-toned colouring add depth to your style while helping it appear fuller.
Layering is really your friend here. ‘Face shape isn’t key for this style but by creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape,’ says Sam. ‘For example round faces should opt for square layers and vice versa for square face shapes.’
Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lawrence
How to get thicker hair
If you’re battling finer or thinning hair, one option is to work hair supplements into your daily routine; another is to try out the best shampoo for hair loss. For more tips on how to get thicker hair, read our round up for the expert tips, tricks and advice for fuller looking locks, as well as our guide on how to make your hair grow faster.
See our round up below of the best celebrity styles on fine hair.
Safe to say you’ll be taking these straight to the salon…
Styling your hair in full, looping curls gives the appearance of fuller hair, à la Joan Smalls.
This has to be our favourite ever ‘do on Ms Kate Moss. The Bardot-esque fringe and hidden layers are a first class anti-ager – and so much cheaper than Botox. Take this picture to the salon to walk away with some serious new year style.
Keira Knightley really knows how to shake up her style and works so many different looks on the red carpet. These mermaid waves are quick and easy to recreate, using a heat styler. We love how she has left the very ends out of the hair tool, so they stay straight, giving her overall look a more relaxed, undone feel.
Add body to your fine hair with chunky waves, as seen here on Gwyneth Paltrow. Use a thickening spray, like the Bumble and Bumble version after drying, but before curling. Shake out your curls to create the textured, natural-looking waves.
The queen of boho hair, Kate Hudson knows how to work her fine hair into a glamorous yet relaxed ‘do for a red carpet event. Follow her lead and part your freshly waved hair in the centre: It’s so much more modern than a classic side-parting-curl combo.
Proving how much it is possible to change the look of fine hair, Cameron Diaz transforms her naturally limp locks into Bardot-esque tresses with the help of some curling tongs. Use a sea salt spray to add depth and definition with a teased look that’s so much more modern than standard curls.
We loved Poppy Delevingne’s I-don’t-care ‘tude on the red carpet of the British Fashion Awards last year. The deep side-swept fringe is totally effortless and seriously stylish and we will definitely be copying this look at our next big event.