20 Terrific Hairstyles For Long Thin Hair September 6, 2017

When it comes to styling your hair for a special occasion, having thin hair can literally bring you to tears. I’m sure there have been multiple times when you tried out a hairstyle and it ended up looking nothing like the picture of whatever celebrity’s hair look you were trying to recreate. But just because you have fine textured hair does not mean no hairstyle will look good on you. You just need to pick out styles that add body to your hair and make it look more voluminous. And I’ve done all the work so you don’t have to! Here’s my pick of top 20 hairstyles for thin hair that are trending right now!

20 Terrific Hairstyles For Long Thin Hair

1. Fuller And Longer Ponytail

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If you’ve had thin hair your whole life, I’m sure you know the struggle of tying your hair in a ponytail. Because no matter how many different ways you try to style it, it ends up looking limp and lifeless. So, this little trick of a hairstyle is sure to infuse new life and bounce into your ponytail!

What You Need

  • Hair brush
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Start off by spritzing on texturizing spray all over your hair to give it some texture and volume.
  2. Leaving out your bangs, grab the top half of your hair and tie it into a mid-level ponytail.
  3. Pick up a small section of hair from this ponytail and wrap it around the base to hide the hair elastic from view.
  4. Secure this wrapped up section of hair with some bobby pins.
  5. Tie the bottom section of your hair into a ponytail right under the first one.
  6. Tug up your hair at the top of your head to create some volume.
  7. Back comb your ponytails with a hair brush to give it some texture and volume.
  8. Fan out your top ponytail around your bottom ponytail to hide it from view and finish off the look.

2. Perfect Messy Bun

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Does your heart sink every time you try to do one of those messy buns that those gorgeous Instagram girls sport? Because of your thin hair, it probably sits atop your head like a little ping pong ball. Well, all you need to do is style it with this tried and tested method to get the perfect messy bun!

What You Need

  • Texturizing spray
  • Comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Prep your washed and dried hair with some texturizing spray to give it some hold and texture.
  2. Back comb all your hair at the roots to create some volume.
  3. Brush back your hair with your fingers and start tying it into a ponytail.
  4. At the last loop of your hair elastic, loop your hair only a third of the way through to create a small half bun.
  5. Pick up the hair hanging loose, twist it once, and wrap it around the base of the bun.
  6. Tuck the ends into the hair elastic.
  7. Insert some pins to further secure the bun in place.
  8. Pull out some strands of hair from the front to frame your face and finish off the look.

3. Triple Braided Braid

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How many times have you cried over your thin braid? I’m sure you lost count a long time ago. It’s difficult to get volume in your braid if you have thin, fine textured hair. A simple way to add dimension and volume to your braid is to go for multiple braids done up together. Here’s how…

What You Need

  • Hair elastics
  • Texturizing spray

How To Style

  1. Prep your hair with some texturizing spray and part it down the middle.
  2. Pick up 2 medium sized sections of hair from above your ears on either side and tie them loosely together with a hair elastic at the back of your head.
  3. Topsy tail this half ponytail by flipping it up and into the gap above the hair elastic.
  4. Divide your hair into 3 equal sections.
  5. Individually braid these 3 sections into 3 separate braids and secure the ends with hair elastics.
  6. Braid these 3 braids together into one giant braid and secure the end with a hair elastic.
  7. Tug apart and loosen the braid from both sides to make it look wider and more voluminous.

4. Messy Double Fishtail Braid

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Just because you’re going to prom or some other equally fancy function does not mean your hair has to be in an updo. There are plenty of other hairstyles that are better suited for thin hair that you can go for. You could, for instance, go for this messy double fishtail braid that can add oodles of volume and dimension to your otherwise thin hair.

What You Need

  • Heat protectant
  • 5 inch curling iron
  • Hair brush
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Apply heat protectant all over your washed and dried hair.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Spritz on some texturizing spray and run a brush through your curls.
  4. Part your hair on one side and flip all your hair over your left shoulder.
  5. Divide your hair diagonally into 2 sections, starting from your right temple to your left ear.
  6. Section away and clip up the top section.
  7. Split the bottom section into 2 parts.
  8. Fishtail braid these 2 sections by alternately picking up a few strands of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  9. Secure the end of your fishtail braid with a hair elastic.
  10. Unclip the top section and fishtail braid it as well.
  11. Join the two braids together by inserting bobby pins into them in a zigzag motion.
  12. Loosen the braids to give them a tousled texture and finish off the look.

5. Scarf Braid

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It’s time to bust out those cloth scarves hanging in your closet because I’ve got the styling idea for them! A genius way to conceal the fine texture of your hair while adding a pop of color and cuteness to it is by tying a cloth scarf as a headband around your head! Pair that with an adorable side braid and you’re good to go.

What You Need

  • Hair elastic
  • Cloth scarf

How To Style

  1. Flip all your head over one shoulder.
  2. Leaving out your bangs, and keeping one strand thinner than the other two, braid your hair in a simple side braid.
  3. Tug apart and loosen the braid to give it some width and texture.
  4. Place the center of your scarf across the back of your head and bring the ends to the front.
  5. Twist and switch the ends in front and tie them in a knot at the back of your head to finish off the look.

6. Retro Fishtail Updo

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Running late to a wedding and need to put your hair up in a fancy updo pronto? Don’t worry, ‘cause I’ve got you covered! This retro fishtail updo style looks chic as hell and goes perfectly with long flowy dresses. And it may look intricate and complicated but it’s anything but!

What You Need

  • Texturizing spray
  • Teasing brush
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Spritz on some texturizing spray all over your washed, dried hair.
  2. Tease down the hair at the crown of your head to give it some volume.
  3. Tie your hair in a low ponytail.
  4. With your fingers, create a gap in the hair above your hair elastic.
  5. Topsy tail your ponytail by flipping it up and into this gap.
  6. Split your ponytail into 2 sections.
  7. Fishtail braid these 2 sections by alternately picking up a thin section of hair from the outer side of one section and adding it to the inner side of the other section.
  8. Secure the end of your fishtail braid with a hair elastic.
  9. Tug apart and loosen your braid to make it look wider.
  10. Flip your braid up and into the gap created by your topsy tail and secure it to your head with some bobby pins.

7. French Twisted Side Braid

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When you have thin hair, the basic 3-strand braid can make it look even thinner. A good way to combat this problem is to experiment with new braiding styles. This French twisted side braid is especially easy to do on thin hair and look effortlessly chic.

What You Need

  • Hair elastic
  • Fancy hair pin

How To Style

  1. Part your hair on one side.
  2. Pick up two 2 inch sections of hair from right next to your parting.
  3. Start French twisting your braid by continuously flipping the front section over the back section and adding more from the side of your forehead which subsequent twist.
  4. Once your braid has gone past your ear and you’ve run out of hair to add, split all your hair into 2 sections.
  5. Individually twist these sections right till the end and intertwine them with each other.
  6. Secure the end of the braid with a hair elastic.
  7. Insert your fancy pin onto your braid to finish off the look.

8. Knotted Braid

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Now, here’s another innovative braiding style that you definitely need to try out! If you’re tired of the same old 3 strand or twisted braids, this knotted braid is sure to be right up your alley. What’s more is that it will look super neat and gorgeous if you have thin hair!

What You Need

  • Hair elastic

How To Style

  1. Flip all your hair over onto one side.
  2. Grab two 1 inch sections of hair from the back and bring them in front of your hair.
  3. Tie one simple knot with these two sections.
  4. Flip them back behind your hair again and criss cross them to switch their positions.
  5. Add some hair to both the sections, bring the over to the front, and knot them again.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your knotted braid has reached the end.
  7. Secure the end with a hair elastic.
  8. Tug apart and loosen the braid to give it some dimension and finish off the look.

9. Heart Shaped Hair Accent

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Are you one of those lovesick romantics who loves to dress up for Valentine’s Day? Then, boy, do I have a hairdo that you’ll absolutely love! Check out this sweet heart shaped accent style that looks oh-so-cute and will have everyone taking a double take.

What You Need

  • Hair elastics

How To Style

  1. Part your hair down the middle.
  2. Pick up 2 medium sized sections from the front from either side of your head and tie them together with a hair elastic.
  3. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right under the left section of your hair.
  4. With your fingers, create a gap in the middle of the left section of hair.
  5. Flip the second section of hair over the hair elastic and into the gap from behind, pulling it back out from the front to create one half of your heart.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 on the other side.
  7. Tie the tails of both these flipped sections and of your half ponytail together with a hair elastic to finish off the look.

10. Elegant Twisted Bun

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Going for that sweet spot between casually chic and effortless elegant? Then, this is the bun hairstyle of your dreams. Try out this simple bun with a little bit of a twist that will give you all the oomph you’ve ever wanted.

What You Need

  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins
  • Comb

How To Style

  1. Brush back your hair and tie it into a low ponytail at the nape of your neck.
  2. At the last twist of your hair elastic, loop the ponytail only halfway through to create a half bun.
  3. Tease down the loose tail of this bun.
  4. Wrap it around the base of the bun to hide the hair elastic from view and secure it with bobby pins.

11. Texturized Twists On Open Hair

Wanna rock that “good girl” look that Shraddha Kapoor always seems to be sporting? Then, check out this super adorable twisted hair look! It’s perfectly suited to be sported over both traditional and casual outfits and is adorable, to say the least.

What You Need

  • Heat protectant
  • Straightening iron
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Apply some heat protectant and straighten all your hair.
  2. Part your hair down the middle.
  3. Pick up a 2 inch section of hair from right next to the left side of your parting and split it into two.
  4. Individually twist these sections of hair right till the end.
  5. Now, continuously flip the front section over the back section while adding more hair from the side of your forehead with each subsequent twist.
  6. Once your twist has gone past your temple, simply twist a couple of times without adding any hair.
  7. Pin down this twist at the side of your head, under your hair.
  8. Repeat steps 3 to 7 on the other side to finish off the look.

12. Double Bun

Girl, if you’ve ever felt a pang in your heart every time you saw a celebrity sporting a gorgeous updo at a red carpet event because you knew, in your heart of hearts, that your hair will never be able to look like that, then you need to check out this style. This double bun updo is elegant and doesn’t require any intricate braiding that can drive you crazy!

What You Need

  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Prep your washed and dried hair with texturizing spray to give it some hold.
  2. Leave out the front sections of your hair to frame your face.
  3. Part your hair from your ear to ear to divide it into 2 sections horizontally.
  4. Tie both these sections of hair into ponytails – one on top of the other – at the nape of your neck.
  5. Twist your top ponytail right till the end and roll it into a bun.
  6. Secure the bun to your head with some bobby pins.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 with the bottom ponytail.
  8. Tug at the hair at the top of your head to give your updo some body and complete the look.

13. Satin Headband

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I’m sure you have days when you give up on your hair and want to do nothing with it. We all do. But what to do when those days also coincide with days when you have a presentation at work and need to look presentable? Easy. You try out this look easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy look that just requires a length of satin ribbon from your craft supply box!

What You Need

  • Teasing brush
  • Sea salt spray
  • Satin ribbon

How To Style

  1. Spritz on some sea salt spray all over your hair.
  2. Slightly tease down the hair at the crown of your head.
  3. Part your hair to one side.
  4. Place your satin ribbon across the top of your head and tie its end at the nape of your neck to finish off the look.

14. Side Swept Curls

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When you have a fancy evening party to attend and your hair is giving you hell, there’s only one thing that you can do – take a curling iron to it. And if you do it right, you will look just as gorgeous as Julianne Hough does here. Let me be your guide…

What You Need

  • Heat protectant
  • 2 inch curling iron
  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair brush
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Prep your washed and dried hair with some heat protectant.
  2. Picking up 2 inch sections of hair at a time, curl all your hair.
  3. Spritz on lots of texturizing spray all over your curls and gently run a brush through them.
  4. Part your hair on one side.
  5. Flip all your hair over one shoulder.
  6. Insert a couple of bobby pins in your hair at the nape of your neck to keep your hair firmly on one side.

15. Rope Twisted Ponytail

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Tired of your ponytail flopping about limply instead of bouncing with exuberance? Then, take a page out of Zoe Saldana’s lookbook! Instead of going for a regular or a braided ponytail, she has gone for a rope twisted style that makes her look like a true blue warrior princess.

What You Need

  • Smoothening serum
  • Fine toothed comb
  • Hair elastics

How To Style

  1. Rub some smoothening serum all over the teeth of your fine toothed comb and use it to slick back your hair.
  2. Tie your hair in a high ponytail.
  3. Divide your hair into 2 sections and individually twist them right till the end.
  4. Intertwine these twisted sections with each other and secure the end with a hair elastic.

16. Messy Multi Braids

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When it comes to styling her hair, Blake Lively does not play around. She always sports the most gorgeous styles that you are bound to envy. This messy multiple braid style of hers is truly a thing of beauty and needs to be tried out right away.

What You Need

  • Texturizing spray
  • Hair elastics
  • Fancy floral pin

How To Style

  1. Prep your hair with lots of texturizing spray.
  2. Part your hair on one side.
  3. Flip all your hair over one shoulder.
  4. Pick up a small section of hair, fishtail braid it right till the end, and secure it with a hair elastic.
  5. Pick up a 4 inch section of hair from right next to the first one, spiky braid it right till the end, and secure with a hair elastic.
  6. Leaving out the front sections, braid the rest of your hair and tie the ends with a hair elastic.
  7. Loosen up and tug apart all the braids to give them a messy texture.
  8. Pull back some hair from the front and pin them above your braids with your fancy floral pin.
  9. Tie up all the braids together at the ends with a hair elastic to complete the look.

17. Pin Accented Messy Bun

If you think you need to shell out a bunch of money to buy those pretty hair accessories, you are so wrong. Just get yourself some gold tinted bobby pins and you’ll be good to go! This messy bun style takes about 2 minutes to do and looks fabulous on thin hair.

What You Need

  • Sea salt spray
  • Hair elastic
  • Gold bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Start off by spritzing sea salt spray all over your hair to give it some texture.
  2. Brush your hair back with your fingers and start tying it into a low ponytail.
  3. At the last twist of your hair elastic, loop your hair elastic only about 3/4th of the way through to create your bun.
  4. Pull out some hair from the front to frame your face.
  5. Insert your bobby pins above your bun in a triangular shape to finish off the look.

18. Top Knot With Bangs

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You may scour the internet for years and years and you’ll still never find a hairstyle as classic and graceful as the top knot. The beauty of this gorgeous hairstyle lies in the fact that it works great with hair of all textures! Rashida Jones shows us here how to work this look if you have thin hair.

What You Need

  • Comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Get your hair cut in some straight cut bangs.
  2. Leaving out your bangs, comb your hair back and tie it into a high ponytail right on top of your head.
  3. Twist your ponytail right till the end.
  4. Roll this twisted ponytail into a bun and secure it to your head with bobby pins to finish off the look.

19. Classic Half Up Style

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Saoirse Ronan looks like she’s stepped out of a Victorian painting in this beautiful hair look. A half up style like this works wonderfully with evening dresses to create the perfect look for a fancy date. It also takes about 3 minutes to do and works well on second day hair.

What You Need

  • Volumizing mousse
  • Texturizing spray
  • Clutch clip/bobby pins

How To Style

  1. Prep your washed, dried hair with some volumizing mousse.
  2. Spritz on some texturizing spray to give it some hold.
  3. Part your hair down the middle.
  4. Roughly pull back all your hair from the front and secure it at the back of your head with a clutch clip or some bobby pins.
  5. Pull out some wisps of hair from the front to frame your face and complete the look.

20. Super Texturizing Side Braid

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Side braids may seem so passe but add a little spin on it and you’ll end up with something super chic and trendy! You could do what Chloe Grace Moretz has done here and go for a super deconstructed style to add some edge and rebellious vibe to your braid.

What You Need

  • Texturizing spray
  • Teasing brush
  • Hair elastic

How To Style

  1. Start off by spritzing on texturizing spray all over your hair to give it some messy texture and hold.
  2. Tease down the hair at the crown of your head to give it some volume.
  3. Part your hair down the middle.
  4. Flip all your hair over one shoulder.
  5. Braid your hair in a side braid.
  6. Pull apart and loosen your braid to give it that super messy look. Don’t be afraid to pull out some pieces of hair from the braid, it will only add to the look.

And that’s how you do it, ladies! Hope you got some styling inspiration for your thin hair from this list! Comment below to let us know which styles have worked for you and what we could avoid when dealing with thin hair.

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