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Haircuts for fine thin hair

Welcome to our Hair Consultations column. Bill Angst is a celebrity hairstylist and the owner of Angst Hair in Toronto, Canada. To request an online hair consultation, follow the instructions here.

Q: First off, I am very grateful for this opportunity and for your time. I have quite a few issues with my hair. It is very fine, and there isn’t much of it. Also, I have very deep and prominent cowlicks on my forehead, where my hair is also thinning. 

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Haircuts for fine thin hair

I have mainly been wearing it in a bob with a side-swept fringe. However, I have been wondering lately whether there is a hairstyle that allows me to work with what I’ve got, rather then trying to fight it. 

Haircuts for fine thin hair

I would love a change both in style and colour—I’m dreaming of some vibrant colour that would go well with my skin. And a style that would be both chic and “happy,” as my facial features are not so soft, due to my bone structure.

Haircuts for fine thin hair

I cannot wait to hear some suggestions. It is unfortunate that I am on the other side of the world, so I cannot come in person. Many thanks! — Zora

A: Zora, thank you for sending along your request for a hair consultation. You actually seem to have a pretty good grasp on how to work with your hair issues instead of fighting them. With a just few small tweaks, I think you will feel a lot better about your hair.

Bob With Blunt Ends

First of all, your current bob is an ideal style for fine, thin hair. 

It’s hard to tell from your pictures, but if you have any layering, I would recommend growing that out and keeping it closer to all one length with crisp, blunt ends:

Haircuts for fine thin hair Willa Holland
Haircuts for fine thin hair Marion Cotillard

Deep Side Part

Another detail is your part. Right now, your part appears to be just slightly off-center instead of over to one side. If your cowlicks will allow it, a deep side part will redistribute your hair to give it more fullness on one side, as well as a flattering sweep across your forehead:

Haircuts for fine thin hair Olivia Wilde

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different positions for your part. Flipping your hair over, in the opposite direction of where it wants to go, is an easy way to create volume and texture.

Adding a Fringe

If you want to sport a fringe, then it will have to be combed forward from the crown to add enough weight for it to work:

Haircuts for fine thin hair Mariska Hargitay

With cowlicks, your fringe always needs to be heavy enough to weigh them down or cover them:

Haircuts for fine thin hair Aubrey Plaza

Pixie With Long Fringe

For a complete change, going even shorter will your make your hair seem thicker and fuller. Here is a pixie cut that I think would be perfect for you, with a long fringe and deep side part:

Haircuts for fine thin hair Jessica Stroup

Here is the same cut, but a little more grown out:

Haircuts for fine thin hair Jessica Stroup

Styling Your Bob

If you’d rather keep your hair at its current length or slightly longer, then I would suggest using hot rollers to style it: 

T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers LUXE

Be sure to use a setting lotion, sprayed lightly on each section before you roll it onto the hot roller:

Oribe Tres Set Structure Spray
Virtue Create Volumizing Primer
KeraCare Foam Wrap-Set Lotion

This will give you a lot more control when wearing your hair either forward or back off your face.

Let the rollers cool before removing them and then gently rake out the waves with your fingertips. 

To show you what the hot rollers could achieve, I’m going to bombard you with some pictures of Inès de la Fressange, a style icon who has similar problems with her hair:

Haircuts for fine thin hair Ines de la Fressange
Haircuts for fine thin hair Ines de la Fressange
Haircuts for fine thin hair Ines de la Fressange


As for colouring your hair, I would not bother because your hair is so fine, and your current colour suits you so well. Hot rollers will be all your hair can handle in terms of wear and tear.

Any of these styles should be inspiration for you, as your cowlicks will never go away. Remember to keep the cut simple at any of these lengths, whether you wear it straight or with added body. Too many details in the cut will not work.


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