Many hairstylists will recommend that thin-haired girls opt for short or medium length cuts since extra length can make thin hair look stringy. However, if you have thin hair and want to keep it long, there are a number of flattering hairstyles that you can wear in order to make your thin hair look healthy and voluminous. One of the best things about having thin hair is that this hair type is surprisingly receptive to products that add volume. Since thin hair is less weighty than thick hair, most styling products will hold very well so you can feel confident that your style will last all day. To help you find the perfect hairstyle, we have compiled a list of the 20 best hairstyles for long thin hair. Enjoy!
11 Half-updo with a middle part and loose waves
This half updo is so flattering and is incredibly easy to recreate! With her middle part and long face framing bangs, Laura draws attention to her beautiful facial features, especially her sparkling eyes. The half-updo is a great hairstyle for girls with long thin hair because the pulled back portion creates the illusion of volume. Although this hairstyle would look good with straight hair as well, the soft waves help to make her hair look like it has more volume. All you have to do to recreate this look is create a middle part, gather some hair from the front of each side of your hair and pin it back. You can experiment with how much volume you want to add to your roots as well!
1. Half-updo with a middle part and loose waves
22 Straightened hair with a side part and heavy layers
This sleek layered hairstyle is perfect for girls who have long thin hair because the layers and hair part create the illusion of hair body without sacrificing smoothness. If you don’t want to have your face framing layers get in your eyes, you can always push them out of the way with a simple bobby pin!
2. Straightened hair with a side part and heavy layers
33 Heavy layers with a middle part
Audrina has thin hair, but she has smartly placed layers which give movement to her hair and help to keep it looking healthy. This look is effortlessly stylish and easy to recreate with a blow dryer and a volumizing spray! The best part about this haircut is that it looks amazing whether you are running to the grocery store or attending a fancy event!
3. Heavy layers with a middle part
44 Straightened hair with full bangs
Although full bangs look great with short hair too, this style of bangs looks incredibly striking when worn with extra long hair. The sharp contrast between Bella’s longest strands and her bangs is interesting and helps to break up her otherwise pin straight hair.
4. Straightened hair with full bangs
55 Beachy waves with thin braids
Blake is the queen of beachy waves! Blakes trademark waves can be recreated in a number of ways. You could use a curling iron, a wand, or just braid it and let it air dry. However you choose to create your waves, adding a salt spray will help build more texture and keep your waves looking stylishly tousled. The waves help to create the illusion of fuller bodied hair so this style is a great option for girls with long thin hair who want to experiment with a thicker look.
5. Beachy waves with thin braids
66 Layered hair with forehead bangs
Olivia’s layers begin midway down her long hair which creates a lovely and subtle textured look. Adding a few layers like these is an easy way to add body and movement to thin long hair which has a tendency to lay flat. Although this haircut would look great without bangs, we love the relaxed and cute vibe that these bangs add!
6. Layered hair with forehead bangs
77 Curled hair with middle part
Although Julia’s hair looks gorgeous and elegant, this look is actually super easy to recreate! All you need to do is part your hair in the middle and use a heated styling device with a large barrel. A large barrel will help ensure that your curls are relaxed and loose rather than tight and outdated looking.
7. Curled hair with middle part
88 Face framing layers with a middle part
This relaxed style is great for girls with long thin hair because it has a lot of movement without too many layers. Although layers are a great way to create the illusion of volume, having too many layers can actually make your hair look thinner so it is important to get the right amount! Jessica has added a flattering wave to the tips of her face framing layers which creates a bit of extra body.
8. Face framing layers with a middle part
99 Loose braid with teased roots
Rachel McAdams has very thin hair, but you wouldn’t know it from this clever hairstyle! Rachel’s teased roots create a beautiful amount of volume which makes her hair look thicker. She further completes the illusion by creating a loose braid. The looseness of the braid makes her hair look fuller and helps to balance out the volume on top of her head. If you don’t want to tease your roots, you can recreate this look by adding a thickening powder to your roots, spraying hair spray and fastening the top of your hair with a few subtle bobby pins. This is a super easy look to recreate and it is the perfect glamorous braid for girls with long thin hair who want to make their hair look thicker!
9. Loose braid with teased roots
1010 Messy fishtail braid
Messy braids are an awesome way to channel a bit of bohemian style! Keep in mind when you create your fishtail braid that your hair will appear a lot shorter after it is braided than it does when it is down. With this in mind, wearing a style like this can be a great way to see what it’s like to have shorter hair for a day!
10. Messy fishtail braid
1111 Wavy hair with hairline braid
Carrie’s big luscious waves are elegant and pair surprisingly well with a cute hairline braid. Although this hairstyle may look a bit complicated, it is super easy to duplicate. Start by curling your hair with a large barrel styling device in order to create big loose curls. Next, grab an inch of hair from your hairline, create a braid, and pin it under the rest of your hair behind your ear. We told you it was easy!
11. Wavy hair with hairline braid
1212 Bouncy curled hair with a side part
Katherine’s voluminous curled hair disguises the fact that she naturally has quite thin hair. These big curls make her hair look healthy and full and emphasize her gorgeous highlights. We love that her side part creates a dramatic impact and that the hair tucked behind her ear draws attention to her gorgeous earrings!
12. Bouncy curled hair with a side part
1313 Low ponytail with braids
Long thin hair looks awesome in ponytails, and Amanda’s ponytail style is no exception! The braids on her scalp add a bit of edge and take her simple low ponytail to the next level!
13. Low ponytail with braids
1414 Middle part with pinned back sections
This simple look is super flattering and an easy way to add a bit of style to wearing your hair down. To recreate Rachel’s look, just part your hair in the middle and pin a small section from each side to the middle of your scalp.
14. Middle part with pinned back sections
1515 Elegant side braid
Side braids are a simple and flattering way to mix up your look! To create volume like Selena’s, spray wet hair with a volumizer and then blow dry. You can add a bit of hairspray to your roots as well to make sure your hair stays nice and full all day!
15. Elegant side braid
1616 Voluminous half updo with curls
Diana’s updo is teased which makes her hair look thicker. Her soft curls beautifully frame her face and create a perfectly romantic look!
16. Voluminous half updo with curls
1717 Sleek half up do with side bangs
Although many half updos are teased to create root volume, Emma opted to slick her hair back into a half ponytail which looks amazing on her. Though this style would look great without bangs as well, side bangs help to soften the overall look and add movement to an otherwise sleek hairstyle.
17. Sleek half up do with side bangs
1818 Straightened hair with half updo
This gorgeous hairstyle is perfect for girls with long thin hair and it is incredibly easy to duplicate. Start by straightening your hair thoroughly. Next, gather some of the hair at your hairline and pin in it to the back of your head. If you want to create extra volume, you can use a root volumizing spray as well.
18. Straightened hair with half updo
1919 Low side ponytail with hair wrap
Wrapping your ponytail with a piece of your own hair is a super quick and easy way to make your hair look thicker and to spice up a simple ponytail!
19. Low side ponytail with hair wrap
2020 High ponytail with hair wrap
High ponytails are the fantasy of many girls with short hair, so you should definitely have fun with a high ponytail at some point if you have long hair! When you’re making your ponytail, be sure to leave out a small piece of hair so you can wrap it around your ponytail fastener!
Though many girls with long thin hair wish they had thicker hair, there are a lot of styles that are actually easier to achieve when you aren’t weighed down by heavy hair. With the right styling products, you can make your hair look thick, while still enjoying the same manageability that your thick-haired friends are envious of. We hope that you enjoyed this list and were able to find a few new looks that you are excited to try out!
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