How to Style Thin Flat Hair

How to Style Thin Flat Hair

Flat, thin hair can be a double-edged sword—while it’s pretty low-maintenance, it can look limp after awhile. There’s no need to fear! If you’re looking for a quick styling solution, change up your look with a new styling product. If you’re angling for a bigger change, there are plenty of flattering hairstyles for you to consider.

Method 1 of 5:
Styling Products

1
Style your damp hair with a volumizing mousse. After hopping out of the shower, squirt a palm-sized of mousse onto a fine-tooth comb. Guide your comb through your hair, working the product from your roots through the entire strands. [1] X Research source Try not to overdo it! Too much product can leave your hair feeling heavy.
2
Choose soft-hold hairspray. With fine hair, moderation is the name of the game. If you’d like to hold your hair in place, spritz over it with a soft-hold hairspray. [2] X Research source Toss out any heavy hair products, like waxes or pomades—these aren’t very flattering on thin hair.
3
Try fibrous hair powder. Hair powder helps give thin hair a boost, and makes your roots and part lines look a lot more filled in. Choose a product that matches your hair color, and spray it over the parts of your hair that are looking a little thin. [3] X Research source Hair powders work well with all kinds of hair!
4
Spritz a salt spray over your damp hair and blow it dry. Once you’ve hopped out of the shower, spray the product over your roots. Grab a comb and work the salt spray through the rest of your hair. Then, dry off your hair with a blow-dryer to give it a little more volume. [4] X Research source
5
Clip in some extensions. Pick out extensions that are a close match to your hair color. [5] X Research source Pull up part of your hair and clip in the extensions to give your hair a little more volume. [6] X Research source
6
Style your hair with balayage. Balayage is a special, gradient type of highlighting that creates dramatic accents in your hair. Stop by the salon, or pick up an at-home kit to recolor your hair. This is a great way to give your hair some extra texture without adding a new product each day. [7] X Research source
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Method 2 of 5:
Short Cuts

1
Try a pixie cut. Short cuts are a great look with thin, flat hair, and pixie cuts are no exception. Trim your hair close to the forehead and ears, leaving your cheekbones and brows completely visible. [8] X Research source
2
Go for a classic crew cut. Leave your hair a bit longer along the top of your head, while clipping the sides short. The shorter sections of hair contrast well with the top of your head, giving your hair a little more volume. [9] X Research source If you’d prefer a quicker solution, opt for a buzz cut instead. #Comb over short hair. Work a little bit of pomade into your hair, and part your hair to the side. Guide the sides of your hair downward with a comb, and comb the top of your hair horizontally.[10] X Research source You can also use clippers to fade your sides into an undercut.
3
Opt for a sleek bob. Trim your hair into a short bob, with your hair falling just below your cheekbones. For a really smooth look, tuck part of your hair behind your ear while letting the rest frame your face. [11] X Research source You can also experiment with a longer, neck-length bob—it’s up to you![12] X Research source
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Method 3 of 5:
Long Cuts

1
Pull up your hair in a large bun. Center this bun along the back of your head, making it as round and dynamic as possible. This helps your hair look taller and bigger. [13] X Research source
2
Secure your hair in a loose braid. Leave the front sections of your hair loose and untucked, so they can frame your face. Weave the rest of your hair into a loose braid, creating a casual but stylish look. [14] X Research source You can give this look a little more texture with a small flat-iron.
3
Wear your hair half-up and half-down. Leave the bottom half of your hair draped over your shoulders and back. Then, divide the top half of your hair into 2 sections, and clip it on top. [15] X Research source You can really maximize this look by using haircare products with extra shine.
4
Center your hair down your back. Simple styles can get the job done! Leave your loose and dangling down your back as a simple but elegant option. [16] X Research source A nice pair of earrings looks great when your hair is tucked behind your shoulders
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Method 4 of 5:
Texture-Specific Styles

1
Trim wavy hair and add layers. Longer, wavy hair can be tricky to manage, especially if it's naturally wavy. The next time your style your hair, look into a shorter cut with lots of layers—this will help your waves take center stage. [17] X Research source
2
Tie long wavy hair into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail toward the base of your head, letting your hair fall down your pack. Waves give your hair a little extra volume, and help it look longer. [18] X Research source This type of ponytail works great with wispy bangs.
3
Frame your face with your straight hair. Keep your haircut simple—lobs, bobs, and other simplistic cuts are great options. Unfortunately, layers don’t mesh very well with straight hair, and can leave your hair looking stringy. [19] X Research source
4
Point-cut your curly hair with a few layers. Don’t get too many layers, or else your hair may look a bit out of control. Instead, opt for a few layers, using a point-cutting technique to give your locks a soft edge. [20] X Research source With point-cutting, you trim the hair vertically instead of horizontally.
5
Decorate wavy hair with dangling accessories. String beads and charms on paper clips as a fun, decorative touch. Then, clip these festive pins together into a long chain. Tie small sections of your wavy hair into thin braids, and clip the chains into each braid. [21] X Research source This is a great look if you’re going to a concert.
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Method 5 of 5:
Bangs

1
Try longer bangs with a fringe hairstyle. Your bangs don’t need to be anything fancy—they can be blunt and nearly eye-level. Style your hair to the sides, so your bangs visibly connect back to the top of your head. [22] X Research source This is a great style to try if you like wearing your hair down.
2
Push back your bangs with a super-short cut. Pixie cuts are known for being super short, but you don’t have to do away with your bangs completely. Instead, style your bangs with some pomade and push them back, which gives your hair a really full, volumized look. [23] X Research source
3
Experiment with choppy bangs for a fuller look. Don’t worry about your bangs looking polished and perfect—instead, let your bangs look a bit tousled and unkempt. This is a great way to make your hair look a little less thin. [24] X Research source
4
Accent your updos with wispy bangs. Leave a thin layer of hair framing your forehead after you tie your hair into a bun or ponytail. Scatter these bangs across your forehead and along the sides of your face for a relaxed, beautiful look. [25] X Research source
5
Split your hair down the middle with curtain bangs. Part your hair directly down the center, letting your bangs sweep in opposite directions. This gives your hair the appearance of volume without any special styling products. [26] X Research source
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Method 1 of 5:
Styling Products

1
Style your damp hair with a volumizing mousse. After hopping out of the shower, squirt a palm-sized of mousse onto a fine-tooth comb. Guide your comb through your hair, working the product from your roots through the entire strands. [1] X Research source Try not to overdo it! Too much product can leave your hair feeling heavy.
2
Choose soft-hold hairspray. With fine hair, moderation is the name of the game. If you’d like to hold your hair in place, spritz over it with a soft-hold hairspray. [2] X Research source Toss out any heavy hair products, like waxes or pomades—these aren’t very flattering on thin hair.
3
Try fibrous hair powder. Hair powder helps give thin hair a boost, and makes your roots and part lines look a lot more filled in. Choose a product that matches your hair color, and spray it over the parts of your hair that are looking a little thin. [3] X Research source Hair powders work well with all kinds of hair!
4
Spritz a salt spray over your damp hair and blow it dry. Once you’ve hopped out of the shower, spray the product over your roots. Grab a comb and work the salt spray through the rest of your hair. Then, dry off your hair with a blow-dryer to give it a little more volume. [4] X Research source
5
Clip in some extensions. Pick out extensions that are a close match to your hair color. [5] X Research source Pull up part of your hair and clip in the extensions to give your hair a little more volume. [6] X Research source
6
Style your hair with balayage. Balayage is a special, gradient type of highlighting that creates dramatic accents in your hair. Stop by the salon, or pick up an at-home kit to recolor your hair. This is a great way to give your hair some extra texture without adding a new product each day. [7] X Research source
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Method 2 of 5:
Short Cuts

1
Try a pixie cut. Short cuts are a great look with thin, flat hair, and pixie cuts are no exception. Trim your hair close to the forehead and ears, leaving your cheekbones and brows completely visible. [8] X Research source
2
Go for a classic crew cut. Leave your hair a bit longer along the top of your head, while clipping the sides short. The shorter sections of hair contrast well with the top of your head, giving your hair a little more volume. [9] X Research source If you’d prefer a quicker solution, opt for a buzz cut instead. #Comb over short hair. Work a little bit of pomade into your hair, and part your hair to the side. Guide the sides of your hair downward with a comb, and comb the top of your hair horizontally.[10] X Research source You can also use clippers to fade your sides into an undercut.
3
Opt for a sleek bob. Trim your hair into a short bob, with your hair falling just below your cheekbones. For a really smooth look, tuck part of your hair behind your ear while letting the rest frame your face. [11] X Research source You can also experiment with a longer, neck-length bob—it’s up to you![12] X Research source
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Method 3 of 5:
Long Cuts

1
Pull up your hair in a large bun. Center this bun along the back of your head, making it as round and dynamic as possible. This helps your hair look taller and bigger. [13] X Research source
2
Secure your hair in a loose braid. Leave the front sections of your hair loose and untucked, so they can frame your face. Weave the rest of your hair into a loose braid, creating a casual but stylish look. [14] X Research source You can give this look a little more texture with a small flat-iron.
3
Wear your hair half-up and half-down. Leave the bottom half of your hair draped over your shoulders and back. Then, divide the top half of your hair into 2 sections, and clip it on top. [15] X Research source You can really maximize this look by using haircare products with extra shine.
4
Center your hair down your back. Simple styles can get the job done! Leave your loose and dangling down your back as a simple but elegant option. [16] X Research source A nice pair of earrings looks great when your hair is tucked behind your shoulders
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Method 4 of 5:
Texture-Specific Styles

1
Trim wavy hair and add layers. Longer, wavy hair can be tricky to manage, especially if it's naturally wavy. The next time your style your hair, look into a shorter cut with lots of layers—this will help your waves take center stage. [17] X Research source
2
Tie long wavy hair into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail toward the base of your head, letting your hair fall down your pack. Waves give your hair a little extra volume, and help it look longer. [18] X Research source This type of ponytail works great with wispy bangs.
3
Frame your face with your straight hair. Keep your haircut simple—lobs, bobs, and other simplistic cuts are great options. Unfortunately, layers don’t mesh very well with straight hair, and can leave your hair looking stringy. [19] X Research source
4
Point-cut your curly hair with a few layers. Don’t get too many layers, or else your hair may look a bit out of control. Instead, opt for a few layers, using a point-cutting technique to give your locks a soft edge. [20] X Research source With point-cutting, you trim the hair vertically instead of horizontally.
5
Decorate wavy hair with dangling accessories. String beads and charms on paper clips as a fun, decorative touch. Then, clip these festive pins together into a long chain. Tie small sections of your wavy hair into thin braids, and clip the chains into each braid. [21] X Research source This is a great look if you’re going to a concert.
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Method 5 of 5:
Bangs

1
Try longer bangs with a fringe hairstyle. Your bangs don’t need to be anything fancy—they can be blunt and nearly eye-level. Style your hair to the sides, so your bangs visibly connect back to the top of your head. [22] X Research source This is a great style to try if you like wearing your hair down.
2
Push back your bangs with a super-short cut. Pixie cuts are known for being super short, but you don’t have to do away with your bangs completely. Instead, style your bangs with some pomade and push them back, which gives your hair a really full, volumized look. [23] X Research source
3
Experiment with choppy bangs for a fuller look. Don’t worry about your bangs looking polished and perfect—instead, let your bangs look a bit tousled and unkempt. This is a great way to make your hair look a little less thin. [24] X Research source
4
Accent your updos with wispy bangs. Leave a thin layer of hair framing your forehead after you tie your hair into a bun or ponytail. Scatter these bangs across your forehead and along the sides of your face for a relaxed, beautiful look. [25] X Research source
5
Split your hair down the middle with curtain bangs. Part your hair directly down the center, letting your bangs sweep in opposite directions. This gives your hair the appearance of volume without any special styling products. [26] X Research source
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