Every hair type has its pros and cons. When it comes to fine hair, most women that have it will tell you it’s more of do-nothing hair that can’t hold a curl. But, that’s not always the case—the right cut can make a world of difference. “Fine hair and thin hair aren’t the same. Fine hair is easy to manage and you can give the hair a better form,” says celebrity stylist Francky L’Official.
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Celebrity stylist Brittany Gharring says that a blunt cut on fine hair is trendy and fresh. “Limit the layers closer to the ends of the hair to focus on giving thickness.” She also suggests washing twice with a volumizing shampoo and opting to skip conditioner (when you can) to get extra volume.
Embrace Your Curls
L’Official says cuts that enhance curls and waves are great for fine hair. “They give body, bounce and movement to the hair.” Make sure to also use curl-enhancing products that add volume and don’t weight the hair down.
Try a Pixie
Stars like Faith Hill and Ginnifer Goodwin love the look of a pixie cut—and, they both wear it well. Celebrity stylist Jonathan Colombini says a pixie cut is great for fine hair since it can hide the common signs of fine hair. “If you’re not comfortable going that short, or may not have the right face shape to do so, a bob with minimal layering is a good option, too.”
Stay Above Your Shoulders
Stylist Roy Teeluck says keeping fine hair on the shorter side actually makes it look thicker. “The hair is unable to grow long because the strands themselves do not have the same consistency of thickness from the roots to the ends. Keeping the hair above the should is where we find the strands to be the strongest and healthiest.”
Add in Some Layers
While it’s best not to go too crazy with layers on fine hair, stylist Allie Paronelli of the Jonathan and George Salon in Beverly Hills, CA, says that if you want to add some movement to fine hair and prefer a little more length, add in long layers around the face. “This creates fullness and texture. The rest of the hair should be blunt to give the illusion of hair that is much fuller.” Just make sure that your stylist doesn’t go scissor happy and leave you with loads of heavy layers. “This causes the layers to blend in with each other and won’t give you the volume you want. Ultimately, less is more,” says Amoy Pitters of Amoy Couture Hair in New York.