How to Style Thin Hair

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Simple tricks for styling thin hair from ladies who actually have thin hair.

Unfortunately, lifeless strands that have a tendency to sit flat often come with the territory of having thin, fine hair. And although your hair might not be as luscious or as full as you would like, that doesn’t mean you can’t fake a thicker style with a few handy tips and tricks. But how can you make thin hair look thicker? What are the best haircuts for thin hair? And what are the best hairstyles for thin hair? Below we’ve collected thin hair how-to styling videos. We’ll update it this collection periodically.

How To Curl Fine Hair and Make it Stay

Tip: How-to-have-healthy-heat-styled-hair rules:

  1. Invest in your flat or/and curling iron. Make sure to purchase one that says “ceramic plates,” which will ensure that the heat is evenly distributed.
  2. A heat protector is a must! 
  3. Make sure the temperature is right for your hair. You’ll need an iron with variable heat settings in order to control it (so look for that feature at time of purchase). This is a big one. My hair should only be ironed at a low setting, below 200 degrees, as it is very fine. Start at a lower level and increase as needed.

Instructions from Tabith, a certified trichologist and a fine hair stylist from Plymouth, MN

How to curl fine hair with a curling iron.

If your hair is fine, fragile or color treated, use a low heat setting — below 200 degrees — to avoid burning or damaging your hair. As you curl your hair, notice how it responds to the heat and increase the temperature accordingly. Never go above 300 degrees.

I wouldn’t call Katy’s hair thin or fine but in this video she shows a very good technic on how to have beachy waves and lift hair at the roots at the same time. She uses a flat iron to achieve it.

How to curl fine hair with a flat iron.

How to blow dry thin fine hair and give volume

Learn how to style straight thin hair, as Celebrity stylist Jill Crosby shows you how to revamp your straight thin hair into a look full of va-va-voom volume and body.

  1. Use a microfiber towel to remove excess water
  2. Detangle with a detangling brush made for wet hair
  3. Apply a lightweight volumizing mousse
  4. Flip hair over and blow-dry upside down on low heat until hair is about half dry
  5. Apply a root-lifter
  6. Spritz thermal spray on ends
  7. Use a round brush to finish drying
  8. Use dry shampoo at the roots for extra volume
  9. For a more textured finish, use pomade to separate strands

Learn how to style curly thin hair with Celebrity stylist Jill Crosby.

  1. Start by detangling wet hair with a wide-toothed comb
  2. Flip head to the side, let hair hang, and gently scrunch dry with a microfiber towel
  3. Lightly scrunch thickening serum through hair, avoiding roots
  4. Flip head upside down and use medium heat and a diffuser to dry from bottom to top
  5. Add thermal spray and use a curling iron on medium heat to touch up any areas that need redirecting or extra volume
  6. Finish with pomade

Easy updo hairstyles for thin or baby fine hair

Tasha has naturally baby fine hair and shows how she styles them in three different ways.

Note: This video tutorial is in Russian but with English subtitles.

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