February 2, 2023

Thin hair can be difficult to style. Trust me—I know. I’ve tried to make my naturally thin hair look thicker and fuller ever since I was in middle school and my mum let me get my hands on a hot tool. Since then, I’ve cycled through plenty of hairstyles, volumising products, and thickening techniques. Some have worked, but most haven’t. That’s okay. Somewhere along the way, I’ve learned to live and work with my naturally thin hair (sigh), and the style I choose to wear it in has a lot to do with that. For example, I’ve learned a slick-straight style doesn’t do my thin hair any favours, which is why I tend to go with tousled, textured waves instead. 

So yeah, I had my opinions on what hairstyles work best for my thin, medium-length hair, but I was wondering what experts would say on the matter. Was I potentially missing out on a hairstyle that could make my thin hair look thick and full? I decided to find out. Keep scrolling to see the best hairstyles for thin, medium-length hair, according to expert stylists. 

Hairstyle #1: Centre Part With Tousled Waves

Jon Reyman is a hairstylist and founder of Spoke & Weal salons. He says a short, strong style is the best option for people with thin hair. “If the hair is thin and fine, I wouldn’t push it further than it can go. A stronger and shorter haircut is best because it gives it a stronger parameter,” he advises. 

That’s where a lob comes in. This style offers movement and body, as well as that strong parameter Reyman speaks of. Just be sure to style it in tousled, textured waves. According to Alicia Bailey Watts, hair texture expert and global education manager at Design Essentials, “loose, textured looks with tousled waves or curls” help “create the illusion of fullness in fine hair.”

Medium-Length Hairstyles for Thin Hair

Hershesons Almost Everything Cream
Almost Everything Cream

This versatile shaping cream defines natural texture and creates light, lived-in volume. 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Supersonic Hair Dryer

The right tools can make all the difference in achieving the perfect at-home blowout. We like this iconic Dyson tool, which is basically the Tesla of hair dryers. 

Next, 5 products we should all be using for healthy hair this summer.