Hairstyle ideas for thin hair

4 Hairstyle Ideas for Thin Hair

If you’ve got thin hair like me, you know the struggle is real when loads of incredible hair do tutorials are floating around on social media and you know they’ll never work for you. Even though I know they won’t work, I still try some of them out only to fail and wish even more that I had thick and long hair.

It’s not much I can do about my thin hair but make the most out of it. I’ve found a length I really like and I’ve kept for many years now. Going from a side fringe to middle parting last year has improved it even more. Just because I don’t have enough hair for the most complex hairdos, I’ve got a couple of hairstyles I alternate between which I thought I’d share with you.

Hair styling products

For most of the time, I leave it down and on a not so good hair day I make it fun wearing space buns. If I’ve got more time in the morning, I might French braid it and if I want to look extra nice I curl it using hair straighteners. So simple and you only need a couple of hair tools and products to make them look pretty: brush*, bobbles, hair straighteners, various dry shampoos, curl spray and hair spray.


My hair is naturally curly but after years of dying and straightening it every so often, the curls don’t look great anymore, no matter what I do. They take a lot of effort to maintain so for me, straightening my hair is a lot easier as it take s less time. Problem is, straightening thin and fine hair can make it look even thinner which I don’t want. To help give it a fuller look, I use a dry shampoo which gives volume. I used to use Herbal Essences which was great but the bottle top kept breaking before I’d hardly made use of it. I’ve moved on to Batiste Plus instead, which is almost as good. After that I also use Batiste Stylist to help de-frizz my hair. It’s got a smell which reminds me of barbie dolls. Not sure why, ha.

Straight hair

Space Buns

This is my go to hair do when I can’t be bothered washing my hair. It’s also a great gym updo as it gets the hair out of the way. I find these more fun than a simple ponytail at the back and there’s more choice as you can go low or really high or somewhere in between, depending on which look you like that day. My hair isn’t thick enough to use a donut hair bobble (not even the smallest, ha) so I make them the old fashioned way. Styling them messy also gives the illusion of me having more hair than I do.

Space buns

French Braid

As well as space buns, this is a great hairstyle if you don’t have the best of hair days. I find it easier to French braid my own hair than others so when people ask me how I do these, I can’t really explain, it sort of comes naturally. Practise makes perfect though. I start from the fringe and then go around the left side of my head to finish on the right side. Instead of braiding all the way to the end, I fasten it in a bun. With thin hair, braiding till the tips would leave me with a rats tail and who wants that? A bun brings a different element to it as well.

French braid


I’ve only curled my hair a handful of times but it’s so easy, just takes a bit of time. The key is to use loads of hairspray before curling and after, so the curls stay. Mine never look the same each time I’ve done them but I think that gives them a more natural look. You can make them as big or small as you want, wavy or proper golden locks. Either way, it makes thin hair look thicker and more voluminous.

Curly hair

What are your go to hairdos? Have you got more hairstyle ideas for thin hair?

Jennie xx

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  • Caroline

    I am TOTALLY with you on the thin hair! It tests me
    However, like you quite rightly say, there’s not a lot we can do about it..
    I’ve worn mine in a side/windswept way for a few years now, just to try and give my hair some height and volume. As regardless of the fact that I permed my hair twic ein the 90’s as a teenager, my hair is poker straight! Haha!
    I really wish I cud do french braids.. fancy doing mine? :p


    • Jennie

      You still manage to keep yours long (jealous), I could never! Yep, the more volume the better 🙂 Ha I can try but as I said, I find them easier to do on myself than others. I can try to teach you x

  • Tina

    I love these styles! They all look so good on you! I need to try space buns, I used to try them, but they were always wonky haha! I’d love to braid my hair, but I’m terrible at the french braid style. I’m getting bored of my usual styles though, so want to mix it up – thanks for the inspiration! xx

    • Jennie

      Aww thanks Tina 🙂 I really like your style so I don’t think you need to mix it up. It’s nice to get your hair out of your face though and I find space bund and a braid more fun than a simple ponytail x

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