5 Low-Maintenance Haircuts Stylists Say Will Make Thinning Hair Look Thicker and More Voluminous

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When it comes to thin hair, it can be a challenging feat to find a low-maintenance haircut that adds extra volume and texture. Because thin hair doesn’t have a lot of density, it’s crucial to find a style that frames the face and covers up any areas where hair is sparse. But, figuring out which haircut works best for your hair can be a time-consuming and pricey journey. Especially if you’re someone with thin hair, it’s important to invest in quality haircuts that give your hair the opportunity for growth and prevent further thinning.

To fake the look of fuller hair, stylists tend to recommend shorter styles. "Keeping hair length at the shoulder or above will give a fuller appearance," Cory Aaron Scott, a celebrity hairstylist based in Los Angeles, previously told Well+Good. "Too much length can weigh the hair down, taking away the much-needed volume." Additionally, longer styles can be harder to maintain on thin hair because the ends become wispy and the hair lacks density, so it may be worth considering taking off some length.

To make your haircut journey easier, we tapped three hairstylists for their go-to low-maintenance haircuts for thin hair.

1. Pixie Cut

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“A good Halle Berry-inspired pixie cut is always in fashion. It’s timeless and manageable,” says Maui Moisture celebrity stylist ambassador Alexander Armand. If you’re going for this extra short look, “ensure it frames the face.” This, he explains, will accentuate your facial features and make it easier for you to style.

2. Lob

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Commonly called the Lob, a long bob is an effortlessly cool haircut that works for thinner hair. According to celebrity hairstylist Brittany Harrington, lobs are great “if you have fine hair and you want to wear your hair on the longer side.” When getting this haircut, Harrington advises that your stylist keeps the length around the shoulders, and create long layers to give some extra texture.

3. Structured crop

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According to Jamie Wiley, award-winning hairstylist and Pureology's global artistic director, the structured crop is a simple and elevated way to create a voluminous look without taking much time. For this style, you should ask your stylist to cut it “shorter in the back and sides and longer on top,” she explains. “Keeping the shape strong will prevent the fine hair become fibrous. This cut is great for all hair types, straight, wavy, or curly."

4. French Bob

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Another go-to for Harrington is cutting thin hair into a french bob. “The cut is similar to a lob, but instead of the hair being longm it is usually chin-length,” she explains. “The key is to keep the fullness at the bottom of the hair so lots of layers are not necessary and therefore great for thin hair.”

5. Low cuts

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“Another favorite that is rising in popularity are low cuts,” Armand says. This barely-there style may seem intimidating, but Armand says it's worth it because “it is simple yet chic, easy to style, manageable, and low maintenance for those troubled with thinning hair.”

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