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10 Long Haircut Styles for Thinning Hair

Those of us who are experiencing thinning hair due to aging may be looking to change up our style for something a bit more volumizing. Contrary to popular belief, long, fine hair doesn’t have to be relegated to a pixie cut or short hair. 

Keep your long locks and opt for something that makes finer hair look like thicker hair with these ten long haircut styles. Whether you’re looking for something low-maintenance or are armed with a curling iron and hairspray, we’ve got you covered. 

These are the best hairstyles for thin hair, no matter what your hair care routine looks like. Some of these long haircuts will look best on certain face shapes and hair types, so show this list to your hairstylist for inspiration the next time you visit the salon. 

As a bonus, we’ve curated our favorite haircare styling tips and hair products for long hairstyles.

Does Long Hair Look Good on Thin Hair?

A common misconception is that those experiencing hair loss may not look good with long hair. False! Long hair can look just as trendy as short or medium-length hair. It’s all about selecting the best style.

You’ll generally want to avoid one-length hairstyles for finer hair. This is because thin hair can become weighed down when it is all one length as a blunt cut. Incorporating soft layers and choppy layers will evenly disperse the weight of your hair, making for volume-boosting longer hair.

Layered haircuts on long, fine hair can be a gorgeous way to add fullness to your hair. This also works on women whose hair is experiencing differences in hair texture. 

Our hair texture can change as we age, especially when we see grey hair growing in. Grey hair texture is a bit more coarse and wiry than our normal hair texture might be. 

Hair-cutting techniques matter! It is entirely possible for long, thin hair to not look flat with the proper style and cut.

The Best Haircuts for Fine and Thin Hair

The illusion of thicker hair can be achieved with these 10 different haircut styles for thinner hair.

1. Long Haircut With Side-Swept Bangs

Side-swept bangs get the best of both worlds — with the ability to fit in between the typical short-length bangs and full-length hair. Side-sweeping bangs can hang near one side of your head to partially cover the face or be pushed to the side enough to blend into the rest of your hair. 

When styled with a round brush, you can create just the right amount of oomph.

2. Long Layers

Thin hair often has an appearance that lacks volume. If you prefer long hair to short hair, basic layering can make all the difference to give your hair the appearance of depth and dimension. 

Long layers can elevate the most simple look while still looking natural.

3. Layered Cut Shag

The layered cutshag is a bolder style that takes the 70s to the present bringing the best of the style forward. A layered shag uses short and long layers to give body and volume. 

The finished style will have a choppy but larger appearance. Using a razor-cutting technique can give a texture that will add volume.

4. Light Layering for Straight Hair

Having straight hair that is also thin can look just as pretty with a long haircut! For those with long straight hair, light layering is one of the easiest ways to take your hairstyle to something more interesting. 

Instead of hair that is all the same length, light layering will add just a few extra layers for movement. The light layering technique will look very natural and still leave your hair as a blank canvas for dressing up in an updo or leaving it as-is. 

Even if your hair is straight, thanks to a flat iron, the method of light layering could work for you.

5. Face Framing Layers

Face framing layers can complement the shape of your face and draw attention to your features. This cut can play to your hair's natural waves to layer them under your chin. 

This volumizing haircut looks great with a middle part! Your stylist can tell you what length is appropriate to layer your hair in a way that frames your face well.

6. Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs can make thin hair look much like thick hair. This cut is a great way to show off your face while also letting your hair be on the longer side. 

Curtain bangs are a classic look that can be styled in many different ways and even have the length upgraded to a different cut type. Brigitte Bardot, anyone?

7. Choppy Shag for Curly Hair

If you have thinning curls, a choppyshag haircut can revitalize your look. Even curls can feel one-dimensional when they’re one length, and a choppyshag can add far more texture. 

Choppyshag styles have more to look at, more to play with, and can make thinning hair not look so thin. Embracing your natural texture with a choppyshag haircut can give more life to your thinning curls.

8. Deep Side Part and Feathered Layers

A feathered haircut may sound retro, but this look is exceptionally timeless. Feathered layers can bring a style that can be incorporated with a deep side part to help frame the face. 

Style your new feathered layers with a round brush to really lift your hair at the root and impart volume.

9. Tousled Choppy Layers

Making choppy layered tousled will walk the fine line between messy and chic — and look so good doing it. Choppy layers cut with a razor can give a look of a day at the beach with windblown strands. 

It’s a fun and playful look that can help give thinning hair more body. Texturizing spray can be a great addition to this cut.

10. Volume-Boosting Lob

What happens when you combine a bob with longer hair? You get a “lob,” of course! 

A lob is fairly easy to manage and can still give a boost of volume to thin hair. With the right hair care products, you can give it an even further lift to help the thin strands stand out more. 

Styling Tips for Thinning Hair

Straight hair, soft waves, shag haircuts…for thinning hair of any style, volume is the key to having a thicker appearance. The great part is that giving volume to thin hair is easy and can even be instantaneous. 

Switching to a new shampoo and conditioner can have the power to add volume to thinning hair. For styling, there is an increased chance to add volume and lift. 

But before you run off to change up your routine, it’s important to find products made with you in mind. Hair that is thinning due to age needs different care than what is typically found on a store shelf. 

Our Volume & Thinning Bundle is an easy way to get everything you need all at once. It contains shampoo, conditioner, a scalp serum, and a hair thickener. 

The Wake Up Call Volumizing Shampoo is made with aging, thin hair in mind. It volumizes, nourishes, and lifts hair to provide more body. The shampoo also provides moisture and diminishes the possibility of breakage by up to 98 percent.*

Our Wake Up Call Volumizing Conditioner is a great companion to the Wake Up Call shampoo. It volumizes, hydrates, and strengthens your hair to make hair more manageable. Wake Up Call will also add body to hair while also reducing the breakage.

The Superpower™ Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum replenishes and energizes everything you need to reach your hair’s fullest potential for stronger-, healthier-looking hair at any length. Its plant-derived ingredients nourish the scalp and help address the early signs of aging hair

For days when it’s time to style, our Lift Me Up Hair Thickener lifts and nourishes hair to make it look thicker. It's a lightweight spray that lifts hairs at the root while also nourishing the hair follicles — a great companion to blow-drying. This spray provides an instant way to give the appearance of up to 75% more hair.**

Conclusion

Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t have long hair if your hair is thinning! Long, volumizing haircuts exist — you just have to know where to look. 

Keeping your specific hair texture in mind is also key to finding the perfect long haircut style for your hair care goals and lifestyle. The best haircuts have long, thin hair in mind, so this list of ten long haircut styles is perfect to get you started before you head to the salon.

Have you been experiencing thinning hair due to the aging process? Our Better Hair Quiz can be helpful in determining what hair care products will address your specific hair concerns. 

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Aging Changes in Hair and Nails | MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Hair Loss | AAD

Why Do Gray Hairs Have a Different Texture? | Britannica

Thinning Hair | Medical News Today