We may all have differing views on politics, tastes in music, and preferences in style, but there is at least one thing we can all agree on: Nobody likes a bad haircut. For fine hair types in particular, the wrong cut can make hair look thinner and less substantial — another thing that nobody ever wants. “The less you do to fine hair, the better,” Cristina Bosque, lead stylist at Rita Hazan, tells Refinery29. “But a flattering cut can make your hair appear more thick and full.”
There are other quick fixes for adding fullness and body to fine hair — like volumizing powders, sprays, and clip-in extensions. But if you’re in the business of changing your look for more than a day or two, we chatted with industry experts about their favorite cuts for fine-haired clients. Ahead, find their favorite ways to give thin hair new life.
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Chop A Bob
If you’ve been hanging on to photos of bobs in your “saved” section on IG, consider this the sign you needed to go ahead and take the plunge. “Hair appears more voluminous when it is shorter,” Amanda Price of Spoke & Weal Chicago tells us. “Since fine hair is less dense, a bob cut can give strands nice lift and movement.”
Depending on how blunt you want your ends to look, Price suggests adding a little bit of texture. “Don’t think that adding texture and removing weight will make your hair look even thinner,” she says. “When done right, it should create movement and body.”
Aveda Volumizing Tonic
The real work happens when it’s time to style your hair at home. According to Price, getting a bob will mean committing to upkeep until you’re ready to grow it out. “To keep up the shape and lines, schedule an appointment every six to eight weeks,” she says. “If that feels too often, your hair should grow nicely into a lob over time.”
Price lives by a “less is more” motto when using styling products. “I always tell my clients with fine hair to use less oil and more hold-enhancing products,” she says. “Anything that adds weight to your hair will make it look and feel condensed, so avoid using heavy conditioners and creams, too.” To style your bob, Price recommends using featherweight volumizing products like Aveda Style Prep or Volumizing Tonic.
Aveda volumizing tonic, $22, available at Nordstrom
Join The Blunt-Lob Bandwagon
So you think bobs are cute, but you really don’t want to shed too many inches? Christy of Spoke & Weal San Francisco says a lob will be your jam. “A textured, blunt lob works for a wide variety of hair types, but it looks great for fine hair textures, too,” she tells us.
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