Hairstyles for thin hair: How short should you go?

May 7, 2011 at 9:02 am in Fashion & Beauty by VN Editors

Statistics show that roughly 30 million American women have thinning hair. For most, the hair loss is genetic and can be treated with medication, but you can also experience temporary hair loss as a result of physical and emotional stresses or menopause. All those women are constantly searching for the best hairstyles for thin hair.

Regardless of why you’re looking for hairstyles for thin hair, you need to make sure that you start with a good base. Keep the hair that you have in good condition. Even a great hairstyle for thin hair won’t look good if your hair is very dry or greasy. Secondly, make sure you get a great stylist who has experience and knows how to provide a great hairstyle for thin hair.

How short do you have to go?

In her book, Confessions of a Beauty Editor Linda Wells, stated that almost everyone she works with at Allure Magazine has shoulder-length hair. Shoulder-length locks are almost universally the most flattering length, she says. So many women choose that length for a reason!

Vibrant Nation member Marilynne says short hair just isn’t for her, and describes her shoulder-length hairstyle for thin hair as easy.

“I use Herbal Essences Pin Straight Shampoo to keep it smooth and shiny,” she said. “Then I keep it cut just below my shoulders. I wear it straight with bangs. My hair dresser cuts it slightly rounded and so it will curl under just a bit. It’s an easy style. All you have to do is keep it clean and brushed.”

For the best hairstyle for thin hair, you’ll want to think about shoulder length or shorter. Longer thin, stringy hair tends to fall limp, and your hair will look fuller the shorter it is.

Bobs or short, layered cuts — between chin to shoulder length — are great hairstyles for thin hair because they remove the weight of long hair. When hair is cut shorter, it’s lighter, has more movement and looks fuller when styled.

Consider having your stylist cut a few layers into your hair, and do avoid choppy styles or razor cuts normally used to create volume. When you’re aiming for the best hairstyle for thin hair, razors can take away too much hair and leave you with even less than before.

For more great information about dealing with thinning hair and finding hairstyles for thin hair, download our free report, Expert Solutions for Thinning Hair and Female Hair Loss Treatments for Women Over 50.

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