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Updated on May 11, 2022
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29. Loose Curly Bun for Short Thin Hair

Her cute bun works for any length, provided your locks are long enough to be loosely twisted. Not only is it versatile, it’s also one of very easy updos for thin hair. All you need to do is coil, pin, and mist with hairspray. If a few pieces fall out at the front, that will make your look even more relaxed.

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Can you style some nice updos if your hair is fine? Why not. The following super sharp looks do not require exceptional hair thickness or extraordinary density. Adding some volume at the roots and practicing a little, you will be able to recreate some of them effortlessly, while others may require more advanced skills. Anyway, preparing for a special occasion, you can always show a picture of your dream updo to a good stylist. Hope you’ll find it here.

Classy Updos for Thin Hair

One problem with thin hair of medium length is that it may look limp in downdos. You need to invent some voluminous waves or backcomb your locks to solve this issue. As for updos, thin hair usually looks more appealing when it’s lifted up, especially if you opt to experiment with a variety of popular these days curly and messy updos.

You won’t really tell if your hair is thin or not if it’s styled skillfully. A cute bun or an inventive knot updo, for instance, is a stylish hairstyle that is good for every day or a special occasion, and it’s an ideal option for fine hair of medium-to-long length. We have prepared the brightest examples of updos for all occasions in your life. So, get inspired and don’t be afraid to experiment!

1. Large Teased Bun

Volume is the key to making fine strands appear thicker than they really are. Her teased crown and large bun make it look like she has a ton of hair. To create a larger chignon, use a bun maker underneath your backcombed locks.

2. Soft Hairstyle with Pinned Ends

Updos for thin hair are usually best when they are soft and aerial. An updo with whipped waves and loosely pinned sections pumps up your mane, no matter how fine your locks are.

Curly Bun For Shorter Hair

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3. Elegant Pinned Back Updo

How chic is this hairstyle? Not only is it elegant, but it’s also stylish and flattering for fine hair. Loosely twisting and pinning small sections of hair, you create a more voluminous updo full of air, but who knows it’s air and not hair?

Loose Twisted Updo With A Bouffant

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4. Wavy Low Bun

When you wear your hair down, it always looks like you have thicker strands if it is curled as opposed to blow dried straight. The same rule applies to updos. Opt for a textured ‘do where your locks are curled and gently pinned back.

5. Messy French Roll

This modern take on a classic French roll is elegant, yet not overdone. If your hair is naturally straight, use a large curling iron to create waves and spin your hair back, leaving a few locks to frame your face.

Messy French Roll Balayage Hair

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6. Curly Loose Updo

Wedding hairstyles for thin hair should work with your locks, not fight against them. Her hairdo elegantly sweeps the length of her hair into a low curly bun. It has been backcombed, so its volume considerably increased.

7. Low Knot with a Flower Piece

It doesn’t get more romantic than wearing flowers in your hair! Organize your hair in a messy bun with a few thin strands down your neck. Pin the flowers of your choice to complement the hairstyle.

Messy Twisted Bun with Flowers

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8. Elegant Off-Center Chignon

One updo you can never go wrong with is a classic chignon. It is as good for a formal event as it is for holiday parties and it is fitting for both shoulder length and long hair. This off-center option creates natural volume and looks super cute. Leave out a tendril on the opposite side to balance your look.

9. Classy Updo with Highlights

Highlights on thin hair are always fun to play with. Just look at how the texture of fine tresses is defined in this lovely updo. Ideal for every hair type!

Pretty Twisted Bun for Balayage Hair

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10. Low Side Bun for Thin Hair

You don’t need to create anything complicated to achieve fullness. This casual twisted bun is lovely and of optimal size thanks to a bit of backcombing and the way one section wraps around the other to form a very loose knot.

11. Twisted Asymmetrical Bun

We can’t take our eyes off of this amazing asymmetrical bun! If you want to create one yourself, use a texturizing spray to add fullness and grit to your hair. Twist your hair at the nape of your neck pinning locks sporadically.

12. Sleek Knot with Pearl Barrettes

To achieve this sleek look, use a flat iron to make your hair smooth and glossy. It will work well with the hair color and make the pearls stand out even more. A flawless hairdo any stylist would approve of.

Low Bun with Pearl Barrettes

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13. French Roll with Bouffant

This sensual voluminous hairstyle is sure to turn heads. Create lift by back-combing the top half of your hair. Don’t roll your hair too tight to keep your hairstyle puffy. Use a rat tail comb to define a free flowing single strand. It will create natural movement as you walk and attract even more attention.

Romantic Low French Roll

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14. Intricately Twisted Bun

If you are concerned that your thin hair might lose volume in twisted hairstyles, look at this enchanting twisted bun. True, it might not be one of the easy hairstyles to create, but it’s so worth it. Use a curling iron to create loose waves. Don’t use a comb to keep your hairstyle textured. Twist and pin your locks on the opposite side of the bun for extra fun.

Messy Low Curly Updo

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15. Messy Bun Updo

One of the hairstyles that girls with a pixie cut would be jealous of! Messy but cute, this updo is low effort with maximum effect. Start with a high ponytail and use some dry shampoo to tease your roots and add volume and texture. Hairstyles like this are adorable and comfortable to wear.

High Dishevelled Bun Thin Hair

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16. Dainty Updo

Shoulder-length straight hair can be a good starting point for elegant sleek hairstyles. Blow dry your hair using a styling product for delicate sheen.

Elegant Loose Voluminous Updo

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17. Knot with Side Twists

Side twists take a classic knot to a new level. They will keep event short thin hair in place while allowing additional volume. An updo that will work for various hair types and colors.

18. Ash Blonde Updo with Pearl Pins

Here is one of the elegant hairstyles for short hair that are suitable for short thin hair. You can wear your hair half up or pin the loose ends inside. Dot the i’s with elegant pearl pins.

Wavy Messy Updo for Short Thin Hair

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19. Fancy Sculptured Top Knot

Looking for hairstyles for a fancy occasion? Ask your stylist to replicate this intricate updo. Extra textured and defined, this flower-like styling will make you a center of attention.

Voluminous Lacy Bun for Thin Hair

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20. Loose Casual Chignon

If you are searching for easy hairstyles for long hair, start with simple knots. The looseness of this casual knot creates appealing volume and softness. It’s always a good idea to leave out several fine strands to frame your face.

21. Elegant Updo for Thin Hair

Updos for thin hair are very helpful in adding volume and elegance to otherwise unimpressive tresses. You might be surprised if you think your hair is too short or thin to pull off an updo such as this one – but by starting with a ponytail and then strategically curling and pinning hair around its base, you’ll end up with a quite voluminous looped bun.

22. Soft Waves Knot

This tender look is achieved thanks to soft waves flowing gently into a simple chignon. Use a hair styling product and a blow dryer to add texture to your long hair. Fluff the top half up and gently tuck the locks into a knot.

Neat Nape Bun for Shorter Thin Hair

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23. Sophisticated Twisted Knot

Hairstyles for long thin hair offer a surprising variety of options. Experiment with sophisticated twists to create enigmatic updos that glam up your everyday look.

Loose Messy Twist and Tuck Updo

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24. Low Bun with Braided Details

Thinner hair might be tricky to style so that it looks full of air and doesn’t lose volume by the end of the day. Try buns with braided details, such as a fishtail braid or a rope braid, to fix your hair.

Textured Bun with a Braid for Thin Hair

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25. Braided Knot with Highlights

This hairstyle is perfect for long hair as you will need more hair for braiding. Back-comb the top half up to create a desirable dimension. Play on the contrast of the sleek top and textured braided knot. Loose strands pull the look together.

Chic Bridal Chignon with a Bouffant

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26. Low Bun with Teased Crown

Dyeing your hair light blonde can seriously damage your locks and even contribute to a thinning hair look. Take care to reverse the damage and prevent hair loss. Meanwhile, use hair products that create volume at the roots of your hair to create sassy hairstyles like this.

27. Half Mohawk Knot

Get creative with this interpretation of a half Mohawk knot on your long hair. It might take time to get used to creating hairstyles like this, but it’s definitely worth it. They create more hair texture than classic chignons.

Messy Loopy Updo for Thin Hair

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28. Elegant Twisted Updo

This look would be marvelous for prom, wedding, or any other formal occasion. Make your updo intricate with intersecting or blending twists, add a decorative string and a slight bouffant – and the thinness of your hair will be anything but evident.

29. Loose Curly Bun for Short Thin Hair

Her cute bun works for any length, provided your locks are long enough to be loosely twisted. Not only is it versatile, it’s also one of very easy updos for thin hair. All you need to do is coil, pin, and mist with hairspray. If a few pieces fall out at the front, that will make your look even more relaxed.

30. Knotted Updo for Fine Hair

Opt for a half Mohawk updo, styling sections of your hair into twists or knots and pinning them in place. When you start the hawk not from the hairline, but somewhere on the crown, you automatically make it bulkier because the mass of hair is concentrated on a smaller area.

31. Highlighted Updo with Messy Loops

This gorgeous style pulls double duty by showcasing a gorgeous dye job and creating a full updo for fine hair. As you can probably tell, a curly style is the simplest option to add thickness to thin hair. Large curls are a good base for fancy-looking loops.

32. Low Loose Knot with Teased Roots

Tight ballerina buns are great, but they don’t do any good for fine hair. On the other hand, a low messy twist does. The loose pieces around her face enhance the appeal of her undone look. The bun itself may not be neat and round.

33. Two Braids and Curly Bun

If your updo consists of different elements or features different textures, it looks more sophisticated, and the eyes believe it takes a thick mane to pull off those things. This curly bun is upgraded with accent braids and thin face-framing streaks for a reason.

34. Low Bun for Shorter Curly Hair

The right color and texture always work to your advantage. Lighter ends with darker roots play up to thinner locks, and so do curls. Add in some ringlets or looser waves to get an easy but very decent updo for a special occasion or every day.

35. Messy Updo for Thin Hair with Pearl Accessory

A nice way to upgrade a loose, messy low bun is to add a simple hair accessory. Pearls are sophisticated and timeless, they give a classic twist to the trendy chignon. This style can carry you to a variety of different events and would work just as well at the bar as it would at a family dinner.

36. Braided Updo for Fine Hair

When it comes to updos for thin hair, Dutch lace braids with a messy finish are the best. Criss cross two side braids for a single horizontal plait across the nape of the neck or braid vertically for an edgy Mohawk look. Secure with hair pins and you’re all set! For added thickness, tease the roots before you begin braiding.

37. Jumbo Braid Updo

Forget about the small details and go big. If braided horizontally, a jumbo braid can turn into a loopy bun. Tuck the end of the braid if it’s an updo look that you want. Gently pull out each piece of the braid to make it lacier.

38. Curly Low Updo with Bangs

Modern prom and wedding hairstyles are nonchalantly elegant and effortlessly looking. Hairdos with a soft beachy texture inflate your mane. Try the Gibson tuck on wavy hair and you’ll get a gorgeous update of the classic updo your grandma might have worn when she met your grandpa.

39. Soft Curly Updo for Fine Locks

Updos for thin hair are all about the body. Teasing, curls and highlights work together to create this tender curly updo, beautiful enough to be appropriate for fancy formal occasions.

Low Curly Messy Updo For Fine Hair

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40. Romantic Braided Updo for Thin Hair

Long thin hair can sometimes be tricky to style. You do not want your locks to appear too flat when they’re pulled back. That is why loose braids for thin hair are a failsafe choice. Combine a twist with a fishtail braid for the same rewarding variety in textures we have mentioned above.

41. Thin Hair Gathered in a Soft Bun

You might think that there are some extensions involved here, but there aren’t any. The fine hair gets a boost thanks to the undone waves and the looseness at the back of the crown. For a romantic finish, leave a few loose tendrils around your face.

42. Waterfall Braid Updo with Bangs

A waterfall braid that takes strands from the top but doesn’t pass them throw to hang freely can become a great idea for a new updo. As with any braid, you can make this one bigger by pulling at its parts when it’s completed.

43. Spiked Updo

If you prefer to use solely your God-given hair, tease the back portion upward to get this spiked yet still curly look. For fine hair, this is an awesome cheat, and one that doesn’t take too long to accomplish.

44. Simple Knotted Bun

Here is an easy look to try when you are short on time. This charming style seems intricate yet delicate at the same time. It’s the perfect option to carry you from work to an event after – no need to style your hair again.

45. Formal Bun with Unique Color

Sometimes fine hair can be “thickened up” through the use of a stand out hair color like the trendy grey-blonde balayage. Pull your hair back, teasing the roots and using a strong styling spray.

46. Messy Twists

Hairdos for thin hair can be versatile and creative. For this messy French roll, pull back three sections of hair, roll each around your finger loosely and pin in place. Switch directions each time to provide a fuller and more interesting look.

47. Messy Braided Bouffant Updo

Thin hair looks thicker when there’s a color illusion, like in this example where the long fine hair is blonde with exposed dark roots. Side braids also add volume and interest to hair – the messier the better!

48. Soft and Feminine French Twist

Instead of adding embellishments, show off your naturally fine hair with ombre by trying this messy bun. A few bobby pins will hold this in place, and allowing a looser finish for the whole look will make the updo more voluminous and add softness around your face.

49. The Wonder of Hair Embellishments

If you like the idea of a low bun hairstyle, try a twisted bun (it will appear bigger) and add some accessories. From flowers to jewels, there are plenty of options that will add some bling to your tresses and make them seem thicker when they are up and pinned.

50. Low Updo with Crown Braid

Try something creative and original for that upcoming party with this hairstyle that is ideal for long hair that lacks thickness. The crown braid is thick and angled to add volume, while the tendrils gathered into a bunch below also contribute to the impression of a bulky updo.

51. Messy Fancy Style

This thin hair updo looks adorable, and it’s really simple to style, too! You’ll need a hair elastic, some bobby pins and a strong setting spray. Messy is very trendy right now, which is good news for thin hair – current styles are very forgiving to flyaways.

52. Dramatic Highlights

Once again using color to provide some bulk to otherwise flat hair, this cute tri-color mane is accomplished through both highlights and low lights. When the color is this impressive, you only need to add a bit of texture for a flawless hairstyle that won’t ever give away your secret.

53. Gathered Loose Curls

Use some hot rollers to fatten up thin locks, and then don’t overstyle. By simply gathering your hair at the nape of the neck and securing with some hair pins, you’ll achieve a fuller look.

54. Hair Braided Away

Braid combos are so popular and lovely right now, they are definitely worth trying. The trick to braid styles is pulling out each loop of the braid once it’s finished to give the appearance of thick strands. Gather your braids into a ponytail, a bun, or leave them down.

55. Low Messy Knot

Low updos for thin hair depend upon a disheveled texture to look their fullest. As a double measure of volume boosting, a small, messy French braid is worked into the back of the hair style to thicken things up.

56. Braids and Twists

Braids are so fun and easy to add to hair, why not combine a few different ones or try a mix of braids and messy twists? Unleash your creativity and have fun!

57. Dignified Updo

This style is so easy, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it can be put together. Grab some hair elastics and bobby pins and get to work! By starting with a low ponytail, braid the hair into two sections and twist them around the hair elastic, securing with pins.

58. Textured Bun with Side Part

Apply a bit of product to your damp hair, working it in with your fingers and scrunching your locks, but do not brush to preserve the texture of your hair. Make a side part, leave some side bangs and gather the rest into a messy bun at the nape of your neck.

59. Asymmetrical Curly Updo with A Flower

A great way to glam up a less formal style in an instant is to add a flower. With fine hair you do not want to overpower the look with a large blossom, so opt for a color that is similar to the hue of your hair. In this instance, the pastel pink flower blends perfectly with blonde hair.

60. Centre-Parted Curled Ponytail

A perfect casual style for any occasion; this look sweeps messy curls into a high ponytail for an effortlessly cool updo. This can work for all women, especially those with long thin hair.

If you are running out of ways to do your fine hair, try some of these hairstyles you have just seen in the pictures above. They are elegant, comfortable and easy to duplicate. The variety of updos for fine hair is rather impressive. Luckily, we can peep at celebrity hairstyles and draw inspiration from them, creating something unique and exclusive. Do not forget to see wedding hairstyles for long hair

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