The struggle is real when you have fine hair: On a great day you're lucky if it can hold a single curl, doesn't fall flat by midday, and isn't already a grease ball by 3 p.m. But there are styles any fine-haired lady can keep in her pocket to ensure that at least her cut is built to create the impression of texture and body. Work your natural assets with these hairstyles, ahead.
This one's a classic mainstay look for fine hair. It's likely that you grew up growing your strands out long and straight since it doesn't require too much maintenance and all you need is a conditioner and flat brush to keep it shiny and sleek. The only downside is that this look often gets boring— try parting your hair on different sides and blow-drying your hair upside down for some added volume at the roots.
Or, for an easy update to long strands, simply wrap your ends around a barrel iron for this swirling curl effect (see: every Kate Middleton photo ever for the full effect). This style works especially well on next day hair. Add some dry shampoo at the roots for extra lift.
A half-updo is an especially elegant way to break-up long, fine hair and doesn't require much time or effort. To recreate this satiny effect, use shine-boosting products (or a great conditioner) and smooth over any fly-aways with a flat iron.
One easy way to add texture to fine hair is a shorter cut. The bob is a classic face framing shape that you can subtly add lift to by round-brushing the ends. It's also the perfect length for going to town with a straightening iron or hot tool. All it will take is ten minutes to create a head full of beachy waves.
The rounded lob can be hit or miss depending on how you style it, since sometimes even this length can fall flat. Lobs tend to look better on thicker, fuller hair with natural body and texture. To recreate more body, blow dry hair at the roots and round brush the ends inward for greater volume or wrap your strands loosely around a hot tool for a slightly wavy effect.
One major perk of having fine hair? It looks killer in wispy, piece-y pixie cuts. The soft, light texture of fine hair gives it a gentle feathery quality, but beware of the teeny fly-aways. Investing in a pliable wax product to style and keep your hair in place is crucial for maintaining an ultra-short cut on fine hair.
Fine haired people only dream of having this texture naturally. Recreating it requires some extra maintenance, but it's always worth it to add a little texturizing spray and spend some time with a hot tool on special occasions. You'll probably need to use a higher temperature for your curls to hold, so spritz on a heat spray beforehand so your hair doesn't suffer any lasting damage. To ensure that your hair has more hold, try curling hair on next-day hair.
If your greatest struggle everyday is a limp ponytail, lean into your natural texture (without zheuzhing and puffing it up) by trying a thin "braided" ponytail instead. You can use the teeny clear elastic bands to section off hair into a braided replica like this one.
But if you *do* want a weightier ponytail, you can use a texturing product on your hair, lift your hair at the roots, and spritz with hairspray. To make the rest of your hair appear fuller, try wrapping the ends of your hair around a curling iron for this gorgeous wavy look or invest in some extensions. It's also crucial to prop up your ponytail if it's prone to falling flat, so secure your ponytail with not one, but two elastic bands in a row.
Jennifer Aniston is more famous for her layered "The Rachel" than any other hairstyle, and she's continued to style her hair in similar layers throughout her career. Why? Layers work super well on fine hair to give it shape and body. Instead of a flat curtain of hair, you've got plenty of gorgeous layers to style and work with.