Haircut Ideas for Extremely Fine Hair

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Haircut Ideas for Extremely Fine Hair
A person with fine hair may have trouble finding a style. (girl image by Andrii IURLOV from

Fine hair is difficult to manage because the hair strands are so thin they do not hold curls well, leaving locks limp and flat. There are two kinds of fine hair: naturally thin and naturally thick. An easy way to tell the difference is to make a ponytail. Thin hair will make a ponytail less than 1-inch thick. Thick hair will make a tail more than 1-inch thick. The thickness of the hair plays a large role in what styles look best.


Layers are one of the best ways to wear fine hair long. The kind of layering that is best depends on the fullness of the hair. Thick fine hair can withstand all-over and heavy layering. This thins out the hair and allows the hair to move freely and breathe. Thin and fine hair works best with light layering only. Too much layering will cause the hair to appear unhealthy and as if it were falling out. Use light layers only around the face for thin fine hair. Layer up to fringe, or skip fringe and rock layers only.

Tapered Styles

A tapered haircut is a style that is longer on one side than the others. Either the front or back of the hair can be longer than the other side. Typically, tapering longer in the front and shorter in the back is the preferred style. It is only with very short hair that the back layer can be longer without looking like a bad mullet cut. This kind of style works best without fringe. The tapering can be mild or extreme, depending on the desire of the person with the cut.


A traditional bob cut is the ideal haircut for fine hair. This style works best if the length is just below the chin and cups under slightly. This hairstyle has the same length all over, and has no layering at all. This style works with or without fringe, but when used with fringe it provides additional visual interest. The cut can look flat and uninteresting without fringe.


The cap haircut is an extreme haircut for fine hair. This hairstyle is when most of the hair is combed to the front of the face as fringe. The rest of the hair gets cut extremely short, to a length of about three inches or less. The fringe carry the look and look similar to someone wearing a cap with a slouchy brim over their forehead. This hairstyle looks beautiful when done right, but it requires a lot of maintenance to look good.

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