Hairstyles for Fine Hair & Oval Faces

Updated March 23, 2017

People with oval faces are lucky enough to have a shape that goes with virtually every hairstyle. Having fine hair, though, is a challenge, as it can look thin and unhealthy with certain styles. The perfect hairstyle for fine hair is one that makes hair look fuller, thicker and bouncy.


Layers make thin hair look fuller. With an oval face, you can experiment with long or short layer lengths. Try a shoulder-length cut with layers starting around the jaw line. This not only makes your hair look thicker, but also keeps it long enough for an updo. If you'd like, you can go shorter, too. Add blunt-cut fringe with shorter layered hair for a more stylish look.


Play around with highlights and lowlights to bring out the beauty in thin hair. Try three or four variations of colour to make the hair seem fuller. For instance, auburn hair with burgundy lowlights and strawberry blond highlights worked marvellously on actress/singer Hilary Duff's hair.


Updos and ponytails work with fine hair because they mostly hide the hair. For a fuller updo, add a hair piece to the middle of the head and cover with your hair. Another option is to curl your hair first. Tease the curls and then pin them up in a messy mass at the back of your head. Pair with rhinestone hair accessories or a wire headband. This hairstyle is elegant and adds volume to the hair to make it seem thicker. Your oval face shape makes it even more beautiful.

To give hair body, go with a bouncy, high ponytail. Add volumizing mouse to a low ponytail to make it fuller. You also can curl and tease the ponytail for other options. Even better, twist the hair around the ponytail holder and pin it up to create a bun.

Loose, Soft Curls

Your oval face is versatile, but the shape works best with flowing, soft curls. First, straighten and dry freshly washed hair. Use a large-barrelled curling iron to create loose curls. Volumizing hairspray holds the curls and adds volume to fine hair. Cutting the curls into layers starting at the cheekbones adds more fullness to the style.

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Tiesha Whatley has been writing for over 10 years. She has been published in "Marie Claire," "Ebony" and "Modern Bride" magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has been working in the wedding planning industry for over 13 years.