The Best Haircuts for Fine, Limp Hair

When it comes to hard-to-style hair, limp locks are often the most challenging. The best haircuts for fine, limp hair are those that enhance volume and create movement. The key is to avoid excess length and choose a hairstyle that will make the most out of the hair you have.

Cropped Cuts

If wrestling with your limp hair every morning is not for you, choose a cut that does not require volume in order to look great. Closely cropped hairstyles are the perfect choice for women who have little time or patience when it comes to hairstyling. Have your stylist cut your hair with short layers on top, and taper the hair even shorter on the sides and back. You can choose between very short, choppy fringe or leave this area longer and wispy for contrast.

Short, one-length bobs are also a good fit for fine, limp hair. Keep the overall length to no longer than below the chin for a fuller effect. Longer, sideswept fringe add volume to your hairstyle and will make the cut look longer. Use a large, round brush to style this cut for added body.

Mid-Length Styles

While the best haircuts for fine, limp hair are ones that avoid long lengths, you can get away with a shoulder-length style if you have it cut correctly. Layers are the foundation of this type of hairstyle, so use them wisely. The modern shag couples a pixie-like top hairstyle with a longer, shaggier bottom to create a sleek style that looks polished without the need for excess volume.

If volume is what you seek, a root perm is the answer. This process essentially bends the first few inches at the root to create a lifted effect. You can still wear your hair in a straighter style, but it will appear fuller. An overall body perm can also help with volume if you don't mind wearing your hair wavy.

Razored Ends

One dramatic option for limp hair is to choose an inverted bob hairstyle which incorporates wispy ends. An inverted bob is shorter in the back, creating thickness, and angles down longer towards the front, creating the illusion of length. The ends can be made thinner by razoring so as to create contrast with the rest of the hair. The result is bold but requires minimal styling.

When having a stylist razor fine hair, verify that they are knowledgeable about fine hair's characteristics. Too much razoring, or razoring in the wrong place, can make limp hair worse. It should be kept very localised with the intent of creating a specific effect in a specific area of the haircut.

bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article

About the Author

Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.