5 Stylish Hairstyles for Fine Hair – February, 2023

by Jamie Wilson
Stylish Hairstyles for Fine Hair

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

Hairstyles for men with fine hair can be hard to get right, with the cut needing to complement the overall texture, while not accentuating the sometimes thin look. In this simple guide, we’ll go over some of the best styles for fine hair, covering all types, from straight to curly, and ensuring you find a haircut that will work for you. 

Five Men’s Hairstyles for Fine Hair

#1: Slicked Back

A classic look that, while not always appropriate for every day of the week, is a great hairstyle for short fine hair. We should point out that while it works with fine hair, it might not be ideal for thinning hair, as you’ll just be accentuating the thinning patching by pasting your hair back.

Stylish Hairstyles for Fine Hair
@Rachel Claire via pexels

You can go for a classic, smooth style, using a decent amount of product to slick your hair back as close as possible to your scalp. This gives off a formal vibe and is a great short haircut for fine hair, especially if you’re working with straight hair that can produce a clean sleek finish.

You can also be a lot less defined with your hair, lightly slicking back the front and sides, but allowing a little more volume and texture. Ideal if you’re working with curly hair that can’t easily be controlled, or you just prefer a less formal finish.

#2: Faded Undercut

It can be hard to find modern hairstyles for fine, thin hair, with a lot of popular cuts requiring a decent amount of thick hair to style. However, you don’t have to go for simple cuts, and there’s a number of more intricate styles that can work with fine hair.

The faded undercut is a versatile, statement cut that can work with a variety of hair textures, whether you’ve got flat straight hair or curly waves. Because of this, it’s one of the few short hairstyles for thin hair that will look good no matter what kind of hair day you’re having. 

The graduated faded sides will hide any difficult to manage areas, and allow you to focus solely on the middle section of your hair, adding in clay to create a more voluminous, textured look or smoothing it down with wax to create a sleek finish. If you want to go for a classic Peaky Blinders look, have a blunt fringe cut it to contrast heavily against the short sides.

#3: Side Parting

Stylish Hairstyles for Fine Hair
@Maria Orlova via pexels

A side parting isn’t a style that works for everyone; too messy and you’ll end up losing the whole structure of the part, too neat and you’ll end up looking kind of foppish and a bit like a teen whose mum still does his hair. The line between good and bad is pretty fine, but if you use the right amount of product, it’s a short hairstyle for fine thin hair that can work pretty well.

Try to taper out the side that has less hair, helping to subtly define the parting while maintaining a neat (but not too neat) finish. A little wax or pomade will help to define the sections while adding some texture and volume to your hair. Play around with the length of your hair, keeping it short and cropped or adding in a longer, sweeping fringe.

#4: Messy and Textured

Men’s hairstyles for fine hair tend to focus on keeping the hair refined and contained, but it’s not just thick haircuts that can embrace the messy side of things. The wild, textured look is a classic and works for all kinds of hair types, but it’s especially good for fine hair, as you’re able to add in volume while maintaining control and avoiding frizz.

Depending on your hair type you can opt for different looks, opting for a short, spiked hairstyle with the help of a good wax, a messy textured fringe, or just an unstructured style that lets your hair do what it wants. If you’ve got curls that are fairly controlled then the latter might be a good option as it’ll require minimal styling.

Stylish Hairstyles for Fine Hair
@Kristina Polianskaia via pexels

#5: Wispy Chin to Shoulder Length

Hairstyles for fine curly hair can be hard to get right, and if you don’t want to lop off or smooth down your locks, then there are longer options you can go for. One long hairstyle for fine hair that’s easy to maintain, and works especially well with slightly wavy hair, is to go for a relaxed, layered shoulder-length cut. Adding in layers will help create the illusion of thicker hair, as well as add in a little more volume.

You can go for a subtle side parting, or a more relaxed swept-back look, letting your hair fall where it naturally would, or giving it a little direction with the right products. Unlike with thick hair, you don’t need to worry too much about controlling frizz or keeping your hair in a set style, and this is part of the reason why long fine hairstyles actually work really well. If you do want a little more hold, however, you can use a

If you do want a little more hold, however, you can use a light wax or salt spray to add texture, as well as a few bursts of hairspray to keep your hair in whatever shape you please.

Top Hairstyles for Fine Hair

  • Slicked Back
  • Faded Undercut
  • Side Parting
  • Messy and Textured
  • Wispy Chin to Shoulder Length

On That Note

Stylish Hairstyles for Fine Hair
@cottonbro via pexels

If celebrities with fine hair can find a style that works for them then there’s no reason the rest of us can’t. Whether you’re searching for a mid-length hairstyle for fine hair, or something short and slick, there are a lot more options out there than you might have thought. 

Focus on the overall style of your hair. If it’s curly, try and go for a cut that can work with your curls rather than involve you controlling them. If you’ve got straight hair, go for a hairstyle that’s works whether it’s texturized with a little product or left alone. Find a style that works for you and make it your own. 

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