19 Medium-Length Hairstyles For Thin Hair We Love

When you are trying to nail the proper coif, the texture and thickness of your hair comes into play. Here are our best medium-length hairstyles for thin hair.

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If you have thin hair, you know that getting volume that looks natural is difficult. If you get too happy with the teasing brush, you might look like you're dressing up for an '80s throwback party, and some volumizing products can make hair dry and stiff.

Luckily, there are creative ways to make your hair appear thicker. Most people will tell you that you have to cut your hair super short to add thickness, but these medium-length hairstyles for thin hair prove them wrong. With these suggestions, your hair will take on a new life.

Whether you're adding a little fringe, some light layers, or a slightly angled touch to your haircut, the key to successful medium-length haircuts for thin hair is keeping the ends blunt. Too many layers will actually make the hair appear thinner, so keep the layers long and minimal. Blunt ends, with your hair ending at one spot, will keep the hair together, which creates an overall thicker look.

If you have yet to crack the code on your thin hair, these medium-length hairstyles could be the answer you've been looking for. Not too short to style and not too long to fall flat, these medium-length hairstyles for thin hair will add texture and depth to your hair.

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Wavy Lob

Wavy Lob Haircut

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In this look, beachy, breezy waves add natural-looking texture to thin hair, and blunt ends make the hair look thicker. Keep the dimension up with a bit of volumizing spray. Seeking out just the right product? Take a look at these options.

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Curtain Bangs

Curtain Bangs

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Retro curtain bangs are back and better than ever. Since they split to the side, curtain bangs add texture to your overall look, instead of sitting flat on your forehead. You will be leading with volume when you rock this flirtatious style.

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Asymmetrical Lob

Asymmetrical Lob

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An asymmetrical cut (like this one on actress Margot Robbie) that's slightly longer on your dominant side is modern, fun, and keeps the eyes up front, making your hair appear thicker. Just be sure your stylist goes subtle—too much of a contrast and it will look like a total faux pas.

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Blunt Cut with Balayage

Blunt Cut with Balayage

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Sometimes, it's not the cut that can add depth to your hair, it's the color. A blunt cut keeps the ends clean, but seamless balayage coloring gives the hair so much more dimension, like on this highlighted brunette look.

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New Shag

New Shag

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As this photo proves, shags are back in a modern, boho way. Light, wispy fringe and beachy waves make this look more texturized, delivering a fuller appearance. Go from daytime to date night with this easy style.

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Lob with Light Layers

Lob with Light Layers

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With thin hair, light layers can add tons of texture, which Kristen Cavallari is proving here. Face-framing layers are flattering but don't require the commitment that bangs do. This is a signature style just waiting to happen.

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Deep Side Part

Deep Side Part

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A deep side part adds instant volume, especially when paired with a volumizing product and a hint of teasing—not too much, though. This stylist used a volume spray and a beach spray for height and texture.

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A-Line Lob

A-Line Lob

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An angled lob like this one can help make your hair appear thicker, since it's slightly shorter in the back than the front. This angled lob should be more subtle than harsh, though, and your stylist will need to come at this cut with the knowledge of a pro. If you're willing to try an a-line bob instead of a lob, take a look at these examples.

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Soft Layers and Highlights

Soft Layers and Highlights

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In this look, soft, feathery layers and sun-kissed highlights add a double dose of texture and "oomph" to thin hair. Light layering and face-framing highlights draw the eyes forward and create more depth and dimension throughout. Use a beach spray for waves that hold.

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Wispy Bangs

Wispy Bangs

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With thin hair, you don't want to commit to straight-across bangs that will fall flat. Instead, opt for wispy, textured fringe, like this style. This look is youthful and fun, giving you an extra spring to your step, not just to your hair.

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Flipped-Under Ends

Flipped-Under Ends

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Curled-under ends add retro glam to any blunt cut, and they've been on red carpets everywhere lately. This has a touch of Old Hollywood to it, and gives your locks a bit of swing. The stylist here used an anti-frizz smoothing serum to keep things shiny and in place.

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Classic Shag

Classic Shag

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With curtain bangs and natural texture, this classic medium cut is a real miracle for those who need a fuller look. Once you've mastered styling your shag, you will want this look indefinitely. This stylist added a couple of babylights to add movement throughout the hair.

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Layered Mid-Length Cut

Layered Mid-Length Cut

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Face-framing layers are beautiful for almost every face shape. The medium length that hits just at the collarbone makes this look even more defined, while an ombré balayage hair color adds dimension.

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Tousled Hair With Balayage

Tousled Hair With Balayage

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We cannot stress enough that often it isn't just the cut, but also the color that adds enough depth to deliver the appearance of thicker hair. And our reaction to tousled locks like these are always are nothing but ooh la la!

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Rockstar Shag

Rockstar Shag

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Ready to rock? With exaggerated winged bangs and a little help from your round brush and the blowdryer, an amped-up shag like this one is dripping with retro flair.

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Soft Layers with Babylights

Soft Layers with Babylights

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This styling session was actually the first time this client’s hair had been colored. Instead of going all-in on a total transformation, the stylist used a babylight technique to add delicate highlights that enhance her natural color with minimal upkeep on her part. The way the babylights play with the bit of texture in the cut is like a beautiful song! 

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Baby Bangs

Baby Bangs

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These baby bangs pair the chicness of the French bob with a medium length that can still go in a ponytail for convenience. Like we said earlier, instead of straight-across bangs, which will highlight thin hair, be sure your baby bangs split happily down the middle, as shown here

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Lob with Face-Framing Texture

Lob with Face-Framing Texture

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“When asking for this cut or creating this haircut you will want to cut a straight line in the back slightly angling to the front right about to the collarbone,” writes this stylist. “Adding longer face framing texture with shear shattering and volume texture throughout.”

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Low-Maintenance Layers

Low-Maintenance Layers

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The stylist behind this look called it “deliberately undone,” which we love. As mentioned before, a deep side part is an instant way to add volume. Long layers throughout the cut add movement, especially when paired with a texturizing spray, which is a no-effort way to style-and-go.

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