32 Volume-Boosting Haircuts Even Dolly Parton Would Approve Of

Curly Shag
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Getting volume comes down to a matter of beating your hair at its own game. That means mastering a combination of volumizing hair products, strategic heat styling, and hairspray that just won't quit. Most importantly, that means you need to start with the proper base: a volume-boosting haircut.

From thickening blunt lobs to texturizing layered shags to height-defying chin bobs, these haircuts know how to pump up the volume from the get-go, as if they've come straight from the shears of Dolly Parton's wig stylist. No matter if you have thin hair or thick, straight or curly hair, these volume haircuts will have you striding through life with your highest crown yet.

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A-Line Chin Bob

Fringed Bob

And the award for most-coveted bob goes to...this sassy little number by stylist Sal Salcedo. Ask for a slightly A-line cut (which means shorter in the back) to pump up natural volume at the crown.

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Curly Shag

Curly Shag

We're taking it back to the helmet-hair days, but in the most impossibly stylish way. Layers and bangs are the calling cards of this classic cut.

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Bouncy Layered Curls

Ginger Spice
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We're dialing up our stylist to ask about getting all this body. Layers and wispy bangs give serious bounce to curly hair.

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Blunt Lob

Blunt Lob

You can't go wrong with a classic blunt cut like this one by stylist Riawna Capri, which makes your ends look oh-so thick. Layers might give more volume at the crown, but a blunt cut gives you thickness and, as it follows, overall volume like no other.

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Long-Layered Cut

Long Layered Cut

Layers are the key to removing enough weight from longer haircuts to help style more voluminous hair overall. Side-swept bangs are just the cherry on top.

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Texturizing Stacked Bob

Stacked Bob

Let's have a moment of silence for all the flat strands sacrificed to make this ultra-volumized bob. A stacked bob is the perfect way to pump up height and body on short hair.

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Choppy Side-Swept Crop

Crop Cut

Take long, thin hair and give it the ultimate makeover with a choppy crop cut. You're able to feign height and volume with just a few spritzes of texturizing spray.

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Wispy Shoulder Shag

Curly Shoulder Shag
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When it comes to the most versatile of wispy bangs, we can never have enough inspo. This curly 'do is ready to pump up the volume.

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70s Long Cut

70s Shag

Calling all retro girls: This long cut is basically the only thing standing between you and living your best life. Ask for layers, wispy bangs, and a groovy pantsuit to get you started.

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Cool-Girl Chin Bob

Chin Bob

Meet the coolest kid in class: the blunt, textured chin bob. Falling just below the chin, right above the collarbone, it hits in the most flattering way.

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One-Length Collarbone Cut

Collarbone Cut

A collarbone-grazing cut is as trendy as it gets, and keeping the layers to a minimum and styling with a slight bend helps to enhance natural volume from midway to the ends.

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Winged Crop Cut

Winged Crop Cut

When in doubt, brush up and away from the face to feign extra volume in seconds. For that, you'll need these winged-out long bangs to get the job done.

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Long Side-Swept Curls

Balayage Curls

Balayage highlighting enhances every spiral and ringlet on a long curly mane, which ensures you're not missing out on showcasing any of your volume.

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Face-Framing Layers

Layered framing
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Layered face-framing can add movement to your hair style and compliment certain face shapes.

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Relaxed Shag

Shaggy Cut

If you're in it more for the style factor, this trendy long shag cut will see you through every time. Add hair product if you're looking for Farrah Fawcett volume.

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Blunt Curtained Bob

Blunt Curtained Bob

Give retro style to a classic blunt bob style with long and casual curtain bangs that are layered around the face. The choppy layers add texture, volume, and movement.

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Stacked Short Bob

Stacked Short Bob

Keeping the length just a little bit shorter in the back—and stacking it just so—pumps your look up with no-fuss volume that doesn't require any extra styling.

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Blunt Bangs

Blunt Bangs

For thick-haired ladies who want to keep their length without weighing the hair down, a set of blunt bangs can make the most of your natural texture while adding an oomph of volume instantly.

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Subtle Undercut Crop

Subtle Undercut Crop

An undercut detail can make your entire short cut look a little more voluminous all-around. Here, it's shown around the ear and near the nape of the neck.

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Middle-Parted Layering

Volume Curls

For curly hair, layering is essential for creating movement and height when styling. A middle part accentuates shorter layers to appear even more voluminous.

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Blunt Chin Bob

Flipped Bob

For thinner or finer hair, body can be hard to come across if you're scared to take it up a few inches. This blunt bob is perfect for adding texture.

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Layered Bob

Layered curled bob
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Highlights and lowlights give the illusion of depth to any cut. We especially love this curled bob, styled to perfection by stylist Grace James.

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Barely-There Bangs

Barely-There Bangs

We call this: "Get bangs without having to commit to bangs." These barely-there curtain bangs by stylist Ted Gibson trade in limp, long face-framing strands for something short and volume-packed.

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Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

Sure, we love Birkin bangs and shaggy fringe and curtain bangs galore—but curly bangs might take the cake for most-coveted bangs in all the beauty world. It's an easy trick to add instant bounce and body.

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French Bob

French Bob

Someone called the salon and asked for the choicest haircut of the year—and this is definitely what they came up with. A fringed chin bob hugs your face in all the flattering places.

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Feathered Layers

Feathered Layers

Feathered hair is back, baby—and we're here for every easy, breezy layer that makes up this cool haircut. These layers ripple from top to bottom like waves on the beach.

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Mid-Length Cut

Layered mid-length
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For busy ladies who still like to have fun, a mid-length cut is the way to go. You can achieve plenty of volume with the help of mousse and root boosters, Grace James, a Phoenix, Arizona, hair stylist, says.

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Curly Pixie

Curly Pixie

This is all about maximizing all the height that your curls can give you. Keep the sides short and cropped and let your curls run wild up top.

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Blunt Shoulder Cut

Blunt Shoulder Cut

If you're about as low maintenance as it gets, this no-fuss cut is your ticket to taking it easy. Thickness and volume, coming right up.

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Ultra-Layered Curls

Layered Curls

This cut makes it very clear that big, wild curls are the best kind of curls.

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Long Layered Cut

Layered Waves

This is the oldest trick in the book. You have long, wavy hair—you do not want to cut these mermaid-like locks. How to fake some extra volume? Cut all the layers. If you have very thin hair, keep the layers only from midway to the ends.

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Retro Layers

Retro layers
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Channel your inner disco queen with this eye-catching long hairstyle. For a more curled style, use Velcro rollers after your blowout to achieve even more volume.

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