40 Volume-Boosting Haircuts Even Dolly Parton Would Approve Of

From thickening blunt lobs to texturizing layered shags to height-defying chin bobs.

Curly Shag
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Getting more volume comes down to a matter of beating your hair at its own game, which can entail mastering a combination of volumizing hair products, strategic heat styling, and hair spray that really holds. Most importantly, it requires starting 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, 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 ready to dial up our stylist to ask about getting this kind of volume.

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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 extra thick.

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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.

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Texturizing Stacked Bob

Stacked Bob

A stacked bob is the perfect way to pump up height and body on short hair.

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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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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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70s Long Cut

70s Shag

Calling all vintage 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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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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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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Feathered Hair

Feathered Hair


Go for a retro look with this feathered long cut that looks very Farrah Fawcett.

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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 complement 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.

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Layered Lob Curls

Layered Curls


Volume and major bounce are instant side effects of this shoulder-length, layered cut.

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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 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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Curly Crop Cut

Curly Crop


One of the best ways to maximize curls is to go with a short cut, like this fringed crop style.

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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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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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Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs


It's no secret that layers can help increase volume in curly hair, but wispy bangs are a way to add a cute face-framing bounce.

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Layered Bob

Layered curled bob
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Highlights and lowlights give the illusion of depth to any cut.

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Barely-There Bangs

Barely-There Bangs

Get the feel of bangs without having to commit to bangs. These barely-there curtain bangs by stylist Ted Gibson trade in long face-framing strands for something short.

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Curly Short Bob

Curly Bob


If you'd like to refresh your usual bob, consider adding side-swept bangs and short layers that can help pump up the volume.

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French Bob

French Bob

A fringed chin bob hugs your face in all the flattering places.

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Feathered Layers

Feathered Layers

Feathered hair is back, and we're here for every easy, breezy layer that makes up this cool haircut.

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Curly Bangs

Curly Bangs

Sure, we love Birkin bangs and shaggy fringe and curtain bangs—but curly bangs might take the cake for the most volume-packed bangs of all.

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Mid-Length Cut

Layered mid-length
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For those who like to keep longer hair, a mid-length cut can achieve plenty of volume with the help of strategic styling products.

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Ultra-Layered Curls

Layered Curls

These statement-making curls don't need to lose length to have plenty of definition.

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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, with longer length 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.

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Retro Shag

New Mullet


The shag haircut is made for curls, with all of its layers. This bold take stands tall with volume.

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Side-Swept Lob Cut

Wavy Lob


An easy way to add body to a short cut is to use a side part to build up natural volume, especially when infused with a subtle curl.

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Relaxed Shag Cut

Relaxed Shag


Short face-framing layers and bangs make the most of texture, instead of weighing strands down.

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Long Layered Cut

Layered Waves

A common trick keep long hair but offer some extra volume? Ask for layers. If you have 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 rebel with this eye-catching long hairstyle. For a more curled style, use Velcro rollers after your blowout to achieve even more volume.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What haircut is best for thin hair to get more volume?

    Generally, with thin hair types, choosing a short haircut ensures that hair is not weighed down, which can decrease volume at the root. Adding mid-length layers can also help give more natural volume on thin or fine hair.

  • What is the best volume haircut for fine hair over 50?

    Short bobs and pixie cuts are flattering for those who have fine, mature hair. Ask for shaggy layers or bangs to add more body and definition to a short cut.

  • What are ghost layers for fine or thin hair?

    This technique is meant to add volume to fine or thin strands without taking off too much hair. Layers are cut into the top horseshoe section of your hair, while the ends are left thick and more blunt to keep the appearance of thickness.

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