Ask a Hairstylist: How to Make Fine, Straight Hair Look Thicker

It needs a cut it can fall into.

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Q: Hi! My hair is incredibly fine, thin and straight. I have struggled to find a cut and colour I really like. 

Elyssa's natural hair colour is medium blonde.

My natural hair colour is about a 7 (medium blonde), but I have been dyeing it for years. I have gone back and forth between blonde and a medium brunette colour. 

I cut my hair into an elongated pixie two years ago, and have been trying to grow it out since then. I am looking for a nice cut or style that would be flattering for my face shape and hair type. Thank you. — Elyssa

Elyssa is growing out a pixie cut.

A: Thank you, Elyssa, for your request for a consultation...

If your hair is long and fine, it separates at the shoulders and makes it look thinner.

It also needs to have a cut it can fall into, such as this one:

Jessica Stroup at the 2009 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood party.

I love this cut for you, and I would like to see more of your forehead and less of a side sweep.

My advice for you is to use your natural colour as a highlight and darken the rest like this photo.

This is as long as your hair should be—more one-length with this longer fringe, which will add a thicker look to your hair:

Sandra Bullock at the 2006 premiere of 'The Lake House'.


Bill Angst is one of Canada’s top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Angst Hair at 240 Queen Street East in Toronto. Call 416-360-5942 to book an appointment.

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