Some of the most flattering hairstyles of 2012 seem custom-made for thin and fine hair. Although thick, voluminous hair is often worshipped in the world of style, skinnier strands can look chic and luscious with some of the newest and most popular hair trends.
You’ve probably seen dozens of braids recently. All the rage among celebrities and models, braids are one of the most fashion forward trends for 2012. Although you may envy the thick, ropelike plaits you see on some stars, braids are fantastic for camouflaging thin or fine strands. A traditional low single braid is quick and easy to style, but you can get creative with other variations. Experiment with different types of braids to see what works best for your hair: since your hair will most likely be more slippery than thicker tresses, pinned-up styles may require extra clips or gel.
If you want to try something completely different, you can ask your salon stylist for a new haircut. Layered cuts add body and movement to lifeless locks, and you can find a layered ‘do to suit any length of hair. Generally speaking, shorter cuts are more flattering to fine strands, but if you’re in love with your long mane, adding layers will give it some extra body. A tousled bob, as seen recently on Katie Perry, is a fun and flirty shorter style, while a shag, like the one Dianna Agron has modeled, is a longer and wilder interpretation. If you’re unsure about the best options for your personality and hair type, try speaking with your stylist for suggestions.
Going super short can be a daunting possibility, but don’t be afraid to take a cue from actresses like Ginnifer Goodwin, Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan. These screen starlets have chopped and wispy locks, and they look great with their chosen styles. A pixie is complementary to thinner hair because strands don’t get weighed down with length. With shorter sections, you can use mousse and gel to achieve the illusion of fuller, thicker hair. By incorporating jeweled hair bands, pins, and fabric scarves into your wardrobe, you’ll never be bored by your new cropped cut.
You may have experimented heavily with ponytails in grade school, but this trusty style is once again in fashion. When you’re hair is gathered into a pony, it’s hard to decipher texture and thickness, so your fine locks will appear lustrous, not limp. There are hundreds of ways to wear a ponytail; smooth, high versions and low side gatherings are especially flattering for thin hair. If you run out of ideas for this tried and true look, just study the runway shows from Fall 2011 and Spring 2012: you’ll find dozens of replicable designs.
Another couture hair trend that works well for fine and thin hair is the wet or slick style. Using oil, gel or water, celebrity stylists coax roots or strands into gleaming, almost greasy holds. The styling materials mask natural oil or fineness, so you can look like you’re a high fashion star with just a few drops of liquid. Wear hair down or pulled back to showcase this technique: you’ll be happily surprised with the minimal time needed to replicate this look.