50+ Volumized Hairstyles Ideas for Men With Thin Hair
Get the most of your new cut with a few tips for volumizing and texturizing your hair
If you have thin hair, you may think it’s a curse, but in reality, it’s easy to be stylish with thin hair. In fact, for some hairstyles, thin hair is ideal.
Whether you have naturally thin hair or hair that’s thinning as you age, you can pull off a wide variety of awesome styles. Here are 15 hairstyles for men with thin hair that we love.
Pompadour with Undercut
This light, airy take on the pompadour lends itself well to thin hair. Embrace your thin hair with this version of the classic pompadour. An extreme fade on the sides and back makes the pomp the focus here. Simple and sophisticated, this is a great choice for the stylish gentleman.
Afro High Faded Bushy Top
One word for this hairstyle is “Neat”. The thin afro hair that is high faded shows skin that acts as a contrasting texture. The top is slightly brushed up with a bushy style. The sides are high faded with temple fade which makes that beard pop.
Irregular Spiky Textured Hair
Thin hair can often be frizzy, but you can actually take advantage of that with a messier look like this one. Here, the frizziness adds to the texture and fills out the hair.
Natural Taper and Wavy Top
Any form of texture and movement you can coax out of your coif, the more full your head of hair shall look. Here a relaxed wavy top flows gently down into a gentle, smooth taper. Extremely manageable casual minimalism.
Your hairstyle should always compliment your face shape. What to pair with your prodigious, Morrissey-esque chin? Why, an equally as prodigious, Morrissey-esque, blown-back pompadour of course! The natural puff and strandy texture of thin hair lends itself supremely well to this nostalgic look. The tapered sides are to be kept reasonably trim, but the explosion of hair above is what truly matters.
Medium Scissor Crop
The standard side part seems to have been invented for the purpose of making receding temple hairlines appear to be deliberate. Leave enough hair on top and on the sides to experiment with other styles, especially when first starting out on your coiffing journey.
Mid Part Brushed Back
This windswept look takes advantage of thinner hair’s tonal variety, providing both volume and movement. The mild center part can be achieved via comb or simply careful finger brushing with a little product. Eschew the high contrast of tightly tapered sides, and rather go for a more gradual shaping of your lusciously flowing locks. Hearts are sure to swoon.
Simply Brushed Back
A style that looks exceptionally good with salt and pepper hair or nearly grey, the throwback business brush-back is also a popular go-to for men with thinner hair. Don’t completely flatten the top length, as to avoid the dreaded scalp shine-through, but rather blow it up a little before it charges back and down into a keen skin fade. It’s an authoritative look that asserts strength of will and intensity. A jawline-enhancing beard only enhances the powerful nature of this style.
Burst Fade With Scissor Crop Top
Thin hair doesn’t necessarily mean less hair, just sometimes follicles of a thinner (and therefore more styleable) build. The ‘shapeability’ allows for some fun summery waves to be styled into the top length which is framed subtly by a tidy burst fade which directs the eye to the lively movement up top.
Brushed Back Thin Hair with Temple Shave
Let the natural breeziness of thinner, light-colored hair shine through with this casual finger brush back. Minimal product to keep that extra length on top in place and a sensible taper make this an easy look to achieve and maintain. Shaved sideburns that form a break from the beard is an unexpected yet pleasant detour from the norm.
Thin Hair Brush Up
Thin hair lends itself to dynamic texture. If you’ve been paying attention, this point comes up often. A wild, jaggedly layered near-faux-hawk like this offsets the clean sophistication of a burst fade with subtle temple edges. This is a very youthful look with a lush fringe that can also serve those with a slowly retreating hairline.
Thin Hair Push Back
The more length you can keep in your hair up top, the more texture you’re going to be able to get out of it. Thin (not necessarily thining) hair allows for dramatic flowing caves and ridges of light and dark in nearly all hair colors. A little product goes a long way towards keeping the puff down. A simple, complimentary taper enhances the volume above.
Wavy Quiff with Drop Fade
For a suave yet relaxed look, try this quiff. Hair product and a bit of finger combing are used to provide the definition and volume seen here.
Flowy Layered Hair
This is another style that allows thin hair to retain its natural droopy behaviour. Finger combing is used to create the waves that flow to the side.
A simple brushed back haircut is an easy and effortless way to make thin hair look great. With this particular style, the hair is kept longer for a fuller appearance.
Classy Subtle Drop Fade
Here’s a polished, trendy style that keeps thin hair nice and neat. A high side part and a lowkey drop fade make this haircut both visually appealing and tidy.
About as manageable as they come, the brush up with thinner hair gives your strands purpose and polish. Here, the peppering of grey gives the gradual fade a wonderful texture of colors that compliment the varying hues of the beard. Dark framed glasses provide an ideal balancing element to the overall style. A dapper gent indeed.
Liam Payne's Ivy League Hairstyle
A style that makes a statement, this Ivy League variation is classic and stylish. If you’re a fan of the smart, short Ivy League look, then consider this variation that’s perfect for thin hair. Cut close to the head, the style looks full, and the skin fade on the sides helps the hair on top stand out. This haircut goes to show that you don’t need a ton of hair to pull off a great thin hair look––you only need the right combination of elements.
Johnny Depp's Messy Medium Top
You probably haven’t realized that Johnny Depp actually has fairly thin hair. That’s because he employs styles that make the most of his hair, including this messy, casual look that provides a bit of extra volume.
Go retro with this slicked back look. Perfect for thin hair, this style will make you extra suave. Slicked back looks are among the best hairstyles for men with thin hair. Thin hair can easily be tamed, and slicking the hair back adds a touch of finesse that takes you from a man to a gentleman. This simple look uses a gradual, blended fade on the sides to give a full appearance, and the hair on top is neatly in place for maximum elegance.
Stylish Side Swept
For guys who prefer a fringe, this laid-back look delivers. Messy yet stylish, it’s a fun cut that can be tamed or let loose. Hairstyles for men with thin hair usually focus on layering, but this style creates a fringe to offset the hair’s thinness. And the thinness of the hair creates a flexible fringe that will move with you. What we like about this fringe style is the sense of fullness it gives, adding both vertical and horizontal depth to the head.
This faux hawk style is just a bit chaotic, perfectly suited for the adventurous. In this cut, the thin hair is styled upward and tapered to a point in the style of a faux hawk. The natural layering that occurs when styling the hair into a faux hawk is great for thin hair. The Taper Fade on the sides adds to the hair’s presence, making this an all-around substantial look.
Scissor Taper and Medium Top Brush-Back
A lightly textured brush-back can thicken the appearance of thinning hair on top, blocking light from reaching down to a scalp that may have a tendency to shine through the strands if you have lighter skin. Keep the top lengthier than usual for maximum coiffability, also opt for longer tapered sides for more of the same.
Subtle and Contained Brush Up
Another sensible gentlemanly cut that seeks to employ the hue contrast between light and shadow in fairer, thin hair. Some light spiky texture is blended into the front, forming the focal point of a tightly brushed up top that comes together in a central ridge. The softish side part and tapered sides are necessarily neat but not flashy.
A receding hairline is no match for this outgoing style
If you have thin hair and a receding hairline, you’ve just met your new best friend. This style, as sported here by U2’s Bono, is an excellent look that uses the receding hairline to its advantage. The brushed up style adds volume in the right places, and the slightly unkempt hair adds presence. You don’t need to despise your hairline any longer!
Simple and striking
Guys with thin blonde hair, we haven’t left you out! This style, inspired by the Low Fade, breezy cut with lots of movement. The side swept hair directs the eye. A fun, youthful style that’s to the point. Plus it is quite a gentleman look!
Thin Curls with Faded Temple
A little product can make hair that falls somewhere between curly and kinky look more like the latter. Keep it cropped close to the head and pair with a tightly edged hairline and temples. A clean burst or drop fade alone can round out the look, but extra splash points for pairing it with an equally as tidy ghost beard.
Straight Thin Hair left to Grow
Thin hair when straight makes a great combination as they grow in a stranded manner. The key here is to go inverse with top being short than the sides and the top being tapered. The temple here is quite interesting with its length grown long.
Side Texture Tapered Hairstyle
This style uses the texture of thin hair to its advantage. In this style, the thin hair enhances the style. Because of the usually tidy nature of thin hair, it’s easy to comb into a side swept look. The result is clean and professional-looking, making this a great choice for a business haircut that also works in casual situations.
Style it Back
Puffing thin hair of medium darkness up then sharply back is a superb way to add volume. The top moves back and down into a mellow taper and the edges are kept natural for a simultaneously styled and laid-back look. This is another cut that pairs exceedingly well with boldly framed glasses.
Thin Hair with Receding Hairline
A part placed closer to the mid hairline has the advantage of leaving enough length below to act as a second cover for the receding hairline of the dreaded male pattern baldness. Sort of like a dual comb-over curtain cut. If not ready to crop your remaining length down to a more standard regulation cut, this style could be what your ego needs.
Tapered Medium Crop
Artistically formed into erratic twists and waves. The rough texture here gives thinner hair the appearance of full volume. The tapered sides are low maintenance and the top is deceptively simple to style with a little product.
Johnny Bravo eat your heart out. This is basically the freakishly long, fringe version of the previous blown-out pompadour. Another rowdy style that would probably be infeasible with overly dense hair, this will still be a challenge to achieve and maintain. So maybe a card best played on a special (or strange) occasion.
The trick here is using enough product to keep the wind from having its way with your delicate blow-out, whilst not dulling your kaleidoscopic hues under a layer of stiff paste. The side bent waves are a common variety of the quiff hairstyle, with the sides being slightly tapered. The advantage to this youthful blow-out is that when you’ve had enough of it, just style it into any one of a dozen common styles that use the same length.
Thin Frizzy Hair with Leveled Beard
Thin frizzy hair which is tossed all the way si something that we don’t see quite often. The beard compliments the look quite well and balances the tossed top. The key is to keep it controlled by tapering a bit in layers.
Semi Curled Thin Hair Top
Thin hair as mentioned before can do wonders if done right. The top here is semi waved with a shiny blonde dye on top. The sides are tapered and layered but not faded whereas the beard is stubble for that minimal look.
Thin Haired Slicked Back Undercut
Quiffed Side Swept
A spiky, memorable look, this lively quiffed hairstyle is perfect for the adventurous. This hairstyle’s not for everyone, but it’s surely an attention-getter. You’ll stand out from the crowd with this spiky, asymmetrical look. This is different from the other hairstyles for men with thin hair because it relies mostly on styling for its look. A solid wax or gel will be the key to getting this style.
Thoroughly messy, this quiff-inspired look breaks the typical hairstyle mold. If you think most of these hairstyles for men with thin hair aren’t wild enough, try this one on for size. This quiff takes advantage of a cowlick to create an unexpected moment within the style. The result looks like your hair was just tossed around by the waves from the sea.
Blonde Loose Ended Quiff
When thin hair gets longer, it tends to fray in all directions. This style embraces that behaviour with a messy quiff.
This highly textured haircut is vibrant yet relaxed, great for hanging out and enjoying the day. Sometimes, you need to lay back and relax, and this haircut is ideal for those moments. The thin hair is cut short and textured, making the hair on top the focal point. The clipped sides help out, directing the eye to the top of the head. This style is also highly manageable, so you won’t have to spend all day setting your hair in its place. This style can take a beating and keep on looking good.
Classic Scissor Cut with Beard
If you’ve got a longer beard, it’s often a good idea to keep your hair long to balance everything out. This classic scissor cut is a great option for that.
High Fade and Side Part Medium Top
AKA the regulation. Surely custom-built for a receding hairline. There’s a reason most old-timey photos seem to almost exclusively depict balding men. The cameras sucked and everybody was rocking the tight military cut which typically places its iconic hard side part right in line with male pattern baldness. A high drop fade only enhances the standard throwback look.
Brush Up with Clean Mid Fade
If you want to coax some texture out of your thin hair, try going for a layered style like this brush-up. The shorter length allows the hair to maintain a wavy motion from back to front.
Brush Up with Quiff
This explosive brush up style is energetic and eye-catching. It’s especially good for adding more body and depth to thinner hair.
Formal Side Swept with Tapered Sides
If you’d like something a bit more formal, this is an excellent choice. The hair is cut short and brushed to the side, with a taper rounding out the look.
Combed Back Puffed Hair
Thin hair is naturally puffy, but this style pushes that puffiness to its limits. The hair is long all over and combed backwards, with wisps of hair hanging out in the front.
The high contrast between the top and sides makes this haircut one to remember. For guys who want the latest in style, look no further. If you’re looking at different hairstyles for men with thin hair, you may be looking for something a bit different. If so, this side brushed fade could be your next style. Neatly brushed with a dramatic fade, this cut helps mask the hair’s thinness by concentrating on the balance between the full hair on top and the fade on the sides. If you want an extra bit of style, ask your barber to shave in a hard part.
Flowing Back Mid Part with Taper
A whimsical, winding mid part can create soft flowing wings of length that compliment a sharper, diamond-shaped face. The tapered sides are understated but not distracting from the lightly textured movement going on upstairs and serve as a clean transition to the short beard below.
This fashionable, tidy style is ideal for the fashion-forward gents who want a haircut as snazzy as their wardrobe. If this hairstyle were a piece of clothing, it might be an excellently designed Oxford button-down shirt: unassuming at first glance, yet bold and exciting upon examination. There’s a lot of motion in this style, and the hair almost tapers to a point in the middle, taking inspiration from the faux hawk look. Grab some high-quality hair products, and you’ll be rocking this cut in no time.
Slicked Back with Pomp
A pompadour is nothing if not lively, and a lightly textured and layered model such as this is no exception. It makes excellent use of blond hair’s natural tonal variation between light and shadow. Have your barber chop in some subtle spiky texture into the top length, and opt for the wider-toothed comb or even finger-brush it back for a sleek and suave style.
Undercut Winged Mid-Part
If you’re after a more unusual hairstyle, you might like this unusual undercut style. The hair is parted in the middle, and the hair on either side is styled upward, forming two symmetrical wings.
Slick and stylish
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic pompadour. Slick and stylish, this look delivers a sophisticated, eye-catching presence. This contemporary take on the pompadour combines vintage and new for a unique combination. You’ll need longer hair to pull this off, as the hair is swept back across the head. A generous amount of pomade will give this look the shine it deserves, and the extreme fade on the sides perfectly complements the dramatic pomp. If you like staying fashionable, this style is for you.
Medium Fade and Medium Brush Back
Afro Textured Thin Hair
Thin hair like this can quickly resemble an afro look, especially with its wavy nature. The sides are undercut tapered with the top being longer and having shaggy look. Sides being so thin makes the top pop out even more.
High Fade and Wavy Medium Top
Thin hair can complement it’s fairness if styled such as this, with wavy textures forming undulating swells and canyons of contrasting colors centered around a deconstructed side part. Keep the sides shaved and fade high to allow the shape up top to reign supreme, like a crown of pale blonde locks. Even the light beard has a certain English, kingly countenance to it.
Blonde Thin Hair with Chin Strap Beard
Thin hair when lessened via volume becomes highly manageable. The sides have been tapered and slightly faded on the temple. The clean look enhances the look while the chin strap beard is just enough beard to keep things interesting.
Retro Medium Slick-Back
Pommade, switchblade combs, Lucky Strikes, Rebel Yell Whiskey, actual switchblades. If these are a few of your favorite things, this vintage wig chop may be just your bag. Long on top and marginally tapered sides, it takes about as long to style as it’s prototypical wearer takes to lose his temper; a hard-drying product applied liberally, and straight-back combing applied aggressively. In all seriousness, it is a fun callback to an iconic period of American chrome-plated fashion.
Wave Slide Brush Back
Another offbeat take on the regulation cut. The usual suspects are present; a side taper fades succinctly into a tight drop fade, resting comfortably beneath a classic side part. What makes this one distinct is that tsunami of a back-brushed tidal wave rolling along the top. Using a comb and a matte finished product, tease the front up almost into a pomp before letting it crash back down onto a beach made of a lightly textured slick back.
Moderation is usually key with a typical blowout; long and flamboyant up top, short and clean on the sides. But sometimes moderation is just too mundane. Why not keep the tapered sides longer, and blow them out as well? With fuller hair this look may not be possible, requiring an unreasonable amount of product. But with thinner, easier to puff stuff? I say grab that blowdryer and give it a go.
A rather futuristic and theatrical coif for when you want to sit in a salon chair for an hour and a half to achieve that “just rolled out of bed” look. The top is long and carefully disheveled, styled in the vague shape of a pompadour with dramatic texture. The sides are also lengthy but loosely combed tighter to the head. Keep some wispy sideburn strands separate to form a whimsical frame for your face.
Hand Brushed Back Drop Skin Fade
It’s back to basics with this stylish brush up that takes thin hair to a new level. Brush up looks are great for thin hair because they use the thinness as an advantage. As you can see in the photo here, the hair is neat and in place, but it doesn’t look stiff or lifeless. If you prefer longer hairstyles, a brush up like this one is an excellent choice. A good hair product and some brushing will get you there in no time.
Thin Tight Curls with Mid Fade
It’s not so much that curly hair is thin, but rather it’s less dense than the tighter kinks of black hair (an annoyance many biracial folks have to live with…sigh). The strands just don’t expand and hold volume in the same way, so it can be difficult to style. For a fairly low-maintenance look, have your barber stack those curls down close to the head in a general taper down towards a sharply faded drop. As always, keep those edges in order.
Manicured Bear and Brush-Back
That moment your central hairline begins to falter and show signs of surrender can be a stressful moment for anyone. Rather than seeking to not draw attention to it by going with a more demure style, embrace the transformative change and do something bold! A pompadour-esque brush-back bristling with attitude and texture will help you show the world (and possibly yourself) that you have plenty of years of fashionable excess left in the tank.
Classic Pompadour with Drop Fade
Another trick is to keep the hair tightly packed with the help of some hair product like a pomade. That technique is great for styles like the classic pompadour.
Layered Taper with Bust Fade
There are a few tricks you can use to create volume with thin hair. One is to brush your hair to the side on which it doesn’t normally fall, providing volume as shown here. A burst fade adds neatness.
Danny Puopolo is an expert that works at Rakis, a professional hairdressing salon in Melbourne. His work has been featured in a variety of publications such as OK Magazine, Vogue, and INSTYLE. He has also managed classes for Shu Uemura Australia and Loreal Professional.