I Asked 3 Hairstylists Which Cuts to Make the Most of Thin Hair
Long, full hair may be the norm (thanks, old-school shampoo ads!), But honestly, it's far from the norm. There are many reasons that a person can have thinner hair, from genetics to hair loss after postpartum. And while thinning hair is more common as we age, anyone at any age can have thin hair, or fine hair (aka hair that is physically smaller in diameter than its fuller counterparts). That’s why, as always, the right haircut can be a total game changer.
No matter the length of your hair or texture, your next cut is just a scroll away. We reached out to three ultra-talented hairstylists — Sanda Petrut of Maxine Salon in Chicago, celebrity stylist Joseph Maine, and Ryan Trygstad of Mark Ryan Salon in New York City— to learn their tips on cutting and styling thin and fine hair, as well as the best products to use for its styling. (Best of all: Not an extension in sight.)
“There are so many factors to consider when choosing a haircut for thin hair, "Petrut explained. "Is it thin at the top? Is it thin on the side? Is it thin on the whole? Is it thin because of illness? Is it thin because of aging? I also consider features and lifestyle," the stylist said.
The Hairstylist: Joseph Maine Celebrity Stylist, and Color Wow Artistic Director
“Usually, I recommend blunt haircuts or haircuts with very little layering for thin hair because you don’t want to remove the density from the ends, ”Maine said. However, he said, "There are still ways to add shape by framing the face or adding a bit of ' hidden layers. '"
The Hairstylist: Ryan Trygstad Celebrity Stylist and Co- Founder of Mark Ryan Salon in New York City
The hairstylist agrees that blunt cuts can be surprising to thinner hair. "Mid shorter lengths are great because the hair looks fuller," explains Trygstad, adding that "Fine hair types are more likely to have a pyramid- or triangular shape."