Boosting thin locks needn’t be a styling trick only achievable in salons. Discover how to get fuller tresses at home, with our guide to voluminous hairstyles for fine hair. 

Easy to shape and quick to maintain, thin hair can be a wonderful thing. But creating a voluminous effect isn’t always plain sailing. Arm yourself with the right techniques to curl, tease and tousle your way to lustrous locks.

The key to imitating fuller hair is to create as much movement and texture as possible. From a bouncing wavy ponytail to 70s-inspired disco curls, there are plenty of ways to pump up the volume if you’ve got thin hair. Achieve the illusion of a thick, voluminous mane with our collection of hairstyles for thin hair. 

Bouffant Bun

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Bouffant bun

Effortless and elegant, this pretty look creates volume at both the front and back of your head. With a double dose of styling, you’re sure to make a gravity-defying impact. At the heart of this hairdo is backcombing – tease and play with your tresses until you create a fuller effect.

Tip: To create a long-lasting do, apply ghd root lift spray to damp hair before blow-drying.

Tousled Waves

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Tousled waves

This popular type of wave has taken over the beauty world, featuring on runways and red carpets alike. But you don’t have to be blessed with thick tresses to rock this style. Simply create big bouncing waves and comb them out lightly using the ghd detangling comb to create the illusion of fullness.

Tip: Lock those waves in with ghd curl hold spray. Simply spritz sections of your hair from root to tip before styling.

Mermaid Waves

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Mermaid waves

Hollywood’s leading ladies have been spotted showing off this beautiful style. Recreate the A-list style yourself, using the ghd curve® creative curl wand. The pretty texture creates an ethereal effect, emulating volume with ease.

Tip: Create the style overnight by sleeping in loose three-strand braids. 

Hollywood waves

This screen siren style radiates glamour and provides a super-thick look thanks to its deep, bold movement. Hollywood waves are easy to recreate using the ghd curve® classic wave wand. Tri-zone® technology in the styler helps lock in those waves, even on fine hair.

Tip: Give your beautiful style a spritz of ghd final fix hairspray to ensure it holds all day and night. 

Chunky Fishtail

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Chunky side fishtail plait 

Braids add a touch of effortless beauty to any type of tress and thin hair is no exception. Sweeping your locks into a bulky side fishtail braid can really help create that full effect you’re after.


Tip: Loosen the loops of your plait gently with your fingers to make it seem chunkier. 

Bouffant half updo 

Pay homage to 60s pin-up Brigitte Bardot, the queen of the full-volume look. Adding a bouffant at your crown creates plenty of height, making fine hair feel bigger and bolder. Pair with flowing waves for the ultimate voluminous half updo.

Tip: Backcombing your hair in sections is integral to this look – use the ghd tail comb to work from the ends upwards. 

Crown braid

Layering hair is an effective trick when trying to imitate thicker locks. Build your tresses up beautifully with a romantic crown braid. Simply plait your hair into two pigtails, wrap them around your head and secure with hair pins.

Tip: For a plait with plenty of bulk, prep damp hair with ghd total volume foam

Disco Curls

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Disco Curls

Turn heads with this luxe look – the more curls, the better. This bold hairstyle is all about creating bouncy ringlets that are teased and tousled to perfection, generating volume all around your head.

Tip: Run your fingers through the hair once curled to soften the look.

Double Dutch braids

This hot braid is trending right now thanks to its edgy style. Dutch braids sit on top of your head, weaved underneath to create a bigger, chunkier plait – perfect for creating an illusion of thicker hair.


Tip: Embellish the style with hair rings through the braids for an even bigger statement. 

Glam Volume Blow-Dry

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Glamorous volume blow-dry

Get a salon-quality blow-dry without leaving your home. Bouncy locks are easy to style yourself when you’ve got the right tools to hand. Create height at the crown by keeping the ghd ceramic vented radial brush as close to the roots as possible and pulling your hair upwards, following with the ghd air® hairdryer.

Tip: Apply ghd heat protect spray to your tresses before blow-drying to prevent heat damage. 

Curly loose bun


Layers of texture are used for this romantic style to create the appearance of bigger hair. Sweep tousled curls into a laidback bun and finish the look by loosening locks at the front of your parting to frame your face.

Tip: Create plenty of movement by using the ghd platinum® styler, gently pulling it through sections of the hair to form curls. 

Wavy ponytail

Blend effortless waves with a teased bouffant to create a big and bouncy ponytail style. With loose waves at the front and back, plus height on top, you’ll find there’s volume and movement from every angle.

Tip: Backcomb the hair at your crown to create added height, using the ghd tail comb

Adding a dose of va-va-voom to thin hair can really shake up your style. Practise these voluminous hairstyles for fine hair and you’ll have a style for every occasion. 


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