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

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. The key to 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 total volume foam to damp hair before blow-drying.


Touseled Waves

This popular type of wave has taken over the beauty world, from runways to 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

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: Finish off your look with ghd smooth and finish serum to give your waves that Hollywood star-worthy shine.


Chunky Side Fishtail Braid

Braids add a touch of effortless beauty to any type of hair. 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 braid gently with your fingers to make it seem chunkier.


Voluminous 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 braid your hair into two pigtails, wrap them around your head and secure with hair pins.

Tip: For a braid with plenty of volume, prep damp hair with ghd total volume foam before blow drying.



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

Dutch braids are a super versatile style, whether you're going for a sweet or edgy look. This popular type of braid sits on top of your head, weaved underneath to create a bigger, chunkier effect– 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-Out

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® hair dryer.

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


Loose Curly 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 part 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, and 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.


Victory Rolls

Take inspiration from the 40s with a sophisticated style. This beautiful vintage look can be easily achieved and gives plenty of height at the front of your head. Plus, perfecting victory roll hairstyles for fine hair can add a whole new dimension to your hairdo repertoire.

Tip: For this statement look to work on thin tresses, it’s best to create soft curls first, using the ghd curve® soft curl iron.


Backcombed Touseled Bun

Pile your locks on top of your head to rock a serious no-effort style. By focusing all the attention at your crown, you’ll give the illusion of a thicker head of hair. Plus, this messy style takes no time at all to create.

Tip: Play with the bun using your fingers, teasing and backcombing with the ghd tail comb to create a perfectly textured effect.