Haircuts for Fine Shoulder-Length Hair

At the "Casanova" movie premiere, Sienna Miller rocks a modern boy cut that's ideal for fine hair.

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If your hair is shoulder length and fine or thin, there's only one way to go with your length -- up. Fine, thin hair is ideal for shorter, sassy styles. Shorter hair helps to mask lack of volume in your tresses and can make for easy wash-and-go styling. Check out some new cuts to make the most out of your current length and hair type.

Boy Style

Take a tip out of Sienna Miller's stylebook and get a modern, boy-cut shag. That's a lot of words to describe a simple cut that falls down around your ears with long bangs and thinned-out ends. Slight layering toward the bottom helps shape the style and give it a touch of volume. You can amp up the volume on this look by adding a lightweight mousse to your roots when your hair is damp and then blow-drying it straight.

Pixie Girl

The shortest of pixie styles are perfect for the most striking faces -- and for the woman who likes to show off her makeup skills. For inspiration, look at Mia Farrow in the cult-classic move, "Rosemary's Baby" or check out current pictures of the actress Jamie Lee Curtis. A little bit of styling wax goes a long way to define the topmost pieces and give a edgy, piecey look.

Classic Bob

There are a lot of bobs to pick from. The long bob, the graduated bob and the stacked bob are just a few. For thin hair, try a bob that's a throwback to the original 1920s style. Look up pictures of Louise Brooks for a bob in its purest form. It features short, straight-across bangs, one layer slightly curled under that's all one length and meant to be close to your head. No worrying about volume here; the style isn't supposed to have any. But it's all chic.

Other Tips

In general, shorter layers and blunt ends on short styles give your fine hair the boost it needs to look healthy. Don't be afraid to play with your part. A side part instantly adds sex appeal and height to your roots. Avoid pixie cuts that are longer on top and meant to be choppy, a la Halle Berry. Your hair type won't stand up easily and would take too much time to style.

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