Top 20 Hairstyles for Thin Gray Hair


Updated: January 27, 2022

Embracing naturally thin gray hair is what women have to do at some point. The best way to tackle thin gray hair problem is by sharing some useful tips and ideas on how to experiment with your thin hair.

The following hairstyles for thin grey hair are some inspiring ideas on how to wear it in style.

Hairstyles for Thin Gray Hair

High Ponytail

High ponytail is very simple to make as the name suggests. With your hair let down and separated, start with the palms of your hand behind the neck, facing forwards with the thumbs held down. Turn your thumbs upwards and bring them close as you pull the hair together. With one hand grab your pony. Try not to smooth the top. If you want to, you can grab the pony with the other hand a few more times. Make sure you do not do this for a long time or else you may lose the messy look that you always wanted.

Braided French Twist

firstly, use a line of two or three pins to create a fuller shape from the front. Twist a section of hair upwards, over the line of the pins to the other side of the head. Place the pins inside the braid as you work to keep it in place. Now, twist another row of hair beneath to get to the other side of the hair again. Pin. Keep going to the other side of the head until you find no more hair left.

Top 20 Hairstyles for Thin Gray Hair
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Dutch Braided updo

If you are looking to take your Granny hairstyle to another level with a quick braid or two, then the dutch braids are the ones to look out for. Tease the top of your head all the way back until a few inches above the crown. Start the braid updo from the top of your head. Tuck the end of the braid underneath or if your hair is thicker, make a bun.

Gray Bun for Days

If you have tiny hair, then half bun up look works just nice. If you have opposite of tiny hair, then all tiny hair people wish we could be a bit more like you every day.

Top 20 Hairstyles for Thin Gray Hair

French or Dutch French Braid Half Pigtails

The French braid half pigtails looks great with ombre hair color or long hair. Some unbraided hair is added in between the two braids to make the bun look more significant. To give the thin gray hair some volume and texture use a good dry shampoo on clean hair. This step could also help the hair rubber bands and bobby pins from slipping out from the thin hair.

French or Dutch French Braid Half Pigtails

Double Dutch Braid

The Dutch braid looks like it has been placed on top of the hair. It stands on top of the head and showcases more volume compared to the classic braid. The best way to do a Dutch braid is to grab the added hair from each side at the same time, always starting with the same side. Dutch braid is created just like the French braid, but only in reverse, which is the main difference between this one and the other braids. Instead of placing each newly added part of hair over the previous section, the new hair is braided in from below giving the thin gray hair a new concept and look.

Top 20 Hairstyles for Thin Gray Hair
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Fake Braid

This is a fun hairstyle for thin gray hair especially if you do not know how to tie the braid or don’t want to learn making it, which is fine. Get ready to take out your non-pulling rubber bands and go ahead with the fake braid and rock the occasion.

Faux Hawk Braid

Faux hawk braid is ideal for thin gray hair as it adds volume and texture. Firstly, make a small pony and wrap a little hair around the first rubber band to hide it. Now, create a second pony just under it.  Divide the first pony into two and lift the second pony up in between the 2 sections. Make a third pony under the second pony, which also includes the two parts from the first pony. Separate the second pony that is clipped up into 2 parts and then clip up the third pony. Make a fourth pony while including the two sections that are clipped up from the second pony and continue with the same.

Top 20 Hairstyles for Thin Gray Hair

Styling only the front hair

After partition, take a small section of the part hair and curl it back using a wand, straightener or a curling iron. Take out a small section from just under that and curl back again, but leave some part of hair on top of the previous section of hair. In the same way work your way down the hair. Different looks can be achieved based on how much you curl your sections. A slight bend in the hair is better than an actual curl, especially if you are planning to leave the rest of the hair straight.

Sweet Half Up Style

Collect a small section of hair from your temples and tie a rubber band. Clip this hair up so that it stays out of the way. Tie a rubber band to another section of hair just right below it. Leave the hair along the hairline. Separate the first section into two and clip up the pony just below it. Grab some new hair while you are adding the separated ponies to it. Ensure that each next section of hair you take hold of is narrower to make this look like a half up style.

5-Minute Style for a Second Day Hair

To start with, loosely curl your hair. Twist a small section of hair upward and gently tug them at the edges. Take a bobby pin to clip at the nape of the head exactly under the round part of the head. Do the same thing on the other side. Pull at a few pieces on the crown of your head to show some texture.

5-Minute Style for a Second Day Hair
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Simple but Cute Style

The cute style is a hairstyle that is ideal for casual occasions as well as for special events. This hairstyle is one of the cutest , show the gray hi light.

Braided Bun

The braided bun is simple and looks nice. Without creating the actual parts, take hold of the middle section hair  and take it at the back of your head and put it into a messy bun. Make a French braid or even regular braid on each side  loosely. Use bobby pins to secure the braids above and around the buns.

French Twist

Partition the hair from behind the ear up to the part. Pony everything else all into a bun. Wrap the front side portion above the rubber band and bobby pin the end. Make the front side section smaller if your hair is thick.

Vintage Waves

This vintage style for thin gray hair gives a waves look to the hair. To create a roller set look, use a curling iron or a wand. Make sure the curls created are horizontal and lie directly on top of each other. Make a second section next to the first section and arrange the curls next to each other. Let it cool. Take out the clips and brush out. Take a pick or comb to make a S shape. The more the hair relaxes the easier it is.

Funky Buns

Buns are an all-time favorite hairstyle that suits each and every hair type. They really look gorgeous whatever maybe your age. If you have thin gray hair, you can make good use of the bobby pins to make your buns and they work just great. Even rubber bands do the job quite well. Wrap the buns by making a garlic knot without pulling the tip all the way through.

Funky Buns

Side Messy Bun

Messy buns are well known and quite popular, but have you created a side messy bun? You can do a sideways topsy tail lower and do a long side ways braid if your hair texture suits that style.

Bobby Pinned Half Up

The bobby pinned half up is one of the most popular thin grey hair styles. Hide the pins by placing them in the front section facing down. Turn it inwards 180 degrees and put them in your hair vertically. Repeat the same process on the other side, but place this pin over your first bobby pin so that they connect.

Bobby Pinned Half Up
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Side Bangs Magic

At the partition, take a small section of hair and curl it backwards either with a wand, straightener or a curling iron. Take a small section of hair just under that to curl back again, but leave it on top of the previous piece. Start by working your hair down the hairline. How much you curl your sections will decide the different looks that can be achieved. A slight bend is enough instead of a complete curl, especially if you are planning to wear the rest of the hair straight.

Side Bangs Magic
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Time to Blow Dry

Just by changing the way you blow dry will also have an impact on how you look. To create a little more fullness, try not to comb your hair just after shower. To display more hair on the forehead, blow dry everything forward while holding sections that are much far off from your natural part, without parting your hair. Both the sides should be dried in a diagonal and downward direction. Once completely dry, use your fingers to create a messy part.

Time to Blow Dry
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Side Braid

If you have gray short hair. The side braid is one of style that you can try on.

Side Braid
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Boho Style

If you would like to try something new for your gray hair. The boho style is your choice. It’s not complicate.You just mix the baby braid & fish braid and decorate with silver accessories.

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