How to Grow Out Short Fine Hair

There comes that point where you just want a change, and often that means growing out your hair. But what kind of style do you transition to if all you’ve ever known is really short hair?  Fabulous After 40 hair expert Chris Maclachlan has this advice for my reader Genie.

What should Genie do with her hair?

Hi Chris,

I’m a 68 year old woman with a round face.  I’ve decided to let my hair grow out after having had short hair since I was 13. I’m sick of short hair and REALLY want to do something different.

I like having some length to my hair.  It’s about half way down my neck and I’m trying to get it so I can pull it back in a pony tail when I garden or we go camping. I just want something DIFFERENT!!!! I’m SICK of the same old thing!!!!!

I’m willing to cut it if you have any suggestions that will not look just like I’ve always looked.  My hair is very fine and I color it.  It has a little wave but not much body.

I’d be grateful for any help you can give me.  Thanks. Genie

Hi Genie,

I can’t believe you are 68 !!  You look great and have beautiful skin.

As for your hair, I like the colour but agree with you that it is time for a change with your cut.

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A bob will make thin ends look thicker.

I would first like to address the fact that you say your hair is fine. Most people with fine hair are always going for volume which means they are always going for looks that simply don’t work for their natural texture.

Also, the longer you go, the more fine your hair will look.  As soon as its past your shoulders it will separate when you move, and then you will be able to see right through it, making it look even thinner.

A bob is great to make fine ends look thicker.

I would encourage you to go for a modern classic bob and grow out your bangs and layers a bit.

Having no bangs or long bangs with a side part will slim your face, as will having  a slight angle to the cut.  Also, if you go for a sleek look and stop trying to get volume, you will be much more satisfied with the results and also spend less time on the blow-dry.

I would try one of these looks.  The image of the blond woman has a little graduation in the back which is a really nice way to add a bit of height in the crown, so that is something you can try as well. Good luck.

Chris Maclachlan is a top hairstylist and wardrobe consultant with over 15 years experience in the industry. She is passionate about helping all woman find their own style and feel their best, no matter age, shape or size.

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  1. I am going on 66 and my hair sucks! It is so baby fine and straight as a board! I have had long hair and agree that it is worse looking when long. Short hair is ok with me! I have had my hair professionally done, looks great. Next day the look is back.. ugh! I have tried to style my hair with gels and other things that say great for thin hair! I can see my scalp through my hair. I would love to be able to wear headbands, clips and other accessories but they slide right off hair! I would love a look for my hair type that has the short look with longer bangs and easy to do myself. Any suggestions would be so helpful.

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