Short haircuts with layers are among the best for disguising thinning hair. Lightening hair or adding highlights can also help disguise bald or thinning patches, because dye makes the hair cuticle swell, lending extra volume.
Pixie cuts or short bobs are a good choice for women with thinning hair, because shorter cuts often appear to have more volume. Long hair is heavier and makes hair lay flat against the scalp, which can make wide spots or bald patches appear larger. Adding layers also increases volume. Layers that are concentrated around the face and the front of the haircut are usually the most effective.