Best Shampoo for Fine Hair
Fine hair can be tough. Those thin strands are fragile, finicky, easily damaged, and giving them a dose of volume can be challenging. But! Rejoice, fine-haired ladies! We hear your struggle and this post is just for you. If you want to know how to thicken hair and you’re looking for good shampoo and hair products for your hair, We’ve rounded up 21 of the best shampoos for fine hair. These shampoos, that run the price-range gamut from $0.99 drug store find to $50 designer splurge, address the most common problems with fine hair: it’s limp, it’s thin, it’s damaged. These shampoos will clean as well as lift, strengthen, and thicken. Read on to find the shampoo of your fine-haired dreams.
1Joico Body Luxe Thickening Shampoo
This hair thickener shampoo is loaded with oatmeal and amino acids. The oatmeal gives your the locks moisture they need for bounce and volume and the amino acids help to repair and rebuild damaged strands. One reviewer on Joico’s own site says, “Smells soooo good and made my hair feel much thicker! My boyfriend told me it looked like I had a lions mane.”
Well, that’s a ringing endorsement if we’ve ever seen one.
2Aussie Aussome Pure Volume
How to add volume to hair? Try this volumizing shampoo! This one is considered one of the best volumizing shampoos and reviewers rave about this shampoo for how quick, clean, and easy it is, on top of the amazing cherry and ginger aroma. A little pump lathers up nicely and gets hair squeaky clean, and it gives hair major bounce. This is also a great option for the budget-conscious, as it’s available at most grocery and drug stores at a very low price.
3Herbal Essences Body Envy
Another drug store savior, this is a super common shampoo that hides in plain sight. Who would have thought? But reviewers absolutely love the stuff, saying it gives their thin, limp hair tons of shine and keeps it manageable. It’s a very thick formula, so a little goes a long way, and that 10.1 oz bottle will last you even with long hair.
This one is a little pricey, by comparison with the first few on this list, but boy is it worth it. If you want a super green, organic, natural shampoo for your fine hair, start here. The main ingredient in this shampoo is sea salt, which gives your roots a big, big lift (think natural beachy hair, oh yes). The particles and natural minerals gently de-grese and clean your hair. Seaweed and coconut oil moisturize while citrus juice leaves you super shiny.
5Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Wash
This one features salt and seaweed, too, and Bumble and Bumble products can be found in some drug stores and beauty supply stores (Lush is only sold at Lush stores and directly from their website). Customer reviews marvel at this shampoo’s ability to give life, lift, and bounce to even baby-fine, pin-straight hair.
6Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo
Acacia wood gum gives this shampoo its power to fill out fine hair. Many fine haired folks find their hair needs to be washed every day or it looks oily, and this shampoo will do a delicate job of cleaning fine hair and leaving it smooth, light, and lifted.
7Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo
Are we seriously including a 99 cent Suave shampoo on this list? Yes, and here’s why. Fine hair suffers greatly when residues from shampoos, conditioners, mousses, sprays, and other hair products build up over time, and this is guaranteed to happen at least every once in a while. Fine hair is easily weighed down and often flat and limp, and product build-up will only make that worse while also driving you crazy and thwarting all your best efforts to keep your hair clean and healthy.
The name says daily, but after scouring the internet, we’ve found that beauty buffs keep this unbeatably cheap product on hand for heavy-duty cleaning. When you’ve loaded your hair with products for heavy styling (think prom or bridesmaid level styling) you’ve got to get rid of ALL of that. This Suave shampoo does that with an impressively delicate touch, so keep it handy for the occasional total deep clean when you don’t want to use up your tried-and-true favorite. Also, it’s 99 cents- what do you have to lose?!
8Pantene Pro-V Full and Thick
This common and trusted brand’s Full and Thick formula gives fine hair lift and volume with a big dose of protein. This shampoo is also very moisturizing for dry hair.
9Aesop Volumising Shampoo
This shampoo lifts and separates– really. If your fine hair is prone to tangling, this will provide a delicate, refreshing cleanse and leaves you tangle-free with a boost. A botanical oil blend in this shampoo hydrates your hair and makes it nice and shiny, too.
10Dove Damage Therapy Volume Boost
If your fine hair takes a beating from styling and the general tumult of your life, this shampoo is for you. It’s safe and affordable for every day use, and repairs and boosts fine hair with every use.
11Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness
This is one of the more expensive options on our list, but with good reason. This fancy ‘poo is free of parabens and silicone but chock full of minerals, and many fine-haired reviewers say that while they tried out this product from a free sample, they’re hooked despite the cost. Across just about every site we could find, this product rates a solid 4-5 stars.
12Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo
This one isn’t for daily use, but once a week, especially if you use lots of styling and care products on your hair. Product buildup on your hair can weigh it down and ultimately result in your usual routine no longer working right (because your actual hair is so hidden under residues from the stuff you put in it). When you need a fresh start or find that your usual shampoos and products aren’t working as well as they once did, clean your hair with a squirt of this to get it back to its natural state.
13Desert Essence Apple and Ginger Thickening Shampoo
The perfect budget-friendly option if you still want to be natural, organic, green, or vegan. Plus, this stuff smells amazing. This one cleanses you hair and scalp with sugar and ginger, moisturizes with coconut oil, thickens hair with maca root, and leaves a brilliant shine thanks to the apples.
14Alba Botanica Body Builder
Another natural option with a tropical twist. Because this Alba shampoo is all natural, it isn’t very thick and doesn’t lather up into tons of suds like a regular shampoo. Don’t be fooled and overuse: a little squirt will get your whole head squeaky clean and leave your fine strands strong…AND smelling like mango!
15Redken Cerafill Defy
This is serious stuff and some say its the best shampoo for thin hair. If your thin hair is damaged enough that it is breaking or falling out, you need this shampoo. Not only will it fight those problems with zinc PCA, ceramide, and SP-94, but it will leave your hair with lots of lift and body.
16Unite Volumizing Shampoo
There cannot be too many gentle, volumizing shampoos in the world. This one also happens to be not only safe but protective for color-treated hair! Fine hair often means that you have to be gentle and sparing with color treatments, so a shampoo that’s kind to your color as well as your hair texture is essential to maintaining your look between treatments.
17Klorane Revitalizing and Strengthening
This one is from a French brand that uses natural plant sources, grown and harvested under the strictest of standards, to create high-end, fortifying hair products. Klorane’s strengthening formula treats hair with B-vitamin complex and quinine. B vitamins reinforce and strengthen hair structure, while quinine stimulates hair growth. This shampoo also gently detangles and boosts your hair, so it looks great after every wash.
18Alterna Caviar Bodybuilding Shampoo
There’s really caviar extract in this one, and if that doesn’t scream “PAMEPERED HAIR!” I don’t know what does. It’s sulfate-free, and there’s plenty of vitamin C in this formula. Perfect for fine, color treated hair, especially if you only wash every other day.
19Nexxus Diametress Luscious Hair Thickening Shampoo
This formula is protein-enriched to thicken every strand of limp hair on your head. It also contains green tea extract and panthenol, which is an excellent moisturizer and leaves your hair soft and glossy.
20Phyto Phytovolume Volumizing Shampoo
Phyto’s volumizing formula is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, which more and more consumers are avoiding for their potential toxicity as well as personal sensitivity to these ingredients. Like other sulfate-free shampoos, this one won’t feel like a thick gel, nor will it get super sudsy in your hair, so take some time and effort to work this seaweed-enriched, moisturizing shampoo over your scalp to lift your hair from root to tip.
21Rene Furterer Volumea
Last but not least on our list is the appropriately named Volumea shampoo from Rene Furterer. This product’s volumizing properties are thanks to carob extract. It also detangles your hair while it washes, so your hair won’t get damaged by brushing, pulling, and rubbing together.