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Finding the best hair thickening shampoo for limp roots and lacklustre strands can be a balancing act: you don’t want to weigh your hair down with heavy formulas, but you still need to make sure you’re using something with allll the volumising ingredients.
The secret to success? Knowing exactly what to look for. Caffeine is a key one, as studies have found that it stimulates hair follicles, accelerates growth and can help to minimise loss. Body builders, such as clay fibres, are ideal when you want quick, visible fullness, aka before a big-night-out – while hydrolyzed protein (from wheat or pea) can help dry hair hold onto moisture, making your strands look plumper and healthier.
If you feel like you’re forever trialling products promising to thicken your strands, but still haven’t yet found the best shampoo for fine hair – we’ve got ya. All of these formulas have been tried and tested by yours truly to wean out the ones that fall short of spectacular and leave you with the ones really worth your hard-earned cash.
Scroll through the winners…
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IGK 1995 2 in 1 Shampoo and Texturizer, £22
Body Building Shampoo
The stuff of hair-thickening legend, this trichologist-developed shampoo really does live up to its accolades. The star ingredient is keratin, which is the structural protein that strengthens hair fibres, stopping them from snapping. A holy-grail product for oily or greasy hair.
Delicate Volumising Shampoo with Rose Extracts
Scented with rose extract, Christophe Robin’s offering is undoubtedly the most luxurious shampoo for fine hair out there (and yes, it smells as good as you’re imagining). The key is in the jelly-like formula that washes out effortlessly – no hard rubbing required – to ensure your roots are clean, not claggy.
Hair Density Shampoo Intense
Packed with caffeine, this advanced formula wakes up roots like no other. Combine this with scalp-balancing niacin, which creates a fertile ground for new hair growth, and you’re well on your way to the full, long hair of your dreams.
If you’ve ever used Revitalash’s legendary eyelash growth serum, you’ll know how quickly it gives you a flutter to rival Bambi’s. This super-advanced, paraben-free shampoo offers the same results on your hair – really. Willow bark gently exfoliates the scalp, leaving it balanced and primed to accommodate new growth, while loquat leaf thickens thinning strands.
Extra Volume Shampoo
Because fine hair can be dry too, Moroccanoil’s Extra Volume shampoo combines body-building linden-bud extract with famously hydrating argan oil. The result is swishy, soft hair that’s full of movement.
Collagen & Fullness Shampoo
Using a shampoo that’s too heavy for your hair type will weigh it down, even after it’s been washed out, leading to limp, lifeless roots. For really fine hair, Tresemmé’s Thick and Full shampoo is ideal – the micellar formula is much lighter than a classic shampoo, and the peptide collagen inside works to visibly plump skinny strands.
This cult classic contains lightweight surfactants that sweep away pollutants and grime without stripping the life out of fine, delicate strands. It’s sulphate free, yet still produces a satisfying lather, and smells like a spring meadow. No wonder it’s enjoying a 5-star review streak on Cult Beauty.
Densifique Bain Densite
Taking its cues from your favourite skin serum, Kérastase’s volumising shampoo contains hyaluronic acid to help fine hair keep hold of moisture for longer, making it look plumper. Use it with the coordinating conditioner, and you’ve got yourself a hair-thickening dream team.
Living Proof Full Shampoo, £22
This sophisticated volumising shampoo is free from irritants and sulphates, so ideal for anyone with a sensitive scalp. Super gentle, it’ll lift away impurities and oil to make hair feel clean, not stripped. A perfect option for everyday use, but if you’ve used a whole can of hairspray the night before, it might not quite cut the residue.
Evo Gluttony Shampoo (300ml)
Easily one of the best shampoos for fine hair that never feels really clean, this one works wonders on roots that seem to stick to your scalp. Sulphate free and vegan friendly, Evo’s offering is a great all-rounder for frequent washers, and is packed with protein to strengthen strands.
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