Feeling like your fine hair is letting you down even more than usual lately? The answer could simply be washing it more.
David Adams, trichologist and master colorist at Fourteenjay salon in NYC says that fine hair tends to need washing sooner as it gets weighed down more easily by product, oil, and other build up simply because there’s literally less surface area to cover. That means the right shampoo is crucial for bringing limp strands back to life. “It’s important to use a shampoo that is not too heavy in oils or moisturizers that could weigh the hair down and make it look greasy,” says Adams. But a good shampoo can only work as well as you use it. “Make sure your shampoo is focused at the roots where most dirt, oil, and product resides,” recommends Adams. If you feel like your hair is extra dirty, double up on your cleanse before moving onto conditioner.
While we’re focusing on shampoos, the placement of conditioner is just as important—maybe even more so as it can very quickly weigh down the hair so you only want it where it’s needed. Keep your conditioner on the bottom half of your hair to help hydrate your ends (the area that’s usually the most damaged and dry). This should also help extend the time between washes. Now that you’ve got all the basics down, shop the best shampoos for fine hair, ahead.
Naked Volume White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Shampoo
A blend of mint oils (peppermint and mosa) along with grapefruit extract work together to help stimulate limp strands while aloe leaf juice helps hydrate without adding weight.
Strengthening Shampoo with Organic Quinoa, Baobab and Biotin
This plant-based formula helps repair hair thanks to organic quinoa, which contains amino acids and proteins that work to build back up damaged hair.
Body Building Shampoo
Made by a trichologist, this formula uses natural cellulose (what makes up the structure of plant cell walls) to help plump up each strand for fuller hair.
Rosehip Oil Geranium & Aloe Vera Shampoo
Burdock root helps balance and detox the scalp and hair while sage leaf helps purify strands for a super clean finish that also leaves hair looking fuller.
Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo
Acacia Gum—derived from the hardened sap of acacia trees—builds onto fine strands to help thicken up the hair.
Living Proof patented a special molecule that claims to not only remove dirt, oil, and buildup that can weigh down your hair, but also keeps them away so your hair stays cleaner (and fuller) for longer.
Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo
Maltodextrin—a plant-based additive typically used to thicken food—is used in this shampoo to help fatten up your strands while biotin promotes hair health and strength.
Hair Rituel Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo with Camellia Oil
This bottle packs a punch with its mix of vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, and magnesium (to name a few) that help strengthen hair for less breakage. It also uses lightweight camellia oil to help seal in moisture—because even fine strands, more prone to being oily, can be dry.
3D Volume and Thickening Shampoo
Rice protein and vegatable protein work together to add volume and thicken strands without leaving them sticky or stiff.
Surf Foam Wash Shampoo
Magnesium sulfate (aka epsom salt) and sodium chloride (aka salt) come together with sea fennel and kelp extract for that beachy, just-stepped-out-of-the-ocean volume without feeling dry or crunchy.
Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Volume & Bounty Shampoo
Hydrate your hair without the added weight thanks to this coconut water-based shampoo. Plus, you can feel good knowing it’s sulfate-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, dye-free, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free