Boost flat, skinny strands and turn up the volume with every wash
Is there anybody who doesn’t want thick, voluminous hair? But unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with it.. And fine, limp hair can be straight up frustrating.
What is fine hair and can you tell if you have it?
The difference between fine hair and thin hair has to do with the density of your hair and the thickness of the strands. With fine hair, you can have lots of hair with a small diameter. With thin hair, you can have thick hair strands but fewer of them. To find out the width, start by taking a single strand of hair from your brush and laying it flat on a table. If you can barely see the hair or feel it between your fingertips, then you most likely have fine hair.
Shampooing and Conditioning Fine Hair
Your hair is as sensitive as your skin. So using the wrong product for your hair type could actually do more harm than good. Choose a shampoo formulated for your hair texture and pair this with a conditioner suited to your hair’s length and level of heat damage or chemical processing. Fine hair can often mean oily hair. Because of this, you should avoid creamy shampoos. Gentle shampoos marked for volume and daily or frequent washing, however, are good bets.
So then, what is the best shampoo for fine hair, you ask?
We heard you, babe! The best shampoos for fine hair are the ones that cleanse your hair thoroughly, remove all the excess product build-up, plump up hair and leave your strands feeling light and lifted.
Team INH has rounded off 10 of our favorite fine hair shampoos that will give your hair an instant voluminous boost.
Kérastase Genesis Bain Hydra-Fortifiant Shampoo
Pocket pinch: $35
Hate to break it to you babe, but global warming and increasing temps might actually be promoting hair loss. With the current level of CO2 emissions in our environment, constant use of styling devices and stress, most of our hair has become thinner and limper over the years. It is now more prone to breakage than ever before. But with the Kérastase Genesis Bain Hydra-Fortifiant Shampoo, we found that our hair was responding quite well to this shampoo. The formula strengthens your hair fibers to reduce the risk of hair fall and breakage.
This one’s truly a fast and easy solution.
Kiehl's Rice & Wheat Volumising Shampoo
Pocket pinch: $21
The Keihl’s Rice and Wheat Volumising shampoo is a two-step revitalizing routine that is a must if your hair is thin and lifeless. The natural ingredients in the shampoo coat the fine hair strands to impart the appearance of a thick mane as it relies on the ancient sciences and benefits of rice and wheat proteins to create fullness and body without stripping off the hair’s natural oils.
If you are looking for something that is reliable, affordable and lightweight, then you are definitely looking at your hair’s new best friend. And it contains extracts of jojoba seed and rice bran to condition your hair and lock the essential moisture for bouncy and silky hair.
Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Shampoo
Pocket pinch: $28
The perfect match for fine and limp hair, the Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising shampoo gives fresh life to your hair. With the help of the natural properties of kaolin clay and acacia gum, it builds body and volume for the hair and the infusion of jasmine, certified organic peppermint, palmarosa, ylang ylang and other pure flower and plant essences, make your hair feel as fresh as the dewy grasses in your morning garden.
Green People Daily Aloe Shampoo
Pocket pinch: $18.50
This one is for everyone who is prone to greasy roots. Greasy roots are embarrassing, kinda make your hair fall flat and honestly, annoying. And that’s where this shampoo with the goodness of its aloe formula comes to the rescue. It nourishes and purifies your hair without stripping the strands and making it brittle and there was a significant reduction in frizz, as well. And guess what, this shampoo is Kate Moss-approved too. If we can’t convince you, Kate Moss definitely should.
LUSH New Shampoo Bar
Pocket pinch: $14.50
Is stress the reason for your hair fall? Then, you gotta try the LUSH shampoo bar infused with clove, cinnamon and peppermint oil that stimulates your scalp and relaxes your roots. This spicy bar or shampoo also contains the richness of rosemary and nettles that soothe irritated scalp and promotes shiny and soft hair. And it gets an extra point from us because of its environment-friendly packaging.
Team INH suggests you give it a try. It’s definitely worth every buck.
Oribe Shampoo For Magnificent Volume
Pocket pinch: $46.00
For limp and fine hair, the Oribe Shampoo For Magnificent Volume is a body-building shampoo that's highly recommended by beauty editors, hair stylists and hair care professionals alike for its amazing properties. This paraben-free, volumizing shampoo uses advanced polymers to visibly plump strands and build body for a thicker, fuller look. Ideal for fine to medium hair, the weightless formula restores visible balance to the scalp and energizes the follicle, leaving hair looking full and lush.
Philip Kingsley Body Building Weightless Shampoo
Pocket Pinch: $15.50
Is your flyaway hair bothering you too? Then, the Philip Kingsley Body Building Weightless Shampoo is your one-stop solution. Formulated by their in-house trichologists, this shampoo renders a Kardashian-like volume to your hair that swings and bounces and shines for even the finest hair textures. We assure you, this one will not disappoint.
It leaves your hair fuller and thicker all-day long and makes your hair easy and manageable to style. And it definitely lives up to its name when it says ‘weightless.’
Andrew Fitzsimons Body Volume Shampoo for Fine Hair with Caffeine
Pocket Pinch: $14
Carefully curated with a few of the best ingredients alongside caffeine, this shampoo thickens and texturizes fine hair to lend a bouncier, fuller look. Whether you are about to step out for a date or a business meeting, the Andrew Fitzsimons Body Volume Shampoo for Fine Hair with Caffeine will never fail to boost your hair and confidence. This shampoo also makes your hair appear soft and shiny and locks in the moisture for a long, long time!
OUAI Fine Hair Shampoo
Pocket Pinch: $30
If you are someone who wakes up with greasy roots, then you will absolutely love the OUAI Fine Hair Shampoo. The aloe formula purifies your scalp and the length of the hair and makes your hair feel light-weight, soft and fresh without stripping the strands or leaving them brittle.
We noticed the difference in our hair in just a few washes and surprisingly, the ends seemed less likely to snap off while brushing and most amusingly, the frizz reduced enormously and the sebum secretion seemed to be under control.
Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo
Pocket Pinch: $35
Is your dry and limp hair pulling down your confidence? Then this one’s for you! The Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo works best for flat, fine and color-treated hair. The eucalyptus leaf extract and multi-weight protein wash away excess build-up and lift your roots so that you feel fresh for days.
We suggest pairing it with the Pureology Pure Volume Conditioner for maximum volume and a great hair-flip moment.
Living Proof Full Shampoo
Pocket pinch: $30.00
A lightweight shampoo, the Living Proof Full Shampoo gently yet effectively cleanses hair, leaving it soft, shiny, and bouncy while setting the foundation for maximum fullness. The amaranth peptides plump strands for a fuller-looking appearance. Their Proprietary Amino Cleansing Complex, a sulfate-free surfactant blend, cleanses hair while helping to protect strands from styling damage and breakage. Plus, phytantriol preserves hair color. A ten on ten!
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo
Pocket pinch: $34.00
The Bumble and Bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo is a volumizing, lightweight cleanser that helps create body—leaving hair looking healthy and feeling soft. One of its main active ingredients is panthenol – which balances moisture in your hair and promotes healthy hair growth.
We've got 99 problems… but fine hair ain't one! Try any one of these fine hair shampoos and be blessed with voluminous hair!
So, which one are you gonna try first?
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