13 Shampoos That Breathe New Life To Fine Hair Types

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Growing up, I assumed that since I had thick hair, the texture was also coarse. After all, that's what drugstore shampoo and conditioner bottles told me. However, it wasn't until the first fancy-pants haircut that I was told that I actually have fine hair — just a ton of it. This revelation came after years of heavy shampoos and leave-in conditioners that did me dirty. Instead, I should have been looking for a completely different type of hair washing experience.

"Fine hair can easily become flat and greasy so it's important to choose shampoos that fortify, plump, or thicken each individual hair strand," says Devin Toth, stylist at Salon SCK in New York City.

Knowing what ingredients to avoid is just as important as keeping in mind the ones to seek out, however. When looking for fine hair-friendly shampoos, "Avoid shampoos that are overly moisturizing or cause build-up," says Toth. Even with all those do's and don'ts, however, there are plenty of shampoos that can address a wide variety of fine hair concerns. Whether you're looking for volume, frizz control, or just a good deal, here are our favorites.


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<h2>Bumble and bumble Bb.Thickening Volume Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Thickening</strong><br><br>If you want hair so full it'll have people wondering if got you extensions, try Bumble and bumble's beloved Thickening shampoo. Limp hair, who?<br><br><strong>Bumble and bumble</strong> Bb.Thickening Volume Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fp%2Fbbthickening-volume-shampoo-xlsImpprod16451018" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Bumble and bumble Bb.Thickening Volume Shampoo


Best Thickening

If you want hair so full it'll have people wondering if got you extensions, try Bumble and bumble's beloved Thickening shampoo. Limp hair, who?

Bumble and bumble Bb.Thickening Volume Shampoo, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h2>Living Proof Full Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Volume</strong><br><br>This fan-favorite formula offers a gentle cleanse while blessing your roots with see-it-to-believe-it lift and fullness.<br><br><strong>Living Proof</strong> Full Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.livingproof.com%2Ffull%2Fshampoo%2FR202.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Living Proof" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Living Proof</a>

Living Proof Full Shampoo


Best Volume

This fan-favorite formula offers a gentle cleanse while blessing your roots with see-it-to-believe-it lift and fullness.

Living Proof Full Shampoo, $, available at Living Proof
<h2>L'Oreal Paris Hair Care EverStrong Thickening Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Drugstore</strong><br><br>Want proof that you don't need to spend a ton to get quality shampoo? Look no further than L'Oréal's salon-quality, sans-sulfate shampoo.<br><br><strong>L'Oreal Paris</strong> EverStrong Thickening Sulfate Free Shampoo (Pack of 2), $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3zsOQbN" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

L'Oreal Paris Hair Care EverStrong Thickening Shampoo


Best Drugstore

Want proof that you don't need to spend a ton to get quality shampoo? Look no further than L'Oréal's salon-quality, sans-sulfate shampoo.

L'Oreal Paris EverStrong Thickening Sulfate Free Shampoo (Pack of 2), $, available at Amazon
<h2>R+Co Bleu Ingenious Thickening Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Luxe</strong><br><br>If you love a good splurge, you won't do better than this thickening formula from R+Co's prestige range. "This one is so luxurious and achieves incredible results," says Toth.<br><br><strong>R+Co Bleu</strong> Ingenious Thickening Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.violetgrey.com%2Fproduct%2Fingenious-thickening-shampoo%2FRCO-B1SHTHS01A1%3F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Violet Grey" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Violet Grey</a>

R+Co Bleu Ingenious Thickening Shampoo


Best Luxe

If you love a good splurge, you won't do better than this thickening formula from R+Co's prestige range. "This one is so luxurious and achieves incredible results," says Toth.

R+Co Bleu Ingenious Thickening Shampoo, $, available at Violet Grey
<h2>Shu Uemura muroto volume shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Hydrating</strong><br><br>"While it's commonly known that heavy shampoos can instantly make your hair greasy, overly cleansing shampoos can do the same since they strip away your scalp's natural oils," explains Toth. If you want your strands to feel impeccably soft, this Shu Uemura formula will bestow a veil of hydration for your silkiest strands yet.<br><br><strong>Shu Uemura</strong> muroto volume shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com%2Fcollections%2Fmuroto-volume%2Fpure-lightness-shampoo.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shu Uemura" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shu Uemura</a>

Shu Uemura muroto volume shampoo


Best Hydrating

"While it's commonly known that heavy shampoos can instantly make your hair greasy, overly cleansing shampoos can do the same since they strip away your scalp's natural oils," explains Toth. If you want your strands to feel impeccably soft, this Shu Uemura formula will bestow a veil of hydration for your silkiest strands yet.

Shu Uemura muroto volume shampoo, $, available at Shu Uemura
<h2>Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Smoothing</strong><br><br>For fine, frizzy hair, this Sachajuan shampoo (a longtime fave of R29 shopping editor Kate Spencer) helps tame split ends and add shine.<br><br><strong>Sachajuan</strong> Normal Hair Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dermstore.com%2Fsachajuan-normalizing-shampoo-250ml%2F11372588.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DermStore" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DermStore</a>

Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo


Best Smoothing

For fine, frizzy hair, this Sachajuan shampoo (a longtime fave of R29 shopping editor Kate Spencer) helps tame split ends and add shine.

Sachajuan Normal Hair Shampoo, $, available at DermStore
<h2>Ethique Volumizing Shampoo Bar</h2><br><strong>Best Bar</strong><br><br>No bottle? No problem. Simply lather this shampoo bar onto wet hair, rinse, and enjoy renewed fullness and volume. (BTW, it smells like autumn in a bar — *swoon*.)<br><br><strong>Ethique</strong> Volumizing Shampoo Bar, Sweet & Spicy, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3krX7Z9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Ethique Volumizing Shampoo Bar


Best Bar

No bottle? No problem. Simply lather this shampoo bar onto wet hair, rinse, and enjoy renewed fullness and volume. (BTW, it smells like autumn in a bar — *swoon*.)

Ethique Volumizing Shampoo Bar, Sweet & Spicy, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Kristin Ess Deep Clean Clarifying Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Clarifying</strong><br><br>Fine hair can sometimes be prone to feeling oily and greasy; if this sounds like you, consider switching to a clarifying formula to help whisk away buildup.<br><br><br><strong>Kristin Ess</strong> Deep Clean Clarifying Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2Fza45k0" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

Kristin Ess Deep Clean Clarifying Shampoo


Best Clarifying

Fine hair can sometimes be prone to feeling oily and greasy; if this sounds like you, consider switching to a clarifying formula to help whisk away buildup.


Kristin Ess Deep Clean Clarifying Shampoo, $, available at Target
<h2>Verb Ghost Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Weightless</strong><br><br>If you're tired of dealing with lack of volume and flat roots, Verb's Ghost (get it...because it's invisible?) shampoo is a personal fave of mine. Plus, it's safe for color-treated hair.<br><br><strong>VERB</strong> Ghost Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fp%2Fghost-shampoo-pimprod2024723" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Verb Ghost Shampoo


Best Weightless

If you're tired of dealing with lack of volume and flat roots, Verb's Ghost (get it...because it's invisible?) shampoo is a personal fave of mine. Plus, it's safe for color-treated hair.

VERB Ghost Shampoo, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h2>OUAI Fine Hair Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Strengthening</strong><br><br>A triple-threat of keratin, biotin, and chia seed oil work to strengthen and deliver nutrients to your strands.<br><br><br><strong>Ouai</strong> Fine Hair Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fp%2Ffine-hair-shampoo-pimprod2014620" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

OUAI Fine Hair Shampoo


Best Strengthening

A triple-threat of keratin, biotin, and chia seed oil work to strengthen and deliver nutrients to your strands.


Ouai Fine Hair Shampoo, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h2>Love Beauty & Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Sulfate-Free</strong><br><br>If you prefer a sulfate-free formula, we love this mild shampoo by Love, Beauty & Planet. It's gentle while still moisturizing and cleaning strands. <br><br><strong>Love Beauty and Planet</strong> Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fp%2Fvolume-bounty-coconut-water-mimosa-flower-shampoo-xlsImpprod17771973" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Love Beauty & Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo


Best Sulfate-Free

If you prefer a sulfate-free formula, we love this mild shampoo by Love, Beauty & Planet. It's gentle while still moisturizing and cleaning strands.

Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h2>NatureLab Tokyo Volume Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Refillable</strong><br><br>This cherry blossom-scented volumizing shampoo comes in a plastic bottle, but can be given new life with <a href="https://naturelab.com/products/perfect-volume-shampoo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:refill pouches" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">refill pouches</a> to encourage reuse.<br><br><strong>NatureLab Tokyo</strong> Volume Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnaturelab.com%2Fproducts%2Fperfect-volume-shampoo" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NatureLab Tokyo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NatureLab Tokyo</a>

NatureLab Tokyo Volume Shampoo


Best Refillable

This cherry blossom-scented volumizing shampoo comes in a plastic bottle, but can be given new life with refill pouches to encourage reuse.

NatureLab Tokyo Volume Shampoo, $, available at NatureLab Tokyo
<h2>R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo</h2><br><strong>Best Repairing</strong><br><br>Big hair, don't care. Channel your inner Texas gal with this biotin-infused shampoo that helps repair hair damage <em>and</em> leave you with fuller locks. <br><br><strong>R+Co</strong> DALLAS Biotin Thickening Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3AH3OMA" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

R+Co Dallas Biotin Thickening Shampoo


Best Repairing

Big hair, don't care. Channel your inner Texas gal with this biotin-infused shampoo that helps repair hair damage and leave you with fuller locks.

R+Co DALLAS Biotin Thickening Shampoo, $, available at Amazon

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