The 14 Best Hair-Thickening Shampoos for Men

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No matter what kind of hair you have, or how much of it you have for that matter, there's nothing wrong with looking for a little more volume. There are plenty of styling products out there that help to achieve a fuller, thicker look to hair, but did you know that styling can actually start in the shower? A thickening shampoo is the first step to achieving the luscious quaff of your dreams—and all you have to do is wash your hair.

Thickening shampoos work in a few different ways. Most will contain ingredients like proteins, amino acids, biotin, keratin and more that help to plump of the strands of your hair and make them look thicker and fuller (at least in the short term). Many of these ingredients work double duty by also helping to strengthen your hair and make it more resilient. Other shampoos will also contain ingredients like saw palmetto that have been shown to help block DHT in the scalp (that’s the hormone that contributes to Male Pattern Hair Loss). That’s great news if one of the reasons you want to make your hair look thicker is because you’re losing it. Keep in mind that these shampoos with hair-growth (or at least loss-prevention) potential are not a substitute for other topical medications, but can work well as part of a larger hair-loss treatment regimen.

No matter your reason for reaching for a thickening shampoo, there are a variety of options out there. We tested and tried as many as we could get our hands on, and called up a few experts for good measure, to find the very best available. So before you turn up the volume, consult this list.

Thick Fix Shampoo for Thinning Hair

Many hair-thickening shampoos offer great results right away, but the volume you get doesn’t last forever. This shampoo, on the other hand, contains saw palmetto, a natural ingredient that has been shown to help block DHT, the hormone that contributes to Male Pattern Hair Loss. That means that not only does this offer immediate thickening effects like any good thickening shampoo, but it can also help curb further hair loss for better long term results. Keep in mind that you need to let it sit on your scalp for a few minutes before rinsing to allow the ingredients to penetrate.

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$22.49

Thickening Shampoo Scalp Therapy Formula

This thickening shampoo works in two ways to add volume to fine and thinning hair. First, it cleanses and balances the scalp, which helps to remove buildup and prime the way for optimal hair growth. Second, it contains phyto-extracts, as well as other hair-healthy ingredients like biotin, which help to plump and hydrate hair strands to give an immediate (but superficial) thickening effect.

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Thickening Shampoo Scalp Therapy Formula

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$38.00

Densifique Densité Shampoo

Dermatologist and co-founder of Root Hair Institute, Natalie Kash, MD, recommends this shampoo to her patients because it contains ingredients like hyaluronic acid, peptides and ceramides that can “create a thickening effect” while also cleansing it effectively yet gently. Plus, it gives hair a shiny, healthy appearance on top of pumping it up.

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SH1 Daily Thickening Shampoo

Luxury shampoos hit different and even though this one is also functional, what really stands out is the experience. The fragrance is elevated and luxurious, like a high-end spa or even a really good cologne, and the lather is rich. But it’s not just surface level. In the formula, you’ll find ingredients that help combat the first signs of hair loss as well as plump up hair to make it appear thicker and fuller.

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Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen Volumizing Shampoo

Hardik Doshi, MD, lead surgeon at Ample Hair Restoration Clinic in New York City, loves this inexpensive option for hair thickening because it has biotin and collagen in the formula, two ingredients that are “well-known for promoting hair volume and overall health.” There’s also wheat protein, which he says can help strengthen strands and reduce potential breakage, making thinner hair more resilient.

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Thick & Full + Biotin & Collagen Volumizing Shampoo

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$5.97

Volumising Shampoo

The Australian botanicals and essential oils in this formula, like cuaçu butter and neem seed oil, fortify and strengthen your hair while mango butter, hemp seed, and marula oil help to smooth and repair damage, especially from dying or bleaching. On top of all that, “it really does help volumize hair,” says John Arsenault, hairstylist and co-founder of Mott NYC. And on top of all that, it has UV-protection in the formula.

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Volumising Shampoo

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$41.00

HairStem DHT Blocker Hair Growth Shampoo

This multi-functional shampoo can not only help make hair look thicker and fuller, but actually help curb hair loss as well. It does this through several different pathways. First it contains a mix of botanical ingredients and vitamins that help to volumize hair and nourish the scalp, promoting an overall healthier environment for hair to flourish. It also helps to block DHT, which is linked to Male Pattern Hair Loss, and can help curb shedding and thinning for fuller locks in the long run.

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$29.95

Full Shampoo

This super-lightweight, residue-free formula is powered by amaranth peptides to help plump up fine and thin hair and phyantriol to help protect your strands from potential damage, especially from things like hot tools. There’s also an amino acid complex that gently cleanses hair.

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Diametress Volumizing Shampoo

This salon-favorite shampoo is a hit with Dr. Doshi because the protein-packed formula “strengthens and adds fullness” to your hair. It also uses gentle cleansing agents that won’t dry out your hair or scalp and Vitamin B5 to nourish strands. The overall effect is more voluminous hair that’s lifted from the roots and looks clean and healthy, not weighed down by residue.

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$28.40

Thickening Shampoo

The fresh kick of eucalyptus and mint in this shampoo’s scent instantly transforms your shower into a spa—and who doesn’t want that? The deep-cleansing formula contains rice protein and Vitamin E, which help to strengthen hair from the inside out while plumping up strands to help them appear fuller.

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Custom Shampoo

Dealing with thinning hair can be tricky because everyone has unique hair and scalps, so find a product that works may take some (frustrating) trial and error. That’s where a custom product like this comes in. A quick survey takes into account everything from your personal hair characteristics, lifestyle, and environmental factors like water and air quality to develop a formula customized just for you. You can even give them feedback once you try it so the formula can be tweaked until it’s absolutely perfect.

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Hair Thinning Therapy Biotin Shampoo

This shampoo is packed with a ton of natural ingredients, all of which work together to give your hair and scalp what it needs to prosper. There are DHT-blockers like nettle extracts and saw palmetto, which work to potentially curb hair loss and shedding, as well as damage reversing argan oil and tea tree oil, black cumin seed oil, and clary sage, which help to strengthen hair.

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Flourish Shampoo for Thinning Hair

Keratin is an essential protein for hair production and this shampoo has loads of it. It helps repair damage and nourish both your scalp and your hair, and it can strengthen hair and make it more resilient against future damage. That would make this shampoo great on its own, but it also contains peptides, hyaluronic acid, red algae extract, and more, all of which help to create the appearance of thicker hair.

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Flourish Shampoo for Thinning Hair

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$44.00

Extra Love Volume & Thickening Shampoo

Yes, this lightweight shampoo deep cleanses your scalp and hair without leaving them dry (in fact, it leaves them feeling incredibly hydrated). But what’s especially cool about it is that it contains prebiotics that help balance your scalp’s microbiome, promoting a better environment for your hair to grow—and that means healthier hair in the long run. And while it’s doing all that, it also makes your hair look fuller.

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$32.00

How Do Hair-Thickening Shampoos Work?

Generally, thickening shampoos work in two different ways. Often there is a thickening agent like protein or something else that sticks to the hair and superficially makes it look thicker after you wash with the shampoo. Some will also (or instead) contain ingredients like vitamins or plant extracts that can nourish and balance the scalp and hair to improve their health and sometimes remove excess oil that can weigh down hair (astringent ingredients like tea tree are good for this). Others can contain ingredients that block DHT and stimulate hair growth. Keep in mind that any hair-growth claims made on shampoo are tricky because, while it’s a topical product, people tend to wash it off quickly. In order to achieve any hair growth or hair-loss prevention results, you generally need to let it sit on your scalp for a few minutes before washing it off.

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What Ingredients to Look for in a Hair-Thickening Shampoo

Not all ingredients will work for everyone and how well something works for you depends on your scalp, hair type, and other factors, warns Dr. Kash. But there are plenty of ingredients out there that have been shown in studies to improve the quality of hair and make it look thicker and fuller. Look for biotin, which can strengthen hair; caffeine, which can stimulate hair follicles and increase blood flow to the scalp; keratin, an essential protein to hair production; niacin, which can improve blood flow to the scalp; and saw palmetto, which can help block DHT production, which contributes to hair loss.

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What Ingredients to Avoid in a Hair-Thickening Shampoo

Generally, ingredients like sulfates (surfactants that can strip the hair of natural oils), silicones (which can build up on hair and weight it down), and artificial fragrances (which can cause scalp irritation) should be avoided, not just in thickening shampoos, but in all shampoos.

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How to Pick a Hair-Thickening Shampoo

The first thing you should consider is your scalp and hair type, recommends Dr. Kash. Harsh ingredients like alcohols and sulfates can dry out your hair and scalp, so if you already struggle with dryness, you should avoid them. Oily scalps, on the other hand, can tolerate deeper cleansing and should use them to help reduce oil that can weigh down hair and make it look thinner. The best thing to do is to choose a shampoo that’s been formulated for your hair type to take out some of the guesswork. Also consider how frequently you wash your hair (if you wash more often, choose a gentler shampoo that won’t strip your hair of its natural oils, for instance). Finally, hair texture should be taken into account. Curly and textured hair requires more moisturization than fine or thin hair, so pick a richer, more hydrating shampoo.

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Why Trust Us

We’re not going to say something is great unless it's actually great. Every product in Esquire’s round-ups is carefully curated by our grooming and e-commerce teams.

When it comes to skincare you can rest assured that we’re hand-selecting products that we’ve personally tested, tried, and loved. Our grooming editor Garrett Munce, along with the rest of the style team, has spent years lathering, massaging, rinsing, and test driving hundreds (thousands!) of hair products and we are confident that these are the best.

Every pick on this list (and our other lists) comes from these years of testing. We know that everyone’s skin is different, no two men are the same, and what works for you may not work for everyone else. But if you’re looking for the right place to start, with advice from folks who care (possibly too much!) about this sort of stuff, this is the place to be.

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