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If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that creating the appearance of thick hair is the ultimate goal for those of us with thin or fine hair. Of course, that’s easier said than done, right? Well, the first step toward achieving your goal is finding the right system of hair care products—including shampoo and conditioner—for thin hair. Below, find our best shampoos for thin hair along with the hair care products you should use in conjunction with them.
When it comes to taking care of thin hair, it all starts with your shampoo (and conditioner). After all, washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner should be the first step in any hair care routine, regardless of your hair type. If you’ve been reaching for any old shampoo and conditioner in the shower, it’s time to rethink things. Look for a system of shampoo and conditioner formulated for thin hair. Have your pick from our best shampoos for thin hair, along with the system of hair care products you should use alongside them.
L’Oréal Paris Elvive Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo: The Volume Filler system, which includes this shampoo along with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Volume Filler Thickening Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Volume Filler Densifying Gelee, can help generate a thicker feel and infuse the appearance of lush, lasting volume over time. Apply shampoo and massage into wet hair, lather then rinse. Follow up by applying the conditioner and leaving it on for 1-3 minutes. Rinse out then apply the leave-in gelee evenly through damp hair and blow-dry. For added volume, blow-dry your hair while lifting your roots with your brush.
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Shampoo: The EverPure Volume system, which consists of this sulfate-free shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner, gently cleanses and revives the appearance of fine, flat hair, infusing luminous shine and boosting body without weighing hair down. Apply shampoo to wet hair and massage gently, then rinse thoroughly. Follow up with the conditioner, leaving it on for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out.
Editor’s tip: Wash your hair in lukewarm water, as super-hot water can strip your hair of essential oils, leaving it feeling drier.
L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo: The EverStrong thickening system of this shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner carefully cleanses and purifies fragile, thin hair removing buildup and excess oils to help weak hair appear thicker. Apply the shampoo to wet hair and massage gently, then rinse thoroughly. Next, apply the conditioner and leave it on for 1-3 minutes, then rinse out.
Washing your hair may seem totally intuitive, but it’s actually possible you aren’t using your shampoo and conditioner the right way. When you have thin hair in particular, there are specific steps you should be following. Here’s how to wash when you have thin hair.
Step 1: Cleanse as per usual. Step into the shower and saturate your hair completely with water before breaking out your shampoo of choosing. Massage it into your hair, then rinse out.
Step 2: Condition—without overdoing it. Pick up the conditioner that coordinates with your shampoo and smooth it into the ends of your hair. Be sure not to apply too much, as using lots of conditioner can weigh down your hair and make it look limp. No thanks! Depending on which conditioner you use, you may want to leave it on for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out.
Step 3: Dry gently. Finish up the rest of your shower routine, then hop out. Now, it’s time to dry your hair. Since hair is more fragile when it’s wet, be gentle. Instead of using a towel to soak up the water, switch to a soft, cotton t-shirt, which can be easier on your hair.
Step 4: Style with lightweight hair sprays. Hair creams, hair pomades, and any other products that are on the thicker side may be too much for your thin hair. Try using a lightweight hair spray to style your thin hair instead. While your hair is still damp, spritz with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to embrace natural texture and achieve a wavy hair look.
Not sure how to wear your thin hair? Head over to our article on 5 Hairstyles That Make Thin Hair Look Thick.