Whether you've always had fine hair or you've only started to notice a loss in volume in recent years or months, it can be super frustrating. You've probably tried all manner of volumising styling products and have perhaps even gone as far as getting a haircut specifically designed to make hair look thicker (yes, these do exist).
But have you thought about your shampoo? The best thickening shampoos can actually have a pretty profound difference. Some will give hair more movement, which will then trick the eye into thinking hair is all of a sudden a whole lot bouncier. Others, including this £5 one, believe it or not, even have the ability to expand individual strands for a lasting thickening effect.
Whichever you go for, it's definitely worth overhauling this part of your routine and investing in a thickening shampoo. Click through to discover the ones that actually work.
If your hair seems to be lacking life, it's vital to make sure there's nothing weighing it down. Living Proof's shampoo contains no sulfates but still manages to froth up into a rich lather that collects up all particles of dirt, oil and product residue, so each strand is free from the shackles of heavy buildup and can flow free. Super-clean hair equals thicker-looking hair.
Containing revolutionary ingredient Filloxane, this shampoo sends its thickening agents deep within the hair fibre, pumping it up from the inside out. It'll make each strand feel thicker, boosting the overall volume of your head of hair. And it's a fiver. Win-win.
Bumble and Bumble's shampoo uses aloe vera juice to condition each strand, adding shine but not an ounce of weight while panthenol balances moisture and makes hair look visibly healthier. The result is fuller hair that looks and feels like its been subject to some pretty serious TLC.
Another formula that harnesses the strand-puffing power of Filloxane, Redken's shampoo also boasts silicone polymers that lift away dirt and grease—even the persistent kind that clings on for dear life.
If your noticeable thinning is down to damage, look to John Frieda's option. Its volumising qualities come courtesy of hair proteins that scaffold each stand preventing breakage, which is vital in ensuring the lengths of hair continue to look full and healthy.
Notice your scalp feels a little congested? That could be causing your lack of hair thickness. Inside this shampoo is the very same salicylic acid you'll find in skin exfoliating pads to nibble away at any dead skin cell build up at the scalp, to give each hair a fighting chance at growing to be long and healthy. There's also a special ingredient dubbed Intra-Cylane that wraps itself around the hair fibre to give it a boost of volume at the root, making the whole head of hair look thicker and bouncier.
For anything hair related, you can always rely on trichologist brand Philip Kingsley. Its best-selling thickening shampoo contains natural cellulose, which plumps and thickens the texture of each strand, as well as keratin proteins to bolster the strength of each individual hair. With continued use, you'll notice hair looks full of life and movement without causing flyaways and frizz.
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