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The Best Volumising Shampoos For Fine Hair

The Best Volumising Shampoos For Fine Hair

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If you feel like you’re constantly pumping thickening products into your roots, only for them to fall flat mere minutes later, you likely need to take a few steps back.

The road to thick, full hair actually starts in the shower – specifically, with a shampoo for fine hair.

As Louise Garbutt, Creative Director at Aveda Gina Conway explains, the secret to a great volumising shampoo isn’t necessarily what’s added – it’s what’s not in there. ‘Try to avoid silicone or polymers, especially in fine hair,’ she says. ‘They weigh the hair down by coating each strand in a plastic-like substance, so it might feel silky but will probably look limp. Check the ingredients list for anything ending in “-cone”.’

If this sounds familiar, Garbutt recommends using a clarifying shampoo once a week, to remove the build-up. (We love Living Proof’s charcoal-based Triple Detox formula.)

However, finding the best shampoo for fine hair is only the first step – next, you need to refine your washing technique. According to Garbutt, one of the primary reasons we don’t see success from volumising products is placement: remember, shampoo in the roots, and conditioner only on the mid-lengths and ends. ‘Also, always shampoo with warm water to open the cuticle, then rinse the conditioner with cool water, until it runs completely clear,’ she says. 

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Below, see the shampoos for fine hair that have been approved by team ELLE – and we’re a very fussy bunch.


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