5 Best Shampoos for Thinning Hair
When you think of hair loss, thinning hair or bald spots, most people immediately think of men. However, according to the American Hair Loss Association, women make up 40% of the American population that suffers from serious loss of strands. And as women, it can be quite embarrassing—not to mention emotionally devastating—to suddenly have to deal with thinning, limp and unhealthy looking hair. It’s one of our key accessories, just like clothing, jewelry, nail polish and shoes. We love to style our hair, color our hair and create gorgeous, unique ‘dos to add an additional “oomph” to our overall look and individual of style.
If you’re starting to notice that your once thick mane is not as luscious as it used to be, it might be time to try out some shampoos formulated especially for thinning hair. These are made for people with relatively minor hair loss—if you’re experiencing a much more serious (and sudden) loss of hair, consult your doctor or dermatologist ASAP. It could be a sign of an autoimmune or thyroid disorder.
Less serious causes, such as stress or child birth, could also be culprits, but your hair should thicken up naturally once you chill out or get past your first month post-pregnancy.
But if you’re just experiencing a gradual thinning and seeing one too many locks swimming around your shower drain, don’t fret yet. Everyone loses hair—the average is 50 to 100 strands of day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And on the days that you wash your hair, you can lose up to 250 strands.
However, if you are noticing a more than normal amount of hair on your shoulders or clothing, or are experiencing overall thinning in general that you did not notice before, it’s time to take the first step and try a shampoo made specifically for thinning hair. They’ll add volume, restore strength, deep clean your scalp, improve hair elasticity, and so much more. Here are the that five we think are best.
Nexxus’s Diamtetress Shampoo is a great option for fine, limp hair that’s lacking in fullness and volume. As the name suggests, the formula increases the diameter of your strands with a time-release technology that’s packed with hair-healthy nutrients and anti-oxidants. It’s also made with a special blend of vitamin B-5, ginseng and flax seed oil, all of which gently cleanse while adding brilliant body and shine. Follow with Nexxus Diametress Luscious Volume Conditioner, $16, for a sure-fire head of full hair.
Samy’s highly effective, thickening shampoo is made with an exclusive “Thinkening Complex,” which consists of natural extracts and proteins that nourish every single strand, as well as expand the hair shaft to create maximum volume. 100% vegan and sulfate-free (so it’s safe to used on color-treated hair), as well as fortified with ingredients like oat kernel extract, wheat oil and soy protein, this formula will indeed fatten up a thinning mane, especially when used regularly. Hair is left thicker, stronger and oh-so-full. It’s the only time you’ll be delighted to have a part of your body referred to as “fat.”
Infused with a wealth of hair-thickening polymers (i.e. molecules), strand-empowering anti-oxidants, proteins, and an Omega-6 essential fatty acid derivative, Kiehl’s thickening shampoo fortifies thin hair and adds much-needed texture. Vitamin E and rosemary nourish delicate strands, while peppermint and cedar wood essential oils stimulate the scalp and help open up follicles. Your hair will become noticeably thicker after just a few uses (the formula is light enough to use every day), and the special tingly sensation on the scalp feels like a mini hair massage.
Aveda’s Invati Exfoliating Shampoo is enriched with a wintergreen-derived salicylic acid that exfoliates and cleanses the scalp, breaking up stubborn build up that can often clog hair follicles and result in thinning hair. It’s also clinically proven to remove excess oil, which can also wreak havoc on the scalp and disturb the natural growth of hair. Millet seed and milk thistle nourishes dry scalp to prevent this build-up in the first place, and a revitalizing blend of Ayurvedic herbs, including turmeric and ginseng, stimulate the hair follicles and help add volume and strength. Use it with Aveda’s Invati’s Thickening Conditioner, $27, which adds extra volumizing ingredients, as well hydrates the hair to reduce loss due to breakage.
Limp hair is no match for Rene Furterer’s Volumea Volumizing Shampoo. It leaves your hair with major body and a full, thick and healthy bounce. Natural carob extract adheres to the hair fiber, creating volume and expanding strands. PH neutral cleansing agents gently remove dirt, oil and product build-up, so you can use daily without stripping or damaging your hair. Used regularly, you’ll notice thicker hair quickly, as well as a softer, more manageable and easy-to-detangle mane.