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Discover the Best Shampoo for Fine Hair 2021

Hello beautiful! Do you have fine hair?

Washing fine hair is difficult as it presents problems that normal hair does not. While it is no fun having hair that is so thick it resembles straw in a barn, you need to wash fine hair in a certain way to keep volume and stop it from becoming too greasy or dry. We’ll start with some tips and tricks in washing fine hair and then look to what we think are the best shampoos for fine hair in 2021.

Techniques for Washing Fine Hair

People with fine hair often face the double problem of it lacking volume and being greasy. Near every hair follicle in the skin, there’s a sebaceous gland that produces oil to protect the individual hair. This means for people with fine hair, it is often quite greasy. Let’s look at six tips on how best to deal with these problems.

  • When possible use a clear shampoo marked for daily use. These shampoos don’t leave much in the way of residues that will weigh your hair down and make it look as fine as it actually is. Do look for a product that says it improves volume as it will give added body to your hair too.
  • Contrary to what some people suggest online, it is OK to wash your hair daily if you have fine hair. If you do wash your hair every day, then try to wash it once a week with a ‘clarifying shampoo’ that is designed remove the products left behind by other shampoos.
  • Sulfates in most shampoos are there to make it lather. You don’t always need lather to help wash your hair, even though it ‘feels right’. Sulfates stay behind on the hair and can weigh it down, reducing the volume of your hair, so the answer may well be just to do without them! There are one or two sulfate free shampoos on the market that wash your hair just as well without the lather.  
  • There are ingredients in shampoos that help thicken the hair at the root. The most popular ingredients for this are something called ‘panthenols’ that help thicken your hair over several applications. This will help you tackle the problem… at root!
  • Consider using a dry shampoo from time to time. This can work on the scalp to actively reduce the grease but can really add body and volume!
  • A final note is conditioning. While you may want to add conditioner to your hair as everyone else does, if you have fine hair experts only recommend that you should only condition the last few inches of your hair and not from root to tip. When you apply the conditioner, leave it on for around five minutes and then wash it off in the normal way.

If the problem isn’t just fine hair but thinning hair too, you might want to check out our article on natural hair growth products.

Best shampoo for fine hair in 2021

We did the hard work so you don’t have to! Let’s take a look at our tried and tested top shampoos for fine hair available right now. 

Volumizing Shampoos - for Daily Use

Daily use Clarifying Shampoos

Fine hair Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo

Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo



We found this relatively cheap clarifying shampoo is one of the best shampoos for daily use on fine hair. Although we do recommend using a stronger clarifying shampoo at least once a week to get rid of any product build-up.

BIOLAGE Normalizing Clean Reset Shampoo

BIOLAGE Normalizing Clean Reset Shampoo

Mmmmmm Lemongrass! This shampoo not only smells so fresh and clean but it also really gets the job done! Unlike most shampoos on this list this one contains a very mild sulphate. Now while we don’t normally recommend shampoos with sulphates some people, mainly those that use lots of styling products require their shampoo to sud and have had little success with sulphate-free shampoos. If this sounds like you, give this high quality salon product a go. Available at a very good price here.

Medicated Clarifying Shampoo for Damaged Scalps

Fine hair Puriya Scalp Therapy Clarifying Shampoo

If you not have fine hair but also suffer from a dry, itchy scalp this is the cure for you! This product is even super effective for those that suffer from Seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. This product cures it all in a few washes. It is also great for soothing itchy skin. The blend of Arnica, Sage, Rosemary, Aloe, Tea Tree Oil and Vitamin B complex fortify and clarify hair leaving it fresh with plenty of body.

And you get the Breath Easy Balm as a bonus with this set


Clarifying Shampoos - For once or twice weekly use

Dry Shampoos

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