Fake your way to thick tresses with these fine hair-friendly shampoos

Limp lifeless strands will be a thing of the past…

Content Producer / May 20 2024

Picture this: it's day two in the hair wash journey and your fresh tresses are looking, well, lifeless. Your once bouncy, fine strands have been weighed down by (totally natural) oils, and they’ve taken on more of a ‘wet look’. And what’s totally chic to some is quite literally your biggest pet peeve.

But what if we told you all it took to get fresher, fuller strands for longer was a simple swap? Yep, your shampoo is doing you dirty. In the unexpected cleansing twist we totally didn’t see coming, some shampoos are not fine hair-friendly. It’s time to check your silicone-infused, oil-based suds at the door and check out these fine hair approved shampoos instead….

2024's Top 3 Shampoos For Fine Hair

  1. KEVIN.MURPHY Angel.Wash, $46.95, Adore Beauty
  2. NAK HAIR Nak Volume Shampoo, $34.95, Adore Beauty
  3. Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo, $56.50, Adore Beauty

KEVIN.MURPHY Angel.Wash

From $46.95 at Adore Beauty

Sent from the hair heavens above, this shampoo has been specifically designed to nourish, protect and calm your strands. The pH balanced formula ensures that damaged and breakage-prone strands have nothing to worry about. It even works to maximise colour retention in treated tresses. And if that’s not enough, milk proteins have been put in charge of frizz-control. It truly is an angel in disguise. 

Key features:

  • Lavender extract works to calm 
  • Protects against free radicals 
  • pH value of 6.3-7.0

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NAK HAIR Nak Volume Shampoo

From $34.95 at Adore Beauty

NAK Hair have really gotten the knack of knowing what fine hair needs. Yep, they’re all over our oily-strand ways and they know exactly what to do about the issue. With a blend of natural and nourishing ingredients (aloe vera and hydrolysed rice protein), the formula is designed to gently bust away oils, revealing what laid beneath the whole time: beautifully bouncy body. Simply lather, rinse and repeat, and voilà, every day is a good hair day.

Key features:

  • Includes hydrolysed rice protein
  • Colour-treated hair-friendly 
  • Reduces frizz

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Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo

From $56.50 at Adore Beauty

You know how we all love to do our full body workout (AKA an ‘everything shower’)? What if we told you this (sometimes tortuous) routine could have an added calming aromatherapy aspect? Sure, you can light a candle or set some incense burning. But what if completing your tasks (dutifully, might we add) was all you needed to invigorate your senses, along with seriously refreshing and stimulating your strands? Yep, Pureology have mastered the blend of ritual and cleanse with this delightfully detangling shampoo. 

Key features:

  • Signature aromatherapy blend-scented
  • Sulphate-free 
  • AntiFadeComplex works to protect colour

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OUAI Fine Hair Shampoo

From $58 at Sephora

If you know anything about the world of haircare, you know the OUAI range. Launched in 2016 by celeb-stylist Jen Atkin, this line has truly transformed the haircare world. With all the confusion in the world of shampoos, it’s hard to know which is the right pick for you. But don’t worry; Atkin made it super simple. Look for the bottle literally labelled ‘fine hair shampoo’ and you’ll be on your way to the fresh bouncy ‘do you’ve always wanted.

Key features:

  • Formulated with nourishing chia seed oil
  • Infused with strengthening keratin
  • Long list of ‘free-froms’

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Kérastase Genesis Fortifying Shampoo

From $57 at Kérastase 

We know this pick is rather exxy, but can you actually put a price on a good hair day? We think not! This strand-strengthening pick has been specifically designed for fine, thin hair experiencing excess hair fall. So if you fit the bill (or want to protect your tresses against future damage) then this deliciously scented shampoo is here to be your strand saviour. Antioxidant edelweiss extract works to help boost collagen production within your hair fibres, while ginger root extract protects your tresses from damaging environmental factors. Quite the combo!

Key features:

  • Oil-controlling shampoo
  • Helps to reduce breakage 
  • Environmentally-protective ginger root extract

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Living Proof Full Shampoo

From $49.74 at Amazon Australia 

With a simple lather, you’ll be your own living proof of why you needed to make the shampoo switch. But don’t worry, the good hair days don’t stop there. With a beautifully gentle formula that still packs a cleansing (and luxe-lathering) punch, this bountiful shampoo promises to never over-strip your hair. Instead the paraben-free formula leaves your tresses bouncy, beautiful and protected. See? It’s living proof…

Key features:

  • Paraben-free
  • Formulated with hair-plumping amaranth peptides
  • Gentle formula 

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O&M Fine Intellect Shampoo

From $41.95 at Adore Beauty

Much like us, this shampoo is proudly Aussie made. And with that comes a range of Australian native ingredients, designed to help volumise and protect your strands. With the reconstructive prowess of keratin teamed with the flyaway taming powers of jojoba seed oil, any damage your strands once saw will be a distant memory. All while antioxidant rich lilly pilly works to plump up the volume. You and your O&M bottle will forever be known as the Aussie power couple. 

Key features:

  • Infused with vitamin C-rich (and hair plumping) lilly pilly 
  • Helps protect strands from oxidation with the inclusion of Aussie natives
  • Lightweight formula

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How to choose shampoo for fine hair?

If you’ve been blessed with fine, fluffy strands, then you know your blessing is also your curse. Any oil build up ends up weighing down your already limp-erring strands. And no one wants to look like they’ve not washed their tresses for 10 days. So when picking your new shampoo opt for formulas that offer ‘weightlessness’, deep cleansing and surprisingly, volumising. Yep, lightweight formulas and oil-busting cleansing both make total sense for fine hair, but where does volume come into play? Well like we said, fine strands often fall flat and end up looking limp against your head (a big no no amidst the ‘90s blowout resurgence). But volumising formulas are able to add in that extra added bounce and lift that our wispy locks so desperately need.

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Emma Allcock began her career in the world of fashion and beauty in 2015, interning for various PR fashion houses. Naturally her love for style soon extended to beauty, and Emma landed firmly in the beauty and wellness world thanks to an internship-turned-role at local Australian fragrance brand Maison Blanche. One thing that remained consistent whether unpacking accessories or creating social content? Her commitment to an always-perfect manicure. Luckily, she’s since turned her talents to helping her readers achieve the same, writing about all things beauty and wellness. Emma is now a Content Producer for BEAUTYcrew, with her words and recommendations also appearing across beautyheaven. Emma loves the process of diving deep into the world of testing (and writing) about everything from haircare to fragrance. When she’s not slathering her skin in something new, she’s going for an early morning stroll to catch a stunning sunrise (coffee in hand, of course), because life’s all about that wellness balance after all.

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