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Do Thickening Shampoos & Conditioners Work? That Depends

Mar 23, 22
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Genetics, scalp problems, aging, hormones, tight hairstyles, stress…the list of likely reasons for thinning hair is endless. So what can you do when your once full head of hair starts showing more scalp? Take a deep breath. Hope is on the way.

From Thinning Hair to Luscious Locks… a Few Products Actually Deliver

There are many options when it comes to thickening shampoos, conditioners, gels, and foams; but do they make a noticeable difference?

Many don’t. But the best deliver thicker-looking and fuller-feeling hair by lifting hair from the roots and improving hair shaft thickness with targeted ingredients. You better believe at least one of these select few will instantly become the best friend of anyone with thinning hair.

In fact, newer, better shampoos and conditioners, styling techniques, hair extensions, and a new generation of volume boosting formulations can add lift and the look of fullness to thinning hair, and improve the overall health of your locks.

The Right Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner Make a World of Difference

It’s time you took a long look at your shampoo and conditioner. For thicker-looking hair, you need a shampoo and matching conditioner to amp up the volume while strengthening strands and nourishing them with health-boosting ingredients.

NOTE: Don’t fall for the myth that shampooing less is the way to go as your hair thins. It’s not. Buildup on the scalp can negatively impact new hair growth, adding to the problem. You need new, healthy strands to combat the look of thinning hair!

What’s the trick when choosing the ideal thickening shampoo and conditioner? There are a few.

  1. Opt for a volumizing but still hydrating shampoo formula and matched conditioner. Mixing brands can work, but when you use a matched pair, the levels of vitamins, minerals, moisturizers, and surfactants will be balanced in Goldilocks proportions.

    Case in point… the Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner from RevitaLash® Cosmetics. Balanced, hydrating, and gentle, the pair is the gold standard for your thinning hair. Our scalp therapy duo uses a cocktail of flax protein, loquat leaf, willow bark, ginseng, and jojoba seed oil for a well-rounded shampoo and conditioner that offer lasting volume—perfect for those with fine or thinning hair types.
  1. A good thickening shampoo should feel light, allowing your hair to bounce and not fall flat. Opt for a formula with nourishing ingredients and avoiding anything that may be too heavy for your hair.
  1. Stay away from any shampoo containing sulfate detergents, like sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and ammonium laureth sulfate. These chemicals strip too much of the natural oils required to keep hair healthy and hydrated. Without natural oils, hair will fall flat and look unhealthy. Hydration is critical to plumping thin strands. Dryness is the enemy!
  1. If your conditioner contains panthenol, for example, you’re on the right track, as panthenol is a terrific moisturizer (and it won’t weigh down your hair). Of course, conditioners should also contain biotin, which helps support hair volume and strength.
  1. Do your shampoo and conditioner contain antioxidants? They should. Your hair needs protection from environmental stressors. Fuller hair is healthier hair.
  1. A thickening conditioner containing plant-based proteins (like flax) and oils (like jojoba) is highly recommended to protect hair from extra breakage.
  1. Have you heard of loquat leaf? When used in hair care products, the extract of loquat leaves can help with thinning hair. It’s absolutely chock full of the very nutrients your hair needs to get healthy and stay healthy. You’ll find the extract in serious, high-end salon brands.
  1. Menthol is another ingredient often recommended for thinning hair. Its cooling effect can help your scalp feel invigorated and awakened.
Make It Easy on Yourself

There’s a stress-free routine for your thinning hair. Our Volumizing Hair Collection is everything you need for fuller-looking hair with more body, shine, and lift. What could be easier than that?

P.S. If you’re at all worried about the cause of your thinning hair, see your doctor! Let her get to the ‘root’ of the problem.


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