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Thickening Shampoos That Really Work

Who doesn’t want thicker hair? We found 12 shampoos that really do pump up the volume in just one wash. (They smell great, too!)

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  • Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo
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    Philip B. Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo ($75)
    The price tag might be shocking, but this formula really does transform your hair thanks to time-released hydrators and a slew of amino acids, peptides, and botanical oils. Make sure you like the rich, woody, masculine scent before purchasing though—it lasts all day.

  • Luxurious Volume
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    John Frieda Luxurious Volume ($6)
    Some drugstore shampoos smell sweet and fruity—this just smells clean and made our hair delightfully bouncy.

  • Thickening Shampoo
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    Bumble and bumble Thickening Shampoo ($24)
    If it’s a slight boost at the roots you’re after, look no further than Bumble’s entire line of thickening products—a Shampoo ($24), Conditioner ($24), Hairspray ($28), and Mousse ($29).

  • Volumactive Shampoo
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    Kerastase Volumactive Shampoo ($39)
    Praise is heaped upon Kerastase’s rich conditioners, but don’t neglect their shampoos—each one really does what it promises. This makes hair extra soft to the touch, on top of adding volume.

  • Sulfate Free Thickening Shampoo
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    Fat Hair Sulfate-Free Thickening Shampoo ($9)
    The name says it all.

  • EverStrong Sulfate-Free Thickening Shampoo
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    L’Oreal EverStrong Sulfate-Free Thickening Shampoo ($7)
    You don’t need sulfates to score volume. If you have color-treated hair—or have read enough about sulfates to pay attention to the ingredients on the label—try this formula.

  • Full and Thick
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    Pantene Pro V Full and Thick ($4)
    Almost all of Pantene’s shampoos boost volume, but if you want serious Bardot-like body, reach for this one.

  • Shampoo for Magnificent Volume
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    Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume ($37)
    Volume yes, but Oribe’s shampoo also increases the amount of texture in your hair—a great option if you like beachy waves.

  • Full Blown Volume Shampoo
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    Fekkai Full Blown Volume Shampoo ($25)
    Some thickening shampoos can weigh the hair down, leaving a dulling residue on blonde locks. If you’ve experienced that problem, try this one—it’s surprisingly light.

  • Volume Shampoo
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    Sachajuan Volume Shampoo ($24)
    If you worry about a sensitive scalp on top of limp locks, try Sachajuan. It’s seriously effective, but formulated for a sensitive head of hair

  • Ultimate Thickening Shampoo
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    Kiehl’s Ultimate Thickening Shampoo ($18)
    Kiehl’s formula doesn’t just make your hair look thicker, it also reinforces each strand from the root with antioxidants and fatty acids. Rosemary, peppermint, and cedarwood oils nourish the scalp.

  • Color Safe Volumizing Shampoo
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    Big Sexy Hair Color Safe Volumizing Shampoo ($14)
    It might have a slightly sweet scent, but Big Sexy Hair’s shampoo adds fullness while fighting frizz, everything you want in a shampoo mid-August.

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