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If your hair is beginning to look more tired than terrific, then it might be time to consider a body-building shampoo. But deciding which of the dozens of volumizing products can add the best bounce to your flat and lifeless locks can be a chore. Orlando Pita of New York's Orlo salon recommends looking for a plant protein-based volumizer that allows protein to attach to hair fibers and build body.
If your hair is not just finely-textured, but also a little on the thin side, then Fekkai's Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo might be just the ticket. It gently cleanses while its baobab leaf extract and polymers work to thicken your hair. "Allure" magazine likes Fekkai because, unlike some volumizing formulas that can rob your hair of moisture and make it rough and dull, Fekkai can keep you from looking like your hair belongs on a scarecrow. "More" listed it as one of its top 10 volumizing shampoos, noting that the product "is said to make your hair look up to 1,000 strands thicker after just one washing."
Nioxin is a pricey brand you can only find in salons, but its hair care line is specifically designed for thinning tresses. "Ladies Home Journal" notes that Nioxin shampoo prevents shedding that can leave your hair even thinner, and keeps your hair in top shape with its impressive ingredient list that includes vitamins, proteins and amino acids for promoting healthy growth. Nioxin also removes the hormone DHT, produced in sebum on your scalp, a possible cause of thinning hair. Nioxin is one of the few volumizers with a formula for color-treated hair.
Redken Body Full
If you're looking for a shampoo to strengthen your hair so it doesn't bend and snap during combing and styling, "More" magazine suggests Redken Body Full Shampoo. Redken Body Full's conditioning system uses a style polymer and wheat protein to form what Redken calls an "anti-gravity complex." This is a particularly good product if you have fine and curly hair, according to "Harper's Bazaar."
Tresemmé 24 Hour Body Healthy Volume Shampoo has a gentle formula that's lightweight enough to use daily without fear it will leave you with dry, brittle hair. Its silk proteins and moisture-resistant polymers give you body even when it's humid outside, the reason "Real Simple" magazine named it the best volume-building shampoo. "Glamour" also gave it a top rating as a shampoo that will give you volume that lasts all day long.
Parabens are used in many hair care products, but they can mimic the hormone estrogen, which may play a role in the development of breast tumors. If you want to play it safe and avoid parabens, then Yves Rocher Volume Volumizing Shampoo is a great choice. "Allure" included the product in its "Best of Beauty 2011" list because it gets rid of styling-product residue, while the ammonium lauryl sulfate leaves your hair feeling squeaky clean, and mallow extract volumizes and softens.