The Best Shampoos & Conditioners for Fine, Thinning and Dry Hair

Take some action for your specific hair type.

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It can seem like there are a bazillion shampoo and conditioning products on the market that can cost any where between $1 and $30-plus per bottle. If your hair is fine, thinning and dry, it is essential to scout out the right products for your hair type so that you can reverse any dreadful damage.


Look for a volumizing or thickening shampoo that helps increase the diameter of each strand, so it looks thicker and fuller. The best volumizing formulas are those that won't leave a nasty residue on your hair. Instead, opt for a shampoo that is lightweight, moisturizes and helps increase the strength of your hair. If you are into help from Mother Nature, look for products that contain lemongrass, lavender oil or rosemary, which help promote hair growth, according to For thinning hair, it’s worth looking for shampoos that also contain nettle root, which helps improve the circulation in your scalp and promote hair growth.


Moisture is essential to hair that is fine, dry and thinning. When you use the right conditioner, your hair looks more radiant and you’ll have fewer flyaways. When shopping for a conditioner, look for a volumizing, lightweight formula that won't weigh your hair down with residue, making it appear greasy. Ingredients in conditioners that can help strengthen and thicken your hair include amino acids, biotin, panthenol and caffeine — yep, your hair could use a java fix. If your hair is as dry as straw or seriously damaged, use a conditioning hair mask or hot-oil treatment once in a while. Using a lightweight leave-in conditioner daily can also do wonder for your tresses because the heat opens the hair cuticles so the moisture can mingle with the hair shaft and convince it to make your hair more supple.

Common Pitfalls

If you fail to follow the directions on shampoo and conditioner bottles, you won't reap their benefits. Use a shampoo with the conditioner recommended on the bottle. Leave your conditioner in for three to five minutes, or as instructed. When you start slicking conditioner into your hair, start 2 inches from your roots and concentrate more on the ends, which are usually drier. If you are attempting to restore your hair, steer clear of damaging chemicals and treatments, like hair dyes, relaxers and heat. A good rule of thumb is: if you wouldn’t use it on a child’s head, don’t use it on yours.

Healthy Hair

Your diet can greatly affect the health of your hair. Not drinking enough water can make it dry. Not consuming enough calories can make your hair dry and brittle, causing it to thin. So go ahead and make yourself a sandwich if you missed lunch. It is more effective to consume the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs than to find a shampoo and conditioner that have the same nutrients.

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