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The Best Shampoos for Fine Limp Hair

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Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.
The Best Shampoos for Fine Limp Hair
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Fine hair often takes on a limp, sparse appearance. This is often due to using the wrong shampoo and conditioner. Hair care expert Paula Begoun, author of "Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me", says that many shampoos contain heavy conditioning or detangling agents that build up in your hair and give a "limp and heavy" appearance. For instantly voluminous results, use a shampoo intended for fine hair.

Garnier Fructis Fortifying Body Boost Shampoo

Garnier Fructis's body boosting shampoo was chosen by "InStyle" magazine's beauty editors as 2010's best shampoo for fine hair. It's formulated with various standard volumizers and fruit or herbal extracts, like ginseng, to add body to the hair while also nourishing your strands. Celebrity stylist Daniel Erdman, reviewing Garnier's shampoo for the magazine, loved the way it added "height and texture" to fine hair. The magazine recommends combining the shampoo with its accompanying conditioner for best results.

Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Shampoo

Many shampoo products contain conditioning agents that only serve to weigh down your already limp hair. Not so with Herbal Essences' product, which washes your hair without weighing it down with unnecessary emollients. "Real Simple" magazine picked it as the best budget-friendly shampoo product for fine hair. Several herbal extracts, including coral flower extract and nectarine extract, add hair-nourishing vitamins.

Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo

It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for with Paul Mitchell's thickening shampoo. "InStyle" magazine called it the best shampoo for fine and limp hair. The manufacturer makes it with thickening agents, hair-strengthening panthenol, and aromatherapeutic herbal extracts. The magazine gave it top marks for bulking up "wimpy strands" and also liked its shine-enhancing effect.

René Furterer Naturia Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoos are ideal when you need to remove excess oil from your hair that may weigh down your fine strands, but don't have time for a full shampooing process. Celebrity stylist Kevin Mancuso, writing for "Elle" magazine, said one of his must-have hair care products is René Furterer's dry shampoo that he says "volumizes" your hair. The shampoo's clay, silica, cornstarch and rice particles quickly lift oil and debris from your hair and scalp to leave it looking clean and shiny.

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