After nearly a decade of testing, I can safely say these are the only products that give my thin hair any volume

There's truly only a handful of products that work for me

Best products for thin hair: woman with hair blowing in wind
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One of the key things I've learned over my many years as a beauty journalist is that the industry doesn't really understand how to create products for thin hair. Sure, if you have thin hair you might be able to brush up on the best hair trends and hairstyles for thin hair to help give your style a bit of life, but when it comes to day-to-day maintenance—the products are never quite right.

As a beauty editor with long, thin and totally lifeless hair, I know this struggle well. You see, I test hair products for a living, and I can safely say that after nearly a decade of trialling and testing all of the very best volumising hair products on the market, 99% of them aren't quite right. You see, like most people, I like to opt for easy hairstyles that take next to no time to execute—and most of the best volumising hair products come with a lot of extra baggage.

Best products for thin hair: Shannon Lawlor

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Yep, I have found that most volumising hair products or products designed for thin hair just seem to make my lengths feel, well, kind of gross. They add grit, weight and a sort of tackiness that might deliver a little bit of volume in the short term but leave my strands feeling sticky and looking flat in the long term. 

The best hair products for thin hair, in my opinion, are ones that help give a natural-looking lift at the root while still leaving the overall style bouncy and light and feeling soft and just-washed. 

But after years and years of testing product and speaking to some of the best experts in the game, I must admit that I continue to feel let down. The tips and tricks I learn appear to actually be aimed at creating volume in hair that is already relatively thick. For example, blasting in dry shampoo to the roots is all well and good if your hair is thick enough to hold it (mine ends up falling back down to my head and showing scalp after an hour or so). 

One man I trust implicitly when it comes to volumising tips, however, is hairstylist and Founder of Percy & Reed, Paul Percival. "Using the wrong product is a big mistake, so you need to make sure that the product you are using is designed purely to give your hair extra bounce and volume," he says.

So if, like me, you can relate to feeling at a loss with what to do when it comes to giving your thin hair any sort of volume, I have got you. As someone that knows, trust me when I say these are the 9 best products for thin hair that actually add weightless volume (plus some helpful tips from Paul along the way).


1. Ouai Detox Shampoo


2. Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut and Aloe Hydrating No Rinse Leave-in Conditioner


3. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Volumising Spray

4. Hair By Sam McKnight Cool Girl Superlift Volumising Spray


5. Percy & Reed Turn Up The Volume Volumising Mousse


6. L'Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox Concentrated Hair Oil


7. Hershesons The Great Hairdryer


8. Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

Texturising Spray

9. Living Proof Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray

Shannon Lawlor
Executive Beauty Editor

Shannon Lawlor is the Executive Beauty Editor at Marie Claire. With nearly a decade of experience working for some of the beauty industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear, Glamour UK, Stylist and Refinery29, Shannon’s aim is to make the conversation around beauty as open, relatable and honest as possible. As a self-confessed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for hard-working perfumes, fool-proof make-up products and does-it-all skincare.