It may seem inevitable that your hair will thin as you grow older (sigh), but there are actually several
reasons your hair is thinning that have nothing to do with age. Experts agree that taking care of your hair from the inside out can make a big difference in both the appearance and rate of hair loss — and there are tons of Amazon products for thinning hair available online. Bonus: The ones on this list are all under $30.
Dr. Howard Sobel, founder of
Sobel Skin and attending dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, New York, agrees that multiple factor can be at play when it comes to thinning hair. "Hair loss can be a result of many different factors ranging from your lifestyle to your genetics," he tells Mic. "Our stress levels and diets can impact our hair’s ability to grow or keep us from losing hair, but for women, hormones and hairstyling also play a role."
So how do you keep your locks lush and healthy going forward? On top of taking care of your scalp and
using thickening shampoos and conditioners (which are often infused with biotin, keratin, and other nourishing vitamins), it's also really important to eat a nutrient-rich diet. But remember, it might take a little while to see a change. Dr. Sobel agrees: "Improvements are never going to happen overnight, be patient. You may not notice a change right away, but trust the process and notify your dermatologist of what’s happening."
If you aren't sure where to find
the best products for thinning hair, here's a round-up of some extremely affordable and effective options that experts recommend. 01 This biotin thickening shampoo that's full of vitamins
Adam Federico, R+Co director of content, recommends using this
thickening shampoo which tons of nourishing ingredients to help your hair grow strong and healthy. It features a blend of biotin to help increase your hair strength, as well as vitamin B5 and coconut oil, both of which add a glossy sheen. Add to that saw palmetto extract (which adds body), and this all-natural and eco-friendly shampoo makes your hair look fuller while helping it grow at the same time.
Speaking of the formula, Federico says, "Biotin, which is an ingredient in DALLAS, improves the internal structure of the hair. This improved structure can help to prevent snapping and breaking."
02 A thickening biotin conditioner that adds more body to your hair
Federico also suggests using this
thickening condition in conjunction with the thickening shampoo. It's made from a luxe blend of biotin, saw palmetto, vitamin B5, coconut oil, and loquat fruit extract, which reviewers mention smells amazing. On top of strengthening your hair and giving it a lustrous glow, this condition nourishes it without any potentially harmful parabens or sulfates, making it one of the most eco-conscious conditioners on the market.
Continuing about the unique formula blend within this duo, Federico says, "Pro vitamin B5 delivers intense hydration while coating each strand to add luster and shine. Lastly, Coconut Oil (an ingredient that I
also recommend for dehydrated hair). This promoted scalp health but can also help to prevent splitting and breakage." 03 This thickening spray that adds a ton of volume
Federico suggests topping off your hair routine with this
thickening spray, which adds a ton of volume to your locks. He says, "This combination of products will plump each individual strand (making the hair feel thicker, overall), while delivering root to tip strength." It's completely sulfate- and paraben-free, and you can use it on wet or dry hair to make it look thicker in a snap. The aloe leaf extract and honey help to lock in moisture and prevent frizzing, while the ginger root extract protects your hair from damage. 04 This volume-enhancing shampoo that stylists swear by
Leo Izquierdo, co-founder of
IGK Hair Care, recommends using this shampoo to help prevent thinning hair. The lightweight formula is both paraben- and sulfate-free, adding tons of shine and bounce to your strands. Created in a salon, this shampoo is infused with nutrient-rich ingredients, including vegetable protein. Just massage into the roots of your wet hair, style as usual, and step out with strong, healthy hair. 05 A conditioner made with vegetable protein & sunflower extract
Izquierdo suggests adding this
silky conditioner to your hair after shampooing for added thickness and volume. It's made with a blend of moisture-rich ingredients that also nourish your hair, including vegetable protein and sunflower extract. For best results, wash as usual, then wring out excess water before applying this conditioner. Your hair will be noticeably fuller once it dries. 06 This scalp serum that has rave reviews
Dawn Clemens, hairstylist, beauty blogger, and founder of
LarweHair, suggests using this revitalizing scalp serum to help with thinning hair. To use, apply a small amount directly to your scalp when you're fresh out of the shower. The invigorating blend of coffee extract and tea tree oil encourage hair growth, while amla, kahai seed, and other nutrients help to relieve dry scalp. It'll help leave you with luxe locks that only go stronger with time. 07 This luxe shampoo infused with keratin protein
Clemes also suggests this
scalp-stimulating shampoo, and she says, "This is the best option for people dealing with hair thinning." It boasts a super silky formula that seals in moisture, while the keratin amino complex helps with hair regeneration and growth. It's also sulfate- and paraben-free, which can help prevent unwanted frizz. 08 This popular shampoo that's made with biotin & collagen
Eve Cabanel, a beautician hairstylist from
Organic Beauty Recipes, recommends using this biotin and collagen-infused shampoo. She calls it "a volume-creating powerhouse with an extra helping of vitamins and proteins to pump up fine strands." The included biotin — which is critical for healthy hair, skin, and nails — is paired up with collagen, which is full of nourishing amino acids. This winning combination helps your hair to grow back thicker and stronger, while the bamboo extract and hydrolyzed wheat protein seal in moisture and prevent damage to your hair while it's regenerating. 09 This shampoo that improves your hair in 30 days
Dermatologist Ahmad Fayyaz Chaudhry, M.B.B.S, recommends this
hair-strengthening shampoo that's full of ultra-rich nutrients. He says, "The presence of essential vitamins, amino acids, and dandruff removing chemicals not only prevents dandruff but makes the scalp hair roots strong and nourish them." There are no silicones, parabens, sulfates, or other potentially harmful ingredients in this formula. Instead, it's made up of all-natural ingredients that help to reduce grease, moisturize your scalp, and strengthen your hair. 10 This leave-in foam that has DHT-blocking ingredients
Dr. Steven Shapiro, a board-certified Dermatologist and co-founder of
Shapiro MD, suggests using this leave-in foam to help prevent hair thinning. It's formulated with a blend of three natural ingredients — including palmetto berry, green tea extract, and caffeine — that have been proven effective at blocking DHT, a byproduct of testosterone that can cause hair thinning over time. And it's extremely easy to use. Just rub a small amount of this foam into your hair at the roots everyday to help new hair grow in thicker. 11 These vitamins infused with biotin for healthy hair growth
Elizabeth Mullans, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at
Uptown Dermatology, suggests adding these biotin-infused gummies help to strengthen your hair from the inside out. She says, "Take a multivitamin such as Vitafusion multivitamin every day because it’s good for overall health and contains biotin, which aids in the growth and health of skin, hair, and nails.” The daily serving contains a blend of biotin and vitamins C and E, all of which help your hair, skin, and nails to grow strong and healthy. Plus, they taste like raspberries. As always, it's best to speak with your doctor before adding a new supplement to your diet. 12 This Wet Brush that gently untangles your hair
Dr. Sobel says brushing your hair when it's wet can lead to breakage — but if you
must, you should use a Wet Brush to help absorb water from the shower. What makes these brushes so different are the extremely soft IntelliFlex bristles. These bristles cut smoothly through your hair — whether you're brushing it wet or dry — helping each strand to gently untangle and preventing further hair loss. Plus, you get two brushes in a pack, so you can always have one on hand. 13 This vitamin D supplement that last for 6 months
William Gaunitz, WTS, certified trichologist and founder of
Advanced Trichology, suggests using this high-potency vitamin D supplement to help prevent hair thinning. He says, "Vitamin D3 is critical for hair growth and immune function," and that it's "typically low" in people who are losing hair. This vitamin D supplement supports healthy hair and skin growth, and taking five drops per day is recommended. (However, it's best to talk with your doctor before adding this supplement to your diet.) 14 A clinically-tested shampoo made with biotin, tea tree oil & more
Gaunitz also recommends using this
hair growth shampoo, which is infused "antifungal, antibacterial and pro-hair-growth herbs that keep the scalp clean and provide an optimal environment for hair regrowth," he says. Ingredients include biotin, saw palmetto, tea tree oil, and more DTH-blockers. This shampoo leaves your hair feeling fuller while helping stimulate follicles for even more growth. 15 This hair mask made with keravis protein & argan oil
Monica Davis, a professional hairstylist and founder of the
MyStraightener blog, suggests using this luxe hair mask. Made with keravis protein and argan oil, it gets deep into every strand to revitalize your hair from root to edges, therefore helping to prevent thinning. This is a 2-ounce bottle — but if you like it enough, you can opt for the 16.9-ounce container. 16 This tonic that's enriched with amino acids
Davis also recommends this
volumizing hair tonic, which is enriched with organic aloe to help create fullness. This tonic is also infused with wheat amino acids to help strengthen your hair, while the essential oils leave behind a light, pleasant scent. To use, just spritz a bit onto your scalp or in your palms, then run your hands through your hair for instant lift. 17 This professional-strength shampoo that exfoliates your scalp
Nunzio Saviano, salon owner and award-winning hairstylist, recommends using this
professional-strength shampoo to help with hair thinning. It's made to help improve your follicle health, but it can also exfoliate your scalp (thanks to the added hextapeptide-11). Each wash also helps to restore your hair's overall health, leaving it lustrous and strong. 18 This rich treatment that protects your hair from heat 19 This Biotin shampoo with over 10,000 reviews
Kathryn McDavid, the CEO of
Editor's Pick, suggests using this popular, scalp-clarifying shampoo to help prevent hair thinning. It's infused with high-quality biotin, which can encourage new hair growth, as well as keratin to help strengthen your hair. Plus, reviewers have mentioned that this shampoo lasts for quite a long time, so it'll be awhile before you need to invest in a new bottle. 20 This hair fiber spray that helps conceal thinning
McDavid also suggests this
fiber spray, which can come in handy if you're trying to conceal hair thinning or hair loss. This advanced powder formula sprays onto your existing hair evenly, and the clump-proof "fibers" look just like real hair so it's completely unnoticeable. This spray also comes in a variety of colors so you can find the best match — and on top of that, it stays put until your next shampoo. 21 This hair growth oil that's made with caffeine
celebrity hairstylist, suggests adding this caffeine-infused oil to your routine. It helps stimulate follicle growth while still keeping your hair light and silky. It's also made with castor oil, rosemary oil, and a biotin blend to create a truly nourishing and nutrient-dense oil that tackles hair loss from all angles. Many reviewers have mentioned that regular use of this oil helped their hair to appear fuller, healthier, and shinier in about a month. 22 This leave-in treatment that you can use on wet or dry hair
Bergamy also recommends this
leave-in elixir, which is made with a blend of keratin, biotin, and zinc to help your hair grow fuller. To use, just place a few drops in your palm and smooth it through your hair to instantly leave your locks voluminous and silky-soft. You can use it on wet or dry hair, and reviewers have also mentioned that this elixir smells heavenly. 23 This natural anti-hair loss shampoo made with hemp oil
Joe Rosenblatt, owner of
Dr. Hempster, suggests using this anti-hair loss shampoo to help prevent hair thinning. It's made from five all-natural ingredients that promote overall hair and scalp health. First, there's hemp oil, which can help stimulate new hair growth. It's also made with wheat protein to encourage elasticity, argan oil to keep hair hydrated, biotin to help strengthen and thicken, and saw palmetto to soothe your scalp. Plus, it's completely organic and cruelty-free. 24 This minoxidil foam that's made specifically for women
Made especially for women, this
minoxidil foam has been clinically proven to help regrow hair. The 5% minoxidil works to stimulate follicle growth, while the other ingredients — including botanical extracts — encourage a healthy scalp. It's even clinically proven to help create fuller-looking hair in three months. 25 This exfoliating cream that's just for your scalp
exfoliating cream works like a charm on dry, itchy scalps. To use, apply in a grid-like pattern over your scalp, pop on some latex gloves, and rub into your scalp for five to six minutes. This innovative cream helps to gently and effectively remove old skin and buildup across your scalp for faster growth and healthier hair overall. 26 A silky pillowcase that's gentle on your hair
If you're stocked up on products, you might want to add a silk pillowcase to your bed set.
These ones are made with smooth satin that's gentle on your hair to help prevent breakage. Dr. Sobel chimed in about silk pillowcases in general, and he said that they "allow the hair to slide around on your pillow, which can help with smooth hair. These materials will also not pull or damage your hair or hair follicles." 27 These spiral hair ties that won't pull at your scalp
Not only do
these spiral hair ties alleviate pressure at the scalp that you'd typically experience with standard elastic bands, but they also help prevent tangling and breakage (thanks to their spiral design). According to Shelly Aguirre, a stylist at Maxine Salon, no-pull hair ties in general can help with hair breakage. She says, "Scrunchies, satin pillowcases and no-pull hair ties are great for finer/thinner hair in general. Less friction helps prevent hair breakage, which any fine hair clients wants and needs."
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