The Best Shampoo for Obnoxiously Full, Thick Hair

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Reader question: “I’m curious which shampoo is the best under $30 for my obnoxiously thick, full bodied medium length hair. You are my go-to source for this info.” — Jessica

The answer: The great news is that there are a TON of shampoos out there for way less than $30. And, when it comes to choosing the perfect shampoo match for your thick strands, there are a couple of things you’ll want to look for. First, when cruising the aisles, look for bottles that claim to be “smoothing”, “moisturizing” or “hydrating”. That will be your first clue that the product might be right for you. Why? Well, they’ll likely contain the moisturizers your hair needs to make it less prone to tangling, and they’ll weigh down your strands just enough to tame them.

Then, pick up the bottle and read the ingredients on the back. Look for things like shea butter, guar gum, coconut, olive — all of these are super hydrating and will help smooth your full-bodied hair and make it easier to manage. Oh, and if your hair is color-treated, you’ll want to make sure you choose a formula that is either specifically formulated for color-treated hair or one that states on the bottle that it’s color safe. Here are a few that meet these criteria — two from the salon and two from the drugstore. Happy shampoo shopping.

Salon shampoo picks:

Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo, $21


Redken Real Control Shampoo, $13.50

Drugstore shampoo picks:

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturizing Hair Shampoo, $7.49

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo, $4.79

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3 Replies to “The Best Shampoo for Obnoxiously Full, Thick Hair”

  1. I picked up Back to Basics Pomegranate Moisture liter at my TJ Maxx for $9.99! My hair is shinier, softer and blows out so smoooothly. I’ve not tested how it does with air drying yet but I’ve got good feelings about it. The other night my husband said “WOW! Its so soft!”. Thanks!

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