Top 7 Volumizing Shampoos


Regardless of trends, I’m always going to prefer to have a little bit of volume in my hair when I’m styling it. And great volume starts in the shower. The wrong shampoo can render even the best styling products ineffective. I’m sharing a round-up of 7 great volumizing shampoos below!

IGK Legendary Shampoo – a great option for building thickness and volume. You know when you have your hair freshly colored and it just styles beautifully and feels so full and volumized? That is how this shampoo makes my hair feel.

IGK 30,000 Feet Volume Shampoo – if you like a clean feeling, volumizing shampoo that provides lift without any kind of “thickening” feeling on the hair shaft, you’d love this.

Virtue Full Shampoo – a really effective volumizing and thickening shampoo. The product itself feels thick and when you work it into your hair it lathers nicely and leaves your hair feeling nice and volumized.

Redken Volume Injection Shampoo – a straightforward, no-fuss volumizing shampoo!

Bumble and bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo – if you are just looking for understated volume, this is a great option!

Living Proof Full Shampoo – similar in feel to Virtue Full Shampoo, this is a nice lifting and thickening option for anyone with fine or thin hair.

L’Oreal Everpure Sulfate Free Volume Shampoo – if you prefer a sulfate-free option, especially at a drugstore price, this is a nice option for clean volume and lift.

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  1. Michele says
    Posted July 8, 2021

    I’ve tried Big sexy and most recently TeaTree’s volume lines, and while I like them on day 1, they don’t react well with dry shampoo for repeat performance on day 2. Is my hair just too long/fine for a day 2 life? I’m trying to improve volume and thickness without having to go the extensions route.

  2. evelyn says
    Posted July 8, 2021

    Have you tried the amika 3D volume shampoo and conditioner? I have fine thin hair. Love it!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 12, 2021

      I have and I didn’t love it!

  3. Sarah says
    Posted July 8, 2021

    I would like volume but need blonde shampoo should I be mixing some of this with my other shampoo?

  4. Becky says
    Posted July 9, 2021

    Thanks for this list! I’ve been using Redken High Rise Volume shampoo with good results; did you try it?
    I’m wondering how it compares to those you’ve listed.

    • Jenny says
      Posted July 9, 2021

      This post came at a perfect time! At this stage in the summer, my hair just feels…droopy! I’m excited to pump up the volume!

  5. Marianne says
    Posted July 9, 2021

    I’m wondering how a volume shampoo works, since you rinse out every trace of shampoo each time. Do you know? I can see how a volume conditioner could add volume but don’t understand volume shampoo.

    • Kate says
      Posted July 12, 2021

      It still can build volume in the hair because of how it’s formulated!

  6. Posted July 9, 2021

    I am going to have to check some of these out!

    Danielle |

  7. Megan says
    Posted July 9, 2021

    I need volume at my roots but have very coarse/frizzy hair so volumizing shampoos always roughen up the hair follicle which makes it even coarser/frizzier. What do you recommend in this case? A different type of shampoo and some kind of root lift spray/powder? Or volumizing shampoo with a different conditioner and styling products?

  8. Jenny says
    Posted July 10, 2021

    Is it safe to use a volumizing shampoo every wash or once a week?

    • Kate says
      Posted July 12, 2021

      You can use it at every wash!

  9. Nikki says
    Posted July 11, 2021

    Do you have any recommendations for a root lifting spray or powder to use once hair is dry? May hair falls flat whether I curl it or use a waver. Any recommendations?

    • Kate says
      Posted July 12, 2021

      I really love Aquage Uplifting Foam!

  10. Cherilyn Keisler says
    Posted July 11, 2021

    I use Biolage Volume Bloom for my fine hair, what are you thoughts on that one? Also, have you heard of Monat? I don’t use it but have friends on Instagram that sell it and are constantly pushing it, I wondered, you being a former hair stylist what your thoughts were on it. It’s very expensive but you can get it for less if you sign up to sell it which is how they people into working for them, it’s an MLM company.

    • Kate says
      Posted July 12, 2021

      I’d recommend googling a bit before purchasing Monat.

  11. Susan says
    Posted July 15, 2021

    Are these safe to use on color treated hair? I have fine hair that I would love to volumize a bit but it’s colored red and I don’t want to cause problems with that.

  12. Jenn says
    Posted July 20, 2021

    Hey Kate! Can you do a post for corresponding conditioners that don’t weigh down hair?
    Thanks so much!

  13. Linda says
    Posted July 20, 2021

    Can you use these shampoos on colored hair?

  14. April Gaskell says
    Posted July 20, 2021

    Thank you for the detailed descriptions included with each brand – I find it very helpful! And I love that this post is tailored to just one topic – volumizing shampoo. I feel it’ll be easier to find again on your blog when I’m looking in future.

  15. Genee’ says
    Posted July 20, 2021

    Any recommendations for conditioners as well? Non color treated & fine but thick hair

  16. Jodie says
    Posted July 20, 2021

    Do you have any recommendations for stringy hair? Even with texturizing products and/or dry shampoo, my hair looks so stringy and needs to be brushed several times throughout the day, which is a bummer when I curl it.

  17. Misty says
    Posted July 21, 2021

    How does your conditioner affect the volume achieved with the shampoo? I have been using Redkin All Soft forever, but my hair just gets thinner and finer as I age. If I switched my shampoo to something like Living Proof Full, but still used All Soft, would they counteract?

  18. Emily H. says
    Posted July 23, 2021

    I’m always after more volume in my hair and I needed new shampoo so this post came at a perfect time. I ended up getting the Virtue shampoo (and conditioner) and so far I’m really pleased! My hair feels good and I love the smell. Thanks for the recommendation!

  19. Teresa Harlow says
    Posted August 31, 2021

    Hello Kate, thank you for putting for favorite volume shampoos on the blog!! Do you recommend to also use volume conditioner and do you recommend always using the same brand as the shampoo that you use? Thank you for all you do for us followers!! And your kitchen turned out beautiful!!!