Can Shampoo Really Thicken Hair? Thin Hair Solutions

Notice some thinning areas of your hair?  Does your pony tail holder need to go around your hair an extra time to secure it? Even seeing more hair going down the drain when you shampoo?  If you’re like the growing number of women in the US suffering from thin, thinning or hair loss, you’re not alone.  

Modern diets, medication and stress can cause fluctuations in our bodies and hair loss.   If you are suddenly seeing thin, thinning or hair loss, visit your physician as soon as possible to assess your medical condition.  The next step is to evaluate your hair cleansing and styling regime to make sure you are using products that are gentle and promote hair growth.

The path to thicker hair starts with a medical evaluation and a healthy diet and lifestyle.  And the first step in a hair product overhaul is using the right shampoo.

Despite what some companies outright claim, there is no shampoo on the market that the FDA has verified can grow hair.  The ONLY FDA-approved products proven to grow hair are Minoxidil and Finasteride. Let’s learn a bit about these two products:

Minoxidil is an FDA-approved drug that is used for treating male-pattern baldness and hair loss in women.  Oral minoxidil was originally used for treating high blood pressure, but patients and health care providers noticed that hair growth was a side effect of treatment. This led to the development of topical (solution applied to the scalp) minoxidil that is available in specific formulas for men and women.  

FINASTRERIDE (brand name Propecia)
Finastreride, commonly referred to as Propecia prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body.  Propecia is used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss seen as a receding hairline and/or balding on the top of the head. Propecia is for use by men only and should not be used by women or children.

Even though shampoo and other hair loss treatment products can’t technically grow hair, they definitely can help with fragile hair and scalp and prepare for natural hair growth. And some shampoos have other special ingredients that can create a “bulking” effect on hair strands, making it appear thicker and fuller.  

It’s important to remember that the WRONG hair care shampoo and other products can certainly cause more harm to thin, thinning or hair loss suffers.  Products that strip natural oils or contain harmful ingredients certainly aren’t helping you in your quest for thicker looking hair.  

There are two commonly used ingredients found in many hair fine, thin or thinning shampoos that can contribute to hair loss – surfactants and parabens.  Check the ingredient listing of your current shampoo now and look for these two ingredients:

Many popular hair loss shampoos remove dirt or build up by using a blend of ingredients called surfactants, most commonly listed as Sodium Laurel/Laureth Sulfate (SLS). Surfactants bind with things like dirt, soil, dead skin, and sebum – and when the shampoo is washed away, it takes these things with it. It’s also what creates that foaming or bubbling when you apply to your hair.

SLS is compound derived from coconuts, but the way that it’s processed and extracted creates a multitude of carcinogenic byproducts that end up in the formula of the shampoo.  As you cleanse your hair, you rub the shampoo on your scalp which can mean these byproducts accumulate in your body.  This can impact the chemistry of your body and contribute to hair loss, as well as the potential for other serious health issues in some.

Lastly, many popular shampoos contain synthetic preservatives called parabens.  Parabens are manmade preservatives used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and (some) processed foods.  Controversy over the safety of parabens began in 2004 when researchers found that parabens were present in 90% of human breast tumors, as published in the US National Library of Medicine.  Not surprisingly, the same parabens in those tumors are also common ingredients in anti-perspiring underarm deodorants used by women. These studies imply that parabens can penetrate the skin and enter the body when applied topically.

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s published research suggests consistent long-term paraben exposure can also disrupt your endocrine system. Your endocrine system (which is composed of your thyroid, pancreas, adrenals, testes, and ovaries) is absolutely critical to your health. Without a properly functioning endocrine system, hormonal balance is literally impossible.

To be safe, many professionals recommend eliminating all topical products that contain parabens because they can potentially affect the body, contribute to hair loss and serious health issues.


All of THIQUE's hair loss treatment products for women are sulfate and paraben free

THIQUE Gentle Volumizing Shampoo does NOT have any sulfates or parabens.  Instead, we rely on more natural ingredients to cleanse the hair while addressing the needs of those with fine, thin or thinning hair:

AMAZONIAN COPAIBA OIL (Copaifera Officinalis) is obtained from the trunk of leguminous trees found in Amazonian rain forest and naturally aids in cleansing the scalp and hair.  Its natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties nourish the scalp and hair strands without weighing them down.

CANADIAN WILLOW HERB (Epilobium Angustifolium) soothes the scalp as it gently removes impurities and works to gently cleanse.  It also fights free radicals from further damage, promoting hair growth.

NATURAL CAFFEINE EXTRACTS (Caffeine) creates thicker, fuller looking hair diameter and stimulates hair shaft to promotes hair growth.

It’s important that you give it time, as frustrating as that can be.  Healthy hair only grows ½ an inch a month at best.  So, give implementing this new knowledge some time to work.  A reminder that your first step is a visit to your physician.  We encourage healthy eating and plenty of exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind.  

Then don’t forget to treat your hair gently.  Shampoo hair gently and only condition hair strands.  Use a wide tooth comb when hair is wet and brush gently with a bristle brush when hair is dry.  And read the ingredient labels for ALL your hair care and styling products and look key ingredients that are safe and promte healthy hair growth.

Eat right, exercise and treat yourself to products designed just for you!  You deserve it!