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Editor’s Picks: The Best Lightweight Shampoos for Fine Hair

They won’t weigh you down.

This photo of Claire Danes—which yes, we've discussed at length before—is how I look when I use (most) products designed for damaged, colour-treated hair. Because dontcha know? People with damaged hair need all the extra moisturizing ingredients they can get... even if their hair ends up unattractively plastered to their scalps.

At least that was the old way of hair company beautythink. It's ridiculous, isn't it? Especially if you are like me and at least 50 percent of the reason why you colour your hair in the first place is because your hair is so fine that you're desperate for the damage in order to give your hair some kind of semblance of volume. For years now, I've ignored hairdressers' advice about using colour-specific shampoos and conditioners because frankly, I'd rather just deal with colour-fade and damage and frizz and flyaways than feel like I need to wash my hair by 4pm each day.

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But things are changing! Suddenly, I'm noticing a bounty of products Just For People Like Us. Meaning, stuff that won't screw with your colour, and with extra fortifying ingredients to counteract all the chemicals and heat-styling... but with the end goal of ALSO giving you volume. It's like a beauty miracle! I figured you'd be down with this development, so let's take a look:

Pantene Colour Preserve Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

I think Pantene was first off the block with this when they launched their completely revamped line last year. Now, alongside sub-lines for Fine, Medium/Thick and Curly hair, there is a section just for Colour (because Colour trumps everything else). And thankfully, within the Colour section you can choose products for Shine or Volume. Obviously, I choose Volume. Unlike the Pantene of yore, these prodz really don't weigh your hair down.

Where to buy: Just $12.69 (together!) from—they have FREE shipping in Canada with no minimum order!

John Frieda Full Repair Collection

When I first saw the words "Full Repair," I was ready to write off this new collection from John Frieda. But then I noticed that lower down, it also says "Full Body"—which is music to my ears. The premise is that the shampoo and conditioner will weightlessly repair damage on "overworked hair" from both colouring and heat-styling. It has something to do with an omega-3 oil called Inca Inchi Oil... and even though you'd think oil would be bad, in this case it's very, very good. No, this isn't going to be the shampoo to reach for when you need mega-crazy body, but it's an excellent everyday choice to keep your hair in healthy condition. There's also a Root Lift Foam.

Where to buy: The shampoo ($10.99), the conditioner ($10.49) and the Root Lift Foam ($10.99) are all at

Aveeno Living Colour Shampoo and Conditioner for Fine Hair

You might recall I was a fan of the volumizing prodz in Aveeno's Positively Nourishing collection. Well, this stuff has definitely replaced that, since you get the same volumizing goodness in a formula that's specifically designed to protect and enhance your hair colour. My favourite part, I have to say, is the amazing Aveeno scent.

Where to buy: The shampoo ($9.49) is at

Marc Anthony Be Ageless Advanced Color Protect Anti-Aging Shampoo and Conditioner for Thinning, Weak, Dull Hair

This line just came out this spring (it includes dry-hair versions as well, along with a night treatment, volumizing cream, leave-in treatment and a miracle mud, which sounds fun!). Technically, it's for aging hair—but isn't ALL HAIR aging? The specific concerns it addresses are thinness, weakness and dullness, so I figured I could sign myself up regardless. (Because who doesn't want "visibly younger" hair?) I tried this yesterday and so far, impressed.

Where to buy: The shampoo ($12.99) and the conditioner ($12.99) are at

LaCoupe Orgnx Colour Care Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner

Just ignore the Moisturizing prodz up above and let's focus on the Volumizing ones. This range came out last year and has lived in my shower ever since. I particularly like that they are on the more natural side, i.e. paraben- and sulfate-free. (Although whether sulfates are indeed bad for your hair is somewhat under debate, as you'll find out when I get around to posting my vid with celebrity colourist Marie Robinson.)

L'Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Volume Shampoo and Conditioner

Speaking of sulfate-free lines, here's another good choice that is, like the LaCoupe, not too bad on the lathering front. If you like your morning showers with a hit of minty freshness, you'll also love this scent.

Where to buy: The shampoo ($11.25) and the conditioner ($11.25) are at

You know what is also awesome, besides the fact that we have a brand spanking new beauty category on our hands here?

The fact that all of these are available at drugstores. Which doesn't really surprise me, to tell you the truth, because one of the things I've noticed about high-end shampoos and conditioners is that they go SO VERY HEAVY on the moisturization. (Kérastase? I'm looking at you.) Sure, those expensive products are all excellent—and I've certainly used them extensively when I've done Extremely Serious Damage to my hair, like the time I went solid-colour platinum—but I'm not seeing much of a reason to fork down your dough for regular, run-of-the-mill damage on fine hair.

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