Hair experts reveal the best products for thin hair

Healthy solutions for your scalp and strands.
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Hair might be technically totally dead, but it’s rife with emotion. Bad hair days are real – scientists have confirmed that our moods are inextricably linked to the state of our strands. But none of that compares to the horror of seeing clumps of hair clogging the shower drain.

Thankfully, thinning hair is not necessarily a permanent problem.

Working out why your locks are languishing is the first step to finding a solution.

Ricki-Lee Coulter has been taking care of her tresses.


Scalp solutions

“A healthy scalp won’t prevent hair thinning, but an unhealthy one can make the hair thinning worse,” says Lisa Caddy, trichologist

at Philip Kingsley.

“Like the skin on your face, your scalp also benefits from gentle exfoliation.”

Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask ($42.90) or Pantene Miracle Mask Biotin ($11.99) work to hydrate dry, brittle hair and strengthen strands.

Just like your skin, hair can also benefit from some gentle exfoliation. The Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask ($42.90) comes recommended by the experts.


Gentle cleanse

If your hair is thinning, fragile and prone to breakage, you have good reason to avoid sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).

“There is potential for SLS to be stripping, leading to some damage to already thinning hair,” says Prudvi Mohan Kaka, chief scientific officer at DECIEM.

“However, sulphates as a whole should not be written off, particularly derivatives used at lower concentrations as they gently cleanse the scalp and hair while respecting the integrity of the scalp.”

For thin hair

Straand The Crown Cleanse Shampoo ($24) is entirely free of sulphates and silicone, which can weaken and weigh down fine, thinning hair.

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For coarse hair

The Ordinary Sulphate 4% Cleanser for Hair & Body ($12.80) contains a small amount of SLES-2 (a gentler sulphate derivative) to effectively clean the scalp without drying out hair.

For fragile hair

Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo ($32) strengthens stressed strands with panthenol and tree extract.

The Ordinary Sulphate 4% Cleanser for Hair & Body ($12.80) is great for cleaning the scalp without drying out your hair.


Hair food

Dr Simone Laubscher PhD, naturopath, clinical nutritionist and co-founder of Rejuv Wellness, shares her top nutritional tips for combating hair loss.


Often hair loss is caused by low iron, so eat more iron rich foods such as spinach, dark green leafy veg or organic grass-fed beef.

Kate Hudson is said to enjoy a plant-based diet… most of the time.



Oily fish, nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocado are high in omega-3s to help prevent dry, brittle hair.


B vitamins, particularly biotin (B7), are essential for good quality hair. Vitamin C supports the integumentary system, including your hair, skin and nails.

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