Carbonic Acid Shampoos for Hair Fortification

In recent years, I have read a lot about carbonic acid shampoos for scalp health. These products supposedly help:

  • Unclog pores.
  • Reduce sebum levels.
  • Improve scalp blood flow and oxygenation.
  • Balance scalp pH levels.
  • Add moisture and volume to your hair.

You are probably not going to regrow hair in totally bald areas from these carbonic acid shampoos. However, anything that can reduce scalp oiliness and itching can only be beneficial to the overall hair growth environment.

Testosterone and its derivative dihydrotestosterone (DHT) besides causing hair loss: also raise sebum levels; increase acne outbreaks; and cause scalp inflammation and itching.

Carbonic Acid Shampoos

There are few popular carbonic acid shampoos on the market today that have many reviews. Among the main ones are Simfort, Fortero and Vanidox. This is in sharp contrast to the wide range of dandruff shampoos and hair growth shampoos made by renowned brands.

Simfort Shampoo

Simfort Carbonic Acid Shampoo
Simfort Carbonic Acid Shampoo.

In Japan, an extremely popular deep scalp cleansing shampoo is called Simfort Sparkling. They have sold over 150,000 of these since product release. The 6-pack costs $230 while a single bottle costs $65. It currently has 2,300 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 3.7/5 stars.

According to the product description, the “expansion power” of this shampoo is a dense 8,000 ppm concentration level of carbonic acid. A single bottle of this hair fortifying product contains 150ml of foam. It can be used by both men and women.

Simfort is made in Japan and distributed by Seiseidou America. Do not confuse the latter with Shiseido and its Adenovital shampoo. Note that this product is based on a sulfate, paraben and cruelty-free formula.

The full list of ingredients in Simfort is very lengthy. Besides carbonic acid, it also contains keratin, numerous natural extracts, protein, rosemary oil and more:

Simfort Ingredients
Simfort Ingredients.

According to the company website, carbonic acid help unclog hair pores, minimize excess sebum levels, increase blood circulation and repair hair follicles.

The Simfort shampoo (with almost 2,300 reviews on Amazon) does all of the above by:

“Absorbing deteriorating proteins that sebum plugs are made up of. The reaction between the carbonic acid and the plugs won’t get in the way of our shampoo doing the other half of its job: gently cleaning your scalp and outer layer of hair.”

Fortero and Vanidox

Other somewhat well known brands of shampoo that contain carbonic acid (carbon dioxide dissolved in water) include Fortero and Vanidox.

Vanidox is fortified with biotin, collagen, argan oil, peppermint oil and tea tree oil. It currently has 3,170 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.2/5 stars. Vanidox carbonic acid shampoo is made in the US and is paraben free, sulfate free and never tested on animals.

Fortero contains seven rare ingredients in rice bran protein, algae extract, charcoal powder, citrus lemon fruit extract, paeonia suffruticosa root extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract and swertia japonica extract. It also has rosemary oil, green tea and lavender oil.

5 thoughts on “Carbonic Acid Shampoos for Hair Fortification”

  1. I like the Bryan shared his protocol.

    Just wanted to chime in because when you look up the cost of a 312 laser cap (which is likely 80-100 laser diodes at most) it’s not encouraging.

    The laser cap industry is foolish…if you’re going to buy a laser device, just buy the Hairmax laser comb (Ultima 12 with 12 lasers and *no LEDs*) – I got it w/a coupon code for $340. I use it 4x a week for 8-10 minutes…why spend up to $2500 to save 3 minutes of time; and compared to the cap it’s far more sturdy. The comb is as effective as the cap or helmet.

    Yes there is a difference between lasers and LEDs for hairloss – it’s an easy look up (Electro-luminance vs Stimulated Emission).

    Sadly, it is typical the people selling laser devices know less than a tree stump; including dermatologists.

    I think it’s a great addition if you are already using topicals/internals or microneedling/dermarolling.

  2. Hi admin, I frequently visit the blog for recent updates. Could you consider changing the homepage so that it doesn’t include the content of each post. But rather a list format of posts with title and small description. Sorted by most recent. Scrolling through 5 pages only to read a few posts is not ideal.

    1. My old theme does not seem to have such a setting. Maybe I will finally update this year after past attempts had issues.

      Can you try following the blog (on Android mobile) as that view seems like what you want:

      Click on the 3 dots on the top of your browser right side. At the bottom of the pop out menu, there is an option to follow HLC2020. Thereafter, you will only see the post titles in the followed section of your browser.

  3. The only Shampoo that could stop my hair loss is/was Pura D’or, Hair Thinning Therapy Shampoo and now it’s practically impossible to find … go figured!!

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