The below top 10 list of dermatologist recommended best hair loss shampoos is applicable for both men and women. Shampoo reviews and ratings for each hair loss product I list at the bottom of this post are generally highly favorable and numerous. Both men and women speak favorably about these shampoos.
Do hair loss shampoos work? The answer to that question is that hair thickening is possible with most of these over-the-counter products. However, hair regrowth from any hair loss shampoo is not likely.
Top Rated Hair Loss Shampoos of 2018
There are thousands of shampoos being sold online, but very few have proven beneficial properties towards scalp hair growth. Further below are listed ten of the best hair loss shampoos in existence as of 2018. They all contain ingredients that have proven benefits to scalp hair. Make sure to read through this whole page of reviews to find the the best shampoo for hair loss out there for your particular needs.
Key Ingredients in the Best Hair Loss Shampoos
Some of the key ingredients and characteristics that you want to consider when selecting a hair loss shampoo for your needs include:
- You want to make sure that the shampoo you pick has at least one natural dihydrotestosterone (DHT) reducing ingredient such as saw palmetto and beta sitosterol. One study on saw palmetto found clear benefits to hair growth, including when the ingredient was added in a shampoo.
- Anti-androgen type ingredients such as ketoconazole are also often invaluable. Research has shown that ketaconazole inhibits various types of scalp fungus and also benefits hair growth.
- Shampoos containing hair vitamins and nutrients such as biotin, vitamin A, vitamin B, niacin, iron and zinc provide further benefits to hair growth. Women are more likely to benefit from this than are men.
- There is some evidence that caffeine stimulates a hair growth surge, so a number of professional shampoos include that as an ingredient. One important study found that caffeine has hair follicle growth-promoting effects in both men and women.
- Some shampoos will dry out your scalp, so you want to experiment with a few. Anything containing parabens, sulfates and fragrances can cause adverse reactions and scalp irritation.
- Most people will benefit from shampoos that have natural moisturizing oils such as argan oil, emu oil, jojoba oil and more.
Top 10 Best Hair Loss Shampoos List
Shiseido Adenovital Shampoo
The most popular hair loss shampoo in Asia that is manufactured by renowned Japanese cosmetics manufacturer Shiseido (which also happens to be working on a cell based hair loss cure). More importantly, Adenovital’s key ingredient adenosine has strong scientific backing when it comes to benefiting hair growth.
Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
My favorite shampoo to tackle dry and itchy scalp problems. Make sure to read my old post on Nizoral. However, do not overdo it! I try to use this product twice a week at most. Keep it in your hair for at least several minutes before rinsing it off for best effect. This product contains 1% ketoconazole, which has anti-fungal as well as anti-androgenic properties. This makes it a top hair loss shampoo for men.
Botanical Green Care Organic Biotin, Caffeine & Saw Palmetto Hair Stimulating Shampoo
An extremely popular organic product. There is significant evidence that biotin aids hair quality, while caffeine and saw palmetto are both somewhat beneficial to hair growth. Saw palmetto blocks the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and is often described as a natural (but weaker) alternative to finasteride. For more, see my post on natural cures for hair loss. This Botanical Green Care shampoo product also contains numerous other helpful ingredients such as nettle extract, panax ginseng, pumpkin seed oil, amla oil, bhringraj oil, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and more.
Hair Restoration Laboratories DHT Blocking Shampoo
Over the past year, the Hair Restoration Laboratories’ Professional Strength DHT Blocking Hair Loss Shampoo (and accompanying DHT Blocking Hair Loss Conditioner) has been a top seller on Amazon and many other sites. Combined, the daily use Shampoo and Conditioner has more DHT blockers than any shampoo/conditioner set presently available. Among the key DHT Blockers in this set are: Caffeine, Saw Palmetto, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Cayenne Fruit Extract, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Pea Extract and many more. By helping to block DHT, they should be a great asset in helping to halt the miniaturization of the hair follicles and regrow healthier and thicker hair.
Pura D’or Organic Argan Oil Shampoo
This is the bestselling shampoo on Amazon. The list of ingredients is extremely lengthy and the product claims to have 15 (!) natural DHT blockers. I do not know which 15, but it does contain the most well known and researched natural DHT blocker in saw palmetto. Additional proven beneficial ingredients include pumpkin seed oil, green tea, niacin and biotin.
Vitamins Procapil Shampoo
This is a very interesting product that contains Procapil. The ingredient list is extensive and includes many other products that are beneficial to hair such as biotin, olive leaf derived oleanolic acid, and grapefruit derived apigenin. The product description claims to include a number of DHT blockers too.
Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil Shampoo
Argan oil is derived from the kernels of the argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. In that country, argan oil has been used for skin and hair problems for centuries. In the western world, argan oil is now becoming very popular in cosmetic applications. Art Naturals organic argan oil shampoo also includes a huge list of botanical and herbal products, along with essential oils that will improve the texture of your hair significantly.
Active Wow Argan Oil & Organic Botanicals Shampoo
Yet another argan oil shampoo infused with various botanicals. Other ingredients include biotin, caffeine, saw palmetto, nettle, pumpkin seed, keratin and green tea. All of these have been shown to be beneficial towards scalp hair.
PhytoWorx Organic Shampoo With Plant Stem Cells
An interesting product with the key ingredient being apple plant derived stem cells from Switzerland. Also included are tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary oils. I doubt the stem cells can do much for your hair, but still worth trying.
Wick & Ström Anti Hair Loss Shampoo
This shampoo contains saw palmetto along with a very small 0.01% dose of ketoconazole. Other ingredients include aloe, biotin and caffeine. The company that manufactures this product calls itself a Swedish American boutique.
DS Labs Revita Shampoo
A well known and respected brand. Ingredients that benefit scalp hair include ketoconazole, biotin, caffeine, apple seed extract and apple polyphenols, rooibos tea leaf extract, emu oil, copper peptides, aloe and zinc.
Neugaine Organic Natural DHT Blocker Shampoo
A newer product that supposedly contains a proprietary mix of 17 (!) natural DHT blockers (crucial when it comes to an anti hair loss shampoo for men). Among these 17 include saw palmetto and beta sitosterol, nettles extract and green tea extract. Also contains argan oil, castor oil and coconut oil. Of interest, this shampoo has the herb “He Shou Wu” in it, which in traditional Chinese medicine is thought to help turn grey hair back to black. You can’t go wrong with this all natural shampoo for hair loss.
If you are losing your hair, do not despair. There are treatments out there such as Finasteride and Minoxidil that can stop your hair loss and regrow hair. Moreover, there are a number of shampoos that can make your existing hair thicker and fuller. In this post, I have reviewed my 10 best hair loss shampoos out there. I look forward to reading about your favorite hair loss shampoos too.