Let’s talk hair loss and thinning hair. If you’ve noticed that the hair on your head isn’t quite as thick as it was when you were younger, there’s no time to spare. The first step, according to Mount Sinai Hosptial dermatologist Dr. Joshua Zeichner, is to visit your dermatologist to find out why your hair is thinning. In most cases, it’s androgenic alopecia, which basically means genetic hair loss. Sounds horrifying, but the good news, hair loss shampoos are an easy way to combat it.
“They work by reducing inflammation in the scalp helping to provide building blocks for optimal hair follicle functioning. Many of the shampoos contain ingredients like antioxidants E, protein and amino acids, and B-complex vitamins,” says Zeichner.
Are these shampoos a silver bullet? No. While we don’t know for sure how effective they are, Zeichner still recommends them. “These shampoos may help encourage the growth of hair that you already have, but likely will not grow hair where it has already been completely lost,” he says.
Point here is, act fast, and load up on shampoos with ingredients that might help slow down the thinning process. These are ones we recommend.
This biotin-powered shampoo comes with plenty of essential oils that'll also leave your hair clean and soft
Pros: This non-GMO shampoo is also hypoallgergenic and free of sulfates and parabens, stuff that can damage hair, which is the last thing you want to do when you have a dwindling supply of it.
Cons: Some reviewers weren’t huge fans of the scent, so you might want to use a nice-smelling conditioner after cleaning your hair.
This low-priced shampoo comes with standard and not-so-standard ingredients designed to plump up your hair and make it shinier and healthier.
Pros: Hydrolyzed wheat protein sounds like an awful entree at a vegan restaurant, but it’s actually an ingredient that can help hair absorb the other nutrients in this shampoo.
Cons: Some users felt this shampoo was so thick that it coated and weighed down their hair.
The main ingredient in this shampoo is apple cider vinegar, an ingredient that thicks hair and leaves it smooth and silky.
Pros: This shampoo is loaded with all natural ingredients, from the vinegar itself to aloe vera, donga quai root extract, licorice extract, echinacea extract, and so much more. It’s pricey, but you should only use it every 15 days so it’ll last a long time.
Cons: Your hair will smell like vinegar, which is less than ideal.
Yes, it's expensive. We get it. But this set is specifically optimized to restore the natural pH balance to the scalp and optimizes conditions for hair growth by helping to control sebum production.
Pros: You’re getting a double whammy here, with Harklinikken’s shampoo and conditioner specifically created to make your scalp as healthy and balanced as possible. It’s a key part of the Danish brand’s program to get your hair back on track. It’s also made without perfumes, silicones, parabens, or petrochemicals.
Cons: The price. Just, wow.
For men and women, this shampoo doesn't just help slow thinning, it also reduces breakage, making your existing hair stronger than it is.
Pros: This shampoo is loaded with 17 different active ingredients. It’s essentially casting a wide net, making it more likely that there will be at least one that works for you.
Cons: Some users have said that a recent formula change was a downgrade in effectiveness for this brand of shampoo.
We found a biotin-based shampoo that's part of a comprehensive system for preventing hair loss.
Pros: This formula comes with some unique ingredients — saw palmetto, anyone? — and, more importantly, a money back guarantee.
Cons: It’s one of the pricier options on this list, and the guarantee only applies if you use it in tandem with matching hair loss pills, serum, and conditioner, which is going to cost you a decent chunk of change.
A two-pack of shampoo and conditioner that uses natural ingredients, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil to clean and soften hair, respectively.
Pros: The apple cider vinegar in the shampoo is loaded with the B-complex vitamins Dr. Zeichner said could help reduce scalp inflammation. It can also help reduce dandruff.
Cons: Its natural ingredients are accompanied by some artificial coloring and fragrance that can’t cover up the vinegary smell in the shampoo.
A sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo that actually smells good while helping slow thinning hair.
Pros: This shampoo combines multiple anti-inflammatory ingredients, like caffeine and red clover, in one bottle.
Cons: This formula isn’t as vitamin- or oil-rich as others on this list, and some people said it left their hair dry.
This shampoo is a caffeinated blend of essential oils and (mostly) natural ingredients.
Pros: People say that this formula really works. It’s one of the few shampoos we’ve seen that uses ketoconazole, an anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal ingredient long used in dandruff shampoos, specifically to help combat hair loss.
Cons: The smell, which one reviewer called “sophisticated” but another compared to “rum and coke on a night where you’re gonna make bad choices.” The point is, it’s not for everyone.
The Big 5 refers to five ingredients common to shampoos on this list, so it's a pretty comprehensive solution and a way to hedge your bets instead of opting for trial and error with multiple shampoos.
Pros: Biotin, caffeine, argan oil, castor oil, and saw palmetto come together in this shampoo that has plenty of citrus oils for a pleasant scent.
Cons: Some folks say this formula is too strong, and that it caused adverse skin reactions, so be careful if you’ve had scalp issues in the past.
It's not technically a shampoo, but this conditioner packs some of the same ingredients found in the best-reviewed shampoos for hair loss.
Pros: If you already have a shampoo you like, this conditioner is a great choice if your hair is looking a little thinner than usual.
Cons: Users say this product has a pretty floral scent that, while OK on its own, might interfere with whatever scent your shampoo come with.
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