DHT is the most significant cause of hair loss. In the majority of cases, if you want to stop hair loss, you need to reduce scalp DHT. You can use my method to remove scalp DHT and reduce DHT production, but if you’re looking for a shampoo that claims to inhibit DHT check these out.
Since these shampoos are quite hard to find I decided to scour the net, looking through the ingredients of hair loss shampoos to find ones that contain DHT blocker ingredients. The main ingredient we’re looking for here is saw palmetto. DHT blocker shampoos use saw palmetto to inhibit DHT. Other ingredients that may block DHT include Nettle, Azelaic acid and pumpkin seed oil.
All of the following shampoos contain ingredients that may block DHT.
Scroll down to the bottom to see my verdict on which one of these is the best and if any are actually worth buying.
Pura D’or Organic Argan Oil Anti Hair Loss Shampoo Around $28 for 16oz
- Contains a proprietary blend of DHT blocker ingredients
- Contains tea tree oil, which may help keep scalp pores clear
- Contains nettle extract, saw palmetto, pygeum extract, pumpkin seed oil and green tea extract, which are all though to block DHT
- Contains biotin, rosemary oil, vitamin E and B-vitamin complex, which are thought to benefit hair health
- Contains he shou wu (fo-ti), which is thought to benefit hair growth
- Contains niacin, which may help increase blood circulation in the scalp
- Contains zinc, which is thought to help kill the fungus that causes dandruff
DS Labratories Revita Anti-DHT Hair Loss Shampoo Around $25 for 6oz
The good: SLS free. Quality ingredients. Apple polyphenols may increase circulation. Roibios may inhibit DHT. Ketaconazole will help with dandruff.
The bad: Probably least effective against DHT. Very expensive.
Groganics DHT Blocker Shampoo Around $9 for 8oz
Key ingredients: Saw palmetto, Nettle Leaf, Shea Butter.
The good: Saw palmetto and nettle may inhibit DHT. Low price.
The bad: Main base ingredient is ammonium laurl sulphate.
Nioxin Cleanser Anti-DHT Shampoos Around $17 for 10.5oz
Key ingredients: Co-enzyme A, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine (Viutamin B6), Cyanocobalamin, Biotin, Folic Acid, Niacin, Thiamine HC1, Ubiquinone (Co-enzyme Q10), Yarrow plant, Cammomile, Camellia sinensis, Pomelo, Horsetail, lots of other plant extracts including saw palmetto.
The good: Lots of B vitamins and lots of plant extracts that may contain beneficial chemicals.
The bad: Negligable amounts of saw palmetto — unlikely to have much (if any) impact on DHT. Contains sodium laureth sulphate.
Nisim Hair Loss Shampoo Around $14 for 8oz
Key ingredients: Blend of plant extracts including Ginseng. B vitamins Inositol, Panthenol and Biotin. Amino acids Cystine, Cysteine and Methionine.
The good: A good mix of B vitamins and amino acids
The bad: Contains sodium laureth sulphate, sodium laurl sulphate, preservatives and artificial colours. None of it’s ingredients are known to inhibit DHT as far as I know.
Revivogen Anti DHT Shampoo Around $24 for 12.5oz
The good: Azelaic acid and saw palmetto are probably the best natural DHT inhibitors available. Lots of beneficial ingredients in this shampoo.
The bad: Lot’s of rubbish too. Also the levels of azelaic acid and saw palmetto are probably less than 5% and so won’t do much to inhibit DHT.
HairGenesis Anti DHT Shampoo Around $30 for 7.5oz
The good: This is the first anti-DHT shampoo I’ve seen that has decent levels of saw palmetto in it. Borage oil and Evening Primrose oil also major benefits. Green tea should contain anti-oxidants.
The bad: Contains Sodium Laureth Sulphate.
It’s debatable as to whether saw palmetto is effective at inhibitting scalp DHT topically. It’s also debatable as to whether these shampoos will carry the saw palmetto and other active ingredients into the scalp and papillas. That said, if you’re massaging a shampoo into your scalp every day, it’s worth massaging quality ingredients that may also help reduce scalp DHT levels and even feed the hair.
A lot of the shampoos I’ve looked at claim that they contain ingredients that block DHT, but the volume of active ingredients is so low they’re unlikely to do anything. It’s better to go for a shampoo with less ingredients, but higher levels of the important active ingredients. For that reason my top anti-DHT shampoo is the HairGenesis. Although it contains some less desirable ingredients it has the highest concentration of saw palmetto (of the shampoos I’ve reviewed).
Have I missed anything?
If you’ve found an anti-DHT shampoo that you’d like me to take a look at let me know in the comments. If you have any other questions or comments about DHT blocker shampoo use the comments form below.