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6 Anti DHT Shampoos — Shampoos that Block DHT

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 Dor Organic Anti Hair Loss Shampoo

    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

    Buy online

  • DS Labratories Revita DHT Blocker Shampoo

    DS Labratories Revita Anti-DHT Hair Loss Shampoo Around $25 for 6oz

    Key ingredients: Caffeine, Ketoconazole (anti-fungal), Apple Seed Extract, Rooibos Leaf, Apple Polyphenol (Procyanidin B-1), Carnitine HCl, MSM

    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.

    Buy online

  • Groganics DHT Blocker Shampoo

    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.

    Buy online

  • Nioxin DHT Inhibitor Shampoo

    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.

    Buy online

  • Nisim DHT Blocker Hair Loss Shampoo

    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.

    Buy online

  • Revivogen Anti DHT Hair Loss Shampoo

    Revivogen Anti DHT Shampoo Around $24 for 12.5oz

    Key ingredients: Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Linoleic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Saw Palmetto, Menthol.

    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.

    Buy online

  • HairGenesis Anti DHT Hair Loss Shampoo

    HairGenesis Anti DHT Shampoo Around $30 for 7.5oz

    Key ingredients: Saw Palmetto, L-Carnitine, Beta-Sitosterol, R-Thioctic Acid, Borage Oil,
    Evening Primrose Oil, Prunus Africana Bark Extract, Japanese Green Tea, Biotin.

    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.

    Buy online

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The Verdict

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.

HairGenesis Anti DHT Hair Loss Shampoo

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.

36 comments on “6 Anti DHT Shampoos — Shampoos that Block DHT

  1. Ellena

    Hi there,
    I have found a line that claims to really work in clearing out DHT from scalp. Here is the link for you to inquire and if you can, please post a review or write me an email of what you think. I am tempted to try this line.

    Kevis Earth shampoo

    1. admin

      Thanks Ellena,

      That is a nice addition to the list. I’ll have to look into this product further. It looks like they’re using Hyaluronic Acid to inhibit DHT in the scalp. It’s debatable as to whether that works, but it might well be worth a try. I’ll have a look into these products in more detail a post a review at a later date.

      Chris

  2. Jerry

    How do you know the levels of saw palmetto in each of the shampoos? The labels never indicate how much is contained in each.

    1. admin

      Hi Jerry,

      The answer is you don’t unless it is specified on the label. The only way you can get an idea of the volumes of ingredients is through the order they are listed in. If saw palmetto is the last ingredient in the list the shampoo is not likely to contain much of it.

      Chris

  3. user1

    Nisim is well known for its effectiveness, how come it doesn’t works against DHT ?

    1. admin

      Hi user1,

      Nisim contains some interesting ingredients, namely some key amino acids and some B vitamins. However I really can’t see this being particularly effective against hair loss. The reason behind including amino acids in a topical product is to directly feed the hair. However if you want to feed the hair using a topical you need a higher concentration of hair growth nutrients and you would need to leave them on the scalp to absorb. A shampoo is not likely to be very effective at delivering nutrients to the hair to feed it.

      If you’re interested in feeding your hair via the scalp my 2 minute a day hair growth technique is far more effective.

      Nisim is not an anti-DHT shampoo though — it does not contain any ingredients that block 5 alpha-reductase or protect the hair from DHT.

      All the best,

      Chris

  4. Tony

    Proanagen Shampoo, what do you know about it?

    Thank you

    1. admin

      Hi Tony,

      It looks like a reasonable shampoo in terms of ingredients:

      Distilled water, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate,
      Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone,
      Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Saw palmetto extract, Grape seed oil, Vitamin B3,
      Vitamin B6, Zinc Sulfate, Tea tree oil, Allantoin, Cucumber oil, Menthol and
      other extracts of: Calendula Officinalis Flower, Hydrastis Canadensis, Lawsonia
      Inermis, Humulus Lupulus, Equisetum Hyemale, Chamomilla Recutita, Quillaja
      Saponaria Bark, Prunus Serotina.

      • Saw palmetto may help block DHT in the scalp
      • Grape seed oil may contain polyphenols, which can help with hair growth
      • Calendula is thought to help stimulate hair growth (although I can’t verify this)

      Although the ingredients look good it’s difficult to know whether they are high quality. They may have been extracted using heat, they may have been stored improperly, they may even have been cultivated at the wrong time. It’s very difficult to know. One of the best signs of higher quality ingredients is that they are organic. This is probably the best way to tell if a shampoo is high quality — if it’s made using organic ingredients, it’s likely that the ingredients contain higher nutrient levels and the manufacturer knows what they’re doing (hence they chose to go organic for a good reason, despite the extra costs).

      Check out: 11 Organic Shampoos that Don’t Contain Sodium Laurl Sulphate for some really high quality shampoos.

      All the best,

      Chris

    1. admin

      Hi Sav,

      RegenePure is a great shampoo — I’ve added it to this post:

      What is the best shampoo for hair loss?

      Many thanks,

      Chris

  5. Harry

    Bioxsione shampoo!
    Is it a good or bad shampoo ingredients wise ?
    Plus is it a DHT blocker ?
    Thanks in advance

    1. admin

      Hi Harry,

      I’m not sure what the full ingredients are — I’ll have to buy this shampoo and check it out. I can see in the sales literature that it contains salicylic acid and zinc — both are known to improve scalp condition. Salicylic acid can help clear the pores in the scalp and zinc can help clear up dandruff and is also thought to help reduce hair loss.

      I’ll check this shampoo out and do a write up. Follow me on Twitter to get my update.

      Chris

  6. Harry

    Procerin Scalp therapy Shampoo that apparently clears scalp to remove DHT, gently and naturally removes DHT while cleansing the scalp.
    Is this correct ? and what ingredients are in it to reomve DHT ?
    Thanks in advance.
    Harry

    1. admin

      Hi Harry,

      Good question! Here are their ingredients:

      Purified Water, Sodium Olefin Sufonate, Sodium Coco Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Olea Europaea (olive) Leaf Extract, Glycol Distearate, Citrus Tangerina (tangerine) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate.

      NONE of these are known to inhibit 5-alpha reductase as far as I know.

      All the best,

      Chris

  7. Joe

    I heard the Dermenodex shampoo is amazing. DO you beleive that? Thanks!

    1. admin

      Hi Joe,

      I’ve checked it out. The ingredients are pretty awful. I wouldn’t use that shampoo.

      Chris

  8. Harry lee

    My question in your opinion do you think hair genesis will fill in thinning areas on a persons scalp . What is your take on silica gel for thicker hair

    1. admin

      Hi Harry,

      I’ve never tried hair genesis so I can’t tell you if it’s any good. However I’m not really interested in products that mask hair loss. I think it’s better to focus your efforts on regrowing your hair using powerful methods.

      Silica gel won’t do much for you. Supplements that contain silica can benefit hair though.

      Cheers,
      Chris

  9. Danial

    Hi Chris,

    I have two questions.

    1. Do organic shampoo help removing DHT and 5-alpha?

    2. I have thin hair and suffer hairloss. I am thinking to use organic shampoo which would removes DHT 5-alpha as well nourishes hair. Do you know of any organic shampoo. if not what are your recommendations?

    Thank you for your valuable posts and comments.

    1. admin

      Hi Danial,

      The main benefits of organic shampoos over other shampoos is they are likely to have higher quality ingredients, they are likely to be gentler on the scalp, are less likely to contain parabens and are usually more nutritious. But unless they contain ingredients that are specifically designed to block 5-alpha-reductase or remove DHT, they will not.

      You can view a list of some good quality organic SLS free shampoos here:

      13 Organic Shampoos that Don’t Contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

      Cheers,
      Chris

  10. Glorymar

    Hi, have you heard of Pura d Or?

    1. admin

      Hi Glorymar,

      Yes I think it os one of the best anti DHT shampoos. I’ve added it to the list.

      Thanks,
      Chris

  11. Anim

    Hi Chris
    Are there any organic shampoos that you know of that are also DHT blockers?

    I found this one shampoo below. Let me know your thoughts..thanks!

    http://www.justnaturalskincare.com/hair-loss/vinegar-rinse-cleanser-hair-loss.html?gclid=CKSvt7PUpbQCFeZDMgod-EUAIQ

    1. admin

      Hi Anim,

      Yes the Pura D’or shampoo that I added to this article today is organic and contains a blend of anti DHT ingredients — this is probably one of the best (see above).

      The Vinegar Rinse shampoo you linked to looks very very good. I will try that one next and will add it to this article.

      Thanks!

      Chris

  12. Matt

    Hello, any rating on Nizoral shampoo? What’s the best shampoo for preventing hairless? Im almost 29. And it’s starting a little on the corners, very subtle. My wife doesn’t think im balding but the hair in front feels different …or im paranoid.

    1. admin

      Hi Matt,

      Nizoral is quite a good one because of the key ingredient ketoconazole. Ketoconazole kills the fungus that causes dandruff and is also believed to be some kind of DHT blocker. I’ve also read that it may help stop hair loss. Check out this article for more details:

      http://www.nicehair.org/hair-loss-treatments/4-shampoos-that-contain-ketoconazole-which-is-the-best

      All the best,
      Chris

  13. Harry

    Happy new year.
    I have seen 2 shampoo and they seem good shampoo’s but i haven’t tried them, just wondering do you know if they are good by looking at their ingredients ?
    ARGANLIFE & PURA DOR supposed to be chemical and sls free, naturally organic.
    What do you think Chris ?

    1. admin

      Hi Harry,

      I haven’t seen Argan Life. I’ll check it out. But I did add Pura D’or to the page today. It’s one of the best hair loss shampoos I’ve seen.

      All the best,
      Chris

  14. randy

    Please review the shampoo below. I have used it with some benefits but would like better detailed info on the ingredients. Thanks
    http://www.amazon.com/Pura-dor-Hair-Loss-Prevention/dp/B0079R6BD2/ref=lh_ni_t_mi

    Ingredients:
    Purified water, sodium cocoyl isethionate (derived from coconut), cocamidopropyl betaine (derived from coconut), tea tree oil, argan oil, DHT blocker (proprietary herbal blend), black seed (kanoji) oil, amla oil, nettle extract, biotin, saw palmetto, cedarwood oil, rosemary oil, sage extract, he shou wu (fo-ti), hibiscus oil, pygeum extract, pumpkin seed oil, green tea extract, zinc, soy isoflavones, beta sitosterols, aloe vera, niacin, vitamin E, B-vitamin complex, phenoxyethanol (mild preservative), grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative), lactic acid (naturally occurring in yogurt) & dead sea salt.

    1. admin

      Hi Randy,

      I’ve added Pura D’or Organic Hair Loss Prevention shampoo to the article. It’s actually one of the best anti-DHT shampoos I’ve seen and actually one of the best hair loss shampoos.

      All the best,
      Chris

  15. Chris

    Pura d’or Hair Loss Prevention: Premium Organic Shampoo. What is your opinion on this product? Thanks.

    1. admin

      Hi Chris,

      Pura d’or looks like a really good shampoo. I’ve added it here:

      http://www.nicehair.org/hair-loss-treatments/what-is-the-best-shampoo-for-hair-loss

      Cheers,
      Chris

  16. M. Wright

    I just ordered Boost Saw Palmetto Shampoo, $12.99 plus shipping. It does not contain parabens but I have no idea how much Saw Palmetto is in it. I hope it helps. I just started to rinse my hair with organic apple cider vinegar. Has not been long enough to see if it is helping but it is easy to do and the smell goes away quickly.It surprised me as it seems to make my hair look somewhat thicker right away.Will have to wait to see if it and the shampoo help with new growth and thinning.

    1. admin

      Thanks M. Wright. I’ll check out Boost Saw Palmetto shampoo.

      All the best,
      Chris

  17. Billy

    Hi,
    Spelling mistake in the first shampoo – DS Labratories Revita Anti-DHT Hair Loss Shampoo, you list the ingredient as “roobios” should be rooibos, (redbush)

    cheers

    1. admin

      Hi Billy,

      Thanks! I’ve amended.

      All the best,
      Chris

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