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There are hundreds of topical hair loss products on the market. But of all those hundreds that I’ve reviewed these are the only ones I would recommend.

A good topical hair regrowth product is a good weapon in your arsenal in the battle to regrow your hair. I get a lot of questions from readers who want to know what really are the best topical hair loss treatments available in the world. So I spent a lot of time researching the ingredients of the topicals I could find, then I narrowed down the list to only the very best.

I’ve collected all the ingredients together on this page and put it all into one convenient list, so you can see my conclusions and make up your own mind.

  • DS Labs Spectral DNC N

    DS Labs Spectral DNC N

    Around $25 for 2oz

    • Gingseng extract may promote blood circulation in the scalp
    • “Nanoxidil” (a new form of Minoxidil, developed by DS Labs) increases blood circulation in the scalp and is thought to penetrate the scalp skin better than normal Minoxidil
    • Amenixel is thought to improve blood circulation in the scalp and may help reduce perifollicular fibrosis
    • Arginine may help improve blood circulation in the scalp
    • Uses nanosomes to improve delivery of ingredients
    • Contains copper peptides, which may help reduce inflammation
    • Contains Adenosine, which has been shown to be effective in reducing hair loss in several major hair loss studies
    • Contains polyphenols, which are thought to help improve blood circulation in the scalp and according to DS Labs help regrowth along the hair line
    • Citrulline is a precursor to arginine, which helps improve blood circulation
    • Contains natural plant stem cells, which may help increase cell growth in the scalp
    • Contains Biotin, which supports healthy hair
    • Retinol is an antioxidant, which is thought by some to reduce hair loss


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  • Follinox 5

    Follinox 5

    Around $100 for 1oz

    • Emu oil is a good natural carrier oil with anti DHT, anti inflammatory and bactosteriatic properties
    • Contains 2% Minoxidil, which increases blood circulation in the scalp
    • Contains a vitamin complex, which may be high in antioxidants (which scavenge free-radicals) and may also help improve absorption of other ingredients
    • Retinol is an antioxidant, which is thought by some to reduce hair loss
    • Capsicum extract may help increase blood circulation in the scalp
    • Linoleic/alpha linonianic acid
    • Nettle and pygeum are natural DHT blockers
    • He shu wu is known in China for its hair growth promoting properties
    • Biotin is thought to help with hair health but it is not known if this works when applied topically
    • Zinc is known to help kill the common scalp fungi that causes dandruff and may also reduce hair loss
    • Kelp contains iodine, which is helpful in regulating healthy thyroid function (over active thyroid is a cause of hair loss) — however it is unlikely that this will have any benefit when used topically
    • Folic acid
    • Arginine may help increase blood circulation in the scalp


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  • Revivigon topical hair loss spray


    Around $100 for 1oz

    • Contains linoleic and oleic acid, which prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT
    • Contains saw palmetto, which may also prevent DHT production in the scalp
    • Studies suggest Beta Sitosterol also prevents conversion of testosterone to DHT by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase
    • Caffeine may stimulate hair growth, though this is not proven
    • Procyanidin B2 (from apple polyphenols) is believed to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp
    • Zinc fights against common scalp fungi, helping to promote a healthy scalp environment


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  • Lipogaine topical hair loss treatment


    Around $25 for 2oz

    • Contains 5% Minoxidil, which is clinically proven to increase blood circulation in the scalp and reduce hair loss in some individuals
    • Contains azelaic acid, which is also thought to promote blood circulation on the scalp
    • Contains retinol (vitamin A), an antioxidant which is thought to help reduce hair loss
    • Contains saw palmetto, which reduces the production of DHT (the most significant cause of hair loss in men)


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  • Pura D Or topical hair loss serum

    Pura D’Or Topical Hair Loss Serum

    Around $22 for 4oz

    • Certified Organic Ingredients
    • Contains aloe vera, which may help improve scalp skin health
    • Contains zinc, which helps kills scalp fungi that cause dandruff
    • Contains arginine, which may help improve blood circulation
    • Contains soy isoflavones — studies show isoflavones reduce DHT levels, particularly in combination with capsaicin and green tea, which are also ingredients in this product
    • Contains green tea, which may help reduce DHT and prevent free-radical damage
    • Contains pygeum, which may reduce DHT levels
    • Contains beta sitosterol, which may help reduce DHT levels
    • Contains rosemary, which studies show is beneficial for hair growth
    • Contains pumpkin seed oil, which has anti DHT properties
    • Contains niacin, which may help improve blood circulation
    • Contains biotin, which may help improve cell energy in the scalp
    • Contains caffeine, which studies show, helps reduce hair loss and promote hair growth
    • Contains saw palmetto, which studies show is a topical DHT blocker
    • Contains copper peptides, which studies show, reduce DHT, improve scalp circulation and reduce inflammation


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  • DS Labs Spectral RS

    DS Labs Spectral RS

    Around $30 for 2oz

    • Contains nanosomes, which improve the absorption of the ingredients
    • Capsicum may help improve blood circulation in the scalp
    • Procyanidins may help improve blood circulation in the scalp
    • Adenosine may increase the hair’s growth phase, thus reducing hair loss
    • Amenixel may help improve blood circulation in the scalp
    • Retinol is an antioxidant and is thought to promote hair growth in some cases
    • Copper peptides benefit hair growth by reducing inflammation and possibly increasing blood circulation.


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  • Crinagen Scalp Therapy Hair Loss Topical


    Around $25 for 2oz

    • Azelaic acid is thought to increase blood circulation in the scalp
    • Zinc is known to reduce dandruff and in some case has been shown to reduce hair loss
    • Niacin may increase blood circulation in the scalp


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  • GowEasy Minoxidil and DHT Inhibitor

    GowEasy Minoxidil and DHT Inhibitor

    Around $27 for 2oz

    • Contains linoleic and oleic acid, which prevent the conversion of testosterone into DHT
    • Contains 5% minoxidil (highest commercially available strength) to increase blood flow to the hair
    • Contains 15% azelaic acid, which may reduce DHT in the scalp
    • Caffeine may stimulate hair growth, though this is not proven


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  • JustNatural Grow New Hair Topical Hair Growth Treatment

    Just Natural Organic Hair Growth Spray

    Around $45 for 4oz

    • Pumpkin seed and flaxseed contain GLAs that prevent production of DHT
    • Saw palmetto, nettle and pygeum are three of the most well known natural DHT blockers
    • Green tea is a source of antioxidants and may help reduce DHT production
    • Grapeseed and ginkgo biloba may help improve blood circulation
    • High in nutritious organic ingredients and no “artificial” chemicals


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  • Murad Hair Loss Serum

    Murad Hair Growth and Scalp Serum

    Around $27 for 1.7oz

    • Contains salicylic acid, which helps break down sebum, built-up cosmetics and pollutants in the scalp, helping to improve scalp health
    • Contain Biotin, which may benefit hair and scalp health — see What Role Does Biotin Play in Hair Growth?
    • Contains capsicum frutescens fruit extract (chilli pepper), which may help bring blood to the hair follicles
    • Contains pomegranate and other fruits that are high in antioxidants


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What to look for in a topical hair loss treatment

These treatments are applied directly to the scalp, where they perform three key functions:

  • Increase blood flow to the hair — using ingredients like minoxidil, niacin, arginine and polyphenols
  • Reduce DHT in the scalp — using ingredients like linoleic and oleic acid, saw palmetto, ketoconazol and azelaic acid
  • Support healthy scalp skin — using ingredients like biotin, antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals

What is the optimal strategy for using a topical hair loss treatment?

If you’re going to spend the money on these treatments you might as well get the maximum benefit from them. For me there are three categories of topical treatments: circulation boosters, DHT blockers and nutrient-rich topicals. In an ideal world you want to get the benefit of all three. You’re recommended to use minoxidil treatments (like Spectral DNC) no more than twice a day, so you want to use a minoxidil treatment before bed and after you shower in the morning. In between (for example when you get back from work) try using a DHT blocker topical (like Revivogen) or a natural nutrient rich topical like JustNatural. Before using a topical, vigorously brush your scalp with a hard bristled boar brush to exfoliate and increase blood flow to the hair roots.

Which is the best topical you can buy?

Best Topical Hair Loss Treatments

These are all very good products with s lot of distinct benefits, but for me there is one clear winner — Spectral DNC N. The technology in this topical is really clever and objective orientated. It contains what is probably the most effective form of minoxidil (in the form of the smaller Nanoxidil), copper peptides and even stem cells. You might find that if monixidil has never worked for you, this might be worth trying. However, if you find DNC N doesn’t work for you (in which case its likely that no minoxidil based product will work for you), your next best bet might be Follinox 5, which contains loads of beneficial ingredients your scalp needs to grow hair. Failing that Spectral RS might be your next best bet, which is a complete alternative to minxodil.

Have you tried any of these products? Let us know if they worked for you.

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13 thoughts on “The 10 Best Topical Hair Loss Treatments in the World [UPDATED]”

  1. Hi Chris,
    Is Minxodil safe to use , because some people says that it had real side-effects on long-term , and they also says that if a person use it once he need to continue with it for a lifetime cause once he stopped using it for a while the hair will return as it was !!?
    Is that true?

    All the best;)

    1. Hi Abdulla,

      Minoxidil is one of the safer hair loss treatments in my view. Side effects are rare (you can see a full list of Minoxidil side effects here). On it’s own I don’t think it is very effective, but in products like the ones listed above (particularly Spectral DNC-N with it’s Nanoxidil), it should have some noticeable benefit to hair growth.

      Unfortunately, as with all hair loss treatments, if you stop using them, your hair will continue to fall out as before. The only way to truly solve that problem is to eliminate the underlying causes of the hair loss — and this is covered in detail in my eBook.

      All the best,

  2. Hi Chris,

    I’m thinking of buying you ebook, but before I do, I’d just like to make sure that you don’t depend on minoxidil in your tonic. I can’t use it because it gives me sides.


    1. Hi art,

      There’s no minoxidil in my custom hair growth tonic. It uses all natural ingredients to reduce inflammation, increase blood circulation, decrease DHT and act as an anti bacterial amongst other things.

      All the best,

  3. Hi Chris,
    I am suffering from TE and was told to use monoxidil, which I have been doing for three weeks now. However, after significant research including your site (which is a goldmine) I have decided also to try bhringaraja oil (just purchased a product that also includes neem and rosemary too).

    How would you propose using both monoxidil and bhringaraja? One in the morning one at night? Monoxidil daily, the oil less often? Do you have any concerns about using both?

    Looking forward to your suggestions
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Pushpa,

      Yes these treatments are for both men and women. They mainly work by increasing blood circulation in the scalp (thus increasing supp[ly of nutrients to the hair via the blood stream) and by enhancing hair and scalp health.


  4. Liposome is good but hair needs nutrition . Basically like a plant . Needs water so the scalp needs moisturiser.
    But hair needs food like animo acids but you have to send them to the scalp otherwise they will go elsewhere no matter how much you use .
    Apple cider vinegar and Capiscan work better than minoxidil . Like the soil is to a plant the scalp is to hair so you must fertilise the scalp .
    Taking finasteride and putting minoxidil is not going to solve the problem .
    Finasteride has nasty side effects . You can get rid of Dht with a change of lifestyle . Eating foods that block DHT and eating those which cause it .
    A good chemical free shampoo and brushing with a good brush will help too

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