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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.

  • Lipogaine anti hair loss ketoconazole shampoo

    Lipogaine Big 3 Premium Hair Loss Prevention shampoo for Men and Women

    Around $25 for 8oz

    • Contains ketoconazole, which kills the fungi that causes dandruff and other scalp conditions and is thought to promote hair growth by inhibiting DHT
    • Contains saw palmetto, which may reduce DHT in the scalp
    • Contains emu oil, which may help reduce DHT and has other properties that are beneficial for hair growth
    • Contains niacin, which may help increase blood circulation in the scalp
    • Contains biotin, which may aid in the production of cells in the scalp
    • Contains vitamin B5, which may protect the hair from damage

    Ingredients

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  • Pura Dor Organic Anti Hair Loss Shampoo

    Pura D’or Organic Argan Oil Anti Hair Loss Shampoo Around $28 for 16oz

    Ingredients

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  • 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.

    Ingredients

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Nioxin DHT Inhibitor Shampoo

    Nioxin Cleanser Anti-DHT Shampoos Around $17 for 10.5oz

    Key ingredients: Co-enzyme A, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine (Vitamin 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: Negligible amounts of saw palmetto — unlikely to have much (if any) impact on DHT. Contains sodium laureth sulphate.

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  • 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 (USA)

    Buy online (USA)

  • 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.

    Ingredients

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    Buy online (USA)

  • Regenepure DR anti DHT ketoconazole shampoo

    RegenePure Doctor Recommended Anti Hair Loss Shampoo Around $28 for 16oz

    • Contains niacin, which may help increase blood circulation in the scalp
    • Contains ketoconazole, which kills common scalp fungi and may also reduce scalp DHT
    • Contains saw palmetto, which may reduce DHT in the scalp
    • Contains linolenic acid, which may inhibit DHT locally
    • Contains emu oil, which is an anti-inflammatory. DHT is thought to cause inflammation in the scalp, leading to hair loss
    • Contains jojoba oil, which may increase hair growth
    • Contains salicylic acid, which helps clear sebum and dead skin cells from the scalp
    • Contains zinc, which helps reduce fungal infections in the scalp

    Ingredients

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The Verdict

It’s debatable as to whether saw palmetto is effective at inhibiting 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.