In this article I tell you what to look for in a shampoo and what to avoid. I run through some of the shampoos that are specifically designed to fight hair loss and promote hair growth. Finally I conclude by showing you which shampoo is best, based on my research. Note that the shampoo you use EVERYDAY, may have some (positive or negative) impact after many years of use — so it’s worth reading this article carefully.

What follows are quite simply the world’s best hair loss shampoos.

  • Revita hair loss shampoo

    DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo

    Around $21 for 180ml

    • Contains ketoconazole, which kills the fungi that causes dandruff and other scalp conditions and is thought to promote hair growth in some individuals
    • Contains copper peptides, which may improve absorption of ingredients
    • Contains apple polyphenols, which may improve circulation in the scalp
    • Contains MSM, amino acids and biotin
    • Contains emu oil, which contains nutrients and may help nutrient absorption
    • Contains cysteine, the main component of hair (in terms of amino acid composition)
    • Contains taurine, which together with cysteine is thought to promote hair growth
    • Contains caffeine and carnitine tartrate, which may increase cell energy in scalp, increasing hair growth
    • Contains anti-oxidants, which may help protect cells from free radicals
    • Contains zinc which helps kill common scalp fungi and may help prevent hair loss

    Ingredients

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  • Wick and Strom Premium hair loss shampoo

    Wick & Ström Premium Hair Loss Shampoo with Ketoconazole

    Around $16 for 12oz

    • 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 aloe vera, which contains many vitamins and minerals and enzymes that may benefit 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

    Ingredients

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  • Vitamins Gold Label Hair Growth Shampoo

    Vitamins Gold Label Hair Growth Shampoo

    Around $35 for 10oz

    • Contains aloe vera which, studies show may improve hair/scalp health
    • Contains apple cider vinegar, which is widely thought to improve scalp health by removing common scalp conditions
    • Arginine is an amino acid which may help improve blood circulation
    • Biotin contains sulfur, which is required to make hair keratin
    • Caffeine has been shown in studies to boost hair growth
    • Green tea has been shown to inhibit DHT (the primary cause of male pattern baldness)
    • Vitamin D is essential for hair growth — low vitamin D levels may cause hair loss
    • Saw palmetto is believed to inhibit the production of DHT
    • Caviar extract is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals

    Ingredients

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  • Pura D'Or Hair Loss Shampoo

    Pura D’or Organic Argan Oil Anti Hair Loss Shampoo

    Around $28 for 16oz

    Ingredients

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  • Lipogaine hair loss shampoo

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

    Around $25 for 8oz

    Update: having just bought a bottle of this in the UK I’ve noticed it doesn’t contain ketoconazole (so I’ve moved it down the list). I was sure this shampoo contained ketoconazole but it doesn’t in the UK. Maybe it does in the United States?

    Ingredients

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  • RegenePure NT Anti Hair Loss Shampoo

    RegenePure NT Nourishing Treatment Hair Loss Shampoo

    Around $20 for 8oz

    Ingredients

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  • Hair Growth Cayenne and Saw Palmetto Shampoo

    Hair Growth Cayenne and Saw Palmetto Shampoo

    Around 33 GBP for 10.2oz

    Ingredients

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  • Strong Hair Pro hair loss shampoo

    Strong Hair Pro hair loss shampoo

    Around $16 for 12oz

    Ingredients

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  • Follione Shampoo for hair loss

    FolliOne Shampoo for Hair Growth and Recovery

    Around 10 GBP for 259g

    Ingredients

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  • Revivigen Bio Cleansing Hair Loss Shampoo

    Revivogen Bio-Cleansing Shampoo For Fine And Thinning Hair

    Around $37 for 360ml

    • Contains zinc which helps kill common scalp fungi and may help prevent hair loss
    • Contains azelaic acid, which is thought to inhibit DHT production in the scalp
    • Contains niacin, which may help increase blood circulation in the scalp
    • Contains saw palmetto, which may help inhibit DHT in the scalp

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  • FAST Hair Growth Accelerating Shampoo

    FAST Hair Growth Accelerating Shampoo Around $15 for 12oz

    • Contains pantenol, inositol, cysteine, biotin and methionine, which may help feed the hair

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  • Majestic Coffee hair loss shampoo

    Majestic Pure Coffee Hair Loss Shampoo

    Around $14 for 8oz

    • Strong evidence suggests caffeine promotes hair growth. This shampoo’s main ingredient is coffee.
    • Coffee is a natural source of anti-oxidants, which scavenge free-radicals, protecting the cells in the scalp

    Ingredients

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  • Nisim New Hair Biofactors Shampoo

    Nisim New Hair Biofactors Shampoo Around $35 for 33oz

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  • Natur Vital Shampoo for hair loss

    Natur Vital Hair Loss Shampoo Around $13 for 300ml

    • Contains pro-vitamin B5 and vitamins A, B3, B7, E, F, H, H1
    • Contains nutrients from germinated wheat
    • New improved organic formula

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  • Mirage Anti Hair Loss Shampoo

    Mirage Anti Hair Loss Shampoo Around $15 for 10.5oz

    • Contains a good number of natural ingredients and vitamins including: A, B1, B2, B3-Niacin, B5, B6, B12, C-Ascorbic Acid, D, E and K
    • Contains nettle, which may inhibit DHT

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  • Sebamed Anti-Hair loss Shampoo

    Sebamed Anti-Hair loss Shampoo Around $19 for 200ml

    • Contains ginkgo biloba and niacin, which may increase blood circulation in the scalp
    • Contains caffeine, which may help increase circulation and energize cells to increase hair growth

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Poll: What do you think is the best hair loss shampoo?

What's the best hair loss shampoo?

    What’s the best hair loss shampoo for men?

    Nizoral Ketoconazole Shampoo

    Most men’s hair loss is caused by testosterone interacting with 5-alpha reductase, which produces DHT. We know that reducing DHT reduces hair loss, so as a man the best thing you can do is get a shampoo that reduces DHT.

    Increased scalp DHT seems to result increased scalp inflammation, which may be one of the reasons DHT causes hair loss. So you also want a shampoo that contains ingredients that reduce inflammation, such as peppermint and ketoconazole.

    Lipogaine hair loss shampoo

    If you’re a man I’d recommend using Nizoral shampoo twice a week because it contains a high concentration of ketoconazole (2%) and something like Lipogaine, Revita or Wick & Strom Apex Crown the other days of the week because they contain a lower concentration of ketoconazole plus loads of other really ingredients.

    What are the key ingredients to look for in a good shampoo for hair loss?

    Ketoconazole

    DS Labs Revita hair loss shampoo

    The most effective ingredient against hair loss is ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal agent commonly used in medicated anti-dandruff shampoo. However, it’s also thought to have DHT blocking properties and is widely used and recommended by hundreds if not thousands of members of the biggest hair loss forums.

    The most commonly used ketoconazole shampoo is Nizoral, which should only be used 2 or 3 times a week because it contains 2% ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is actually highly toxic, which is why it kills the bacteria that causes the funghi that causes dandruff. However, it’s not recommended to use it too frequently.

    In my opinion a really good compromise is to use DS Laboratories Revita or the RegenePure shampoo, both of which contain lower concentrations of ketoconazole, so can be used daily and also contain several other beneficial ingredients. All of these shampoos are featured at the top of this page, from where you can compare ingredients, prices and weights.

    Caffeine

    Revita hair loss shampoo

    It sounds like a gimmick but actually, studies have shown that topically applied caffeine may help reduce hair loss and even increase hair growth. Even a shampoo like Alpecin may be beneficial. However there’s a shampoo that contains a much higher dose of caffeine, which I’ve featured here on this page (the Majestic Pure Coffee Shampoo).

    Of the shampoos on this page The DS Labs Revita shampoo also contains caffeine. In fact Revita contains all the key ingredients for stimulating hair growth, which is why I feature it at the top of my list. However, it is also one of the most expensive shampoos on this list.

    The RegenePure, FolliOne and Wick & Strom shampoos also contain caffeine. You can view their full ingredients lists by scrolling up the page.

    DHT Blocking ingredients

    DHT is the most significant cause of hair loss. It’s the main cause of male pattern baldness, which is the most common form of hair loss. DHT is a by-product of the hormone testosterone (which is why men experience hair loss far more than women). When DHT reaches the hair follicles is causes them to gradually miniaturize, until they become dormant.

    There are several natural ingredients that are known to block the conversion of testosterone into DHT and this blocking is the basis of many hair loss treatments. Several ingredients are used in these shampoois to block DHT. If you’re suffering male pattern baldness, look for a shampoo that contains ingredients like:

    I also recommend taking a look at my lists of the best topical DHT blockers and the best natural DHT blocker supplements.

    What else should you look for in a hair loss shampoo?

    If you want to fight hair loss and help your hair grow you want a shampoo that contains ingredients that improve circulation in the scalp, such as niacin. You also need a shampoo that cleanses your scalp well, otherwise pores may become blocked, leading to hair loss — ingredients like salicylic acid help with this. Finally, you should look for ingredients that reduce DHT in your scalp because DHT causes hair loss. These are the primary three concerns. After that you can start to look for shampoos containing nutrients that help feed your hair or energize cells in the scalp.

    What to avoid in a shampoo

    You need a shampoo that cleanses your scalp well, but you should avoid shampoos with harsh chemicals like “sodium lauryl sulfate” — this is like a bleach, which after years of use may cause hair follicle miniaturization and may also be toxic if absorbed through your skin (though in small doses is safe). See organic shampoos that don’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate for more information.

    My review of hair loss shampoos — what is the best shampoo for hair loss prevention and hair growth promotion?

    I’ve listed above some of the best hair loss shampoos available. Where I’ve listed the benefits and drawbacks for each shampoo I have listed ALL the benefits and ALL the drawbacks (as far as I can see). So if there’s only one benefit, there’s only one benefit — likewise with the drawbacks. If you want me to look at any other shampoos, let me know in the comments.

    DS Laboratories Revita High Performance Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo

    In my opinion the best shampoos out there are DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo, RegenePure and Wick & Strom. DS Labs Revita shampoo ticks almost all the boxes. However, it’s very expensive. If $25 is a bit excessive (which it probably is for most people), you might be better off going for a natural or even organic shampoo that is isn’t specifically labelled as a hair loss shampoo. The problem with a lot of hair loss shampoos is they contain ingredients that may help promote hair growth, but to save money they’ve used cheap base ingredients like sodium lauryl sulphate.

    So if you’re not prepared to pay for the DS Labs Revita shampoo or any of my other top 5, it’s probably worth taking a look at my list of organic shampoos, which are cheaper and also contain many beneficial ingredients.

    It’s also worth checking out my list of ketoconazole shampoos, which contain a higher concentration of ketoconazole and my list of anti-DHT shampoos, which are specifically forumalted to block DHT.

    Questions, Recommendations, Suggestions?

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