What's the Best Shampoo for Hair Loss | 2018

What’s the Best Shampoo for Hair Loss | 2018

Click here to reveal the expert guide to the most powerful hair loss shampoo, or scroll down to view all shampoos.

  • Nizoral is probably the best shampoo for male pattern baldness (see below).
  • Nizoral contains 2% ketoconazole — this is a higher concentration of ketoconazole than any other shampoo.
  • Ketoconazole is thought to reduce DHT in the scalp.
  • So if you have male pattern hair loss — the type of hair loss caused by DHT — Nizoral is probably your best bet.
  • If you have diffuse hair loss — which is evenly spread hair loss all over the scalp, you’d be better off using a shampoo that contains ingredients that increase blood circulation in the scalp and nutrients that improve the health of the scalp and hair
  • A shampoo like DS Labs Revita (see below) contains loads of active hair growth ingredients, including:
    • Apple polyphenols, which have been shown to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp in a similar way to minoxidil (the popular topical hair loss ingredient found in Rogaine)
    • Cysteine and taurine — amino acids that have been shown in studies to stimulate hair growth when consumed orally; and
    • caffeine, which one study suggests may reduce DHT around the hair roots
  • So what’s the best shampoo for hair loss?
  • If you have male pattern baldness use Nizoral 2 to 3 times a week
  • If you have diffuse thinning use a shampoo like DS Labs Revita

Full list of the world’s best hair loss shampoos, 2018

There are several other shampoos listed below that are arguably just as good as DS Labs Revita — particularly the top 5 in this list, which are all extremely good shampoos.

  • Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo

    Nizoral
    for male pattern baldness

    Around $11 for 3.5oz

    Please note: Nizoral is only the best shampoo for treating male pattern baldness. This is due to a high concentration of the ingredient ketoconazole. If you don’t have male pattern baldness, you should use one of the other shampoos in this list.

    • Contains 2% ketoconazole — the highest available concentration and therefore probably the most effective for fighting against male pattern baldness.

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • 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. UPDATE: Revita may have changed their formula to no-longer include ketoconazole. Check the website ingredients in your country after clicking the buy button below.
    • 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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    Buy online (India)

  • 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

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

    Buy online (India)

  • 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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    Buy online (India)

  • Hair Growth Cayenne and Saw Palmetto Shampoo

    Hair Growth Cayenne and Saw Palmetto Shampoo

    Around 33 GBP for 10.2oz

    Ingredients

    Buy online (USA)

  • Strong Hair Pro hair loss shampoo

    Strong Hair Pro hair loss shampoo

    Around $16 for 12oz

    Ingredients

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • Follione Shampoo for hair loss

    FolliOne Shampoo for Hair Growth and Recovery

    Around 10 GBP for 259g

    Ingredients

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • 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

    Ingredients

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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

    Ingredients

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • 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

    Buy online (USA)

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  • Nisim New Hair Biofactors Shampoo

    Nisim New Hair Biofactors Shampoo Around $35 for 33oz

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • 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

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • 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

    Buy online (USA)

  • 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

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

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

What's the best hair loss shampoo?
154 votes · 120 answers

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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141 Replies to “What’s the Best Shampoo for Hair Loss | 2018”

  1. but sir, what is your email adress? and after losing hair very badly then i started taking tension. i went for few tests like hb%, TSH, FERRITIN and few hormonal tests. the reports will come on monday. and i do have dandruff now for which im using scalpe shampoo, initially wen i was losing my hair i didn have any problem neither on my scalpe nor any emotional tension. and life is full of ups and downs, so ofcourse i used 2take tensions when i used fall in trouble but i never had any hairfall problem. there were times wen i thought of committing suicide but then also i never had hairfall. im consuming folihair tablets, and tab zocon. three doses are over. ill have to wait for 10more days for results. but till now therez no single percent result. my mom is forcing to get bald, she gave me 10days time. and the doctors are just saying that everything will be alright and wenever i call them up they shout at me. i dont want to get bald at this age, my boyfriend loves me alot and he will not leave me, but will i be able to walk with him. all his friends will make fun of me and him also. these things day by day are creating a kind of hatred towards god. who ever you are sir, u are a v nice person. i went to four topmost dermatologists in my city, they all are so mean, except one lady doctor. atleast she speaks to me nicely. and one more thing, few days back i went to kaya skin clinic- it has got its centres all over india. they checked my scalp and told me that they will directly infuse vitamins and minerals in my hair roots or follicles. do you have any idea regarding such treatment?

  2. The shampoo contains sodium lauryl ether sulphate,cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein, meadowfoamamidopropyl betaine, almond oil PEG-8 esters, dimethicone PEG-8 meadowfoamate, acrylates copolymer, cocoamidopropyl betaine, PEG-12 dimethicone, dimethiconol(and) TEA-Docecylbenzenesulfonate, PEG-2 dimeadow foamamidoethylmonium methosulphate, polysorbate20, ethylene glycol monostearate, ppG-2 hydroxyethyl coco isostearamide, diazolidinyl urea and lodopropynyl butylcarbamate, dexpanthenol, alpha-tocopheryl acetate(vitaminE as acetate),disodium edetate, guar hydroxypropyl-trimonium chloride, hydrolyzed soyprotein,jojoba oil,wheat germ oil, phenoxyethanal, 2methyl-4isothiazolin -3one, methyl paraben,propyl paraben, fragnance, purified water. Before this i usd2use normal sls shampoo. I applied dis shampoo only 2tymes. A shampoo cant cause so much harm. Should i shave my scalp?wil tat b helpful?

    1. These ingredients aren’t likely to cause sudden rapid hair loss. They won’t stop hair loss either though! You’d be better off choosing an organic SLS free shampoo that is gentle on your skin.

      You don’t need to shave your head — this isn’t going to help you regrow hair so don’t do that. If you could answer a few more questions I may be able to help you further.

      Do you suffer from high stress levels or anxiety?
      Is your scalp itchy, red or flaky?
      Have you had your iron levels checked by your doctor?

      If you’d like to email me your reponses using the contact form we can chat further.

      Chris

  3. Ya surely, as i told u earlier also, i didnt have thick hair,so i in order2make it thicker i went2a dermatolist. I never had this hairfall problem in my life of 21yrs. The doctor askd me 2go for hair laser treatment once a week 30times and gave me a medicated shampoo x-gain shampoo. For the 1st 3sittings everythng was fine but i was using my old shampoo,but 4m 4th week i switchd 2x-gain shampoo& startd havin severe hairfal. I thot tat d shampoo didn suit me,doctor gave me some other herbal shampoo,bt was of no use. Its been2months nw,i did homeopathy 4a month bt it was of no use. 2days back i wen2 2dermatologists, both prescribed me folihair tab and tab zocon 50mg. Scalpe shampoo 2wice a week and candid b lotion and mintop2%. The problem is my skin iz prone2allergy in al medicated thngs so far i hav tried. This is the whole story. And im stil confusd whether it was the laser treatment or x-gain shampoo the cause of my excessiv hairfall. Bt i dnt thnk a shampoo cn b so harmful,n nw im realy getting scared2apply another medicated shampoo. Should i shave my scalpe?

    1. Hi Sara,

      It’s not necessarily the shampoo or the laser therapy that have caused an increase in your hair loss. In fact it’s
      unlikely to be either. Sometimes what seems to be a sudden increase in hair loss can be caused by some change that occured months ago, because of the way your hair grows and sheds in cycles that take months and even years to complete.

      In this case it does sound as if you may have reacted badly to something in the shampoo. However this is unlikely since the shampoo is designed to help your hair grow, therefore it should be safe. If you could post the shampoo’s ingredients I could take a look for you.

      The laser therapy is highly unlikely to have caused the excess hair shedding, so I would not worry about that.

      Have you had an increase in stress levels recently? That might account for increased shedding.

      Regards,

      Chris

  4. Thanks for your reply the problem with me is I have thinning hair and if dont do anything about it will loose it all. There are so many shampoos out there one gets so confused as to what is the best one.
    What do you make of Avalon Organics Shampoo, Thickening, Biotin B-Complex and regene pure?

    1. Hi Mohammed,

      It’s not the worst shampoo but it’s not a great shampoo. Have a look at the ingredients in Rivivogen Bio Cleansing Shampoo:

      Aqua, Decyl Glucoside, Disodium Ciciamphodiacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Aloe Barbadensis Gel (Aloe Vera), Simmondsia Chinensis Oil (Jojoba Oil), Cocoyl Sarcosine, Glycol Stearate, Dimethicone, Polyquaternium-4, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus Gum, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Zinc Sulfate, Linoleic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Pyridoxal 5-Phosphate (Vitamin B6), Niacin, Serenoa Serrulata Extract (Saw Palmetto), Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

      Now compare that to the shampoos listed on this page:

      https://www.nicehair.org/hair-loss-treatments/10-organic-shampoos-that-do-not-contain-sodium-lauryl-sulphate

      As you can see the shampoos I list in my article have fewer ingredients and the ingredients they have are natural fruits, herbs and oils, which contain nutrients that may feed the hair. Try to find a shampoo that contains natural, nutritious ingredients.

  5. Hi Sara,

    Low level laser therapy is actually one of the better treatments for hair loss. It stimulates circulation in the scalp, which can help encourage hair growth. I haven’t studied laser therapy so I can’t give you much advice on the subject.

    All the products I have seen recommend using the treatment for a maximum of three times per week. So if you are using more frequently that that, it may have detrimental effects on your hair.

    Can you explain in more detail why you think the laser therapy is causing increased hair loss for you? I may be able to help you further if you provide some more details.

  6. im doing everything to stop my hairfall. can u please tell whether low level laser light therapy for hair growth can be the cause of hairfall?

  7. hi, what about dove shampoo and himalaya. my skin is allergic to all alopathic medicines and also mediated shampoos. what shall i use. recently i went for low level laser light therapy and i started losing my hair. what will i do now. actually i had thin hair but i never used 2hav hairfall problem. now im taking homeopathy medicine and today is the 9th day of taking the medicine and i didnt see a single 1% improvement. please suggest me something.

    1. Hi Sara,

      Homeopathic medicine is highly unlikey to help you grow hair, unless it has a placebo effect on your mind, which helps reduce your stress levels, causing a psychosomatic effect on your hair — however this is unlikely to cause any noticeable results. Scientific research has shown that homeopathic medicine contains negligable amounts of the ingredients needed to improve health.

      Dove shampoo won’t do anything positive for your hair — it certainly won’t help you regrow hair. Nor will Himalaya shampoo.

      But the shampoo you use isn’t the most important factor in the fight against hair loss. There are far more important factors, such as eating the right foods for hair growth, getting your scalp in the right condition for hair growth, normalising your hormonal balance to prevent hair loss and reducing your stress levels.

      I would concentrate on getting these areas right. As for shampoo, try to choose a natural shampoo that doesn’t contain SLS (the linked page provides good guidance on the kind of thing you should be looking for).

      Chris

  8. That sounds like a pretty exhaustive list of hair loss shampoos. I would add that you can always find the full ingredients list if you know where to look, though it might not do many people much good. The companies must disclose the full ingredients list to whatever board or committee is responsible for supervising the safety of things that humans use. You can usually get a full ingredients list by checking that organization’s website or writing to them and requesting it. In the case of those shampoos that claim to help with hair loss, they often have to pass drug levels of studies and supervision in order to prove both efficacy and safety before they can be put on the market. Still, thanks for the detailed review!

    Donald

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