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

    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


    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

    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


    Buy online (USA)

  • 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


    Buy online (USA)

  • Pura D'Or Hair Loss Shampoo

    Pura D’or Organic Argan Oil Anti Hair Loss Shampoo

    Around $28 for 16oz


    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?


    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • RegenePure NT Anti Hair Loss Shampoo

    RegenePure NT Nourishing Treatment Hair Loss Shampoo

    Around $20 for 8oz


    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

    Buy online (India)

  • Hair Growth Cayenne and Saw Palmetto Shampoo

    Hair Growth Cayenne and Saw Palmetto Shampoo

    Around 33 GBP for 10.2oz


    Buy online (USA)

  • Strong Hair Pro hair loss shampoo

    Strong Hair Pro hair loss shampoo

    Around $16 for 12oz


    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • Follione Shampoo for hair loss

    FolliOne Shampoo for Hair Growth and Recovery

    Around 10 GBP for 259g


    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


    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • 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


    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


    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

  • 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?
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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?


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.


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. im 27 years old…..im loosing lot of hair now a days…..im using garnier antidandruff shampoo…..but it doesnt work…
    im experiencing hairfall since i started dieting…..here is my diet
    moring 20 alnonds,1glass milk,2egg whites
    lunch 2rotis with any curry,snacks some nuts and fruits
    dinner steamed veggies and tofu or chicken with one orange…
    this is my diet…..
    can usuggest me best diet and best shampoo formy har…to reduce hair fall

    1. Hi ani,

      It’s pretty difficult to tell whether your diet has anything to do with your hair loss. I’d recommend reducing your intake of almonds — perhaps varing almonds with other nuts. The rest of your diet looks fairly good. The important thing is to eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, lean protein and oliy fish if possible.

      The more likely cause of your hair loss is DHT.

    1. Hi Sara,

      2.16 is low for a pre-menopausal adult woman. However I do not know your age so I can’t tell you whether this level is abnormal. What was your doctor’s analysis of the result? They should have had some comment.

      All the best,


    1. Hi Shabz,

      I’ve had a look at the Nanogen supplement and the ingredients look good. Give it a try and see if you get any noticeable results. You’ll need to give it 3 months to see whether you get any results or not.

      I have to say, in my experience, hair loss supplements don’t tend to achieve great results. The problem is they don’t solve the problem of scalp DHT and without dealing with scalp DHT you’re unlikely to stop hair loss.


    1. Hi Gregg,

      I personally don’t recommend Propecia. However, it does work in (from memory) 66% of men. However the downsides are that you have to take it for the rest of your life and it can have sexual side effects.
      Propecia inhibits DHT production. DHT is the most significant cause of male hair loss, so if the drug is effective it will stop the hair loss. However, if using Propecia I would still recommend taking some action to increase hair growth, as Propecia only treats a cause of hair loss and does nothing to increase hair growth. That said, by eliminating the primary cause of hair loss the hair may regrow to some extent naturally.

      However there are better ways, in my opinion, of inhibitting DHT, which I explain in my eBook. Look out for the release of edition 2 of my eBook, coming later this year (free to buyers of edition 1), which goes into even more detail on how to reduce DHT production in the body.


  2. Hi Chris,

    If I have heredity (inherited from my grand fathers) hair loss, will any shampoo or treatment help my hair to grow back or stop thinning?

  3. Sir, actually im not sure whether its becoz of DHT, if i do my testosterone level test, then will i be confirmed whether its due DHT or something else?

  4. sir recently i went through a diagnosis online belgrave hairloss centre in uk. the trichologist told me that im suffering from female pattern baldness and she suggested minodoxil which ill never ever take coz it has severe side effects. is their any natural way to control DHT and im not sure whether i have it or not coz everything was done online. she didnt see my scalp. what about segal solution from canada as i have heard alot bout it. is there any test through which ill be confirmed that i have high DHT levels?

    1. Hi Sara,

      Minoxidil is not strictly a treatment for DHT — it’s actually designed to increase blood circulation in the scalp. It’s often prescribed as the ‘default’ treatment for hair loss when the real cause of the hair loss is unknown. It doesn’t actually treat any cause of hair loss, it simply helps promote blood flow in the scalp, which in some cases may help slow or stop hair loss and even promote hair growth. However I believe Belgravia use a minoxidil product that also contains ‘Azelaic acid’, which is thought to fight DHT in the scalp — so they may be prescribing this to you, but I can’t say for sure.

      You shouldn’t be concerned about the side effects of Minoxidil (as a topical treatment), as these are not known to be severe. For a list of side effects see here: http://www.medicinenet.com/minoxidil-topical/page2.htm.

      The Segals product looks interesting — if DHT is the main cause of your hair loss I would say the Segals product would be more effective than Minoxidil, as it’s ingredients are primarily designed to combat DHT. It actually looks like a good product.

      The only problem with treatments like these is I don’t think they are powerful enough to completely stop most cases of advanced hair loss. In my experience you need a really powerful solution, such as the method outlined in my eBook.

      My recommendation to you is to either try the Segals product or download my eBook and follow the instructions. You can download the eBook from here:



  5. Hi I have recently experienced a lot of hair fall that I had never before. I don’t use any product neither shampoo nor hair gel rather I use mustard oil only. I don’t have dandruff problem too. But I changed soap from lux to liril to lifebuoy and I use to bath everyday using it. And I don’t have stress at all. Does excessive use of soap causes hairfall? Please suggest me what I can do for my problem.. Thank you!

    1. Hi Khemraj,

      The use of soap is unlikely to be causing the hair loss. By far the most likely cause of hair loss is DHT.

      However the regular use of pure mustard oil on your scalp might not be a great idea, as it may be clogging the pores in your scalp (I can’t be certain of this as I’m not familiar with the nature of the oil and how it interacts with the skins oil (sebum)).

      Also, make sure you’re rinsing the soap from your scalp thoroughly so that you don’t get a build up of soap residue on your scalp, which may clog pores.

      The most important things to do are to keep the pores clear, remove DHT from the scalp and keep DHT levels in the scalp as low as possible. Then you need to feed the hair and increase blood circulation as much as possible to promote hair regrowth. In my method I show you how to alternate between mildly damaging the scalp and feeding it (while also increasing blood circulation). This alternation provokes a rapid healing and concentration of cell growth in the scalp, which is how my method works.

      I hope that helps,


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