What's the Best Shampoo for Hair Loss | 2018

What’s the Best Shampoo for Hair Loss | 2018

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  • 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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  • 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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    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

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  • Follione Shampoo for hair loss

    FolliOne Shampoo for Hair Growth and Recovery

    Around 10 GBP for 259g

    Ingredients

    Buy online (USA)

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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

    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

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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

    Buy online (USA)

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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

    Buy online (USA)

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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

    Buy online (USA)

    Buy online (UK)

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

What's the best hair loss shampoo?
155 votes · 121 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. i didnt didnt use anything by myself, i used to got to a clinic once a week for that treatment. that devie looked like a hair drier type and jus as we keep the receiver on the phone(telephone), it was like that.(i donno know how to xplain). there was something written on it like – high, medium and low. before this treatment i hardly used to lose even 2strands of hair daily. it was my stupidity that i wanted my hair to be more thicker and wanted to maintain it for my future and i think that doctor asked me to go for the treatment just for money without checking whether my scalp needs it or not. he told me that my hair will becum thicker in diameter, and jus the reverse happened 3weeks after the treatment i started losing my hair like anything. but still he insisted me to carry on, its not a problem and now i ended up with shaving my head. its been 4months now that i stopped the treatment, but it hasnt helped me anyway. i have less hairfall jus becoz my hair is only 1month 21days. no new hairgrowth and i find many small hairs, but they are the dormant hair which will fallout. god knows what they did on my scalp, but i had to pay a highprice for that, my career is gone(i was a model). and the worst part is i read it in “americanhairloss.org/laser hairloss therapy-does it work?” that if more energy is given than required then the ray will destroy the hair and cause it to fallout. but im not clear with it, did they mean that tat it will destroy the hairfollicle or the hair? is there any test that will determine whether my hairfollicles are dead or not?

  2. I am currently using Klorane Quinine B6 Shampoo.

    Does the benefits of this product outweigh the negatives?

    And how often should I wash my hair with this stuff?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Having looked at the ingredients of the Klorane Quinine B6 Shampoo I don’t think it’s particularly going tro help with hair loss. It’s better than the average supermarket shampoo though.

      How often you shampoo depends on what cosmetic styling products you’re using on your hair and how greasy your scalp gets each day. If you’re using gel daily I would recommend washing it out of your hair every night before sleeping to prevent it from absorbing into your scalp overnight. Likewise, if you find you get a fairly greasy scalp during the day it’s worth washing the sebum off your scalp, as sebum contains DHT, which causes hair loss.

  3. My natural hair color is black and I have lot Gray hairs, To cover these gray hairs i use hair color’s like Loreal and which ever is available with the saloon guys. Does that increase the levels of DHT ?. Since few days i have started losing hair like crazy.

    1. Hi Kumar,

      No hair dye does not increase DHT levels. However if you’re having bleach applied to your hair this will damage your hair. Bleach breaks down protein, which can make individual hairs thinner in diameter. Dying hair does not cause your hair to stop growing though.

  4. Bioxcin is an anti hair loss shampoo produced by a Turkish company,biota.Millions of bioxcin has been sold in Turkey but still there are too many bald men unfortunately 🙂
    ingredient is not known by someone else : hidden 🙂
    They say : bioxcin consist of BIOCOMPLEX B11 but really noone knows what it is !!!
    Bioxcin is an advertisement champion , thats all. it is not a quality shampoo , believe me . it did not use to have SLS inside but now all bioxcin , bioxcin forte , bioxcin genesis consist of SLS.
    Revita and revivogen is obviously my favorite shampoo .

    good night.

  5. i am 22 years and my FSH is 2.16mIU/ml. and testosterone is .72 . is it normal? as i was losing excessive hairs, so i shaved my head and now its exactly 1.5months today. i apply candid B lotion on my scalp everyday, (its now 2weeks) and 1 tab follihair daily. i wont say that my problem has completely vanished, but yes where i used to lose 100strands of hair daily, now i lose 15-20strands i guess becoz its not possible to detect the lost ones with very short hairs, but when i apply oil, then i do get 10-12 strands every time. and one very imp i wana ask. u told me that low level laser therapy cannot be the cause, but i think it is the cause. becoz jus after doing it i had been losing my hair. i jus want to know is it possible that the same device can be used as both hair growth and hair removal switched at diffrent points. pls sir, answer my questions

    1. Hi Sara,

      Can you tell me which laser you have used?

      I’ve never used Follihair so can’t vouich for it’s effectiveness but looking at it’s ingredients it looks like it could be of some small help.

      Your FSH seems quite low but your doctor should be able to advise you better on this as I do not have details on your medical history. Did your doctor talk to you about your FSH and testosterone levels? He/she will be able to help you with these particulars better than I can. I recommend asking their opinion on your hormonal levels and your hair loss.

  6. I have also this Problem..i m 18 yrs old n live in Bangladesh.. what cAN i do Now ?? What do u think ABOUt Sumuns AroMA hairloss products ?? Or have u any suggest 4 me stopping my hairloss Problem ??

  7. Hi Chris,

    I wanted to know if you tried Bioxine …and what about Natur Vital shampoo, I know you recommended it in this articule but I want to make sure to use the right one. I suffer a lot of stress I used to have a lot of thick hair then started to fall a lot, got thinner, my roots hurts and about year ago I been having a lot of dandruff. Since I live in Chile I don´t have access to most of the products that you recommend , that´s why I´m choosing between those mentioned.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Karina,

      I’m not familiar with Bioxine. The Natur Vital shampoos are OK. What you need to stop the dandruff is a shampoo containing zinc.

      You might also benefit from massaging coconut oil into your scalp every night for a few weeks. This can restore balance in the scalp, eliminating dandruff.

      If you feel that stress is the cause of your hair loss I’d recommend using the audio mind training programme that comes free with my eBook. This 8 part programme trains your mind using subliminal messaging and ‘binaural beats’ to make you react more calmly in stressful situations.

      Hope this helps,

      Chris

  8. Hi
    In our country we have some shampoos like dove(damage therapy)or sunsilk or pantene and…
    What do think about these shampooes?
    Do you think that these are good and effective for hair falling?
    And also I have to tell you that all of them are conditioners.

    1. Hi Mohammad,

      In my opinion Pantenne, Dove and Sunsilk are some of the worst shampoos available on the market. Almost all the shampoos sold in supermarkets and high street shops are poor quality compared with the ones listed in this article and these articles:

      https://www.nicehair.org/hair-loss-treatments/6-anti-dht-shampoos-shampoos-that-block-dht
      https://www.nicehair.org/hair-loss-treatments/10-organic-shampoos-that-do-not-contain-sodium-lauryl-sulphate

      Avoid shampoos that contain conditioner. If you use conditioner don’t massage it into your scalp, just your hair. Conditioners merely coat the hair with chemicals to make it appear shinier — they do nothing to improve the health of the hair.

      Choose a shampoo that contains natural ingredients rich in nutrients. Massage it into your scalp to wash your scalp as well as your hair. Avoid brands like Pantenne, Sunsilk and Dove if you can afford to.

      Chris

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