Alright, here are the 5 best hair loss shampoos of 2017 that actually work:
OK, maybe not the best analogy, but if there were Academy Awards for hair-growth products, Ultrax Labs’ Hair Surge would have its share of Oscars. And the company has only been around since 2012!
Seriously, the stuff works, and it has garnered a lot of attention since being introduced to the market. It was rated the best “Shampoo for Hair Regrowth Stimulation” in 2016 and is effective for men and women (and is one of only a few caffeinated hair shampoos made for both sexes).
One key reason that Hair Surge is a cut above other so-called hair loss shampoos is that it’s formulated to maintain the active ingredients on your scalp and hair until they’re absorbed. Average shampoos include a couple of ingredients that are easily washed away before they have any impact on hair loss and hair growth. Hair Surge is also safe for all skin and hair types.
Hair Surge contains three key ingredients: caffeine, ketoconazole, and saw palmetto. As already mentioned, all three are essential ingredients in any shampoo that’s truly targeted for hair growth. It doesn’t contain biotin, but you can always take biotin as a supplement if you absolutely feel that you have to have it. Besides, if you still have doubts that Hair Surge actually works, you can sift through the thousands of positive comments and testimonials about it online.
Yes, Hair Surge is a bit pricier than your average hair loss shampoo, but that’s the point – it’s not your average hair loss shampoo. It’s more expensive, but it also delivers where it matters most, on your head.
The folks at Ultrax Labs are confident enough that you’ll see results from Hair Surge that they offer a 90-day money back guarantee. They don’t make a lot of products – only three in their entire portfolio – but they have a firm belief in their formulas.
Nizoral will keep the flakes off of your head while keeping hair on it. It’s a proven anti-dandruff fighter – good for even severe cases of those pesky white flakes – but, for our purposes, also designed to treat hair loss. And treat it well, at that.
The key ingredient in Nizoral is ketoconazole, which reduces hair follicle inflammation that contributes to hair loss. Ketoconazole also kills fungi that cause dandruff, but there’s not so much of it as to be toxic (which large amounts of ketoconazole can be). It has been argued that dandruff may contribute to hair loss; while there’s no direct link, it’s certainly worth noting here.
Nizoral’s A-D Anti-Dandruff Shampoo has 1% ketoconazole, but you can get a 2% version of it in the U.S. with a prescription. You can get the 2% percent version of it in Europe over-the-counter, although usually under a different name.
The beauty of Nizoral is that it performs three tasks simultaneously; 1) it cleanses the scalp, 2) its anti-fungal properties combat dandruff, and 3) it blocks androgen receptors to deter hair loss. Some caution should be taken when using Nizoral, however, because some studies have shown that leaving it on your hair for an extended period (i.e., five minutes or more) can cause rashes and irritation. Be careful if you have sensitive skin.
It’s certainly worth noting that Nizoral also comes in a tablet form but sustained long-term use of it (the pill) has the potential to cause liver damage. Besides, oral Nizoral hasn’t been shown to have any benefits for hair loss, so simply avoid the stuff altogether and stick with the shampoo.
If you prefer all-natural ingredients, then Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Shampoo is a good product to have in your fight against hair loss. As its name suggests, argan oil is a key ingredient in this shampoo (along with caffeine, biotin, and saw palmetto) and argan is full of fatty acids and Vitamin E to help provide overall hair care potency.
While, in and of itself, argan doesn’t necessarily reduce hair loss, it has been proven to be great for skin health, including the scalp, as it improves the elasticity of the skin. One of the other benefits of Art Naturals Organic Oil shampoo is that it has been said to be effective in undoing and reversing the damage left behind by harsh shampoos and conditioners.
But back to the “naturals” aspect of this shampoo. For starters, it’s paraben-free, but also hypoallergenic- and irritant-free, and will work equally well for people with different hair and skin types. Without abrasive and harmful sulfates, it will clean and restore the scalp while restoring an ideal pH balance. Some of its many natural ingredients include peach, almond, jojoba, and avocado oils, and more, but it’s worth mentioning that Art Naturals Organic Oil shampoo does not contain ketoconazole – which some consider a “must” ingredient in hair loss products. But if it works, it works.
This is a relatively new player on the hair loss game but one that’s gaining popularity because of its effectiveness. It’s also relatively inexpensive when compared to other hair loss shampoos and comes with a 100% money back guarantee. There’s certainly nothing to lose by trying this product.
Say what you want about Lipogaine Big 3, but the stuff sells (it’s one of the best-selling shampoos on Amazon). Whether anything that sells well deserves to be ranked among the “best” is another story, however, but the Big 3 has had good results in preventing and slowing hair loss.
So, what’s with the “Big 3?” More commonly used in reference to the three major auto companies (General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler), the Big 3, in this case, points to the primary ingredients in Lipogaine’s hair loss shampoo: biotin, castor oil, and Emu oil. True, there’s no ketoconazole, but Lipogaine stands by its three ingredients and focuses on them exclusively.
We’ve already discussed biotin and its virtues when it comes to preventing hair loss, but it’s worth taking a quick glance at Lipogaine’s other two ingredients:
The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of castor oil make it beneficial against scalp infections and dandruff, but it also includes ricinoleic acid – which has been shown to increase circulation to the scalp while improving hair growth. Ricinoleic acid also works to undo the damage of harsh chemical hair products.
Inflammation is a big contributor to hair loss, and Emu oil is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory that has been used on the skin and scalp for centuries.
Recent studies have shown that emu oil is superior to fish oil in reducing skin inflammation, while another by the Boston University of Medicine showed that Emu oil was effective in increasing the hair follicles of laboratory mice.
While you can buy all three of Lipogaine’s ingredients separately, it would be cost prohibitive. A bottle of emu oil alone can cost $30, while an 8 oz. bottle of Lipogaine Big 3 sells for around $25. You get all three ingredients in on package.
The people at Regenpure DR aren’t in it for the hype – they prefer that their shampoo does all the talking, instead. And why not? While not as popular – yet – as some of the big names on the hair loss shampoo market, Regenepure DR has been proven effective in restoring hair while adding moisture, shine, and volume.
Regenepure DR (the DR stands for doctor recommended) has a variety of ingredients that are all good for hair loss, hair growth, and just simply making your hair look good: saw palmetto, Emu oil, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin B6, Aloe, and Jojoba seed oil.
Unlike some hair loss shampoos, Regenepure DR is gentle enough to be used every day and doesn’t leave hair feeling dry and brittle. It’s also great for treating dandruff and dermatitis with reviewers who’ve had scalp conditions saying that their symptoms were improved after using Regenepure DR. Others say that, unlike other hair loss products, it didn’t leave their hair looking worse after application.