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.