This image is at the Top of the PageIn this post, we will be discussing some of the likely causes of hair thinning and hair loss and we’ll be presenting our Best Shampoos for men and women based on our research and recommendations – updated for 2018.

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Introduction – Best Shampoos for Thinning Hair & Hair Loss

As mentioned, we’ll first be identifying some of the causes of thinning hair and hair loss that is happening in both men and women. Once we identify the major causes, we can then look for shampoos that may provide the solutions to the problem. We will be discussing each of these shampoos, their pros and cons, what we looked for, what research we did, our criteria, and what is the basis for our recommendation. Finally, we will present our top recommendations on which are the best shampoos that will work best for men and women and we’ll also explain how and why we reached our conclusion.

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Common Causes of Thinning Hair & Hair Loss in Both Men & Women

Man's back of head picture showing thinning hair and hair lossFor Men, the absolute most common reason why men lose hair is high DHT levels. High DHT Levels occur when men’s testosterone breaks down in the scalp and builds levels of DHT – which, by the way, is really estrogen. Higher amounts of this chemical work, over time, to shrink the hair follicles which, at first, leads to thinning hair and eventually, hair loss. This process shows itself in the usual “pattern” of men’s receding hairlines, thinning areas at the top, bald spots on the crown of the head, and eventually losing the rest of the finer thinned hair at the top of the head where the bald areas eventually merge.

There are a variety of ways to treat high levels of DHT. There is the prescribed drug, Finasteride, only prescribed to men and is usually prescribed under the brand name Propecia. This is an oral drug, and it does come with risks. Men should read the possible side effects before taking this drug as it can negatively affect a man’s sex drive. There is also a risk, though it may be small, which can make this negative effect permanent. Another popular method to treat Male Pattern Baldness is to apply topical solutions containing Minoxidil. Please see my post about Best Hair Loss Treatment Products for more information.

If your thinning hair and hair loss is more sudden rather than gradual, here are some other reasons why you may be losing your hair:

  • Spot baldness, or alopecia areata, a type of autoimmune disease
  • Scarring alopecia – a rare disease that destroys your hair follicles and makes scar tissue form in their place. Hair will not grow back.
  • Diseases like anemia or a thyroid problem
  • Radiation or chemotherapy treatments
  • Medications, such as blood thinners, high doses of vitamin A, and steroids that some men take to help build muscle, called anabolic steroids
  • Scalp infections
  • Problems with your diet, like getting too little iron or too much vitamin A
  • Stress / Trauma
  • Keeping hairstyles like tight ponytails, cornrows, or braids for many years

Hair loss has also been linked to conditions including “coronary heart disease, an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.” [1] If you have any of these symptoms, please consult with your medical professional.

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Image shows thinning hair which happens in both men and womenFor Women, in addition to the bulleted list above, the same is true regarding the levels of DHT in women. Women do have testosterone, and their levels of DHT also rise which causes the chemical reaction that occurs in their scalp as well as men’s scalps. This chemical reaction works the same way in that there is a gradual thinning of hair and hair loss will occur. However, the pattern of loss is different for women. Women rarely lose all of their hair on top of the head, and the hairline usually does not recede. Rather, the pattern for women usually begins to present itself as a wider part or scalp area showing anywhere on the top or along the area where she may part her hair. This process continues until the hair is much thinner especially at the top, and the scalp easily shows through the thinned areas.

Women also have a variety of other factors that do affect hair loss, and age comes into play as well. Hair loss can also be caused by an imbalance of thyroid hormones, pregnancy, disease, and medications – including oral contraceptives. For me, personally, I do know that birth control pills do affect hair and can initiate hair loss. This did happen to me, and my hair recovered when I stopped taking these drugs.

Women’s hormones are also affected when they get older. “Women’s hormone levels decline as menopause approaches and drop sharply during menopause and beyond.” [2]

So, to summarize, the causes of hair thinning and hair loss are more commonly caused by DHT which happens in both genders and it works to shrink hair follicles until they are so fine, they are hardly seen, or worse, they fall out entirely and never re-grow. This explains that for many, their hair becomes finer, as in smaller finer strands, as they get older. For others, there may be additional causes that include the health-related issues, stress, certain hairstyles, and just getting older. But, with that stated, I do have one other possible cause to share which has to do with what we are eating. To learn more, please read my blog post warning about Soy and Soy food products.

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Our Criteria For Best Shampoo

Knowing the common cause of thinning hair and hair loss, we can now look for products that may include DHT blockers, and we want to find those that are gentle enough for people who may shampoo every day. If you’ve read my other post about Natural Remedies & Treatments to Re-grow Hair, there are also a variety of things that could also be included in commercially made shampoos to both strengthen the hair you have left, and to help re-grow hair. So, knowing all of that, we will be on the lookout for any type of DHT blockers, vasodilators (ingredients that stimulate and open pores), stimulating oils, proteins, vitamins, or other nutrients such as Biotin, Collagen, Keratin, and others that have been added to the shampoo as this will help fortify and strengthen the hair that remains while improving and stimulating the scalp and remaining hair follicles to encourage new growth.

Here are some of the beneficial ingredients that we will be looking for:

  • Eggs, Wheat, and Protein related ingredients
  • Base Oils – Coconut, Castor, Olive, Etc.
  • DHT Blockers
  • Sulfate-Free – to reduce irritation and is gentle enough to shampoo every day (if you do).
  • Paraben-Free – to reduce irritants and other side effects of paraben.
  • Essential Oils – Particularly Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint
  • Vasodilators – Ingredients that open pores and stimulate follicles
  • Any additional Vitamins & Nutrients such as Biotin, Collagen, and Keratin

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The Preferred Ingredients Chart:

We’ll be looking for the list of specific ingredients that we determined to be beneficial in both keeping the hair you still have as well as promoting and stimulating new growth. Another very helpful ingredient we are looking for includes any ingredients that act as DHT inhibitors or blockers. These ingredients work to reduce DHT levels, the very chemical in your scalp that is shrinking your hair follicles and weakening them – literally to the point of no return. We will also be looking for sulfate-free and paraben-free formulas to find a shampoo product that is gentle enough for daily use as many people do shampoo every day. Here’s our chart, below:

8 Preferred Beneficial Ingredient Chart:

 

Proteins, Etc. 1 Vitamins / Nutrients 2
Base Oils 3 Essential Oils 4
DHT Blocker 5 Vasodilators 6
Sulfate-Free 7 Paraben-Free 8

 

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Our Basis for Our Recommendations

We base our recommendations on four key areas. We’ve left out “Value” for two main reasons. 1) Value is subjective, and 2) the prices of these items change constantly. Therefore, it would be pointless to discuss value at the time of this writing. Here are the four key areas we discuss:

  • Quality
  • Product Safety
  • Effectiveness
  • Customer Feedback

Our Research

Our initial research came up with a list of 20 Shampoos specially formulated for Thinning Hair and Hair Loss. In addition, all 20 are Paraben-Free & Sulfate-Free, and they have been further filtered to include: Biotin, Coconut, Jojoba, Moroccan Argan Oil, Olive Oil, and Tea Tree Oil.

Here’s the list of shampoos we reviewed for this post. If you wish to jump directly to a specific shampoo, you can click the number link to jump to that product listed. The list includes:

1. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo
2. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
3. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo
4. Desert Essence Organics Coconut Shampoo
5. OGX Thick and Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
6. Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo
7. Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo
8. Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Shampoo for Hair Regrowth
9. Pura D’or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo
10. Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo
11. Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Argan Oil Shampoo
12. Hair Restoration Laboratories DHT Blocking Hair Loss Shampoo
13. Biotin Shampoo for Hair Growth B-Complex Formula for Hair Loss Shampoo
14. Regenepure DR Hair & Scalp Shampoo
15. Regenepure DR Hair and Scalp Treatment
16. Andalou Naturals Age Defying Shampoo with Argan Stem Cells
17. Not Your Mothers Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo
18. Majestic Pure Hair Loss W/DHT Blockers Shampoo
19. Bioxsine Anti-Hair Loss Herbal Shampoo
20. HairGenics Pronexa Clinical Strength Hair Regrowth Shampoo with Biotin

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Discussion & Analogy

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Pureology Hydrate Shampoo for Dry Color-Treated Hair:

Essential for color treated hair. This high lathering super concentrated mild shampoo does not contain sulfates and can be used on a daily basis. It includes a blend of organic herbs, rosemary, citronella, tea tree and lavender with jojoba and fruit extracts. It also states that it prevents head lice – a plus if you have school-aged children.

The labeling does not state whether this product is actually “Paraben-Free” or that it has DHT blockers. Further, the description states “Multi-weight proteins of soy, oat and wheat help strengthen, rebuild and repair…” Although added proteins are good, the labeling does not say whether it is “Non-GMO” soy which can be cause for concern especially if using this product in the first place specifically to address thinning hair and hair loss. The scent has been described as a menthol type of smell, and this product does state their scent is a “signature aromatherapy blend of ylang-ylang, bergamot, and patchouli” which may not appeal to some.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Pureology
Proteins Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free 0

What Do The Reviews Say?

Overall, the reviews are actually very good for this product, but they are also very old. One reviewer even stated that L’Oreal bought this company out about five years ago, and has since changed some of the ingredients. Of course, I have no way of checking the previous ingredients, but, I thought I’d make note of it here. Overall the positive reviews far outweighed the negative reviews, and, as of this writing, the score was a 4.7 out of 5.

Overall Score: 7.5 out of 10

As for my score and some of the preferred ingredients that I am looking for in search of the best thinning hair and hair loss formula shampoos currently on the market, I did take note of some of the negative reviews and what they stated. A few of the reviews included statements such as “it may my hair fall out,” which is concerning…seeing that we want the product to help to regrow your hair. However, if this product did, in fact, make someone’s hair fall out, it could mean one or two things. Either the shampoo is actually stimulating the hair follicles enough to make the weak hairs fall out – which is a good thing – or, it could mean that the soy is causing further damage. Since I have no idea whether the soy they are using is non-GMO (because it isn’t labeled), and since I have no way of knowing how long people used this product before making such a claim, my overall score didn’t drop by much.

Overall summary: Since this product is supposed to be specially formulated for thinning hair and hair loss, the labeled ingredients fall a little short. In addition, I also question one of their ingredients – soy. This product label does not specifically address parabens, and it does not contain any specific and labeled DHT Blocker. Therefore, I’m rating this as a 7.5 out of 10.


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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo:

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo uses a special combination of cleansers and tea tree oil that helps clear impurities. This product states that it is safe for color-treated hair, but it does contain sulfates. This product lists among its ingredients: tea tree oil, peppermint, and lavender which do work as vasodilators and will invigorate the scalp and hair follicles. In addition, and I could be wrong, but I could not find anything related to added proteins on the front label. (I generally look at only the marketing and front label as opposed to the ingredients listed on the back. There are too many chemicals, and, I’m afraid, I’d have to be a scientist to make sense of them all!)

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

P. Mitchell T.T.:
Proteins Etc. 0 Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free 0 Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Overall, the reviews are very good. Many people are raving about how this product invigorates their scalp, and they love the minty fresh smell. Some have stated that they don’t use it for daily shampoo, but it cleans thoroughly when they do use it. Some have also stated that this product has helped with their dry scalp, and for some, it has even stopped dandruff flakes as well. Negative reviews include remarks such as the product did not stop dandruff, and they didn’t like the smell. Overall, the positive reviews far outweighed the negatives. This product has been rated 4.7 out of 5.

Overall Score: 8 out of 10

I am not certain that this product is specially formulated for thinning hair and hair loss. It seems that the product was created to specifically address dry scalp, but those who have been searching for an invigorating shampoo has, rightfully so, found this product. The unfortunate fact, however, is that it does contain Sulfates. Therefore, if you do wash your hair every day, and you are experiencing hair loss, this may be a little too harsh to use every day. Also noted, this product does not have any additional proteins or DHT blockers, again, to specifically address thinning hair or hair loss. So, for these reasons, I’m rating this product as an 8 out of 10.


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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo

This product is actually the first step in a three-part system. The system has an anti-thinning shampoo, a conditioner, and a root scalp stimulator tonic to be applied after washing and drying your hair. These products were specifically formulated for thinning hair and are to 1) Stimulate, 2) Strengthen, and 3) Regenerate. Here’s a short video explaining the products:


There’s not much information about the ingredients. The only ingredients that I did manage to find include Regeniplex® blend, a proprietary formula, which includes Kakadu plum, pea peptides, clover flower, turmeric and ginseng to prime the scalp for thicker-looking, fuller hair. Again, this product is supposed to be used in conjunction with the Hair Conditioner and Topical Solution. The only features that they list are:

  • Paraben-Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Color Safe

Without any further information other than the “proprietary blend,” it is rather difficult to determine whether this system of products have any type of base oils, peppermint oils, rosemary oils, DHT blockers, etc. The reason why I checked off on Vitamins / Nutrients and Vasodilators was due to the proprietary blend. Generally speaking, however, I can only go by the information that is readily available and which is usually listed on the front label. With that stated, here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

P. Mitchell Scalp:
Proteins Etc. 0 Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils 0 Essential Oils 0
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Well, I’m not sure how new this product is because it only had a total of ten reviews. Seven out of the ten rated it as a five-star shampoo, while four rated it as a four, and one rated it as a one. One user also mentioned that she does have Lupus, an auto-immune disease that affects hair, and she does have occasional hair loss. She was one of the seven who rated it as a five-star shampoo.

Overall Score: 5 out of 10

As mentioned, it’s difficult to determine any sense of this product when the ingredients are seemingly so secretive. Although I do understand “Proprietary blends,” people who are looking for specific ingredients will likely not take the time to stop at a hair salon just to read the ingredients. Even if they did, they are not likely to find the specific items we are looking for in a shampoo formulated for hair loss. Although the proprietary blend is just that, the company seems to be relying on the fact that they have specialized in hair care for years and that people should just trust them to know what’s best. Well, as with previous products, there are far too many other products available now that do have the ingredients we are looking for right on the front label – which, in my opinion, saves time and dilutes any trust or loyalty factor that people may have had with this company. In addition, people are more educated and they also have the ability to search for things via the internet. Since I cannot verify whether this product has any type of oils, DHT blocker, or proteins added, this product is rated as a 5 out of 10.


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Desert Essence Organics Coconut Shampoo  

This sulfate-free shampoo is formulated for dry or damaged hair. The product description states that it is infused with coconut oil,  and it also has Tea Tree Oil, Olive, and Jojoba Oil. It is a “vegan” product and is free from wheat and gluten.

This product also states that it has no parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, silicones, EDTA, glycol or petroleum-based ingredients and phosphates. Although this is sulfate-free and is gentle enough for daily use, it does not seem to have any other additives that we are looking for to help re-grow hair.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Desert Ess.:
Proteins, Etc. 0 Vitamins / Nutrients 0
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators 0
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

The general consensus is that it’s a great product for dry and damaged hair. I did not come across any reviews from those who are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning. So, again, I’m not sure why this product even came up in my search.

Despite this product scoring 4.5 out of 5 stars by those who use it, this product is not one that I would recommend for thinning hair or hair loss. There are just too many other good shampoos available now that have added ingredients which provide the nourishment and other benefits to the scalp.

Overall Score: 3 out of 10

Again, this product is formulated for dry or damaged hair. I am not certain why it came up when searching specifically for “hair loss shampoos,” but, it did, which is why it’s being discussed. Also mentioned, there are a number of shampoos available that specifically address hair loss, and they have added beneficial ingredients. Therefore, for our purposes here to find and present the Best Shampoo for Thinning Hair & Hair Loss, this product will be scored low. I score this product, for our purposes, 3 out of 10.


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OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo

This product is formulated more for fine, thin hair as opposed to thinning hair and hair loss. But, since DHT does eventually shrink your hair follicles where your hair does become fine, this may be a good product for some and warrants further research.

This product has a blend of vitamin B7 biotin and nutrients that are infused into every strand while collagen and hydrolyzed wheat protein attach to each strand and creates the appearance of thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair. It also has Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, and Aloe Leaf Extract – all of which are very good for your hair. Like all the other products listed here, this product is sulfate-free and paraben-free, and it can be used on a daily basis.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

OGX:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators 0
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Out of the 40 reviews read, only two people mentioned an illness and loss of hair. Only one mentioned that it helped her re-grow her hair, but they both stated that they did like the product because it made their hair seem fuller. They, along with most of the others I read, did like the product and rated it 4.3 out of 5. 

Overall Score: 8 out of 10

This product has most of the ingredients we are looking for to promote hair growth. It does not have the DHT Blocker or any type of vasodilator that stimulates or opens pores. But, generally speaking, it seems to be a good product for thin fine hair. I’m rating this an 8 out of 10.

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Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo | Great for Thinning, Fine and Damaged Hair

This sulfate-free shampoo is formulated for fine, thin and weak hair. It stimulates the scalp, nourishes, and rejuvenates hair follicles. It is fortified with Keratin and Panthenol, Vitamin B5. It strengthens and smooths while forming a protective shield against damage. This product also has Biotin, Ginseng Root, and Peppermint Oil, which acts as a vasodilator, and is Paraben-free.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Keranique:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils 0 Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Out of the 40 reviews read, numerous people have reported that it not only stopped their hair loss from getting worse, it actually helped re-grow their hair. Many will remain with the product as they are very happy with it. While, yes, there were some negative remarks regarding the smell, or that it didn’t work, the overall consensus was that it is very good, and the product was rated a 4.3 out of 5.

Overall Score: 9 out of 10

This product does have both Keratin and Biotin both of which strengthen the hair. It does not have much in the way of a base oil, but it does have Peppermint Oil which works as a vasodilator to stimulate pores and hair follicles. The only other thing that seems to be missing is anything in the way of a DHT blocker. Otherwise, this would be a very good product to stop hair loss and regrow hair. I am rating this as a 9 out of 10.

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Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo

Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo contains a blend of B vitamins, including biotin, as well as jojoba oil, wheat protein, and essential oils. It is formulated to strengthen your hair while stimulating the scalp to regrow the hair you’ve lost. The label also states that it is free of GMOs, parabens, harsh sulfates, preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates, and animal testing. Another ingredient that is a huge plus is Saw Palmetto which is used to lower DHT levels on the scalp.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Avalon:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Out of the 47 reviews read, numerous people did use it successfully to reduce or stop their hair loss. Many others also stated that this shampoo does thicken each strand and makes your hair look fuller. While, yes, there are some negative reviews due to the “medicinal smell,” or that it doesn’t suds up like they are accustomed to when shampooing, but this is an organic product and it does not have sulfates – the very harsh chemical that has taught us all that more suds must equal a cleaner clean. It scored as a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10

For our purpose of finding a shampoo product that has most, if not all, or our preferred ingredients, this one tops the chart. This product checks off all of our boxes. It has addressed each ingredient that is known to both strengthen hair, lower DHT levels, and stimulate hair follicles for regrowth. It’s also listed as Organic, and has stated GMO-Free which is another plus!
We finally have a 10!

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Art Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo Hair Growth Treatment W/ Biotin Sulfate

This product states that it is infused with Biotin, and blends that include: argan oil, aloe vera, white willow bark, burdock root, rosemary, thyme and other ingredients to stimulate hair growth. It revitalizes hair follicles and supports a healthy scalp. It also contains multiple DHT blockers, preventing damage and hair loss. It has natural, botanical oils and extracts which are formulated to add volume, texture, and shine to thinning hair.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Artnaturals:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Out of the 48 reviews, there were negatives interspersed with numerous positives. A few of these negative reviews could even be ignored due to the fact that the users admitted they hadn’t used the product for very long. One user stated he/she had only used the product three times now and have not seen any new hair growth. For those who were experiencing thinning hair and hair loss, many noted that they do not have hair in the drain trap anymore other than an occasional few. For some, they did notice new growth and are generally pleased with this product. This product rated 4.3 out of 5.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10

It appears that we have found another 10! As far as what we’re doing here in this post, this product has checked off all the ingredients we are looking for when searching for a good shampoo that addresses thinning hair, hair loss, vitamins, nutrients, oils, stimulants, and DHT blockers. It is loaded with vitamins, proteins, essential oils, base oils, and multiple DHT blockers while pepper fruit, ginger, and rosemary essential oils act as vasodilators. All combined, this product will open pores, stimulate hair follicles, and get your hair growing again. I’m scoring this as a 10 out of 10.

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Pura D’or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo

(Original Gold Label Shampoo)

Pura D’or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo is free of harsh chemicals including sulfates and parabens, and it is also hypoallergenic. It is a gentle blend of nutrients including  Argan oil, B vitamin complex, biotin, and other clinically proven natural ingredients such as DHT blockers to fight against hair loss. The company states that their ingredients are specially selected for increased bioavailability and maximum absorption to nourish hair follicles.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Pura D’or Prem:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Out of only 33 reviews, there are numerous people who state that this product has stopped their hair fall. Many have reported that they do not notice any hair on the floor or drain anymore and that it seems to have stopped. One reviewer temporarily began using another high-end shampoo and began to shed hair again. So, she went back to using this product. Overall, the reviews scored 4.5 out of 5.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10

Yet another 10! This product seems similar to the Art Naturals product above. This product has checked off all the ingredients we are looking for when searching for a good shampoo that addresses thinning hair and hair loss. It too is loaded with a powerful blend of Biotin, Nettle, Pumpkin Seed, and Black Cumin Seed Oil, vitamins, nutrients, stimulants, and multiple DHT blockers. It also uses fruit extracts and essential oils as vasodilators for the nutrients to seep into the scalp and roots of the hair. Another plus – it’s been USDA certified as organic!  I’m scoring this as yet another 10 out of 10.


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Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo

Similar to above Pura D’or Shampoo in that this formula has also checked off all of our preferred ingredients. Formulated and Safe for Damaged and Color Treated Hair. Overall Score: 10 out of 10




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Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Argan Oil Shampoo

Also similar to above Pura D’or Shampoo as it’s from the same company. This shampoo checks all the boxes of preferred ingredients and is also scored 10 out of 10.

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Hair Restoration Laboratories DHT Blocking Hair Loss Shampoo

This product, it seems, has been specially formulated for thinning hair and hair loss, and it specifically targets DHT, the chemical reaction in the scalp that causes hair to shrink and fall out. It has over twenty ingredients that act as DHT Blockers along with various other vitamins, oils, and nutrients.

Similar to all the other shampoos listed here, this shampoo is also Silicone, Sulfate, and Paraben-Free, and does not have artificial ingredients. It contains a proprietary blend of extracts, biotin, amino acids, oils, including Rosemary, and nutrients that nourish hair follicles to encourage healthy growth and improve the strength and thickness of remaining hair. The only thing that the description does not mention is whether the ingredients, Soy, and its derivatives, are GMO-free and organic. Although this was not a “preferred ingredient” that was incorporated into our Preferred Ingredients Chart, I thought it best to mention it seeing that we now have a number of choices that have scored very well for the purposes of this post.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

HR Labs:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Well, the bad news is that this product only has 9 reviews thus far. But, the good news is that each and every customer who took the time to review rated it as a 5 out of 5 stars! Just about all of them have reported that this product helped them to re-grow hair especially along the hairline areas and have stated that you can’t see the scalp anymore through the hair. One mentioned that thinning hair runs in her family, as does mine. So, in all probability, I’ll likely be buying this myself as I, too, would like to keep what I have! They also have a matching Conditioner with the same ingredients for that “one-two” punch.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10

I’m impressed with this product simply because they put maximum focus on the actual problem that causes thinning hair and hair loss – Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, to be exact. This product has over 21 DHT blockers, the most of any I’ve read thus far. It also has nutrients that are from plant-based ingredients, oils, and extracts that help nourish and stimulate hair follicles. The only thing that they don’t state is, again, whether their protein, Soy-based, ingredients are non-GMO. Since that was not part of the original Preferred Ingredient Chart, this will have no effect on my final score. I am rating this product as a 10 out of 10.


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Biotin Shampoo for Hair Growth B-Complex Formula for Hair Loss Shampoo 

This product has also been formulated to prevent and treat hair loss and thinning hair, nourish hair follicles, and help stimulate hair growth. This product has DHT blockers to help reduce pattern hair loss and has a number of nutrients and stimulants including biotin, B5, Zinc, coconut oil, tea tree oil, argan oil, mulberry root extract, rosemary extract, and other botanicals. It works to stimulate hair follicles, promotes circulation, and encourages growth. The only ingredient I don’t see is anything related to proteins, but it does have biotin which is an ingredient that helps strengthen the hair.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Pure Body:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Out of 884 reviews, there are numerous reviews that are positive. Many stated that it did help stop their hair loss and thinning, and some also mentioned that their hair grew back in after using this shampoo. There are many people who have also stated that it helped re-grow hair on bald spots and places where they thought it was a lost cause. One other note is that many also used another method to stimulate growth. Some were taking supplements, and more vitamins and others were using Minoxidil products in addition to supplements and this shampoo to increase their odds of re-growing their hair.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10

This product has DHT blockers, and, similar to the previously listed shampoo, it also has nutrients from a variety of plant-based ingredients such as oils and extracts that both help to stimulate and nourish hair follicles. This product is also non-GMO, another plus. Therefore, I am rating this product as a 10 out of 10.

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Regenepure DR Hair & Scalp Shampoo

There is not a lot of info on this product’s ingredients. It seems they are playing it safe like the Paul Mitchell brand, above, in that they are not sharing all of the ingredients as easily and as readily as the others. The product label simply reads “Key Ingredients: Saw Palmetto – Emu Oil – Niacin Vitamin B3 -Caffeine – Vitamin B6 – L-Pathenol – Linolenic Acid – Jojoba Oil – Zinc Oxide.”

Well, if you’ve read this far, we do know that caffeine is also a vasodilator, and we also know that saw palmetto and niacin are DHT blockers and stimulants as these ingredients were previously explained above. Zinc oxide is usually used for skin conditions and is usually included in shampoos to control dandruff, and the remaining ingredients are also used as stimulants, moisture retentive agents and carriers that provide nourishment to the hair follicles.

The ingredient that is new to me and that I find interesting is Emu Oil. This can be used as a carrier, or base, oil, and it is used to provide nutrients to the skin and scalp. It is used for a variety of skin conditions, and, depending on what essential oil it is mixed with, it may also be used for pain management. It is also known to improve collagen and it improves the regrowth of hair.[3]

What I don’t see, or the ingredients that may be included, but are not readily available to us simply by blatantly listing it on the front label, is any use of proteins. So, I had to do a little more digging. I finally found the entire list of ingredients, and yes, this product does contain Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein. So, our missing ingredient is included.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

RegenPure:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

There are only six reviews, all of which have rated this product as a five out of five. With that stated, however, I do have a concern where two reviewers have stated that this shampoo also contains ketoconazole and that this ingredient regrows hair. That conclusion is incorrect. According to a few websites, including WebMD, ketoconazole is an anti-fungal agent used in shampoos to control skin problems and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and the flaking, scaling and itching usually associated with dandruff. [4][5] In fact, in the last review I read, the reviewer actually stated that it helped to finally get rid of dandruff.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10

I would have liked much more than only six reviews. However, going by our preferred ingredient chart, this product does check off all the boxes. What I’m not crazy about is the use of ketoconazole which we know is used to control dandruff. This particular ingredient may cause side effects, and if you do not have dandruff or fungal issues going on, then, it is unlikely that you would need this additional ingredient in your shampoo in the first place.[6] But, even with that stated, we are only trying to check off our preferred ingredients identified at the beginning of this post, and this product does just that. Therefore, I am rating this as a 10 out of 10.

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15)

Regenepure DR Hair and Scalp Treatment

Similar to the above RegenePure Shampoo, from the same company, this lists the same ingredients. In fact, I’m unsure what the difference is between the two products. As for the reviews, they are very good. Out of 78 reviews, many have stated that this product stopped their hair loss, shedding, and have regrown hair. The overall review score was 4.6 out of 5. So, in order to keep this short and sweet, I’m rating this product as a 10 out of 10 as well.

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Andalou Naturals Age Defying Shampoo with Argan Stem Cells

This product, like those previously discussed, is also Sulfate-Free and Paraben-Free. Other benefits listed include Gluten-free, non-GMO, no parabens, and is cruelty-free as well.

This product is formulated to nourish hair for a healthy shine and to amplify hair texture and body. It has a number of proteins, vitamins, and extracts that nourish hair follicles. The ingredients that are not clearly labeled are those that work to block DHT in order to reduce or stop thinning hair and hair loss from occurring. Also referencing the label, there are no known stimulants listed either.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Andalou:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators 0
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

I’m reluctant to refer to the reviews and stopped after reading approximately 20 reviews. I came across three more recent reviews that stated that they are not happy with the “new formula,” and are trying to send a message to the company to go back to the original formula. If they did, in fact, change the formula, then the reviews that are still available are not totally accurate. the reviewers have rated this as a 4.5 out of 5, but, again, some of these reviews are very old, and the formula may have been changed as well.

Overall Score: 8 out of 10

Since the product did not check off all of our preferred ingredients, and since there are claims that the formula has changed, I am relying on this information for my score. Therefore, I am scoring this as an 8 out of 10.

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Not Your Mothers Way To Grow Long & Strong Shampoo

Truthfully, I have no idea why this shampoo has shown up when searching for thinning hair and hair loss shampoos. It is not formulated for that purpose, it does not list any type of proteins, DHT blockers, root stimulators, or any ingredients that may help to regrow hair. In fact, I almost deleted this product section for the purposes of this post.

This product description states it is a hair strengthener and has an anti-breakage formula. It is Sulfate free and has essential vitamins, herbs, and bioactive extracts. But, again, zero DHT blockers, and no mention of any type of proteins or specific vitamins – though I did check that off. The description actually states that it does not help “grow new hair” – which may be the reason for it showing up in my search. Perhaps, the keywords picked up on the part that says “grow new hair?” ….Interesting… In any case, here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

NYM Brand:
Proteins, Etc. 0 Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils 0 Essential Oils 0
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators 0
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

I’m actually going to skip the reviews and simply state that it scored a 4.3 out of 5. This product is not at all one that is formulated for thinning hair and hair loss, so I do not wish to waste your time.

Overall Score: 3 out of 10

My score does not reflect the product in and of itself simply because it may very well be a good shampoo for anyone other than those who are using it solely for the purposes of thinning hair and hair loss. This score is based on how well each product addresses the issue of thinning hair and hair loss – only and has ingredients targeting that purpose. As mentioned, this product is not one that is formulated for this purpose. Therefore, I am scoring this product as a 3 out of 10.

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Majestic Pure Hair Loss Shampoo W/DHT Blockers

This product is also Sulfate-free, Paraben-free and free of other harsh chemicals that add to hair loss problems. This formula, in particular, does have 14 DHT blockers, and it has a variety of vitamins, oils, extracts, and essential nutrients to stimulate growth.

Although I do not see a specific protein ingredient, it does have biotin – which is another hair strengthening ingredient. Biotin strengthens hair strands, niacin increases circulation and the various other botanical extracts promote a healthy scalp to encourage growth.

Other product benefits include:

  • Safe to use on color treated hair.
  • Best natural and herbal treatment for both men & women.
  • Can be used daily
  • Contains 14 broad spectrum DHT blockers offer perfect herbal and natural treatment.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Majestic Pure:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils X Essential Oils X
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators X
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

There are over 900 reviews for this product. Out of the, approximately 40, reviews I read, the majority, about 30 people or so, actually mentioned that this product reduced their hair loss immensely. They noticed less hair in the drain, on the hairbrush, etc. In addition, both sexes love the product. So, it’s not at all a floral scent. It’s minty, and many mention that it makes their hair “fuller” and “healthy.” As for the negatives, there were a few who did give very negative reviews.

One negative reviewer, in particular, mentioned that it made his hair fall out even more and had been using it only two months. This is typical, actually. I’ve seen negative reviews based on short-term use where the reviewer is not giving adequate time for the product to actually work but is very quick to provide an extremely negative review despite all the good reviews previously written. This product is scored as a 4 out of 5 stars.

Overall Score: 10 out of 10

This product has DHT blockers, and, similar to the previously listed shampoos, it also has a variety of vitamins and nutrients from a variety of plant-based ingredients such as oils and extracts that both help to stimulate and nourish hair follicles. This product also has biotin, a hair strengthener, and niacin to help act as a vasodilator to stimulate hair growth. It has checked off all the ingredients we are looking for in a hair loss shampoo. Therefore, I am rating this product as a 10 out of 10.


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Bioxsine Anti-Hair Loss Herbal Shampoo

To my knowledge, I believe this is the only hair loss shampoo that also boasts clinical trials. According to the company’s website;

  • Clinical tests have proven that, after two month’s use, Bioxsine reduced hair loss in 90% and increased existing hair growth in 80% of participants.

Of course, it goes on to list a number of other claims, but this is the first one that I know of that actually conducted clinical trials and stated the results on its site.

Unfortunately, the only ingredients they share are those under the category of “active ingredients.” These include a list of vitamins and minerals. Although this product may have the ingredients we are looking for, there is no mention of DHT blockers, Proteins, Base Oils, or Essential Oils.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Bioxsine:
Proteins, Etc. 0 Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils 0 Essential Oils 0
DHT Blocker 0 Vasodilators 0
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

There were only six reviews under the product formulated for oily hair and zero under the dry to normal hair. All six scored this product as a 5 out of 5. The general consensus was that after using this product for three to four months, many have experienced a growth spurt and are happy with the product.

Overall Score: 4 out of 10

Once again, I am relying on the product descriptions and their main labeling as opposed to delving into each and every scientific name that may or may not be listed on the back of the bottle. If this shampoo were to market and promote itself as a strong contender for people who are experiencing thinning hair and hair loss, my thoughts are that a stronger message would be one of the top, if not the top, main messages on its labeling and in its marketing. Since this product, and it may be a very good product, does not blatantly market DHT blockers, base oils, essential oils, or any vasodilators to stimulate the scalp, I cannot compare it to some of the many others already identified above. Therefore, I can only score this as a 4 out of 10.


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Hairgenics Harigenics Pronexa: Shampoo Natural

This product’s main focus is to strengthen hair follicles and promote growth. The product description states that it contains a plethora of proven high-quality ingredients to help regrow hair while preventing further hair loss. Unfortunately, they don’t readily share these ingredients. The description does state this product does contain biotin, powerful DHT blockers, aloe vera and seaweed extracts.

Here’s how it fared with our Breakdown Chart:

Hairgenics Pronexa:
Proteins, Etc. X Vitamins / Nutrients X
Base Oils 0 Essential Oils 0
DHT Blocker X Vasodilators 0
Sulfate-Free X Paraben-Free X

What Do The Reviews Say?

Out of the 48 reviews, the majority of users stated that they love the product and that it works. Some are experiencing hair growth. There were a few negatives, but overall, they scored this product as a 4.5 out of 5, and have expressed that they are happy with the product.
Overall Score: 5 out of 10
My overall score has to address, once again, whether this product is labeling and marketing its ingredients in an effective way for us to know what’s inside. The description tells us that there are a plethora of vitamins inside each bottle, but doesn’t list one for us to read. It also doesn’t list any type of beneficial oils, stimulants, vasodilators, or proteins. Therefore, I am scoring this as a 5 out of 10.

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Summary & Conclusion

From what I know, and have learned from my research, is that many people do not give products adequate time to work especially when it involves stimulating their scalp and re-growing hair. I’ve read reviews where people are expressing some frustration and take the time to actually question why their hair hasn’t grown back… after three shampoos…

In addition to not giving enough time for the product to work, many also don’t read enough to learn about what will likely happen when hair follicles are stimulated. Whether I’m reading reviews from people using Minoxidil or reviews to find a good stimulating shampoo, it seems that many just don’t understand that sometimes more hair loss occurs from these types of products in the beginning. The reason why this sometimes happens is that the hair follicles and the pores of the scalp are being stimulated and are opening – thus – allowing the weak hairs to fall out. Many of these types of products do increase hair loss in the short term. But, the weak hair would have fallen out anyway. Once the nutrients begin to work, and the stronger hair begins to grow back, the hair shaft becomes fuller and thicker. This is how many of these ingredients are “supposed” to work when re-growing hair.

But, it does take time. While many of these shampoos recommend at least using their product for three months, but for some, it can take up to six months to notice any regrowth. So, truthfully, people need to be a little more patient when trying to re-grow their hair.

Do You Agree or Disagree?

If by chance, you represent any one of the products identified in this post, and you think that my scores are not fair, correct, or just plain wrong, please let me know and support it with your reasoning. I do not proport to know what all the scientific names are for the chemicals. I am not a scientist, but, I do have hair! So, here’s my side of the equation from a customer viewpoint.

If I’ve stated that this or that product doesn’t have some ingredient, and it does, what I am really talking about is effective labeling and marketing. It may very well have the ingredients we are looking for – for the purposes of this entire post, but if it’s not clearly labeled and marketed, then, don’t expect customers will know while shopping for hair loss shampoo. But, if you’d still like to submit a correction or a request to reconsider a score, please do!

So, What’s The Best Shampoo For Thinning Hair & Hair Loss? 

Since we have identified and scored some shampoos as a 10, those are the shampoos I’m identifying as the Best of the Best Shampoos! There are ten out of the twenty we reviewed.

Here’s our List of the Best Shampoos for Thinning Hair and Hair Loss:

Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo
ArtNaturals Argan Oil Shampoo Hair Growth Treatment w/Biotin Sulfate
Pura D’or Premium Organic Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo
Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo
Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Premium Organic Argan Oil Shampoo
Hair Restoration Laboratories DHT Blocking Hair Loss Shampoo
Biotin Shampoo for Hair Growth B-Complex Formula for Hair Loss Shampoo
Pure Majestic Hair Loss Shampoo W/DHT Blockers
Regenepure DR Hair & Scalp Shampoo
RegenPure DR Hair & Scalp Treatment

 

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References:

  1. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/men-hair-loss-17/male-pattern-baldness. WebMD. Feb 2018
  2. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/hair-loss-causes-women. WebMD. Feb 2018
  3. https://essentialoilexperts.com/emu-oil. Essential Oil Experts. Feb 2018
  4. https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-75147-179/ketoconazole-topical/ketoconazole-shampoo-topical/details. WebMD, Feb 2018
  5. https://www.rxlist.com/nizoral-shampoo-side-effects-drug-center.htm. RXList. Feb 2018
  6. https://www.drugs.com/pro/ketoconazole-shampoo.html. Drugs. Feb 2018

 

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