Hair loss is more common than you think and can happen to anyone. According to Dr. Eric Schweiger of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC, causes range from “androgenetic, or hormone-related hair loss, stress related-hair loss, also called telogen effluvium, and dandruff. Medications, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, excess styling, and autoimmune disorders can also cause hair loss and thinning.” But the good news is there are viable solutions, starting with topical growth treatments.
When it comes to a hair growth shampoo, you have two options: prescriptions or over-the-counter treatments. Prescription shampoos like ketoconazole are “anti-androgenetic,” which means they prevent two hormones associated with hair loss—testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT)—by “targeting hair growth at the site of the follicle and helping to interrupt the hormone cycle locally that causes thinning,” Schweiger explains. “Over-the-counter growth shampoos typically contain amino acids and antioxidants to provide the components to rebuild hair as well as reduce damage and inflammation.”
If you think over-the-counter hair loss shampoos are for you or just want to promote growth and strength, Schwieger recommends formulas with antioxidants like vitamin E and ginseng, amino acids, and B-vitamins to help rebuild hair and reduce environmental damage. He cautions against using shampoo with parabens, sulfates, and fragrances, which can irritate hair and reduce moisture.
And remember, hair growth is a slow process, and everyone is different. Dr. Nava Greenfield of Schweiger Dermatology Group recommends that you try a product out for three to four months before you determine whether it is effective or not. “Take before and after photos since the change may be too gradual to notice,” Greenfield adds.
Ahead, shop 23 vetted hair growth shampoos to try.
Argan Hair Growth Shampoo – Infused with Biotin, Argan Oil, Keratin, Caffeine
Art Naturals Argan oil contains DHT blockers that work to prevent damage and further hair loss. It has over 4,000 reviews on Amazon and users reported noticeable hair growth within the first two weeks of use. Bonus points: You can also shop the Argan Oil conditioner that works in tandem to hydrate your hair.
Pure Biology Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo
Filled with active ingredients like biotin and keratin, the shampoo aims to promote the body’s own abilities for hair growth. The formula stimulates the cells responsible for hair follicle development.
Honeydew Biotin Shampoo for Hair Growth B-Complex Formula for Hair Loss Removes
This is Amazon’s top seller in hair regrowth shampoos. The natural biotin shampoo boasts four and a half stars and more than 1,673 reviews. Consumers claim the product works like magic, helping to improve hair loss from both genetics and surgery.
Advanced Full Density Thickening Shampoo
With 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, reviewers have found something like a magic potion in this shampoo. “I tried this shampoo and the conditioner gel and voila, it was evident the follicles were thickened and my hair felt cleaner,” reads one review. Key ingredients include biotin and zinc that work to strengthen strands.
Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner Set for Hair Growth | Thickening Anti Hair Loss Shampoo Treatment | Regrowth Shampoo & Conditioner for Dry Normal Oily & Color Treated Hair
This duo is packed with biotin, alongside hydrolyzed keratin, to block DHT, the primary reason behind weak strands. Safe for sensitive scalps, you can expect to see shinier, thicker strands after a month of use.
Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner Set
This shampoo cleanses the scalp without drying it out like harsh chemicals can. You’ll get a powerful shampoo without compromising moisture. Plus, the conditioner nourishes strands and leaves them feeling silky smooth post-shower.
Nioxin System 4 Hair Care Kit
“Nioxin cleanser is good for general hair thinning,” says Schweiger. Plus, nine out of ten people note a thickening of their hair when using the Nioxin treatment system.
Hair Loss and Biotin Shampoo – Thickens & Enriches Thinning Hair for Men & Women – Potent Natural Organic Ingredients – No Parabens or Sulphates – Vegan, All Hair Types 18 fl Oz (Shampoo)
If you’re looking for all-natural ingredients that work, grab Dr. Hempster’s Anti-Hair Loss shampoo. Hemp oil works to stimulate new growth, biotin thickens the strands, and wheat protein works for elasticity. It’s clean, green, and animal-testing-free.
Laritelle Organic Shampoo
This certified organic shampoo is free of parabens and sulfates. Instead, it’s made with naturally derived ingredients like ginger and cedarwood to promote hair growth.
Strong HairPro Caffeine Peptide Growth Serum
Technically a scalp serum, but we’ll let it slide. The formula works to strengthen the hair from the root and avoid breakage. It also targets DHT buildup, which is the primary cause of alopecia.
Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo
This 98 percent naturally-derived cleanser contains ginseng and ginger, which increases blood flow to the scalp to encourage growth.
Pura d’or Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo
This shampoo contains Argan oil, which works to moisturize and stimulate growth at the root and biotin, which works to strengthen each strand of hair.
Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo
The caffeine compounds in this shampoo works to reduce hair loss by stimulating hair follicles.
Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo
This is the perfect preventative shampoo. The nutrient-rich cleansing treatment contains a keratin complex that strengthens hair to avoid breakage or loss due to heat or damaging products.
Pura D’or Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo
Fight hair thinning the natural way. Biotin, pumpkin seed, and black cumin work to naturally increase the volume of your hair and strengthen weak strands. The formula is also gentle enough for everyday use.
Honeydew Hair Loss Shampoo
If shedding is your main problem, the natural ingredients in this biotin shampoo are here to help. Keratin complex and coconut oil hydrate your skin and heal itchy, flaky scalps that might be causing dandruff.
Resistance Length Strengthening Shampoo
Key ingredients creatine and taurine work to strengthen the fibers of the hair and moisturize your scalp. You’re getting two key hair loss fighters in this shampoo.
It’s all about the scalp. Natural Tech’s formulation stimulates growth in the scalp to promote the growth of new hair follicles. The brand also has a gentle conditioner that is recommended to use after you shampoo.
Argan Stem Cell Age Defying Shampoo
Argan, apple, and grape stem cells promote growth by increasing cellular turnover of the scalp and nourishing the hair shaft.
Carol’s Daughter Goddess Fortifying Shampoo
Strong hair makes for long hair. Invest in a fortifying shampoo, like this one from Carol’s Daughter, to strengthen strands and nourish heat-damaged hair. Ideal for 4c hair types, it cleanses the hair without stripping it of natural oils.
OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
Found in your local drugstore aisle, OGX’s Thick and Full Biotin and Collagen shampoo is here to rebuild and repair the structure of your follicles. Plus, it’s sulfate-free so it won’t cause any further damage to already brittle strands.
Ideal for natural hair types, this stimulating, cleansing shampoo won’t strip your delicate strands of nutrients but rather replenish dry hair with a blend of natural oils. Follow shampooing with the brand’s revival treatment.
Nizoral AD AntiDandruff Shampoo, Fresh
Targeted for dandruff, this highly-reviewed 4.5 out of 5 stars with 10,340 reviews) shampoo works to eliminate the dead cells and buildup on your scalp that cause dandruff and additional damage. Use this shampoo twice a week, in between your regular shampoo and conditioner routine, for optimal results.
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