Thankfully, I’m not yet having any hair loss or hair thinning problems in my life. But periodic observations of my father’s progressive balding serve to remind me that time could be short. With this in mind, I made the proactive decision to research the most recognized hair loss shampoos so that I could be prepared beforehand. After reading several threads on different hair loss forums and filtering through a few phony reviews by promoters on Amazon, I learned that three products overshadowed the rest. Please understand that these shampoos may affect you differently and they do require time to work. Hair growth and thickening doesn’t just happen overnight!

shampoos for hair loss

The first item is an anti-dandruff shampoo called Nizoral. It comes in two forms - 1% and 2% ketoconazole; we’re interested in the 2% one. Ketoconazole, the active ingredient in Nizoral, is an antifungal medicine that destroys fungi by creating holes in their membranes and causing essential contents to escape, but that’s not why it’s important for preventing hair loss. What makes this ingredient so powerful for preventing hair loss is its binding properties. By competing with the androgen that causes baldness, DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), Ketoconazole can substitute in for DHT at the dermal papilla and reduce DHT’s balding effect.

The next hair loss shampoo with an overwhelming response was Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo by DS Laboratories. The three primary ingredients at work in Revita are taurine, biotin, and emu oil. Taurine is an amino acid that helps detoxify us. Detoxification is important because toxic substances are partially responsible for hair loss. Biotin, or vitamin B7, is important to our cells because it is involved in the synthesis of fat which is critical in each of our cells membranes. Biotin has also been shown to reduce stress, which can cause hair loss. Emu oil basically wakes your follicles up and jumpstarts hair growth.

The last product on my list is RegenePure DR Hair and Scalp Treatment. Like Nizoral it also contains ketoconazole - only in a lower concentration of 1%. RegenePure contains many more ingredients than the other two shampoos for hair loss and consequently isn’t recommended for people with sensitive scalps.

All of the above hair loss shampoos are widely used and will encourage hair growth. You may even want to use them in conjunction with one another as the benefits may exceed those of sticking to only one. Before trying any of these, make sure your hair loss isn’t a short-term issue or you may find yourself wasting money. Short-term hair loss can come from hormonal changes during childbirth, pregnancy, and the onset of menopause, medications, stress, and certain hairstyles. If you’re interested in any shampoos not listed on this article, make sure they contain natural ingredients such as glycerin, nut and seed oils, and panthenol. Avoid sulfates, isopropyl alcohol, formaldehyde, and propylene glycol. Thank you for reading!