Some common shampoo ingredients, like sodium lauryl sulfate, can make hair loss worse. Other ingredients, like caffeine and mint oil, has shown to promote healthy hair growth.
If you want to learn how to choose an anti-hair loss shampoo, keep reading. I’ll tell you which ingredients to look for, which to avoid, and my recommendation for the best shampoo for hair loss.
What is Hair Loss and What Causes It?
It’s normal to lose 30 to 150 strands of hair each day. However, if you’re losing more than this, you may be experiencing hair loss.
For most men, the cause of their hair loss is genetic. Hormonal changes, on the other hand, causes many cases of hair thinning in women. However, there are many other possible causes of hair loss include vitamin or mineral deficiency, stress, aging, and fungus. Hair loss can also be a symptom of another illness. So if you think you’re losing more hair than normal, make an appointment to talk to your GP about the possible causes.
How Does Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo Work?
Regardless of the cause of your hair loss, anti-hair loss shampoos help to improve the appearance of your hair. In some cases, anti-hair loss shampoos even contribute to increased hair growth.
Most commercial shampoos do not help with hair loss. In fact, some even contain ingredients that worsen hair thinning. By switching to shampoo for hair loss, you can avoid those damaging ingredients. Plus, you can add ingredients to your hair that promote optimal hair and scalp health.
The best anti-hair loss shampoos contain ingredients that improve hair volume, promote scalp health, moisturize hair, and boost circulation to the hair follicles.
Finding the Best Shampoo for Hair Loss: 3 Ingredients to Look For
When shopping for a shampoo for hair loss, look for AnaGain™ on ingredient labels. AnaGain™ is a botanical compound derived from organic pea sprouts. Studies have shown that AnaGain™ stimulates hair growth and reduces shedding. And it works in as little as three months! That's why AnaGain™ is a star ingredient in our Grow Perfect™ Shampoo.
Believe it not, rosemary oil is more effective at promoting hair growth than common hair growth treatment minoxidil! Plus, it works without any side effects. Rosemary oil is an important ingredient in many of the products from Hairlust, including Grow Perfect™ Shampoo and Grow Perfect™ Thickening Spray.
Aloe Vera Extract
When shopping for a shampoo for hair loss, you may notice that many formulations contain aloe vera extract. And for good reason! Aloe vera has been used traditionally to treat hair loss. While there aren’t any scientific studies directly linking aloe vera with hair loss prevention, this plant is rich in vitamins A, C, and E, all of which contribute to healthy cells and prevent free radical damage.
The Best Shampoo for Hair Loss: Ingredients to Avoid
So what ingredients should you avoid when shopping for a shampoo to prevent hair loss? Be wary of the following ingredients:
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
Many commercial shampoos are formulated with SLS, a harsh chemical detergent and surfactant. SLS strips the hair and scalps of its natural protective oils, which can leave you with parched, brittle hair and a dry itchy scalp.
But what’s perhaps even more frightening is that scientific studies have indicated that SLS has a degenerative effect on the cell membranes of the scalp. SLS irritates your scalp’s skin cells, which can interfere with hair growth. Definitely skip this ingredient when shopping for a shampoo for hair loss!
Shampoo manufacturers often add a group of preservatives called parabens to their formulations to extend shelf life. Unfortunately, like SLS, parabens can irritate the scalp and even cause allergic reactions. Avoid any shampoo for hair loss that includes this ingredient!
Many hair products contain methylchloroisothiazolinone, otherwise known as MCI. MCI is a preservative that protects beauty products against growth of bacteria, yeast, and fungi. MCI is often mixed with methylisothiazolinone (MI). MCI-MI is linked to allergic reactions. According to one study, as many as 8% of participants experienced an allergic reaction. For this reason, the EU has banned the mixture of MCI-MI in leave-on formulas like lotion.
However, MCI-MI is still permitted in rinse-off products like shampoo and conditioner. So make sure that you check the label for this ingredient combination before purchasing a shampoo for hair loss!
How to Choose a Shampoo to Prevent Hair Loss
When shopping for a shampoo to prevent hair loss, follow these steps:
- Always read the ingredient label before you buy. Don’t fall for marketing gimmicks! Before you buy any shampoo to prevent hair loss, make sure to examine the ingredient label.
- Stick with proven, effective ingredients. Now that you know which ingredients are best for hair loss (as well as which ones to avoid), you can examine the product label to make sure that the shampoo will do more good than harm to your hair. If a shampoo for hair loss makes claims about certain ingredients, determine the validity those claims by searching for scientific studies.
- Look for a quality stamp. To ensure that your shampoo for hair loss has been manufactured safely and with sustainable techniques, look for a quality stamp on the label such as the Ecocert COSMOS-standard.
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My Picks for the Best Shampoo for Hair Loss
These are my top picks for the best shampoos for hair loss.
The Best Shampoo for Hair Loss Overall
Grow Perfect™ Shampoo has an innovative, organic certified formula that promotes optimal scalp health and strong, healthy hair. The formula includes clinically proven Anagain™ and organic rosemary oil, which is more effective than minoxidil when it comes to promoting hair regrowth!
The Best Shampoo for Hair Loss and Hair Breakage
If you are not able to grow long and healthy hair due to hair breakage, damage and split ends, you will need to approach the issue with a little different shampoo. Split Fix™ Shampoo is formulated to nourish and repair dry, brittle and damaged hair while promoting healthy hair growth. So if you have a lot of hair breakage and split ends, this anti-hair loss shampoo can help.
The secret lies in the inclusion of jojoba oil esters, which help hair retain moisture and improve its barrier function. Plus it contains hydrating aloe vera and caffeine, which have been used as treatments for hair loss.
The Best Shampoo for Hair Loss for Blondes
Blondes may have more fun, but their hair requires extra TLC. This shampoo is formulated with strengthening vegan micro-proteins and antioxidant-rich, hydrating ingredients like organic mango extract and organic cloudberry extract. This anti-hair loss shampoo also contains violet pigment, which counteracts brassy tones.
Beyond Anti Hair Loss Shampoo: Following a Healthy Hair Care Routine
Besides using shampoo to prevent hair loss, what else can you do to promote healthy, thicker-looking hair? Follow these hair care tips, which are proven to boost healthy hair growth and prevent breakage for fuller-looking hair.
Exfoliate the Scalp
When was the last time you exfoliated your scalp? Your scalp is skin after all, so it makes sense that it requires regular exfoliation to function correctly. Why? Because a buildup of excess sebum, dead skin cells, and hair products on the scalp can clog hair follicles and prevent healthy hair growth. To fight back against hair loss, make sure that you’re exfoliating your scalp regularly.
To exfoliate your scalp effectively, I recommend using Scalp Delight™ Detox Scrub. This gentle scrub is formulated with botanical ingredients like organic aloe leaf juice, rosemary leaf oil, and oat extract that buff away build-up for a healthy, balanced scalp that’s in optimal condition for hair growth.
Use a Topical Hair Growth Treatment
A special topical treatment or serum formulated with potent hair growth promoting ingredients can help you get even better results with your hair loss shampoo. Grow Perfect™ Hair Growth Serum is formulated with naturally-derived ingredients that are clinically proven to increase hair growth, reduce hair loss, and improve overall scalp health. In clinical studies, some of the ingredients in Grow Perfect™ Hair Growth Serum have shown results in the first two weeks!
Promote Scalp Circulation
Another way to promote healthy hair growth is by boosting scalp circulation. Your hair follicles require certain nutrients to grow hair. These nutrients are delivered by your red blood cells, so it makes sense that by boosting blood flow to your scalp, you can promote healthy hair growth.
There are two ways to promote scalp circulation: manual stimulation (AKA scalp massage), and chemical stimulation (like by applying rosemary oil).
This Scalp Delight™ Scalp Massage Brush makes it easy to incorporate scalp massages into your routine, thanks to its soft silicone bristles and easy-to-grip handle. Meanwhile, Grow Perfect™ Thickening Spray contains organic mint oil, which is scientifically proven to help with hair loss. For best results, use these hair growth boosters together!
Take a Hair Growth Supplement
However, boosting scalp circulation won’t be effective unless you are eating the right nutrients for optimal hair growth.
That’s where Hair Formula Gummies for Women come in. These delicious hair supplements contain all the vitamins and minerals your hair follicles need for optimal function, including biotin, vitamin C, folic acid, and zinc. Plus they’re vegan, gluten-free, and made with vegan ingredients, so you know they’re good for you!
Condition Your Hair
Your scalp produces natural oils that travel down the hair shaft, keeping your hair healthy and hydrated. However, if you have long hair, it’s more difficult for those natural oils to reach your ends. That’s why long hair tends to be drier, especially at the ends. If you have long hair, always follow shampoo with conditioner.
Take Care When Detangling
Even if your hair loss isn’t directly related to hair damage and breakage, shedding due to breakage certainly doesn’t help. To prevent shedding from breakage, take extra special care when detangling wet hair.
Hair is at its most fragile when wet, so use either a wide-tooth comb or Wet Hair Detangler Brush when detangling wet hair. Always start at the ends of your hair and work your way towards the roots, gently pulling apart snarls as you go.
Remember, hair growth is a slow process, so it can take up to four months before you can be sure whether or not an anti-hair loss shampoo is working for you. To track your progress, make sure to take before and after pictures when using the best shampoo for hair loss!