Best Hair Loss Shampoo Review

Finding the best hair loss shampoo might just be a question of trial and error. But that’s no good at all if the products you try end up causing you side effects or even make your hair loss worse.

So, read this review to learn which six important factors can help you decide which shampoo product to use. And the chart below reveals ingredients, safety, cost and whether they actually work, for several popular shampoo products.

Products with different types of formulations and ways in which they work have been chosen to make sure you get a very good idea as to which one might be the best hair loss shampoo for you to try.

Hair loss shampoo chart
Nizoral, Nisim and Alpecin hair loss shampoos

Choosing the Best Hair Loss Shampoo to Use

As well as the chart above, the six important considerations below should also help you decide which product to try.

#1. Product type

First, decide whether you want to treat your hair loss using a DHT blocker, hair regrowth stimulator, drug or combination* of these.

* You would certainly need a combination of products if you use Nizoral shampoo. That’s because it should be used only once or twice a week. So, depending upon how often you wash your hair, you would need another shampoo on the days you don’t use Nizoral. 

Nizoral shampoo directions for use

#2. Harmful ingredients

The potential problems caused by the ingredients shown in the chart were explained on the previous three shampoo review pages.  

So, if having read these ingredient issues, you think it's better to avoid all these products, then you need to find an organic shampoo instead.

Note: In the final section below, you can learn which organic shampoo I use and recommend.

#3. Clinical trials

Some manufacturers conduct clinical trials to test how well their products work, and also use them as proof of efficacy to potential customers.

All shampoos in the chart above were chosen because they've had successful clinical trials.  So, in theory, all of them should help your hair grow.

But, it’s important to note that a positive outcome in a trial doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be the best hair loss shampoo to use, or that it will definitely save your hair.

#4. Cost

The size of each shampoo bottle can obviously vary between products. So, the approximate cost per 100 ml has been calculated to make it easy to compare using the chart.

However, clearly each product cost can also vary according to vendor, bulk orders, special offers, shipping, etc.

Some products can be very expensive. So, if you’re sure you want a certain product type, but the price is a bit high, you can always look for similar products.

#5. Similar products

Viviscal shampoo

The unique ingredients listed in the chart should make each shampoo different from any other. But, there are some exceptions.

For example, Folligen has a very similar product range to Tricomin (from the chart), with both producing shampoos that contain copper peptides.

Other products can seem very similar but still have some big differences.

For example, Viviscal has a product range very much like Nourkrin (from the chart). But, Viviscal shampoo does not contain marine protein, whereas Nourkrin does. However, whether or not marine protein that’s been diluted with water and lathered up into foamy bubbles can really get absorbed through the skin and successfully stimulate hair regrowth, I’m not too sure.

Note: Both Folligen and Viviscal have other similarities and differences from the products in the chart that they resemble. These are given below.

  • From point #2 above - a potentially harmful ingredient contained in both Folligen and Viviscal shampoos is cocamidopropyl betaine. Folligen shampoo also contains SLS.

  • From point #3 above – unlike the products in the chart, neither Folligen nor Viviscal shampoos have had clinical trials. However, this could simply be due to something like funding issues (clinical trials aren’t cheap). So, it doesn’t necessarily mean that their effectiveness is any worse than any similar product which has been tested. Even so, I would expect most people would still prefer a version that has been through rigorous testing and is proven to work.

  • From point #4 above - the approximate cost per 100 ml of Folligen shampoo is $8.80 and Viviscal shampoo is $9.

Some people think that, if one product costs more than another very similar product, then that must mean it’s superior. But, that's not always the case. The best hair loss shampoo is not necessarily the most expensive.

#6. Read reviews

Reading reviews from the official website and independent websites (like Amazon) will give some further insight into efficacy before you make your final decision.

But, remember, user experience can obviously vary from person to person. So, if you read just one or two reviews about a product and they both say "best hair loss shampoo EVER!", that's not exactly proof that it will work for you too.

There are always going to be both good and bad reviews for virtually every product out there. So, clearly you need to read several reviews from various sources before you make a decision. 

Same Problem, Different Solution

Many people with androgenetic alopecia try to counteract the hair loss process by using DHT blockers which affect hormone balance in the scalp. Nisim shampoo (from the chart) is just one example of many DHT blocker products available.

However, there are other ways in which some shampoos can interfere with hormone balance. And the shampoos reviewed in the previous three pages can all be compared by the way in which they aim to tackle the steroid hormones testosterone and DHT...

Alpecin supplies energy – it counteracts testosterone by increasing the energy supplied to the hair follicles.

Nisim is a DHT blocker – it stops 5-alpha reductase from converting testosterone into DHT.

Nizoral is an anti-androgen - it binds with androgen receptors to decrease DHT availability to the hair follicles.

The Final Verdict

If hair loss is a real problem for you, then trying to tackle it using a multiple approach and a variety of hair regrowth products might be a smart idea. And since you’ve got to keep your hair clean anyway, it makes sense to use a shampoo that’s also going to help... if you can find one!

So, if your current shampoo isn’t helping, or contains ingredients you would prefer it didn’t, use this page as a guide to help you select a more useful shampoo for your hair loss instead.

Personally, I use Avalon Organics.

This is simply a mild, affordable organic shampoo that gets the hair clean and might also support hair growth through the ingredients it contains, and those it does not contain (i.e., those referred to in point #2 above).

But, I’d also say that the best hair loss shampoo for me might not be the best for you - my hair loss now seems to be very much under control, so I don’t feel it necessary to do much more than simply keep it clean.

Good luck in your search!

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