If you suffer from thin or thinning hair, you’re probably on the hunt for the best shampoo for hair loss and products that promote hair regrowth.
But with so many products on the market making promises of halting hair loss and thickening thinning hair, which ones are worth trying? With some help from our panel of hair experts, we’ve found the best shampoo for hair loss.
First thing’s first, what actually causes hair loss or thinning hair? ‘Thyroid, lack of Iron, stress, poor diet, auto immune problems and genetic pre-disposition can cause an effect on hair scalp and quality, each differently and each with a different solution,’ hairstylist Paul Edmonds tells us. Thankfully, there are some great products on the market that focus on the hair cycle growth phases.
‘Many clients suffer from a reduction of hair due to the hair dormant phase of the hair called the telogen phase and products are designed to kick start this phase back to the anagen phase.’ So do the hair loss shampoos designed to do this actually work?
It’s important to adjust your expectations when it comes to shampoos for hair loss. There is no miracle hair growth product (sorry about that). So, hair loss shampoos tend to focus on hair retention and hair and scalp condition rather than regrowth.
Sally-Ann Tarver, Consultant Trichologist at The Cotswold Trichology Centre & Theradome tells it like it is. ‘There are a wealth of these shampoos on the shelves but unfortunately hair loss shampoos do not promote hair growth, whatever they may contain,’ she explains. ‘The contact time of shampoo is too short for any active ingredient to penetrate to the hair follicle and remain there long enough to have a therapeutic benefit.’
But that’s not to say that there aren’t benefits from using shampoos and treatments specifically designed to prevent hair loss, or thicken and keep hair healthy. Many of the stylists we spoke to rely on thickening products to boost the texture of their clients with thinning hair.
‘The best shampoo for hair loss is Kerastase Bain Stimulate,’ Gareth Williams, Headmasters Artistic Ambassador tells us. ‘It cleanses the scalp to create an environment best suited for healthy hair growth and soothes the scalp to relieve tenderness caused by hair loss. A must if you are worried about hair loss.’
Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director Color Wow and John Frieda Salons, also raises an important point on the topic. ‘It’s more important to know what isn’t in your shampoo than what is. Avoid shampoos with ingredients that are added for conditioning benefits or to make the formula look shimmery. Any silicones, conditioning agents, or pearlising agents (one or more of which is found in many sulphate-free shampoos on the market).’
‘Most people do not realise that these ingredients leave a film on the hair which can dull it. But more importantly, they can clog the follicles, which can interfere with new hair growth.’ So it’s important to choose a shampoo that leaves no residue if you want to prevent hair loss.
‘A shampoo should gently clean hair. I recommend Color Wow Color Security Shampoo because it’s the only sulphate-free shampoo that leaves your hair clean without leaving anything behind,’ says Clarke.
Finally, dont forget to speak to your doctor if you’re experiencing hair loss. ‘It is really important to speak to your doctor,’ says Paul Edmonds. ‘Whilst products mentioned above can significantly improve hair thickness and quality, if you have other underlying issues your doctor may be able to help. Thyroid and iron deficiency are the most common and can be treated. Auto immune deceases like Alopecia and Androgenic hair loss can be treated but need to be dealt with on a case by case basis.’
Scroll through our round up to find the best shampoo for thinning hair.
Best shampoo for loss of hair
Kérastase Specifique Bain Stimuliste
Arginine and gluco lipid join forces to create an ideal scalp for proper growth whilst strengthening any existing strands.
Buy now: Kérastase Specifique Bain Stimuliste, £13.45 from lookfantastic
Best shampoo for thinning hair
Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo
Perfect for removing product build-up on the scalp, Aveda’s formula invigorates and clears up any scalp issues that might be inhibiting healthy growth.
Buy now: Aveda Invati Exfoliating Shampoo, £23.50 from lookfantastic
Best shampoo for hair loss and regrowth
Nanogen Thickening Treatment Shampoo
It plumps and volumises finer strands while delivering Nanogen’s own unique Hair Growth Factors straight to the scalp.
Buy now: Nanogen Thickening Treatment Shampoo, £8.99 from Nanogen
Best shampoo for hair loss prevention
Phyto Phytologist 15 Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo
Used best with Phyto’s Phytologist 15 hair treatment, this helps stimulate the scalp and coat the hair shaft for more volume.
Buy now: Phyto Phytologist 15 Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo, £17 from John Lewis