18 Shampoos For Hair Growth That Actually Work

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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,” explains Schweiger. “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 such as vitamin E and ginseng, amino acids, and B-vitamins to help rebuild hair and reduce environmental damage. She 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 in NYC 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," adds Dr. Greenfield.

Ahead, shop 18 vetted hair growth shampoos to try.

Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 1 Nioxin System 1 Cleanser Shampoo ulta.com $20.00 SHOP NOW

“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.

2 Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil Hair Loss Shampoo amazon.com SHOP NOW

Art Naturals Argan Oil Shampoo contains DHT blockers that work to prevent damage and further hair loss. It has over 1,000 reviews on Amazon and users reported noticeable hair growth within the first two weeks of use.

3 Laritelle Organic Shampoo amazon.com $49.99 SHOP NOW

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.

4 Shea Moisture Sheamoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo, 16.3 Oz SHEA MOISTURE amazon.com $20.99 $12.51 (40% off) SHOP NOW

This shampoo cleanses the scalp without drying it out like harsh chemicals can do. You’ll get a powerful shampoo without compromising moisture.

5 Strong HairPro Hair Care Products (SHP Conditioner) Strong HairPro Hair Care amazon.com $19.15 SHOP NOW

Technically a conditioner, 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.

6 Pure Biology Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo amazon.com $27.95 SHOP NOW

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.

7 Pura d'or Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo amazon.com $45.99 SHOP NOW

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.

8 Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo Ultrax Labs amazon.com $99.99 $79.95 (20% off) SHOP NOW

The caffeine compounds in this shampoo works to reduce hair loss by stimulating hair follicles.

9 Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo nordstrom.com $20.00 SHOP NOW

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.

10 Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo Briogeo sephora.com $24.00 SHOP NOW

This 98 percent naturally-derived cleanser contains ginseng and ginger, which increases blood flow to the scalp to encourage growth.

11 Honeydew Biotin Shampoo for Hair Growth B-Complex Formula for Hair Loss Removes amazon.com $9.95 SHOP NOW

This is Amazon’s top seller in hair regrowth shampoos. The natural biotin shampoo boasts four and a half stars and over 1,673 reviews. Consumers claim the product works like magic, helping to improve hair loss from both genetics and surgery.

12 Dr. Hempster Hair Loss and Biotin Shampoo amazon.com $29.99 $23.97 (20% off) SHOP NOW

Key ingredient hemp oil stimulates new hair growth and strengthens weakened strands. The other star ingredient, Saw Palmetto, fights enzymes that cause baldness.

13 Pura D'or Anti-Hair Thinning Shampoo amazon.com $39.99 SHOP NOW

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.

14 Honeydew Hair Loss Shampoo amazon.com $9.95 SHOP NOW

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.

15 Resistance Length Strengthening Shampoo Kérastase sephora.com $35.00 SHOP NOW

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.

16 Nourishing Shampoo Natural Tech davines.com $32.00 SHOP NOW

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.

17 Argan Stem Cell Age Defying Shampoo Andalou Naturals amazon.com $8.99 SHOP NOW

Argan, apple, and grape stem cells promote growth by increasing cellular turnover of the scalp and nourishing the hair shaft.

18 Carol's Daughter Goddess Fortifying Shampoo Carol's Daughter target.com $10.99 SHOP NOW

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, as it cleanses the hair without stripping it of any natural oils.

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