Hair Loss Treatments

What is the best shampoo for male pattern hair loss?

For those of us experiencing hair loss or thinning hair, finding a hair regrowth shampoo that works can sometimes be a struggle. There’s an endless number of shampoos boasting all sorts of claims about curing thin hair, a lot of which simply don’t live up to the hype. Trying one after another can not only be expensive but also demoralising, leaving us feeling stuck with our thin hair... and an even thinner wallet.

Looking for shampoos that are backed by science and packed with proven, active ingredients is your best route to finding a hair regrowth shampoo that works. A lot of products will claim to add thickness, stimulate hair growth and keep hair loss at bay. But in reality, unless they have scientific, results-driven proof, they simply won’t give the visible effects you want. Make sure to look out for these ingredients on your search for a hair regrowth shampoo to give you the best chance of picking one that works.

There are many shampoos out there which include natural ingredients such as Biotin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Tea Tree Oil, Lactic Acid, Kreatin, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, saw palmetto, all promising amazing results. Those ingredients are definitely very important for strong and healthy hair but unfortunately they don’t help with the actual hair loss.

So far only shampoos with two ingredients, caffeine and ketoconazole, have been scientifically proven to help with hair loss.

Ketoconazole is an antifungal drug, which is licensed to treat certain skin conditions, including dandruff. While Ketoconazole shampoo (Nizoral) is not licenced to treat hair loss, it is sometimes prescribed off label as a hair loss treatment for male pattern baldness. There have been many studies in the past which have provided strong evidence that Ketoconazole is effective in its treatment for male pattern baldness. Best results were produced using ketoconazole 2% shampoo, two times a week and leaving the shampoo on the scalp for 3 to 5 minutes before rinsing.

Most people view caffeine majorly as a stimulant with no idea of its effects on hair growth. Studies have shown that caffeine actively stimulates hair follicles. The exact mechanism of action is still unknown but its effect enhances the rapid growth of hair strands from the hair follicles. It also revitalizes worn-out hair follicles and boosts their ability to grow into healthy hair strands. Caffeine needs to be in contact with the scalp for at least 2 minutes so it penetrates into the follicles. Drinking caffeine doesn’t work – it has to be applied externally to sink directly into hair follicles.

Although both ketoconazole and caffeine shampoos have shown some positive effects with hair regrowth they best work as a supporting treatment particularly when used in conjunction with other prescription hair loss treatments.


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