Updated: Feb 15
The shampoo that you use could make or break your hair loss regimen. Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to recognize the importance of using the right kind of shampoo when trying to regrow hair.
There are a lot of misconceptions around shampoos. A lot of big name shampoo brands claim to give hair “shine” or thicken and give hair volume. While this may be true to some extent, more often than not these big name brand shampoos contain a whole range of chemicals that damage hair. In general, if you are experiencing hair loss you should buy a shampoo that is specifically target towards hair loss and not just something you buy at Walmart.
You need to be weary though. Even some “hair loss” shampoos on the market contain harmful chemicals. Here is a list of chemicals you should absolutely make sure your shampoo doesn’t have:
There are many more chemicals to watch out for. Instead of naming all of the chemicals on this blog post I recommend you google something like “what shampoo ingredients to avoid” and you will find many sources that have comprehensive lists of what is bad and why they are bad. It is also good to avoid conditioners if you can as they often contain similar damaging chemicals.
There is already enough information out there about what you should avoid putting on your scalp. The main point of this article is to recommend a shampoo that I have been using for a while now.
Lipogaine “Big 3” is what I am referring to. They also have a “Big 5” shampoo with more ingredients, but I have stuck with the “Big 3” because it has worked very well for me so far.
Using Lipogaine has revolutionized the way my hair looks and feels. It really is amazing the difference you see and feel when you switch to a product that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
Lipogaine “Big 3” contains a very strong list of ingredients:
•Ketoconazole: an absolute must for any hair loss shampoo: blocks the production of testosterone topically which further inhibits the production of DHT. Drugs like Finasteride or hair supplements cannot target this DHT because they are taken internally, it also is good for managing dandruff
•Saw Palmetto: blocks 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT
•Niacin: brings oxygen and essential nutrients to hair, studies have also shown that niacin improves hair fullness
•Biotin: strengthens hair follicles
•Copper Tripeptides: help fight inflammation and further block the enzyme 5-alpha reductase
•Emu Oil: relieves skin inflammation and is extremely well absorbed through the skin, which carries strong implications that it helps other hair growth ingredients penetrate deeper and be more effective
•Nettle Leaf: blocks DHT, contains Sulphur and silica which helps make hair shinier and restore the natural hair color
•Red Clover Extract: topically feeds the hair vitamin c, potassium, calcium, and strengthens the base of the hair follicle in the scalp which helps maintain its structure and prolong the growth cycle
•Zinc Oxide: improves overall hair growth and anecdotal evidence suggests it may widen the diameter of hair follicles when applied topically
In conclusion, whether you go with the “Big 3” or the “Big 5” both are very viable options for a natural shampoo to use that won’t damage hair. Blocking the production of DHT topically as well as internally is very important because it is the main culprit of male pattern baldness. Often people believe that just doing one or the other is enough but oral supplements do not block or remove DHT that is on the scalp, so why not do both and increase the chances of better hair growth?
Beyond just using the right shampoo is using correct shower habits. The way you shampoo matters just as much as the shampoo itself.
Tip: How to use Lipogaine: I ALWAYS start with cold water as it increases circulation and hot water can damage hair. I then gently massage it into the crown and hairline (typical problem areas) before I cover the entirety of my scalp (do not scratch your head when applying as it can cause hair fall.) The important thing when using Lipogaine is that you must let it sit in your hair for about 3-5 minutes before rinsing it out. It is also important to remember to shampoo every other day if possible, this allows hair to regain natural oils which are vital to hair health.
I always try to make it very clear that using just a single treatment will not cure your hair loss. Although using the right shampoo is very important and a good tool, it wont save your hair on its own. You need to use all of the foundation tools if you want to begin to grow healthier hair.
You are also not going to see results right away. Once you have implemented the tools into your hair loss routine, wait at least 6 months before deciding whether or not to continue.