If you are trying to overcome hair loss, the shampoo that you use is of vital importance. You can use finasteride, minoxidil, and more, but at the end of the day, if you are not using the right kind of shampoo, your hair will suffer.
Using the wrong kind of shampoo will degrade your hairs overall health which may negatively affect regrowth that would otherwise occur from other hair loss treatments. In other words, shampoo can make or break your hair loss.
In this article, we are going to discuss what kind of shampoo you need to avoid in order to overcome hair loss. Equally as important, we are also going to be covering which kind of shampoo is the most beneficial for people with hair loss, as well as (in my personal experience) the most effective product available, so that by the end of this article you have a well-established idea of why you need to be conscious of your shampoo use.
What kind of shampoo should you avoid?
Popular brand name shampoos don’t get popular by accident. The combination of fancy terminology and an uneducated public has allowed them to flourish. By promising things such as “shine”, “damage erasing”, “triple nutrition”, and more, these companies have been able to entice people into not only buying their products, but also believing that they help their hair.
But, in reality most of the popular shampoos are horrible for your hair. Many of them contain a whole host of harsh chemicals that harm your hair in different ways. Some of those chemicals include:
-and many more
Though these chemicals may cause your hair to look shiny and smell good, it’s all smoke and mirrors that is temporary. In the long-term, these chemicals can do significant damage to your hair (1). They strip hair of essential oils, dry out the scalp and hair, cause irritation, and more, all of which can exacerbate hair loss (2).
See, when you have male/female pattern hair loss and you are trying to overcome it, there are hairs that you are specifically trying to nourish called vellus hair. Vellus hairs are the small, thin, unpigmented hair that has replaced your old healthy hair. If you are able to achieve successful regrowth with hair loss treatments, it is because they protected and nourished your vellus hair. But, vellus hair is very sensitive, and as you may have guessed, the chemicals we talked about above may negatively affect it disproportionately compared to normal hair. This is why it is crucial to avoid shampoo with harmful chemicals if you are experiencing hair loss, and what’s the easiest way to do this? Use a hair loss friendly shampoo.
What is hair loss friendly shampoo?
To state the obvious: it is a shampoo that is free of harmful chemicals, but beyond that it should also contain ketoconazole. Read all about ketoconazole here.
Ketoconazole is a topical antifungal that is often grouped with finasteride and minoxidil as part of the “big three” (supposedly the three most effective hair loss treatments). It helps optimize scalp health by reducing dandruff and/or other scalp conditions. It also kills fungus that can cause inflammation; inflammation that would otherwise be worsening hair loss (3).
Quick side note: while ketoconazole has been shown to reduce hair loss (4) it is important to note that it should not be used as a means to an end. In other words, ketoconazole will help potentially make other treatments like finasteride and/or minoxidil more effective, but will not be able to cure hair loss on its own.
In short you need two things:
-a shampoo free of harmful chemicals
-a shampoo that contains ketoconazole
An effective hair loss shampoo
There are several shampoos that meet the threshold of a good hair loss shampoo, but there is one that stands above the rest: Lipogaine. Lipogaine contains a wide array of beneficial ingredients, has thousands of positive reviews from people with hair loss, and is the shampoo that I have been personally using for several years. Let’s talk about it in more detail.
Lipogaine has two shampoos for people with hair loss: the “Big 3 shampoo” and the “hair rejuvenating Big 5 shampoo.” The Big 5 is geared more towards regrowth, while the Big 3 is for hair loss prevention, although both shampoos contain many natural ingredients that will benefit your hair.
Ingredients like saw palmetto, copper tripeptides, emu oil, nettle leaf, biotin, caffeine, rosemary oil, and more provide a wide range of benefits for someone with hair loss. Increased blood flow, blocking DHT, reducing inflammation, and maintaining natural scalp oils are some of the main benefits, though there are several others that can be derived from using Lipogaine, all of which contribute to overall healthier hair. It is also free of harmful chemicals.
Still don’t believe it’s one of the best hair loss-friendly shampoos? Just read the reviews on their website. They have thousands of positive reviews, many of which are from people who were suffering from hair loss and saw improvement.
Regardless of whether-or-not you use Lipogaine, make sure you choose a shampoo that is free of harmful chemicals andcontains ketoconazole. You will avoid damaging your already sensitive hair and helping promote overall hair health so that you can have a better chance of overcoming hair loss.
The shampoo you use is more important than most people think, especially for those with hair loss. By using the right shampoo that is free of harmful chemicals and contains ketoconazole, you can give yourself a much better chance at overcoming hair loss.