I’ve been struggling with hair loss for about four years ago now. I started noticing the hair loss in the shower at first – it started right around the time I had my first child – but after a while, I could tell I was losing more hair because I was seeing it on the floor and in my hair brush. So I asked a Los Angeles-based dermatologist who specializes in hair loss about the issue.
It turns out that hair loss will affect up to 50% of women within their lifetimes. For those experiencing it, the dermatologist told me, it can’t be reversed overnight. The causes of hair loss can vary wildly too, from stress to genetics to pregnancy. After researching different ingredients and experimenting with different products, here are the 5 best shampoos for women experiencing hair loss that I found:
1. ROUTINE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Routine Shampoo and Conditioner blew us away in terms of effectiveness. The proprietary blend of plant-based extracts, oils, and vitamins, is made to block DHT, the hormone that is known to cause hair loss. Specifically, it contains ingredients like Saw Palmetto Oil, Argan Oil and Apple Fruit Extract that aim to block the effects of DHT on the scalp. In addition, it also contains hair strengthening ingredients like Biotin, Coconut Oil, and Niacinamide that help restore hair strength and volume. In about three short weeks, I started seeing noticeable improvement in my hair in terms of how much healthy hair I had and how strong it was.
Routine Shampoo & Conditioner has dozens of great reviews, including one person who calls it a “miracle in a bottle.” It’s safe for all types of hair – even color treated hair. The company also has an amazing return policy – if you’re unhappy with the shampoo or conditioner, they will pay the cost of return shipping and give you a full refund. Fortunately, it didn’t come to that because I loved both!
Simply put, Routine Shampoo & Conditioner was my favorite combo in fighting hair loss. It is pH-balanced, full of great ingredients, and once I started using it, I felt like I never had another bad hair day.
EDIT: You can save 10% off any purchase at Routine with coupon code: BEST10.
2. Shapiro Hair Loss Shampoo and Conditioner
We absolutely loved Shapiro Hair Loss Shampoo. It has many of the same ingredients as Routine – Biotin, Green Tea, Caffeine and Saw Palmetto. We wished it had Apple Extract, but still appreciated the volume and strength the shampoo gave to us. However, the price was more than double our number 1 spot, so Shapiro earned our number 2 spot.
3. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner
We loved that Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner is SLS free, and is vegan. We thought the shampoo did a great job cleansing our scalp without stripping it, and the conditioner did a great job of hydrating our hair without weighing it down. Overall, we felt like we had more volume and bounce, so we put this as number three on our list.
4. Keranique Shampoo and Conditioner
Keranique Shampoo and Conditioner is aimed specifically at replenishing Kertain in the hair. Keratin is a critical component of hair protein, and so we loved that focus. The shampoo did a great job at moisturizing our hair too. However, we didn’t love that the whole kit idea, and it seemed like the shampoo stripped away the color in our hair quickly, and so it earned the number 4 spot on our list.
5. WOW Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner
Wow Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo and Conditioner are enriched with keratin proteins, just like Keranique Shampoo. In addition, WOW contains one unique ingredient – apple cider vinegar – that helps balance the pH of the shampoo and conditioner on your scalp. Both the shampoo and conditioner are hypoallergenic, which means that your scalp won’t get dry or flake as a result of using these products.
We love Wow, but some people have written to us saying their hair feels a bit rough using it.
*Please note my tests were not scientific and your results will vary.