10 Best Shampoo Consumer Reports 2019

There’s no getting around it – it’s depressing when you first realize that you’re starting to lose your hair. Other signs of natural aging can be hidden or explained away, but thinning or disappearing hair is different. Your hair is not only front-and-center whenever you’re in public, but it’s one of the features which define you through most of your life. To many, hair loss is a traumatic experience which can seem impossible to deal with, let alone overcome.

Some immediately see a doctor for Rogaine or Propecia, seek out over-the-counter miracle baldness cures, or even look into hair transplants. Others, though, take a more measured approach and begin using shampoos which can help slow hair loss in a safe and natural way. Groom+Style has written about the reasons for hair loss in men previously.  The causes of hair loss in women and children are slightly different. You might also be interested in how to keep your hair healthy in other, natural ways.

With the important caveat that it’s never been proven that any shampoo can actually regrow hair, here’s a look at the top 5 best hair loss shampoos on the market which can work to fight hair loss on a daily basis.

Top 10 Shampoo

Bestseller No. 1
Biotin Shampoo for Hair Growth B-Complex Formula for Hair Loss Removes DHT for Thicker Fuller Hair...
4698 Reviews
Biotin Shampoo for Hair Growth B-Complex Formula for Hair Loss Removes DHT for Thicker Fuller Hair...
  • NATURAL BIOTIN SHAMPOO This maximum strength hair loss prevention and treatment shampoo contains biotin as...
  • PROMOTES HAIR GROWTH AND SLOWS HAIR LOSS Key ingredient biotin effectively slows hair shedding and promotes...
Bestseller No. 2
PURA D'OR Original Gold Label Anti-Thinning Shampoo Clinically Tested, Infused with Organic Argan...
8885 Reviews
PURA D'OR Original Gold Label Anti-Thinning Shampoo Clinically Tested, Infused with Organic Argan...
  • PROMOTES THICKNESS: Hair shampoo and conditioner set with 17 key active ingredients that target the sources of...
  • PACKED WITH VITAMINS & MINERALS: Made with 21 natural ingredients in plant-based preservatives that are rich...
Bestseller No. 3
Ultrax Labs Hair Surge | Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo 8 oz
6271 Reviews
Ultrax Labs Hair Surge | Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo 8 oz
  • Highly Effective Micro Blend Caffeine shampoo technology
  • TOP RATED 2018 SHAMPOO FOR HAIR REGROWTH STIMULATION -
Bestseller No. 4
Pure Biology Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo with Biotin, Keratin, Natural DHT Blockers, Vitamins B...
1072 Reviews
Pure Biology Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo with Biotin, Keratin, Natural DHT Blockers, Vitamins B...
  • BEST HAIR GROWTH BLEND - Packed with natural extracts, amino acids, Biotin, Keratin and Argan Oil, Vitamins B...
  • BREAKTHROUGH COMPLEXES - Amino Kera NPNF Keratin complex penetrates deep to strengthen and revitalize damaged...
Bestseller No. 5
Hair Loss Shampoo for Men and Women - DHT Blocker - Biotin for Hair Growth and Regrowth Treatment -...
950 Reviews
Hair Loss Shampoo for Men and Women - DHT Blocker - Biotin for Hair Growth and Regrowth Treatment -...
  • HAIR LOSS PREVENTION THERAPY SHAMPOO eliminates shedding & hair loss. Our natural ingredients, like coconut...
  • OUR NATURAL TREATMENT FOR HAIR LOSS AND GROWING HAIR AND THICKNESS of hair. Using herbal ingredients, our...
Bestseller No. 6
Biotin Shampoo For Hair Loss - Extra Strength Hair Growth Treatment - Natural DHT Blocker B Complex...
4698 Reviews
Biotin Shampoo For Hair Loss - Extra Strength Hair Growth Treatment - Natural DHT Blocker B Complex...
  • EXTRA STRENGTH HAIR LOSS SHAMPOO increases hair thickness with natural scalp circulation and hair follicle...
  • SCALP SOOTHING AND CLARIFYING with jojoba oil zinc and coconut oil gently unclogs pores and provides sebum...
Bestseller No. 7
PURA D'OR Original Gold Label Anti-Thinning Shampoo & Deep Moisturizing Conditioner Set, Clinically...
8885 Reviews
PURA D'OR Original Gold Label Anti-Thinning Shampoo & Deep Moisturizing Conditioner Set, Clinically...
  • PROMOTES THICKNESS: Hair shampoo and conditioner set with 17 key active ingredients that target the sources of...
  • PACKED WITH VITAMINS & MINERALS: Made with 21 natural ingredients in plant-based preservatives that are rich...
Bestseller No. 8
Premium Hair Growth Shampoo with Biotin, Keratin, Vitamins B + E, Natural DHT Blockers &...
131 Reviews
Premium Hair Growth Shampoo with Biotin, Keratin, Vitamins B + E, Natural DHT Blockers &...
  • BEST HAIR GROWTH BLEND - Packed with natural extracts and amino acids Biotin, Keratin, Castor Oil, Argan Oil,...
  • STRENGTHEN & RECONSTRUCT - A gentle everyday shampoo designed to volumize, strengthen, thicken and stimulate...
Bestseller No. 9
Biotin Shampoo For Hair Growth - Thickening Shampoo For Hair Loss All Natural For Thinning Hair -...
749 Reviews
Biotin Shampoo For Hair Growth - Thickening Shampoo For Hair Loss All Natural For Thinning Hair -...
  • BIOTIN SHAMPOO FOR HAIR GROWTH - Thickening Shampoo For Hair Loss All Natural With Hair thickening B-Complex...
  • SULFATE FREE NATURAL SHAMPOO FOR THINNING HAIR - The best of cell stimulating hair loss treatments for...
Bestseller No. 10
Hairgenics Pronexa Clinical Strength Hair Growth & Regrowth Therapy Shampoo With Biotin, 8 fl. oz.
1169 Reviews
Hairgenics Pronexa Clinical Strength Hair Growth & Regrowth Therapy Shampoo With Biotin, 8 fl. oz.
  • Hairgenics Hair Loss Shampoo and DHT Blocker for thinning hair is a USDA Biobased Certified Product, Certified...
  • Contains clinically researched levels of hair growth vitamins such as Biotin, Vitamin B5, and Collagen...

How We Chose the Best Shampoos

Popularity

We knew we wouldn’t be able to test the hundreds of shampoos available, so we started with the basics: Which shampoos have people talking? To create our starting list, we pulled best-sellers from retailers like Sephora, Ulta, Target, and Amazon, plus Best-Of lists from beauty authorities like Refinery29 and ELLE. We stuck to traditional shampoos and left out one-off products like dual-action shampoo/conditioners, gender-specific shampoos, color-centric shampoos, dandruff shampoos, and cleansing oils. The one exception we made was for Hairstory New Wash, a trending product that claims to replace both shampoo and conditioner and has taken over the internet — it’s such a phenomenon that we had to include it on our list for curiosity’s and comparison’s sake.

From there, we sorted our products into one of two categories: “for all hair types” and “for oily hair.” There are endless ways people describe hair — thick, fine, curly, color-treated — but most everyone falls into one of these two categories. According to Jeffrey Lewis, a formulations chemist who develops personal care products, the differences among “specialty” shampoos are usually more hype than substance. “Some of these companies claim that shampoo is good for fine hair,” Jeffrey told us, “when in reality they have just changed the fragrance or color in their formulation.”

This left us with 45 varieties, all promising to make your hair its best, brightest, and shiniest self.

Gentle surfactants

Your scalp, like the rest of your skin, produces sebum (aka oil) to keep skin naturally moisturized. Sebum production goes into overdrive for all sorts of reasons — stress, hormonal imbalances, diet, product overuse — and that’s what generally causes hair to get greasy or “dirty.”

Enter: surfactants, the compounds that do the cleaning. One end of a surfactant molecule attaches to oil and the other attaches to a water molecule. Under a shower’s steady stream, the water molecule pulls the surfactant and oil away from your hair, washing it down the drain. Surfactants come in varying degrees of intensity, some of which are liable to strip the natural, good oils from your scalp. According to dermatologist Dr. Jackie Dosal, harsh surfactants aren’t going to destroy your hair. But if you have a sensitive or dry scalp, to begin with, the chance for irritation increases.

Expert-endorsed ingredients

Friendly surfactants aren’t enough to make a great shampoo on their own. Beyond just cleaning your hair, a great shampoo includes ingredients that go the extra mile to nourish it and your scalp. To narrow down our pool for testing, we turned to our panel of experts and asked which of those ingredients they’d recommend we look for in the best shampoo.

Melissa Padua, an R&D cosmetic chemist, suggests:

  • Panthenol: For repairing, thickening, and strengthening damaged hair. It reduces split ends and increases the tensile strength of the hair.
  • Hydrolyzed silk and/or wheat proteins: To strengthen hair against breakage and repair it from the inside out.
  • Glycerin: A humectant to help moisturize hair.
  • Green tea extract: It has a high polyphenol content, giving it antioxidant and healing properties.
  • Aloe vera extract: For its natural moisturizing ability and because it can be soothing to sensitive skin and scalps.

Arrojo, who has formulated his own line of products, added a few additional go-to’s:

  • Coconut oil: A great natural emollient that smooths and softens hair.
  • Shea butter: Another great healing emollient.
  • Agave leaf extract: To add moisture.
  • Sesame seed oil: Promotes a healthy scalp.
  • Vitamin E: To protect hair from damage. Vitamin E is found in lots of natural oils, including macadamia seed oil.

Of the 19 remaining shampoos, we looked for those with at least two recommended ingredients. We brought those 12 contenders into the office; it was time to try these formulas for ourselves.

Easy to use

We had a range of testers use each shampoo — both women and men, with hair that was thick and oily, fine and dry, and everywhere in between. Generally, testers loved a traditional shampoo experience, from squeeze bottles that made for accurate distribution to suds that were easy to distribute and wash out. They appreciated scents that were pleasant but not overwhelming, though that was never a deciding factor.

One thing became clear: What really matters is a shampoo’s results. And there’s a true difference in experience between shampoos for oily versus dry hair. The shampoos that rose above the rest gave results that were perfect for testers’ hair types: Oily-haired testers wanted a lift and lasting freshness, and normal- and dry-haired users wanted moisturization above all else.

Remember, what leaves hair glossy on one person could leave locks limp on the next. Our top picks were universally approved by everyone who used them but worked best for the specific hair types we mention. If you’re on the hunt for a new shampoo, these picks are the perfect place to start.

 

 

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