Our team, which consists of hair experts, nutritionists, and wellbeing gurus, burned the midnight oil during the holidays.
To try different hair shampoos from a bunch of popular brands and sort out top hair loss shampoos that deserve to be in your bathroom cabinet in 2021.
The mission began a day after Halloween and ended on Christmas.
The team experimented the products on their own hair.
Mission is accomplished.
And what we have here is a list of top 5 shampoos that did wonders in 2020 and promise to do more wonders in 2021.
The verdict is based on each team member’s shampoo trials.
They ranked the shampoo based on the following points:
Keranique stands out as the #1 hair loss shampoo, closely followed by Shapiro and Purador.
The 4th and 5th numbers are proudly held by Dr’s Formula and Lipogaine, respectively.
Below is a detailed account of each team member who picked a brand and used the product. Each has reviewed and rated the product on the scale of 1 to 5.
Our team member Amy complained of persistent hair thinning since the lockdown period. So, as soon as we created the mission, she grabbed the opportunity to try one of America’s top-notch hair care brands – Keranique.
As told by the company, Keranique is a woman-exclusive hair care brand.
The company provides a hair growth system, which is divided into 3 parts and features 4 products:
Amy contacted the customer service of this brand and asked this question. According to them, the brand is exclusively designed to treat thinning hair in women.
The brand is not for men, to be precise, not for balding scalps. It is meant only for thinning hair.
Our team member has this uncanny habit of digging out the ingredients of any product – edible or not. So, in this case, she didn’t want anything weird to put on her hair.
A little research revealed the chief ingredients of each product in the Keranique system.
No sulfates and parabens.
Keranique Volumizing Keratin Conditioner contains similar set of ingredients, minus the cleansing agents, of course.
Keranique Lift and Repair Treatment Spray contains a range of lovely ingredients, but the ones that caught the eye of Amy were:
Amy was looking for a hair thinning solution. So, she bought the complete Keranique system. It’s always good to use shampoos, conditioners, and styling products from the same brand.
Amy washed her hair with Keranique’s shampoo. It is meant to cleanse gently and remove residue buildup on scalp, at the same time, nourish and moisturize hair.
Then she conditioned them with the volumizing conditioner. This is supposed to moisturize and nourish hair.
In the first wash itself, she felt her tresses softer and smoother. And they were amazingly manageable! She didn’t have to “fight” with her locks to detangle them.
When her hair were slightly damp, she applied the minoxidil-infused hair regrowth treatment formula through a dropper. Just 2-3 drops directly on the scalp, once in the morning and once in the evening. It is supposed to stimulate hair growth.
She waited for a minute for complete absorption of the formula.
Then she styled her hair with the spray, which is designed to repair hair texture. Amy reported that her hair, gradually, attained a smoother texture and needed no spray at times. The frizz was gone. Her tresses were, no longer, “wild.”
It’s been 6 weeks now.
Amy still uses the hair regrowth treatment. She can easily run her fingers through her tresses. This was impossible before due to the frizz and damage.
Her hair appear fuller. (One of her team mates pointed this out to her.) They do not fall flat and limp anymore.
Keranique is working!
“I am in love with Keranique. Absolutely recommend it.
But, hey, buy the complete system for the best results. This may get a bit expensive, but your tresses are priceless, right? I love the way the entire system makes my hair super silky, soft, and shiny. It’s a stunning transformation.
The fact that it contains minoxidil, the proven hair-growing ingredient, makes it all the more preferable.
You might feel a bit tingling on the scalp after applying minoxidil, but it goes away soon.”
Please DO NOT use Keranique’s minoxidil hair growth treatment, if:
You can buy Keranique by using this link.
David, another member of our team, had a balding patch at the top of scalp. He tried Shapiro, one of the most talked about shampoos.
He contacted the customer service of the company to enquire about the brand.
This is a patented formula that contains 3 powerful DHT blockers. So, basically, the shampoo is a DHT-blocking shampoo.
People suffering from DHT-induced hair loss must use this shampoo. Although this shampoo works on balding scalps, women can also use it, in case they are suffering from hair loss due to DHT.
David chose this shampoo because his doctor had diagnosed his hair loss as androgenetic alopecia, which is caused by DHT (dihydrotestosterone) – the male hormone.
Inspired by Amy, David, too, researched about the chief ingredients of Shapiro shampoo.
No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, dyes, and toxins in the formula.
Although the company claims its products to be cruelty free and our experts did not find any animal product in it, we don’t promise that it is 100% vegan. The company hasn’t certified it as vegan.
Shapiro’s products are gentle, so you can use them daily. However, hair experts do not recommend daily shampooing.
David bought home the Natural Kit, consisting of shampoo, conditioner, and foam.
David has a habit of washing hair every alternate day. So, this sulfate-free gentle shampoo suited him well. He slathered the shampoo on hair and kept it for a minute to let its ingredients do their work.
Although the customer care of the company advised him to leave on the shampoo for 2-5 minutes and use it daily, David was apprehensive of product build-up, so he kept it only for a minute and used the shampoo alternate days.
He then thoroughly rinsed his hair and applied Shapiro conditioner, leaving it for half a minute.
Shapiro foam is a styling product designed for dry and damaged hair texture. Although David needed no foam, he used it just to see what it actually does to hair. Once your clean hair are slightly damp, you apply the foam and leave it. Then style hair.
It’s been 6 weeks David is using Shapiro’s shampoo and conditioner.
His hair had attained a smoother, softer texture within a couple of uses.
He noticed a reduction in hair loss after 4 weeks of use.
Today, he finds fewer number of strands on his comb. Our whole team noticed his mane fuller and thicker than before.
“I like Shapiro’s products and will continue to use them. My hair are not too dry, so I skipped using the foam. The conditioner is enough for me.
Unlike minoxidil-infused treatment, I found no irritation on scalp.
Perhaps this is a more natural way of solving the problem, if you are suffering from DHT-induced hair loss.
I used it alternate days. Maybe if you use it daily, you may get results quicker.”
You can easily buy Shapiro MD using this link.
Pura D’or is a name making waves in the hair care market. The company markets its shampoo as anti-thinning.
Our third team member, Diana, decided to test this shampoo and see if the waves are worth surfing or just that – waves.
She suspected DHT to be the culprit for her hair thinning. DHT sensitivity runs in her family.
Besides, Diana loves coloring her hair. So, she also suspects the frequent hair-coloring sessions for weakening her hair.
While David grabbed Shapiro, Diana decided to try Pura D’or, which can be seen almost everywhere online.
Diana contacted the company and found that they provide the shampoo in two labels:
Anybody, male or female, suffering from profuse hair thinning can use this shampoo. Whether your hair thinning is due to malnourishment or due to DHT, this shampoo will help you.
It contains 24 active ingredients, 12-15 of them are DHT blockers.
As per the company’s claims, it is a great choice for people with color-treated hair. No wonder this shampoo was a smart pick for Diana!
Out of the 24 natural and vegan ingredients, the following caught the eye of Diana and made her more confident of her shampoo choice:
So much in one humble bottle of a shampoo, and these are only a few main ingredients!
Apply the shampoo lather on the scalp rather than the hair. Massage scalp for 40-50 seconds. Rinse thoroughly.
Diana picked the Gold label of Pura D’or, as she had color-treated hair that had gone frizzy.
Nothing magical happened after washing hair. In fact, Diana found no change in hair density. However, her hair were better in appearance with each passing week.
Also, the shampoo has a sweet, subtle aromatherapy scent.
Diana patiently used the shampoo thrice a week. She had started using Pura D’or around a week after Halloween.
By Thanksgiving, she noticed a reduction in hair fall. No amazingly fuller look yet, but definitely, her hair were lustrous and livelier.
By Christmas (that’s almost 6 weeks), she proudly flaunted softer, shinier, and healthier tresses that appeared fuller.
“The shampoo works, certainly. But, it is a bit slow. You need patience to use it, yet, the results are amazing.
The fact that it contains all natural ingredients packed with benefits makes it a long-term choice in shampoos. I am going to use it throughout 2021.”
You can buy Pura D’or using this link.
Dr’s Formula is a complete hair and skin care system. They offer supplements, shampoos, conditioners, and styling products for hair.
Our fourth team member, Tina, tried their shampoo and conditioner.
Tina had begun to notice abnormal hair shedding during the pandemic lockdown. Suspecting stress to be the reason, she picked Dr’s Formula for her hair.
Do you know stress increases DHT production in the body?
According to doctors, stress hormone cortisol suppresses collagen and bones in the body. The body reacts by increasing DHT and DHEA levels.
Coronavirus pandemic brought a wave of stress and anxiety to the world. No wonder, hair experts got a flood of DHT-induced hair loss cases after the lockdown.
Anybody, male or female, suffering from DHT-induced hair loss or stress-induced hair loss can use this shampoo.
Tina is like Amy (our first team member) – finicky about ingredients. So, she dug up the internet and called up the customer service to find out the main ingredients of the shampoo.
One thing that Tina loved about the shampoo is the presence of essential oils in it.
Tina was never particular about shampoos until she started losing hair. As she bought home Dr’s Formula, she was careful in applying the shampoo where it is meant to be – on the scalp – and conditioner on hair, not the scalp.
Tina reports her hair feeling and looking better. The conditioner “tamed” her “wild” hair.
As days pass, she still loses hair in huge amounts, but hair texture and appearance continue to improve.
Her hair loss has stopped! She had never imagined a shampoo could do this feat!
“I never thought a shampoo could solve my hair loss problem. Dr’s Formula is an amazing hair formula. This should certainly be in your cabinet in 2021.”
Lipogaine offers a shampoo designed specially to combat hair loss, balding, and scalp irritation. Our fifth team member, Shaina, was fascinated by the company’s claims and decided to try the shampoo.
Shaina has fine hair, which tend to go limp often. Although her hair are silky, she desires thickness and a little extra shine.
Being 40+, she is concerned about hair loss due to aging. So, she picked Lipogaine that claims to treat hair loss due to aging.
Anybody, male or female, seeking fullness and thickness on hair, along with a boost in hair growth can use this shampoo.
Shaina was delighted to learn that the shampoo contains natural ingredients, which are particularly beneficial to hair growth.
Shaina used the shampoo just like any other shampoo:
As per the company, you must use the shampoo atleast twice or thrice a week for better results. Also, avoid using heat styling products during your hair loss treatment.
Shaina felt a nice freshness on the scalp after using the shampoo. Her hair felt well-moisturized and manageable.
Our whole team was awed by the amazing fullness and luster of Shaina’s hair after 6 weeks of usage.
She told us that her hair loss has stopped and her hair never felt so healthier and bouncier before.
The shampoo works wonders!
“I love this shampoo. My scalp felt so clean without that dry feel that I used to get with my regular shampoo. The formula works, but you need to use it consistently for weeks to get results. No magic here. The natural ingredients work at the root level deeply and gradually, but surely.
A must-have in your bathroom cabinet in 2021.”
The top 5 shampoos of 2020, ready to rule the roost in 2021, are available online. Each shampoo gets a 5/5 rating from our team members.
Use two main criteria to choose:
All the 5 top shampoos discussed here promise effective hair loss treatment. Choose one depending on your lifestyle, expectations, hair problems, and budget.
Know more about each shampoo and make a smart choice for 2021.