This is a question that we get asked a lot: just what is the best shampoo for men’s hair loss? The truth is, this is not an easy question to answer. There are a lot of products on the market, a lot of shampoos to sift through.
However, many of these products actually use the same ingredients. In most cases that ingredient is Minoxidil, which is used in many shampoos and is also available in the popular treatment Rogaine.
In this article we’ll look at the best shampoo for men’s hair loss, factoring in many different products and focusing only on the ones that we think actually do what they promise to do.
Rogaine / Minoxidil
There is a reason this is the most popular product on the market, and that’s because it has proven to be effective time and time again. Of course, Rogaine doesn’t work for everyone. But it’s safer, it is much more effective and while it’s expensive, it’s in line with many similar products out there.
There are Rogaine formulas for men and for women. However, it has traditionally been marketed at men. It works in men pretty much the same way that it works in women. The only difference is the marketing, and the fact that more men suffer from hair loss than women.
Rogaine is FDA approved, it comes in many different forms and it has been on the market long enough for there to be plenty of reviews out there that you can read. However, there are just as many cons as there are pros.
For one, while Rogaine is fairly cheap per bottle, that price escalates considerably when you factor in that you have to use it for several months before you see any positive effects. The studies performed on Rogaine tested it for a period of 4 months. That’s a long time. However, this studies did report positive hair growth in the marjory of men trialled, so it’s worth t.
Another concern that potential users have are the long list of side effects. This may be an FDA approved medication, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely harmless. It can cause some potential serious side effects and although these are rare, it is something to bear in mind. It’s also reason why you should not treat this medication lightly.
Keranique Hair Growth Treatment was marketed toward women, but much like Rogaine, it can also be used by the opposite sex. And that’s not the only thing that Keranique has in common with Rogaine, as they both use the same active ingredient: Minoxidil.
There are many generic formulas out there that contain Minoxidil and this is one of the most popular. It also happens to be one of the most expensive, and that has put a lot of users off. Once you factor in the cost of the shampoo, the conditioner, and the spray, this actually comes to more than a treatment of Rogaine.
However, it’s worth noting that Minoxidil isn’t the only ingredient in Keranique. It also has a number of other ingredients that have been shown to help limit hair loss and speed up have growth. Also, unlike Rogaine, Keranique can help to condition your hair. It can help to make it stronger, to give it a shine. This essentially means that Keranique Hair Growth Treatment offers the complete package.
Of course, that’s only if you can afford it and if you can bring yourself to use a product that has been labelled as being more or less exclusively for women.
If Keranique is designed to appeal to women then Alpecin is clearly designed to appeal to men. This bottle of shampoo even looks like a bottle of motor oil. So, they clearly know that men have been put off by shampoos deemed “too feminine” and they have gone all-out to try and change that and to offer something that is definitely, 100%, without a doubt: male.
Marketing has played a big role in the success of this product, and not just because it has been designed to appeal to a niche male market that has replied by throwing their money at it. That marketing has also focused on the fact that this is a “caffeine shampoo”. We are almost programmed to believe that caffeine speeds everything up. It’s why they add it to painkillers, and it’s why it has been added to this shampoo.
But like those painkillers, there is very little truth to the notion that caffeine can somehow speed up hair growth. However, saying that, there have been some mildly interesting studies that have suggested this could be a genuinely helpful product. There are just as many studies that say otherwise and just as many users that back them up. But there is something to this shampoo.
Also, while everyone is a little undecided on whether or not it will work for baldness or hair growth, they are a little more confident in the belief that Alpecin shampoo works to condition and strengthen your hair. It’s also one of the cheap hair growth shampoos you will find and is considerably cheaper than any Minoxidil shampoos.
Other Shampoo for Men’s Hair Loss
The three mentioned above are the ones that standout for us the most, desiring of any list of the best shampoo for men’s hair loss. But in all honesty, when it comes to actual hair growth, it’s only the two listed first that seem to have any sort of positive effect.
There are other shampoo for men’s hair loss out here that might have a similar effect though. Many of them are just different brand names for similar products and formulas. The trick is to focus on the things that work and to remember a few key points:
- Minoxidil is the same in any formula. There may be other stuff added alongside it, but it’s the same ingredient and in most cases it is the only active ingredient.
- Vitamins don’t always work. We have explored the benefits of vitamins for hair growth many times on this site. That’s one of the reasons Hair Growth Pills was created. However, those vitamins often need to be consumed, and even when they are, they don’t always work. There are exceptions, but products rely on scant public knowledge and marketing, and rarely focus on what actually works.
- Caffeine is to drink. It may seem logical that it somehow speeds up hair growth, but it does not. Your hair doesn’t consume it and then suddenly perk up. And as far as anyone know, caffeine does not have any benefits as a topical medicine.