Good News: The Best Shampoo for Thinning Hair Won't Bankrupt You, Either

No one wants to see their hair deteriorate—not by dryness, damage, or split ends. But especially not by thinning. Thinning hair is a whole different beast to conquer. It’s disconcerting at best and plain scary at worst. According to Suneel Chilukuri, M.D. and director of cosmetic surgery at Refresh Dermatology in Houston, Texas, “Hair falling is normal as the hair enters a resting phase (called the telogen phase). At any one time, approximately 10% of the hair is in this resting phase. It is normal to lose approximately 100 hairs per day.” True hair loss, on the other hand, is more extreme. It “indicates miniaturization of the hair follicle, leading to permanent hair loss.”

Before you panic, know there’s good news; something as simple as shampoo can help. “The right shampoo can promote a healthier scalp to keep the hair in the anagen (growing phase) longer, which results in less hair fall,” says Chilukuri. To help you choose the right formulas, we’ve assembled a list for your convenience. Keep reading to see the 7 best shampoos for thinning hair, as recommended by experts!



Keep in mind that hair thinning can be caused by a number of factors. Scott says everything from your genes, to hormones, to stress level, to poor diet can cause thinning hair. Even your choice hairstyle. "Pulling harshly on the hair follicles could cause scar tissue to develop," she says. "When you put your hair up, it should feel comfortable." So for all of us who love to mimic Bella-Hadid's super slick high pony, "use product to get the effect." 

The best course of action is always to see a dermatologist, regardless of the severity or rapidity of hair loss. "If your hair is thinning due to medication, stress or plain old genetics, you should speak with a dermatologist—they can access the problem and recommend a good program containing  the ingredient cleared by the FDA to help regrow hair," says Scott. Dr. Fenton agrees: "It’s always best to see a board certified dermatologist for any new signs of hair loss, as it can sometimes be a sign of a larger underlying problem."