The best shampoo for thinning hair can keep your precious hairs hydrated and looking fuller, and in some cases, even help prevent further loss. From pills to plasma injections to transplants, you’ve got a bunch of options for treating and preventing hair loss, but having the right shampoo at the ready is essential. Regardless of how you decide to address a receding hairline (if you do anything at all), one of the best defenses is a proper hair care regimen.
Before we go any further, it should be noted that here at GQ, we are, for the most part, shampoo skeptics. The fact is that most men grossly overwash their hair. This simply isn’t necessary. Unless it is necessary for your specific needs. Sometimes you’ve got to audit your priorities and choose accordingly, and if you need voluminous, fuller hair, then perhaps you should shampoo daily. (We suggest aiming for every 2 or 3 days, though, and conditioning daily.)
So, which shampoos will serve you best? We tested a ton of them so that we could answer that question. Again, we like them for different reasons: Some of these stimulate circulation and promote healthy growth, some block hair-suffocating DHT, and some are adept at adding volume to the hair you’ve already got. So, stop scratching your head on the matter and peruse this list—surely one of them is best for your particular case.
The Best Everyday Shampoo for Thinning Hair
Here’s a great shampoo for thinning hair, in that it’s specifically engineered for hydration—and thus for daily use. Brickell’s gentle shampoo is packed with aloe, tea tree oil, vitamins E and B5, and peppermint. That last ingredient stimulates circulation in the scalp, too, so it encourages hair growth. It'll leave your hair looking fuller, and not dried out like your standard-fare washes.
The Best Pro-Keratin Infusion for Thinning Hair
If you’ve got thinning hair, keep an eye out for Vitamin B whenever you're perusing ingredient lists. This family of vitamins is best known for its hair-strengthening powers, and Klorane’s shampoo employs a roster of them: It hydrates and fortifies the hair shaft (B5), in addition to strengthening keratin and minimizing sebum production (B6), and stimulating circulation and nutrient delivery (B8, plus quinine bark extract).
The Best Shampoo to Give Your Hair Some Volume
Living Proof’s entire line of “full” products—from conditioners to creams—is exceptional for adding body and texture to hair. This shampoo washes follicles without using any of the typical resins that many other shampoos use—those which can weigh hair down. Give it a quick towel dry to feel the thicker, springier result.
The Best Shampoo for Scalp Stimulation
Caffeine wakes up your scalp, too: It’s pumped into Davines’ shampoo, and boosts circulation to the scalp and into each hair follicle. This increases nutrient delivery to each strand, and in turn strengthens hair as it grows. The gradual effect is that it slows future loss, and prevents breakage along any of the strands.
The Best Shampoo for Busting DHT
We love hims’ entire lineup of hair-growing products, and its shampoo is a great supplement to any aggressive regrowth regimen. This product targets DHT—the hormonal byproduct that leads to hair loss. By reducing DHT production, it then reduces the rate at which your hair falls out. The peppermint and tea tree scent is an added bonus, as is the easy stylability of your hair after using this rather gentle wash.
Five More Shampoos to Help with Thinning Hair
For the shampoo-averse guy, this cleansing conditioner is a gentle hair-thickening alternative. Besides, it’s time everyone learned about co-washing as a means to a very hydrated, healthy head.
This formula boosts volume, delivers a subtle shine, and shields hair from environmental damage (like heat, UV rays, salt, and chlorine). It also promotes hair growth with an extra kick from biotin.
With vitamins like biotin (B7), C, E, and B5, Peter Thomas Roth’s shampoo stimulates hair growth and gives it a hydrating, nourishing scrub down.
If you’re considering hair growth supplements like biotin, then why not pump it right into your follicles while you wash? That’s what Good Guy Wellness’ shampoo does, to help expedite hair growth, and fortify it meanwhile.
OK, so technically it’s not a dry shampoo, but it sure acts like one: This texturizing spray does wonders to soak up excess grease and volumize your hair. Better yet, it gives a healthy shine—not oily, just lustrous—to add definition to your second-day hair. (That is, on the days between your shower shampooing. Since, you know, you shouldn’t technically wash it every day.)
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