Whew! My review of this DHT blocking shampoo is way overdue, but I’ve actually used this one, so it’s important to tell the world all about it.
DHT Blocking Hair Loss Shampoo, by Hair Restoration Laboratories, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s completely loaded with herbal DHT blockers.
According to their website, Hair Restoration Laboratories has been around for over 10 years, and has created a shampoo based on on the latest science about that pesky testosterone byproduct, DHT.
DHT is main culprit behind hair loss for both men and women. As a major bonus, this shampoo is also SULFATE-FREE and PARABEN-FREE.
DHT Blockers & Hair Loss
The excessive presence of DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone if you prefer the big word version, is one of the main causes of hair loss for men and women.
If DHT had its way, we’d all have bald scalps and hairy bodies. Yup, you read that right: the same hormone makes our bodies hairier and our heads balder.
DHT attaches on androgen receptors on hair follicles, and then triggers the receptors to begin miniaturizing those follicles. Miniaturized follicles = thin, weak, and going going gone hair.
A 1998 study showed that both plucked follicles and skin from a balding scalp contain higher levels of androgen receptors than those from a non-balding scalp.
Play with the slider below to see before and after.
Some people simply have a genetic susceptibility to otherwise normal levels of circulating androgens, particularly DHT. A combination of hormonal and genetic factors could explain why some people are more likely than others to lose hair.
Ingredients that block DHT:
This shampoo contains MANY DHT blockers worth noting:
Salvia Miltiorrhiza Root Extract
Studies establish that this extract improves blood circulation to the hair follicle.
Ligusticum Chuanxiong Root Extract
Studies establish that this extract has a beneficial effect on hair, reduces hair loss and helps makes hair silky, glossy and manageable.
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract
Known for its adaptogen properties, this extract is rich in polysaccharides, which are nutrients critical to hair follicle health.
Camellia Japonica Seed Oil
In research studies, this extract has demonstrated potent antioxidant properties with the ability to inhibit the production of DHT.
Argania Spinosa Kernel Argan oil
A natural oil that is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. This ingredient provides extensive conditioning and helps combat hair dryness and damage, in addition to diminishing frizz.
Biotin (Vitamin H)
An essential B-vitamin that promotes hair growth and aids in overall hair health. This ingredient strengthens both the hair follicle and the hair shaft, from which the hair grows.
Studies establish soy isoflavones promote hair growth by increasing the dermal levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1).
Also known as Vitamin E, this ingredient is an antioxidant and intensive hair conditioning vitamin. This ingredient also softens the hair, provides essential healthy-hair nutrients, and soothes and protects the scalp.
Niacin and hair growth go hand-in-hand because this B vitamin boosts energy and improves blood flow to the scalp. A healthy scalp is crucial for healthy hair growth.
Nigella Sativa Oil
Studies established that sativa increased hair growth and was effective in treating telogen effluvium, a specific hair loss condition and pattern primarily experienced by women.
Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis Extract
Studies of this leaf extract established that it promoted more hair follicles in the anagen (growth) phase.
There are several reasons that may explain why phytosterols can be helpful in the treatment of hair loss. One of their main characteristics is their anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is often one of the characteristics that can contribute to hair loss and several studies have established that phytosterols have great anti-inflammatory purposes.
Citrus Medica Limonum Oil
A fragrant natural oil that is rich in Vitamin C and is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the scalp and hair from free radical damage.
Polygonum Multiflorum Root Extract
Studies establish that this extract is a highly effective hair growth promoter.
Rosemarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil
What Users Say:
People are pleased with the value they get from the 16 oz bottle, especially after a first purchase ringing in at under $15. After a month or two of use, people have observed an improvement in growth around the hairline, and a general thickening of the individual hairs.
This shampoo absolutely has a “gender-neutral” smell – it definitely is ok to use for both men and women.
Often men are worried about these unisex shampoos being too “flowery” and likewise women are worried about them being too Old Spice or Axe Body Spray like – this is really none of the above.
It KINDA reminds me of the smell of the shampoo, Prell, if anyone here is old enough to remember it!
DHT Blocking Hair Loss Shampoo has a good lather and thickness (some hair loss shampoos are obscenely thick- too thick to be workable), and it doesn’t burn or tingle when leaving it on my scalp for the recommended 3-5 minutes.
I always appreciate a pump bottle design – in the shower the last thing I want to do is more work – lifting a bottle, squeezing sh*t out, putting the bottle back again. The pump design appeals to the worse angels of my nature 🙂
Because I used this shampoo in conjunction with the Grow New Hair Faster by Just Naturals, it’s hard to isolate the effects of that shampoo away from the other treatment I was using. But I will say that when I used both together, I noticed an improvement in my thinning hairline and an increase in baby hair around my face.
And, perhaps most importantly, through my hair loss treatment journey and use of DHT blockers, I’ve come to accept that DHT is the big nasty culprit behind most hair loss, including behind mine.
Overall: Great Choice For People on a Budget
This is an excellent hair loss treatment choice for people on a tight budget. Some of these hair loss shampoos run over fifty bucks for a much smaller bottle, and that can be SOOOO off-putting for people on a budget that they don’t pursue any treatment at all.
In my view, it’s much better to use SOMETHING with DHT blockers than nothing at all, and that’s why I recommend this DHT Blocking shampoo, especially for people watching their pennies who would never be able to afford these super expensive mainstream alternatives.
More importantly, you get a huge bottle for the price. Most shampoo bottles run in the 8-10 ounce range, not 16 full ounces. 16 ounces for under $15 is a win in hair loss treatment land.
Depending on the length of your hair, this bottle of shampoo will last two to four months, giving you even more value. Speaking for myself, using it exclusively on my very long hair, it lasted almost two months.
IDEALLY: you can combine this treatment with another one for best results. For example, if you already rake a powerful hair-loss supplement, this can be the hair loss shampoo treatment you use to cover your bases.
Comprehensively treat your hair loss problem both inside and outside – you’ve gotta!
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