DHT Blocking Hair Loss Shampoo, by Hair Restoration Laboratories, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s completely loaded with herbal DHT blockers.
This latest release includes a few additional DHT blocking ingredients and 25% more active ingredients than their regular strength version, which I’ve also previously used and reviewed here.
According to their website, Hair Restoration Laboratories has been a successful hair loss treatment company for over 10 years. This shampoo is based on latest science on how to defeat about that pesky testosterone byproduct, DHT.
DHT is main culprit behind hair loss for both men and women. This latest formulation is more intense and aggressive for those wishing to quickly arrest their hair loss due to excessive DHT (ie: MOST of us!)
As a major bonus, this DHT blocking 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.
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.
Do DHT Blocking Shampoos Work?
Yes. Keep reading to see why.
This professional strength shampoo contains MANY DHT blockers, including:
- 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 is 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.
- Soy Isoflavones
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.
- Nicotinic Acid/Niacin
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 anti-androgen by decreasing the presence of DHT and obstructing 5-alpha-reductase enzymes.
- Rosemarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil
Certain studies have established that rosemary oil can be just as effective as minoxidil and stimulate hair growth.
*New Ingredients Included In The Professional Strength Version:*
- Cayenne fruit extract
According to my friends over at Nutrafol, which also employs this ingredient: “The most important element in cayenne peppers is Capsaicin which produces a tingling sensation on the skin. It stimulates the skin cells which increases the overall metabolic process of the skin on a cellular level. Due to intensive metabolism, blood rushes to the skin of the scalp and the hair follicles receive sufficient nutrition and oxygen content from the blood flow which greatly promotes hair growth. Also, Capsaicin stimulates the dead skin cells of the scalp which leads to new hair follicle production.”
- Pygeum africanum bark extract
Pygeum africanum is an evergreen tree from Africa. The extract is rich in derivatives of natural fatty acids and is used in herbal medications to relieve urinary symptoms caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Excessive DHT happens to be the main cause of BPH (or prostate enlargement) and is also considered the main culprit in causing male as well as female pattern baldness.
- Pumpkin seed oil
Pumpkin seed oil has been shown to block the action of 5-alpha reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha reductase is the main antagonist in androgenetic alopecia.
A 2015 German study showed that caffeine stimulates hair growth in hair follicles in petri dishes. Therefore, caffeine is a powerful DHT blocker that shows up in basically all new hair loss shampoos.
What Customers Say:
Users are happy with the value they get from the 16 oz bottle, especially after a first purchase ringing in under $30.
After a month or two of use, women have observed an improvement in growth around the hairline, and a general thickening of the individual hairs. Few reported irritation or other allergy-related issues.
My Experience Using Professional Strength DHT Blocking Shampoo:
Like the regular strength version, this Professional Strength version has a “gender-neutral” smell – it definitely is ok for both men and women to use.
A lot of supposedly unisex shampoos say they’re gender neutral, but then they smell excessively floral, or, worse, in the same neighborhood as Axe Body Spray…which no woman wants to smell 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 Professional Strength Shampoo comes up with a good lather and thickness (some hair loss shampoos are obscenely thick- too thick to be workable).
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 🙂
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.
I’m convinced everyone struggling with hair loss needs to use a good DHT blocking product, whether it’s shampoo or serum.
Why use the professional strength version of this shampoo?
Many of us are familiar with DHT blocking ingredients and have no known reactions or allergies to them. For us, I say it’s best to jump right in with the more intense formulation. I have moved on to the professional strength version of this shampoo with no reactions or issues.
For anyone hesitant about any of these ingredients, or even just for those with an unusually sensitive scalp, I’d say it’s smarter and gentler to start with the base model of this shampoo and see if you can tolerate it.
You can always upgrade to the professional strength for your second bottle.
Overall: STILL a Great Budget Option for DHT Blocking Shampoo
Some of these hair loss shampoos, particularly professional strength options, 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….which is a bad idea!
Most shampoo bottles run in the 8-10 ounce range, not 16 full ounces. Here, you get a huge bottle for the price.
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 should combine this topical treatment with a supplement-based treatment for best results and most aggressive strategy.
For example, if you already are taking a powerful hair-loss supplement, this can be the budget-friendly but potent hair loss shampoo treatment you use to cover your bases.
Comprehensively address the root causes of your thinning hair both on the inside and the outside. You’ve got limited time before those follicles die for good!
Any experience with this shampoo or any other specific DHT Blocking shampoos? I’d love to hear about your experiences, if so, so please do leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!