Ultrax Labs Hair Surge is a hugely popular caffeine-based shampoo designed with cutting-edge hair growth science.
I tried Ultrax Surge because I wanted to see if deserves the reputation and hype, and frankly, I wanted to know if it was worth the money.
In this process, I researched all corners of the web to learn what I could learn about this popular new shampoo.
Caffeine in Shampoo – Whaaaaaa?
A bombshell 2014 study showed that caffeine has a role to play in hair loss prevention. Sounds a bit crazy, right?
But those German scientists are a determined bunch, and they studied whether caffeine could encourage hair cells to produce more hair.
They placed follicles from hundreds of different human scalps in petri dishes. Some of the petri dishes were treated with caffeine. The experiment showed that the hair follicles that were spiked with caffeine grew much faster than the untreated cells.
Because of this landmark study, many new shampoos formulated to treat hair loss now include caffeine.
What Else Is In Ultrax Hair Surge?
Ultrax Labs Hair Surge is a medicinal shampoo with three primary active ingredients in a proprietary formula.
- Caffeine. Amazingly, the most active ingredient in this shampoo is caffeine. The caffeine found inside Hair Surge has been combined with cocamidopropyl betaine, which is an organic compound made from coconut oil. (To read in even more detail about caffeine’s role in hair loss, click here.)
One small handful of Ultrax shampoo contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee. That said, the other ingredients in Ultrax help facilitate absorption of the caffeine.
- Ketoconazole. It should be no shock that many different types of fungi live in our scalp skin. Most of the time, they’re helpful – the “good guys”. However, hairsprays and other types of aggressive hair care products (like mouse and perms and straightening) can help bad types of funguses to grow.
If the cause of your hair loss is fungal overgrowth, ketoconazole can help. Ketoconazole has been in use in hair loss products since 1977. When researchers discovered that fungi were a cause of hair loss in the 1990s, manufacturers started adding ketoconazole to hair loss prevention shampoos for improved results.
- Saw Palmetto. Saw palmetto is a well-established herb to help with the prevention of hair loss. Native Americans have been using saw palmetto for centuries to treat skin problems, dandruff, and baldness, but science is just starting to catch up and implement it in our medicines. Saw palmetto oil restores hair by inhibiting the hormone DHT. DHT is a byproduct of testosterone that causes scalp hair follicles to dry up and die.
Who Should Use Ultrax Labs Hair Surge?
Ultrax Labs Hair Surge is recommended for use by both men and women equally.
There are no contraindications. You may use it along side other hair loss treatments, amplifying its hair loss treatment effects by taking it along with a biotin supplement or using an overnight hair regeneration treatment.
How to Use Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Shampoo
Ultrax recommends using this shampoo five times a week for optimal results.
That tough-to-pronounce ingredient Ketoconazole can be tough on the scalp if you used every single day, so keep this in mind and don’t go over the manufacturer’s expert advice.
You use Ultrax Labs Hair Surge in the same way that you would use any other shampoo.
Wet your hair, pump out the shampoo, and then rub the shampoo into your scalp.
Let the shampoo sit for a few minutes to get absorbed by your scalp and skin. Then, rinse it off and follow with a conditioner of your choice. OR, skip the conditioner and use a homemade nourishing rosemary vinegar rinse.
What do people say about Ultrax?
People love this stuff.
Ultrax has 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com with almost 6,000 reviews total. That’s great, especially with such a large number of verified reviews!
Women specifically have said that this product works well for them when no other hair loss product has worked. Women notice the shampoo makes their hair thicker and stronger, with fewer clumps falling out in the shower.
And, pretty consistently, women love the smell – it’s “minty”. Over time, they noticed less shedding and a marked improvement along their hairlines.
The reviews I’ve read come from women of all ages and ethnicities, and they’re mostly enthusiastic or outright ecstatic.
The price is a bit steep, for shampoo. Reviewers say using it as directed, 5x/week, the bottle lasts about a month and a half. So, given that, the price is pretty similar to what you’d pay for using Rogaine or even Pura D’or (other top rated hair loss prevention products for women).
This price can be high if you’re used to paying $3 or $4 a bottle of shampoo at the grocery store. Like anything else, cost becomes a question of priority and the relative value to YOU.
Many women experiencing hair thinning or hair loss would be happy to pay $50ish to make the problem go away, and many of us are quite used to routinely paying this much or more for shampoo.
As with anything else, negative reviews do exist. The takeaway? Not every hair loss product is going to work for every single person. Here’s my takeaway from the critics of Ultrax:
- Some people think the bottle is too small for the price
- Some were unhappy with the lathering of the shampoo.
- Some people claimed intense hair loss or scalp irritation after using this product.
It’s entirely possible some of these women experienced an allergic reaction to any of the main ingredients, including caffeine, or that their hair loss was just really aggressive and accelerated, and the shampoo only helped in a limited way.
Bottom line: I would not recommend this shampoo – or ANY caffeine shampoo – to anyone with a caffeine allergy.
Overall: Hair Surge Shampoo …. whooo hooo!
Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Shampoo is an innovative approach to treating hair loss prevention for women. It’s based on current, contemporary science, and also includes other ingredients with an established history of helping treat hair loss.
Because of the current biochemical research into caffeine’s role in hair loss prevention, I’m much less skeptical of this or any other caffeine-containing shampoo.
It’s not just a gimmick: it’s science! This specific brand of caffeine shampoo has earned praise from all corners of the internet, and it appears to get results from women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
Reviewers claimed over and over that it was most helpful around the hairline.
Since the hairline and the temple are my worst problem areas, I’m probably going to give this one a whirl. When I do that, I’ll update this review with my experiences.
I bought this shampoo and have used it for two weeks. I LOVE IT.
Smells: minty but not too minty
Application: pump that controls how much comes out. REALLY important for $50 shampoo.
Feels: cooling tingle on scalp after use
Lather: not the greatest
Hair texture: DEFINITELY thicker; no greasy residue thankfully
Hair growth: some new babyhair, but these could be because of the supplements.
This one’s a winner, folks. I will update some more after more time has passed.
I used this shampoo for an additional three weeks, and enjoyed seeing the new fuzz continue to sprout up along my sparse hairline.
Unfortunately, during this time I also moved to a different continent with a wholly new climate, and have been experiencing major skin breakouts on my face, neck, and head.
It could be the different pollen, or the extremely moist air, so because of the breakouts, I’ve had to take a step back from my Ultrax Surge experiment, in favor of the “no poo” method.
While “no poo” doesn’t correct hair loss or stimulate hair follicles, it does provide a neutral “chemical-free zone” while I get to the bottom of my skin issues.
Once that’s back to normal, I’ll resume my use of Ultrax and update again to let you know my progress! Didn’t want you all to think I forgot to update 🙂
Also: check out my new review of a sister product: Ultrax Labs Hair Plush Serum!
After trying several less expensive DHT blocking shampoos, I’ve made the decision to go back to Ultrax when it’s time to re-up.
This Hair Surge stuff made such a huge and immediate difference in my hairline, and now that it’s getting cold and dry outside, my scalp needs as much help as it can get.
I am the type of person who is suspicious when a thing or a product is hyped all to hades…and have to eat my own hat when the enthusiasm is deserved.
In my life, there have been two starkly surprising instances where this hype was justified: 1) Pappy von Winkle bourbon, and 2) Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Shampoo.
Come back and leave me a comment and let me know how Ultrax Surge worked out for you. Please leave any questions and comments below, and I look forward to your feedback!