Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Shampoo – Worth the money?

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?

glorious hairPeople 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.

Any Drawbacks?

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.

UPDATE 4/12/17

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.

ultrax hair surgeUpdate 6/17/17

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!

Update 12/9/17

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!


48 thoughts on “Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Shampoo – Worth the money?”

  1. I love caffeine! I usually drink it for breakfast, but hey, I’ll get my fix any way I can! Five times per week seems like a lot to be washing hair though, I wonder if this has a negative effect on the natural oils that one’s head needs. Do you know if this is ok to be used on coloured hair?

    • Hi Shirley! Hahaha, I agree, it’s a crazy way to get in the coffee! And 5 times a week seemed like a lot to me, too. I think the benefits of the caffeine are supposed to outweigh the loss of natural oils. Some people recommend using it only on weekdays and then giving your scalp the weekend off. I didn’t come across any cautionary reviews from dyed hair and am going to assume it’s safe for them. The shampoo itself is colorless, so it won’t add any color to the hair.

  2. Penelope,

    This is an interesting product. I have just recently become concerned about thinning hair. I think five times a week is too often for me to use a shampoo. I usually wash my hip length hair twice a week, because it has to air dry and be conditioned properly. Are there any lotions with caffeine on the market yet?

    • Hi Elizabeth, thanks for the comment. Hip-length hair, that’s really impressive! I’ve known very few people who could grow hair that long. As for lotions/topical treatments not requiring a shampoo, there are a couple, this one being the most well-reviewed. Worth checking out for sure!

  3. This is a very helpful review. I’ve never thought caffeine can help prevent loss hair. Based on your review, there are not many drawbacks for this product. I don’t have this problem but I know a friend that is struggling with hair loss problem. I will be sure to share with him your site.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much for the feedback, I hope your friend finds this info helpful! This caffeine thing is a real game changer, for sure.

  4. Too bad the caffeine we consume in our coffees and tea does not help regrow our hair =:) that it must be put in the shampoo in order to work.
    Anyway, now that there is science behind this hair loss prevention shampoo, it’s time to end hair loss nightmare.

    Great review!

    • Thanks for the comment! I agree, it’s a shame we can’t just drink our way to more hair…but we’d need about 50 cups a day of coffee for it to make a difference. I know a few people who get CLOSE to about half of that, but most of us would drop dead of a heart attack at even 10, I think! 🙂

  5. Wow! Interesting read. Who knew they would find another use for coffee. I always enjoy a few cups a day, putting it on my hair would have seemed like a waste before. I know as I have aged I am losing my natural curl, may be a good idea to give this a try. Thx for the heads up!!

  6. Hello, this is great information for women interested in hair loss prevention. You personally give this product 8/10, but given that the information looks overwhelmingly positive, I’m curious about why it misses a couple of points from a perfect 10 recommendation. Have you tried this product personally, or could you give a little more information about how you reached this specific recommendation / rating?

    Thank you so much for the information and helpful resource!

    • Absolutely, and that’s a great question. My 8/10 rating is because of the price of the product (to me, $50 is a little steep for a bottle of shampoo), and also because of some of the negative user recommendations. I’ve actually purchased this product for myself recently, and we’ll see how it goes, I may revise my review. if it helps with hair growth, then I will simply think of it as “medicine” and not shampoo, and those of us in the US at least know that $50 is pretty cheap for medicine.

  7. How interesting!! Caffeine! I would have never guessed. I suppose since it’s a stimulant, why not stimulate hair growth… how ingenious. I see that it has a “minty” smell.. I do like that, but does it come in any special scents? My mom might like this but does not particularly like mint… I wonder how strong the “mint” scent is?

    • That’s one of those questions I won’t be able to answer until mine arrives – but I will definitely let you know the extent of the mintiness. There are other caffeinated shampoos out there, you could always opt for one of those…sadly most of them also appear to be “mint” scented.

      Except for this one!

  8. A good overall review. I never even thought about it before but when and if I come to the point of needing this, I will definitely keep this link in mind. ~~Vicky

    • thanks for the comment, Victoria! hopefully you won’t need to deal with this but there are resources if you ever do, or if you ever know anyone dealing with this issue!

  9. Excellent product review! As I’ve aged into my late 30’s I’ve noticed my hair getting thinner and more of it falling out in the shower. I’ve always had really thick hair so it’s kind of stressful for me to having it getting thinner. I definitely think I’m going to give this a try!

    • Definitely give it a shot – I think you’ll notice a huge difference. Ultrax is one of the best ones I’ve tried!

  10. Thinking about buying this, but I don’t want to wash my curly hair that often. I generally only wash once, maybe twice a week. Do you think it would still work that way?

    • Unfortunately, everything I’ve read about the caffeine shampoo and treatments says frequent application is necessary due to how long the caffeine lasts in the scalp and hair follicles (24 hrs usually). You could certainly try it, but know you might not see the results you want unless using it as directed.

    • I don’t know how you do with coconut oil, but I’ve seen some DIY caffeine shampoo recipes that might be worth trying too, especially if you’re hesitant to pay for the fancy stuff.

      A Simple Coffee Oil Shampoo
      Coffee grounds can be dried and infused into oil which can be rubbed on the scalp either directly or when combined with pre-made shampoo treatments and leave-in conditioners.


      3 ounces of green or roasted whole coffee beans
      3 cups of Coconut oil

      Pour the coconut oil into a small glass crock pot
      Add the 3 ounces of coffee beans
      Cover the beans and the oil and cook for approximately 5-6 hours over a slow heat. Regular checks might be necessary to ensure the oil and the beans do not burn up. Be sure to stir the mixture every half hour or so.
      When the mixture is cooked, turn off the crock pot and use a paper coffee filter to strain the oil and remove the beans, which can now be disposed.
      Pour the oil into a clean container, ready for use.
      Apply the oil directly to the scalp, either on its own or combined with shampoo and leave it for 5-8 minutes.
      Rinse thoroughly with plenty of cold water.

  11. Thanks. That seems like a lot of work! Maybe I’ll try the caffeine shampoo as directed. I’m just so terrified to wash my hair because I get these hairballs in the shower 🙁 Also, I’m not willing to part with my curly hair products: conditioner and gel. But maybe I’ll give it a go just to get through this shedding phase. My derm had given me DHS zinc shampoo mixed with Clobetasol, but that was mostly to help clear up the seborrheic dematitis on my scalp (which also, in addition to coloring and products, is not helping matter!)

    • If you do give Ultrax a shot, come back and let us know your experience. Not sure if supplementing with zinc would have the same effect as a shampoo…but you could always boost your zinc while taking a break from that shampoo from the dermatologist.

    • Hi Amy! Thanks for the question, and for reading the blog. My skin issues were definitely climate-related, and not related to Ultrax. I was in allergen ground zero (the grass-seed capital of the world) and I’ve since moved to a dry arid climate in Arizona, and the breakouts are gone. Definitely give Utrax a try and come back and let us know what you think!

  12. Thanks for the very detailed review, you give us a lot to think about. Coffee in shampoo, hmm I guess so, everything else is starting to go in it lol. Yea, I don’t think my dry hair could handle 5 shampoos a week. When I starting needing a product like this I will definitely look into. Thanks!

    • Yeah, it’s pretty cool how caffeine helps with hair loss! UNder normal circumstances, the less you can shampoo, the better!

  13. This is a very interesting review. I have never heard about caffeine helping with hair growth! I worry about hair loss and have tried a couple of product but have not really seen any results. The price is a little steep but I am going to give this one a try and see how it goes. Thanks!

    • Hi Bernadette – I have no personal experience with the homemade coffee shampoo, but you are welcome to give it a shot and come back and let us know! I completely understand the concerns about price. For a great budget caffeine shampoo alternative, I recommend this one – it rings in under $20 for the set.

  14. I’ve actually heard about this! I guess some hair loss can come from dietary changes. In particular, I notice the keto diet affecting this. Curious to see a product that is caffeine based, may have to spread this around

    • Thanks for coming by! Yes, there are many, MANY causes of hair loss, and sadly nutrition and specifically nutrient deficiency is one of those. Check out my post on the best supplements for hair loss.

      I kinda hate when things live up to their reputation, but in this case, it does. If you know anyone suffering from hair loss, spread the word about Ultrax!

  15. Great information. I am always looking for hair regrowth products and was very intrigued by this post. I really love that you kept us updated on your decisions and progress. Overall, how long would you say it took for you to notice the regrowth of new hair? Also, did it mention anything about African American hair and be a product that would work for this hair type?

    • Hi Tiffany – this is an excellent question. Generally, Ultrax products are well reviewed by people with natural hair. If you go to the reviews page on Amazon.com for Surge, you’ll see a ton of positive reviews from African Americans, which is great! It took me about three weeks to notice a difference, which seems like an eternity but in hair loss land is really quite good.

  16. This sounds like really amazing stuff. Really good review, thank you, I will keep this in mind if I ever need this in future. I would have never know that caffeine could help in this situation! 🙂

  17. Wow. $56.95 is pretty steep for a shampoo. I think a caffeine-based shampoo may be invigorating to my scalp, especially the bald spot in my hair. Sometimes my bald spot itches really badly. I’m wondering if the caffeine in the shampoo can do anything for the itching?

    • Itching is usually the result of a fungal infection or some kind of dermatitis. I would recommend that you use this shampoo, which targets both the cause of dandruff & itching as well as has caffeine, which promotes hair growth. It is less expensive than the Ultrax, has a slightly masculine smell, but it’s one of few shampoos that does both in one.

  18. Wow… another great product from you. all the tip and hair loss product you shared on your website are super and this shampoo as well must be amazing. I have become a fan of your website and I have started recommending this website with friends andn people who are experiencing hair loss..

  19. I have never heard about caffeine in hair products so this product review is really interesting however the price is a bit much. I also think there is no way I could wash my hair 5 times a week. However, if it works there is no way I would knock a product for those reasons. I love your review, it has so much new information and I love reading articles like that. Keep them coming!

    • Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts! I agree, 5x/week seems steep, but necessary for continued exposure to the DHT blocking caffeine. And yes, this shampoo is pricey, for the punch. Here’s a decent and affordable alternative that’s also a caffeine based shampoo!

      • Thanks for providing an alternative. I don’t mind pricey when it is worth it. Quality can come at a price and hair is a woman’s glory so it is something I would invest in. Thanks again for taking the time to provide me such thoughtful and useful information.

        • I’ve never heard it put that way, “hair is a woman’s glory”—I love it! and yes, it can be such a major beauty blow when we have to deal with thinning and breaking and shedding. So yes, I’m right there with you on the price of beauty and hair health being worth it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  20. I have been doing Black Tea rinses on my hair and it’s helping a lot with fallout and gives shine to hair. I steep tea in hot water and let it cool on counter or in fridge. I’ve even been doing it before bed and letting it sit in fridge overnight. I wash my hair with a non-toxic shampoo (True Botanicals brand), get out of shower and then I pour the cooled tea on my head, wrap gently with old towel and let sit for 20 minutes then get back in shower to rinse out and condition (True Botanicals brand). It takes extra time but I only wash my hair 3x a week so it’s doable.

    • that’s awesome. I love that you have the patience for a home remedy! Tea is pretty magical stuff and full of antioxidants.

  21. Excellent product review! I never even thought about it before but when and if I come to the point of needing this, I will definitely keep this site in my mind. Thanks for the great review!

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