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The Best Shampoo Ingredients To Start Using If You Are Suffering From Hair Loss & Shedding, According To Experts

If you are dealing with hair loss, thinning, or fallout as spring approaches, it is important to seek the guidance of a dermatologist who can provide the best treatment for your specific needs.

In addition, we have consulted with dermatologists, hair experts and stylists to identify the advantages of two essential shampoo ingredients.

Biotin and saw palmetto are recognized for revitalizing dry, brittle, and lackluster hair, as well as stimulating fuller and thicker growth.

Read on for tips, suggestions and insight from Dr. Elaine Kung, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Future Bright Dermatology, Ghanima Abdullah, hair expert and cosmetologist at The Right Hairstyles and Dr. Rebecca Hilton, hair expert at J-Beauty.

2 Essential Shampoo Ingredients That Combat Hair Loss & Dry Tresses

1. Biotin (Vitamin B7)

Biotin (aka vitamin B₇) is an important nutrient often found in foods like eggs, broccoli, bananas and milk. Many people take biotin as a supplement as they age, Abdullah explains, to strengthen their tresses. If also using a shampoo with biotin as a main ingredient, one can really reap the benefits of this vitamin in more ways than one. “Biotin is the ingredient to look for in shampoo if you want thicker, fuller, healthier hair,” Abdullah says.

Abdullah highlights the benefits of incorporating biotin-infused shampoo into one's hair care routine, which includes enhancing hair growth, relieving discomfort associated with itchy hair, and mitigating other hair conditions commonly experienced during the winter season. “Not only can it be taken as a supplement, but when used in shampoo the ingredient goes directly into the hair follicles.”

She notes that biotin helps increase circulation to the scalp, which helps the hair follicles produce a better quality of hair and more of it. “It's believed that a deficiency of biotin leads to hair loss,” she adds, so using shampoo with biotin is one of the “easiest ways to help reverse the effects of aging on hair, which can manifest as thinning and brittleness.”

2. Saw Palmetto

Incorporating saw palmetto into your shampoo can prove to be advantageous in reducing hair loss, Hilton says, as it is a highly sought-after ingredient in the realm of hair care. "Saw palmetto is a natural extract from the berries of the Serenoa repens plant and has been used for centuries for the treatment of various conditions including hair loss," she explains.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Kung stresses that choosing the right shampoo for your hair is crucial as "shampoos are not only scalp cleaners, but indubitably act as preventing the hair shaft damage." Many scalp diseases are also "treated by active ingredients that are added to the shampoo's formulations," she says

She also notes that "shampoos are typically composed of 10–30 ingredients, although products with as few as four ingredients are available." Our experts advise keeping an eye out for shampoo products with biotin and saw palmetto while waiting for an appointment with a doctor to recommend a more specific treatment solution for your scalp and locks,

Article written by Marissa Matozzo for

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