HAIR loss affects lots of us for a variety of reasons, from hormonal changes we might be going through to poor diet and sleep to stress to genetics.
Hair growth shampoos are designed to give the illusion of healthier hair thanks to volumising ingredients like protein.
We’ve rounded up the best hair growth shampoos you can buy in 2019, according to people’s favourites online that they’ve rated most highly.
We should caution: while many hair growth shampoos claim to work by stopping or reversing hair loss thanks to their hero ingredients, experts tend to dispel that idea.
A hair growth shampoo can thicken hair and give it a fuller appearance.
One ingredient that has been proven to encourage hair regrowth and help hair follicles to thicken and grow: minoxidil, found in REGAINE for men and women.
An estimated 8 million women in the UK deal with hair loss issues of some kind.
One key factor in helping stimulate hair growth is to keep your scalp healthy and hydrated, which is why choosing a specific shampoo that cleanses and stimulates can make a difference in some people’s hair.
Vitamin D – or a lack of it – can also play a role in your hair health. It promotes hair growth by creating new hair follicles, and you can get that in your diet through egg yolks, fortified cereals and fatty fish.
Other ingredients to look out for that tend to strengthen hair and promote hair growth are caffeine, rosemary, argan oil, biotin, B vitamins and keratin.
Here’s our selection of the best hair growth shampoos available on the market now.
1. Watermans Grow Me shampoo
- Watermans Grow Me shampoo, £13.50 from Amazon – buy here
This bestselling, cult-favourite hair growth shampoo contains ingredients like vitamin B3, caffeine, rosemary extract, biotin, argan oil, allantoin and hydrolyzed lupin protein to help block DHT, a hormone which thins the hair follicles and can make hair fall out.
A sulphate-free formula, it’s suitable for all hair types and has some passionate fans who declare that “it’s the best shampoo ever invented and “a miracle” – a bottle of the stuff sells every 30 seconds.
The company itself has been giving back, donating over £65k of stock to cancer patients over the years.
2. Mane ‘n Tail Original Shampoo and Body
- Mane ‘n Tail Original Shampoo and Body, £5.98 from Amazon – buy here
Fans of this bargain-buy, protein-rich shampoo – originally used to get horses’ manes shiny and thick – swear that it’s their go-to shampoo for hair that looks glossy and healthy.
In the words of one reviewer: “I have used this product for nearly 2 years.
“My hair grows like wildfire and is in amazing condition. I don’t know what they put in this shampoo and conditioner but it works! Well worth the money. I won’t use anything else now.”
3. Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Shampoo Intense
- Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Shampoo Intense, £9.50 from Look Fantastic – buy here
This sulphate-free formula is designed to boost hair thickness and health through a combination of amino acids, biotin, caffeine and B vitamins, and will also strengthen and repair thinning locks.
Fans say hair feels and looks gorgeous – and thicker – after use and it’s just like stepping out of a salon.
There is a knack to getting it just right: use a small quantity of shampoo, lots of water (even while massaging the shampoo into the hair), and then rinse with plenty of water, too.
4. Kérastase Densifique Bain Densite
- Kérastase Densifique Bain Densite, £14.63 from Look Fantastic – buy here
A popular product designed to make hair look fuller, this hair growth shampoo contains hyaluronic acid for hydration, as well as gluco-peptides and ceramides for stronger texture.
As one satisfied customer said: “This is really great shampoo. My hair is always dry and thin. This shampoo made it feel so much healthier and really plumps it up so it doesn’t look so thin. Very happy customer.”
5. Regaine for Women Once a Day Scalp Foam
- Regaine for Women Once a Day Scalp Foam 5 per cent w/w Cutaneous Foam Minoxidil Extra Strength, £34.99 for a two-month supply from Boots – buy here
This isn’t strictly a shampoo.
Instead, it’s a foam you massage into the scalp once daily, but we had to include it as the active ingredient minoxidil has been proven to stimulate hair follicles and prevent further hair loss.
There are side effects to using this product, so please consult a doctor before use.
6. Umberto Giannini Grow Long Root Stimulating Shampoo
- Umberto Giannini Grow Long Root Stimulating Shampoo, £8 from Boots – buy here
If you subscribe to the notion that healthy, growing hair starts with a healthy scalp, which we do, then you’ll like this anti-pollution hair growth shampoo from Umberto Gianninni.
It contains a caffeine complex with organic pea sprout extract, wheat protein, seaweed, algae, Irish moss, coconut oil, shea butter and sea salt granules, to exfoliate, nourish, stimulate circulation and moisturise.
Fans say it smells gorgeous and leaves hair looking – and feeling – amazing.
7. Charles Worthington Grow Strong Activating Shampoo
- Charles Worthington Grow Strong Activating Shampoo, £5.33 from Boots – buy here
This nourishing hair growth shampoo contains a special GROWSTRONG complex with root activating pea sprout extract and proteins to help reduce breakage by as much as 95 per cent, according to the brand.
One five-star reviewer said: “Since using the range of Grow Strong products, my hair has grown without breaking for the first time in years.
“It feels great and lightweight in your hair while still nourishing it.”
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