Shampoos to treat hair loss

People who have hair loss often use special shampoos and conditioners. Most of these are available without a prescription. As part of this section on hair loss recommendations, the options below may help!


Shampoo can help with several problems that contribute to hair loss, including:


  • Oils produced on the scalp can have high levels of DHT


  • Dandruff and dead skin can contribute to hair loss. People with dry or itchy scalps as well as hair loss can often benefit from reducing the dead skin on their scalps. This can be done with dandruff shampoos and exfoliating shampoos.


  • Blood flow to hair follicles is a key to keeping hairs from getting smaller and thinner over time. While minoxidil is the best way to help increase scalp circulation

Prescription ketoconazole shampoos

  • A physician or dermatologist will need to examine you before prescribing (2%) ketoconazole. It also comes as a topical preparation.

Non-prescription ketoconazole shampoo

Brands include:

Nizoral A-D (1%)

Non-prescription pyrithione zinc shampoo

Brands include:

Noble Formula Shampoo with 2% Pyrithione Zinc

Redken Scalp Relief Dandruff Control Shampoo

Non-prescription exfoliating shampoo 

Also helpful for some users with dry and/or curly hair. Brands include:

Phyto Phythéol Intense Botanical Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

Neutrogena T-Sal Shampoo

Non-prescription coal tar shampoo

Philip B Anti-Flake II Relief Shampoo

Non-prescription zinc shampoo