We all know about hair loss tablets, lotions, supplements (well, if you go through the menu on this website you will know it all once you’ve read it!). As you know, some work very well, others not so and others quite poorly; however, by simply using a DHT blocker you can significantly reduce your hair loss and even increase your hair growth. This is no gimmick. We tried it ourselves with great results.
You must use the DHT blocking shampoo frequently, three times a week at least in the beginning (you may be able to reduce the frequency to twice a week but we’ve kept it to three times a week). At the same time, you must use it and not discontinue it; if you stop using the shampoo, you will soon see your scalp return to a poor condition and your hair will fall out all over again. But so what? You don’t have to stop using a shampoo, since you have to wash your hair anyway!
The importance of frequency is because the shampoo, among boasting other beneficial properties, prevents DHT (dihydrotestosterone) from ‘attacking’ your hair follicles; this shampoo also ‘washes off’ excess sebum (‘oil’); at the same time, it deeply cleanses the scalp off a dandruff-creating fungus. So, these 3 conditions above, kept ‘at bay’ by the shampoo, stop weakening the hair follicle, which can now grow hair undisturbed. If you stop using the shampoo, these three elements (DHT, sebum and the fungus) return and accumulate on the scalp, making your hair fall out.
Ok, enough introductions!
1. Which one is best DHT blocking shampoo against hair loss?
Several options can be found and, when you choose your shampoo for hair loss, make sure it has DHT blocking properties. In my opinion (a good one is ‘Nizoral’. Nizoral is a shampoo primarily (or originally) created as a powerful anti-dandruff shampoo, working well by removing a fungus which creates dandruff; it is also an androgen antagonistic and, because of it, a powerful anti-inflammatory.
The excess presence of certain hormones on your scalp, simply put, weaken the hair follicle, create excess sebum and an overall inflammatory state of the scalp areas affected: on this area hair becomes thinner and thinner, weaker and weaker. The affected areas may experience scalp itch, some dandruff, tingling or some form or irritation on the affected areas. If you experience these side-symptoms your hair loss will increase dramatically; even if you resort to some form of hair loss treatment, nothing will work well until you address the scalp inflammation symptoms above described. This is why, even if you have already started some form of hair loss treatment, we think that using Nizoral shampoo (2%) will help significantly (from our own experience).
An alternative to Nizoral 2% is any shampoo which clearly states that the key active ingredient is ketoconazole at the 2% strength. Don’t buy a lower strength, insist on 2%. As I traveled through various countries, even outside Canada, the US and Europe, I found several alternatives to Nizoral 2%, all containing ketoconazole 2% and, delightfully, they are much cheaper than the original; moreover, the other brands did not dry my hair as badly as Nizoral does, since they seem to contain some form of conditioning ingredients to prevent my hair from becoming too dry and brittle. If you can order from India or Southern Europe, for example, I found several which were equally effective for a fraction of the cost (especially from India, where they are truly affordable). Any of those shampoos containing ketoconazole 2% will do the job; of course, always test how reputable the brand is and, if in doubt, always buy what you can trust. We have a dedicated page in which we describe Nizoral 2%, how it works and how to use it, but it is the same for any alternative shampoo containing ketoconazole 2%.
A possible homeopathic alternative to a DHT blocking shampoo? Natrum Sulphuricum.