Hair thinning and loss are more common than you think—and it affects both men and women. While causes can vary from hormonal changes to alopecia areata or stress, there are products that can help.
“The average person loses 50 to 150 hairs per day,” explains Dr. Howard Sobel, cosmetic dermatologist and director of Sobel Skin. “While shedding is totally normal, if you think you’re losing more hair than usual, make an appointment with a dermatologist who can test for anemia or thyroid-related conditions.”
There’s also a slew of over-the-counter hair growth products on the market, from the FDA-approved ingredient minoxidil to other solutions like scalp-detoxifying scrubs. We turned to the experts for product recommendations that actually work.
Ahead, shop the best hair growth products, according to the pros.
“For men and women experiencing genetic pattern thinning, known as androgenetic alopecia, minoxidil 5% solution is a great product to start using daily,” says Dr. Christine Shaver of Bernstein Medical in New York City.
“It contains the only FDA approved ingredient for hair loss—minoxidil. It comes in multiple preparations (solution or foam) and is easy to use and obtain,” adds Michelle Henry, MD FAAD.
Shaver says that while a side effect could be irritation and flaking, she rarely sees negative reactions in her patients. “I often emphasize patience when using minoxidil as results can take 6 to 12 months to be appreciated,” she adds.
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“For anyone experiencing hair loss or thinning, I recommend products specifically created for thinning hair as they are formulated differently than traditional hair products,” says certified trichologist Michelle Blaisure. She counts the new Bosley Rejuvenating Scalp Scrub among her favorites, and adds that it pairs well with a topical treatment.
“It is an at-home scalp microdermabrasion treatment that can be applied in the shower. This exfoliating product contains activated bamboo charcoal, which absorbs excess oils and dead skin cells that are rinsed away while natural sugars exfoliate and prepare the surface of the scalp for other healthy treatment products.”
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“While each patient’s condition requires a targeted and individualistic approach, I always like to recommend a natural nutraceutical that is proven to support hair growth and thickness with a holistic diet and lifestyle as a first step,” explains Dr. Suneel Chilukuri. Nutrafol “targets the various underlying causes that compromise hair growth.”
“It is an oral supplement that contains biotin and plant-based ingredients called adaptogens,” adds Henry. “These adaptogens help to reduce the inflammation that may participate in hair loss. It also contains DHT inhibitors and antioxidants.”
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“While Harklinikken specializes in a customized product that promises to reverse hair thinning, a great solution for those looking for something over-the-counter is the Harklinikken Cleansing and Restorative shampoos,” says Lars Skjoth, Harklinikken founder and head of research and development.
“The two shampoos work in synergy to establish optimal conditions for hair growth by balancing the biological environment on the scalp and in hair follicles. While our Balancing Shampoo works to cleanse deep within the follicle and balance the pH levels of the scalp, the Restorative works to deepen the follicle into the scalp,” he explains. “When combined, these shampoos can effectively improve hair density, quality and coverage visibly in just four months.”
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“Shampoos, conditioners and scalp treatments work to improve your overall hair health, restore resilience and strength, and boost the appearance of fuller-looking hair. You can use topical scalp treatments that stimulate and nourish your scalp, such as the Triple Action Formula for Thinning Hair for Women with 10% Trioxidil from Foligain,” explains Dr. Howard Sobel, cosmetic dermatologist and director of Sobel Skin.
“Trioxidil is a triple-action hair health complex with bioactive ingredients that promote fuller-looking hair and scalp health. It infuses hair and scalp with key nutrients and botanicals for healthier-looking, thicker-looking hair,” he says. “Trioxidil’s technology locks in the key bioactive ingredients to support efficacy and retain skin moisture, while the lightweight formulas give you a dose of nourishment, smoothness and shine.”
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