The Hair Growth Shampoo Ingredients You Should Always Look For

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"Perfect" hair is subjective — some might think that means the perfect curly bob, but others may have visions of luscious, thick strands. But sometimes factors that can't be controlled, like age, genetics, and hormonal changes, contribute to the opposite of what you want your hair to be. If you're struggling to get longer and stronger hair, a hair growth shampoo could do the trick. The biggest factor in choosing them, according to the pros, are the ingredients in the formula.

"The best way to address hair loss or a hair growth issue is to use a holistic approach that takes into account your hair’s needs as a whole internal and external factors that could be affecting your strands should be optimized," Anabel Kingsley, consultant trichologist and brand president at Philip Kingsley, tells TZR. "Your stress levels, general health, nutrition, thyroid hormone levels, and genetic susceptibility should all be investigated. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for hair loss, as the causes can and do vary from person to person."

But before you switch up your hair routine, assess which ingredients are most effective. A few common ones are ketoconazole, niacin, saw palmetto, and biotin, says Mia Santiago, a celebrity hairstylist who works with Mariska Hargitay. And Takisha Sturdivant-Drew, who works with Kerry Washington, likes to use shampoos with multi-fruit extract, pantheons, and natural oils like lavender.

With the right cocktail of ingredients and increased washing, you should start seeing results after approximately two months, Santiago notes. But don't get encouraged if it takes longer — it's all a matter of trial and error. "Being consistent is key!" she says.

Ahead, learn more about the best shampoos to suds up with (and what they're made of).

System 1 Cleanser Shampoo

$42

Nioxin

"Nioxin offers great shampoo to stimulate hair growth. Many of my clients that use it say their hair is noticeably thicker," Santiago says.

Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo

$7.39

$4.80

Viviscal

This shampoo coats the hair with biotin, keratin, and zinc, which all promote thickness.

Peppermint Avocado Shampoo

$34

Philip B.

Hair growth starts with a healthy scalp. The peppermint and avocado oils in this formula help lift pore-clogging oils... and in return, it gives you great volume, too.

Flaky Scalp Shampoo

$37

Philip Kingsley

This scalp clarifying shampoo, with aloe vera leaf juice, washes away all of your dandruff — which makes space for healthier growth.

Triphasic Strengthening Shampoo

$64

Rene Furterer

The Triphasic Strengthening Shampoo, with lavender and rosemary oil, encourages scalp circulation when massaged in properly.

Organic Shampoo Fertile Roots

$49.99

Laritelle

The organic clary sage boosts growth, while the hibiscus prevents your hair from falling out. Talk about a dream team.

Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo

$5.79

OGX

Biotin is a key ingredient when looking to grow your hair. It helps support keratin, which are the proteins that build your hair.

Argan Oil Shampoo for Hair-Regrowth

$26

ArtNaturals

This hair growth option "contains multiple DHT blockers that help prevent damage and hair loss," ArtNatural's site stated.

Scalp Stimulating Shampoo Deep Hydration for Dry Hair

$30

Keranique

The formula in this shampoo contains a keratin amino complex that reinforces the hair's cortex. It also helps with unclogging, so that new growth is supported.