What should you look for when it comes to good hair thickening shampoo? A good shampoo should contain ingredients which promote hair growth, prevent premature hair loss, and nourish the scalp and follicle. We also think a good shampoo should make your hair smell nice.
- Peppermint oil: Not only does peppermint oil smell clean and fresh, it can soothe a range of scalp problems, like dryness and itchiness. Peppermint oil is considered a vasodilator- this means it increases blood flow. Because hair loss can occur due to a lack of adequate blood flow, the menthol properties of peppermint oil in your shampoo helps you keep your hair on your head. A 2014 study showed the potential for peppermint oil to increase growth and thickness of healthy hair.
- Rosemary oil: The healing properties of rosemary have been used for centuries. Rosemary oil not only works to reduce inflammation around the hair follicle, but also promotes nerve growth and improves circulation. Therefore, like peppermint oil, it can prevent the loss of hair due to a lack of blood flow, and simultaneously soothe itchy scalp.
- Caffeine: Studies on the human hair follicle have shown that caffeine works to promote hair growth by increasing cell energy and increasing the protein growth factor IGF1. Caffeine may even reverse the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the main hormonal culprit in male pattern hair loss.
- Zinc pyrithione: Zinc pyrithione, or ZPT, is an active ingredient which has been proven to reduce dandruff and clogged follicles in many controlled studies. ZPT has been shown to reduce hair loss in people with or without scalp conditions, and therefore regular use is widely recommended.
- Niacinamide: Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3, which plays a vital role in our physical and mental health. Topical use of niacinamide ensures quick delivery of nutrients to your hair, improving its appearance and reducing hair loss. This vitamin contributes to healthy stimulation of hair growth, resulting in visibly improved thickness. Niacinamide helps lock in moisture as well as reduces inflammation- both these actions prevent dry scalp and dandruff, yet the vitamin also regulates oil production to avoid an overly oily, itchy scalp.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera has been shown to reduce itchiness and scaliness of the scalp. We know that an unhealthy scalp can contribute to premature hair loss, so aloe vera’s delivery of moisture, nutrients, minerals and vitamins works wonders for overall hair health.