Minoxidil shampoo for hair loss

People who are familiar with minoxidil to combat hair loss will most likely know that it comes in the form of a solution and foam product. Both can be used to regrow lost hair.

Logically, people wonder if there is a thing such as a minoxidil shampoo for hair loss since it would be convenient, and easy to apply.

Let me answer the question shortly already. There is no such thing as minoxidil shampoo. And if some marketers sell it as such, it should be considered a scam and not efficient.

But, that’s not to say that there is no shampoo out there that can help slow down or halt hair loss.

Let me explain what the best shampoo is to use with minoxidil, and what the best shampoo is to use with Rogaine.


Does minoxidil shampoo for hair loss exist?

Minoxidil shampoo is not available nor would it be effective due to the time it takes for the minoxidil to absorb in order to be efficacious.

There might be some vendors who sell shampoo with the ingredient minoxidil in it, but this is entirely pointless.

We know that for the topical minoxidil to work on the scalp, or anywhere else on the body for that matter, we need to leave it on the skin for multiple hours, preferably for at least 4 hours.

Needless to say, when we wash our hair, we don’t keep our shampoo on our hair for hours on end. This would be quite a silly sight to behold and terribly inefficient.

That’s exactly the explanation why minoxidil shampoo will never work or be a thing.

Hair loss shampoos are consequently not supported by the NHS as a viable way to combat hair loss. Logically, this is due to the lacking amount of evidence that minoxidil shampoo actually works and aids to slow down, halt hair loss, or promote hair growth.


Best minoxidil shampoo

Since minoxidil shampoo does not exist, or is basically a scam since there’s no evidence that supports its effectiveness, there is no such thing as the best minoxidil shampoo.

Minoxidil shampoo for men and minoxidil shampoo for women are probably simple marketing strategies instead of actual effective minox shampoos.

However, that’s not to say that there aren’t shampoos that can supplement and actually help your topical minoxidil treatment become more efficient.

Shampoos that block DHT or remove DHT from the scalp can help prevent hair loss. Ketoconazole shampoo can also help to treat androgenic alopecia.


Best Rogaine shampoo

Since Rogaine is a brand of generic minoxidil, the same guidelines apply to Rogaine as they do to minoxidil.

But, there is no Rogaine shampoo for men, nor is there a Rogaine shampoo for women. That also means that there is no best Rogaine shampoo.

Nevertheless, there is shampoo out there that can increase the effectiveness of your current topical minoxidil treatment.

A dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blocking shampoo is probably your best bet if you wish to slow down hair loss and is perfectly complementary to your minoxidil usage. Shampoo with the chemical component ketoconazole can also help to fight against androgenic alopecia.


Best shampoo to use with minoxidil

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blocking shampoo

The best shampoo to use with minoxidil is a DHT blocking shampoo.

DHT is currently thought of as the main reason for male pattern baldness. That’s why it makes sense to remove DHT from the scalp and to use a shampoo with DHT blocking features in order to prevent DHT buildup on the scalp.

So how does a DHT blocking shampoo work? It works by either:

  1. Inhibiting DHT
  2. Inhibiting 5AR, which is the enzyme that’s responsible for converting testosterone into DHT

Anti dandruff shampoo

Again, an anti dandruff shampoo in itself won’t necessarily make your thinning hair disappear (no pun intended), nor will it aid to combat hair loss.

But, dandruff and other skin rashes are one of the most common (although still quite rare) side effects of minoxidil usage.

Some anti dandruff shampoos also contain a chemical compound called ketoconazole, which may reduce dihydrotestosterone. So some anti dandruff shampoo’s can indeed help to combat thinning hair.

This systematic review noted that users reported increased hair shaft diameter after ketoconazole use. Other studies confirm that long-term use may help combat androgenic alopecia.

Shampoo rich in vitamin D

Although research is currently not conclusive, we know that vitamin D plays an important part in signaling pathways of growth and differentiation of hair follicles.

A shampoo that’s rich in vitamin D looks to be a promising component in anyone’s hair loss plan.

Volumizing hair shampoo or serum

Zoe Draelo, M.D., a clinical and research dermatologist, notes that this kind of shampoo won’t fix your thinning hair, nor will it help to slow down hair loss.

But, she continues to add that it will give the appearance of having more hair since it adds more space between the strand of your hairs.[1]https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty-products/a28090705/does-rogaine-work/

Thickening serums can increase the diameter of single strands of hairs by forming a long-lasting covering around each individual strand of hair to produce a thickening effect.

Both the volumizing hair shampoos and serums have less of the heavy moisturizing components in their ingredients. This will weigh down your hair to a lesser degree as a result.


Best shampoo to use with Rogaine

The best shampoo to use with Rogaine is the same as the best shampoo to use with minoxidil. Why? Because Rogaine’s active ingredient is minoxidil. Thus, Rogaine is more or less the same as any generic brand of minoxidil.

To quickly summarize, the best shampoos to use with Rogaine in no particular order are:

  • Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blocking shampoo
  • Anti dandruff shampoo
  • Shampoo rich in vitamin D
  • Volumizing hair shampoo or serum

Best shampoo to use with minoxidil foam

Topical minoxidil foam is, in my opinion, the easiest way to apply minoxidil to the scalp. Of course, minoxidil solution can also be used as an alternative way of applying minox and is equally effective.

The best shampoo to use with minoxidil foam is, once more, the same as the best shampoo to use with any form of Rogaine and minoxidil.

So use an anti dandruff, volumizing, shampoo rich in vitamin D, and/or a dihydrotestrone blocking shampoo for optimal results.

Nevertheless, make sure to leave the minoxidil foam on your scalp for at least 4 hours to get the maximum benefits before washing your hair with a shampoo. Otherwise, the shampoo will cleanse the minoxidil from your scalp.


Final note

Minoxidil shampoo for hair loss does not exist. And if it is marketed as such, it should be regarded as terribly inefficient, since it takes a long time before minoxidil is absorbed well enough to do its job.

However, there are shampoos out there that could supplement and aid your current topical minoxidil regime. Keep in mind to wash your hair often when using Rogaine, or any other brand of minoxidil to prevent residue buildup.

The best shampoo to use with Rogaine foam and minoxidil is a DHT blocking hair care product. It works by either blocking DHT, or the enzyme responsible for the conversion from testosterone to DHT.

Ketoconazole shampoo can help reduce dandruff and other side effects of your minoxidil treatment, while simultaneously combating thinning hair.

And lastly, vitamin D is vital for signaling the pathways of hair growth and differentiation of hair follicles, so look into that as well.



1 https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty-products/a28090705/does-rogaine-work/