Noticing that your strands are falling out more than usual? The products you use on your hair greatly impact its overall health and appearance. That’s why it’s important to make sure that everything in your haircare arsenal is designed to nourish and revitalize your scalp and strands, especially when it comes to your go-to shampoo.
“An ideal shampoo for thinning hair needs to not only improve the volume of your strands but also encourage growth and circulation of hair follicles,” New York City dermatologist Neil Sadick tells Allure.
Experts say that it's best to avoid shampoos that contain sodium chloride. While it isn’t a toxic ingredient, it is extremely dangerous to the health of your hair.
This ingredient is used to make the consistency of hair thicker, but it's known to be quite damaging for those with sensitive scalps; it can exacerbate the condition of your scalp and make it drier and itchier, which can lead to hair loss and breakage.
Sadick says it's best to opt for a shampoo that is fortified with amino acids and antioxidants to promote hair growth and circulation and leave the ones with “dyes and preservatives, like parabens and synthetic fragrances" behind.
"Amino acids provide the building blocks to build new strands, while biotin, part of the B-vitamin complex, is required by hair to metabolize amino acids and can help strengthen hair,” Sadick says. “Antioxidants such as vitamin E and ginseng are beneficial to promote hair growth because they reduce free radicals from sun, stress, or overprocessing and have anti-inflammatory properties.”