Hair loss can be caused by a number of reasons, including genetics, age, illness, and stress. It affects both men and women, and as a result, there are a number of different products, including shampoos, that claim to help reduce hair loss. It is important to remember that while the term “Organic” refers to a food certification given and audited by the United States FDA, it’s meaning in hair products may play a more limited role; that is, it is often more beneficial as a marketing term to the company selling the product than it is to the person buying it, hoping to stop hair loss by its use.
The threshold issue is whether an ingredient in an organic shampoo would cure hair loss even it it were not certified organic, and in most cases, organic shampoos tend to possess no such ingredients, and do not even make claims to that effect (we just interpret “organic” to mean anti-baldness due to its healthful connotations in the food world). Nonetheless, there are certain ingredients that you should look for and avoid when choosing organic shampoo for hair loss.
Ingredients that you should look for when choosing an organic shampoo for hair loss include herbal extracts such as rosemary, chamomile, and lavender. These are thought to help hair loss by stimulating the hair follicles, strengthening hair to prevent breakage, and cleaning the scalp to keep it dandruff free. Fruit extracts, including pomegranate and jojoba, are also thought to be useful at improving hair growth and thickness, reducing blockage of the follicles and sebum buildup, and protecting hair and the scalp by working as antioxidants. Shampoos with aloe vera are also good choices due to the plant’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help to protect against diseases such as folliculitis, which can make hair loss worse.
You may also want to choose ingredients that increase the volume of your hair, making it appear thicker and fuller. Good organic shampoo for hair loss contains panthenol, also known as vitamin B5, which moisturizes hair. Wheat proteins also act as a moisturizer add weight and volume to the hair. Soy proteins are also good ingredients, serving the same purpose. Others that are good for hair loss include biotin, keratin, and vitamin B12.
Ingredients to avoid in any shampoo, whether organic or not, include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is very common in shampoos and is thought to have damaging effects on people who suffer from hair loss.
When buying organic shampoo for hair loss, always make sure you read the label very carefully.
Lastly, many products make claims that they are organic, but the regulation of these claims is particularly lacking in the cosmetics industry. Look for products that are 100% organic from brands that are well-established and have been around for a while. These should not contain any fertilizers, pesticides, or hormones, and should not contain synthetic ingredients. Remember, just because a product claims to be organic or “made with organic ingredients”, there is no rule stating it cannot still contain chemicals that are bad for your hair or that cause hair loss.
Learn more in-depth information about which shampoos provide optimum hair health and have been shown to cause actual hair regrowth in our in-house studies.