Best shampoo for balding?

I'm a young guy (early 20s) and I already notice early signs of balding (thinning in the crown and frontal areas). What are the best shampoos for hair loss? What will stop it or at least slow it down? Not interested in finasteride or minoxidil just yet. Thanks.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
Dec 13, 2021 - 11:38pm

I take finasteride and use minoxidil. dont think there are any shampoos with that stuff since you'd be washing it out too quickly. my friend told me horse shampoo helps, but i've never used it. kinda wanna try because people say it works on reddit lmao

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Dec 14, 2021 - 12:18am

Dude you need to get on minoxidil and finasteride NOW. Once you actually start seeing it, it's too late. Believe me. Be diligent with this do not fuck around.

  • VP in IB - Cov
Dec 14, 2021 - 10:30am

Use Keeps - best hair pills + hair solutions on the market. They give you a very small dose of finasteride so you limit the side effects, and they also have shampoos etc.

Most Helpful
Dec 14, 2021 - 1:23pm

Nioxin #2 for Significant Hair Loss.  That said, it's an internal / hormonal issue and a topical shampoo will not do much.  Genetics will be the most important.  Whether you can get a hair transplant will be the second most important.  Minox/Fin will be the third most important.  And then everything else (food, shampoo, rain dances, hopes and wishes) will be fourth most important.  I recommend talking to a dermatologist about oral minoxidil, not officially on the market but my derm prescribed to me and it's SO MUCH better than the messy topical foam/liquid (no more or less effective, just a hell of a lot easier).

  • 3
Jan 3, 2022 - 1:21pm

I've had it before to use 1x or 2x a week when I'm not using Nioxin - can't say I think it has made a huge difference.  We all thin at our our pace so it's hard to say whether mine would have been better/worse without it.  

Dec 30, 2021 - 10:27am

Rogaine is about the only thing scientifically shown to slow it down. Now before you go running down a rabbit hole of millions of solutions, consider this. Jeff Bezos is bald. In fact, look at most billionaires.....yup they're going bald. These guys have every solution under the sun available to them, and it's still not working.  You can slow it down but in the long run sorry to tell you but it's gone.

Jan 11, 2022 - 8:57pm

Elongated Muskrat

Use caution with Finasteride, I would suggest talking to your doctor first. Its all fun and games until your hair looks great but your dick doesn't work. Also, seriously look into a hair transplant if you're really self conscious about it. If you feel like taking a trip to Istanbul you can get a new head of hair for about $2K.

Your doctor won't be able to predict whether your dick will work or not before you take it, they get weirded out by these treatments.  Go to Keeps or Hims or whatever all the 20 somethings are doing and you'll get a prescription within 48 hours.  Most of the time ED is a placebo, tens of millions of people take finasteride and a lot see skyrocketed libido due to free T.  Almost everyone with a decent hairline in their 50s is on it.  Do not go abroad for surgery, ever, no matter what before and after pics you see and no matter which of your super cool friends went to Turkey and vouches for it.  Get an American surgeon, who will also tell you to take finasteride for at least 1-2 years pre-hair transplant.  Most people will require more than one transplant to keep looking okay due to recession behind the first transplant.  You want to build that relationship and protect the donor area.

Source: a large fraction of my associate class from over a decade ago got hair transplants (two in Mexico).

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