Best Shampoo to Grow Hair

by Viviscal Hair Expert on November 3rd, 2016
Best shampoo for healthy hair growth

Choosing the right shampoo is the first step to healthy hair growth. But with so many options available, it can be difficult to find the right one. While there are lots of brands that market themselves well and make claims about their shampoo’s benefits, it really comes down to the ingredients and the application.

Let’s take a look at how to choose the best hair loss shampoo for you.

Check the Label for Two Essential Nutrients

There are a few important ingredients that an effective hair growth shampoo should always have. The two essential ingredients in hair growth shampoo are biotin and keratin.


Biotin is certainly one of the more well-known hair growth nutrients, and for good reason. Biotin is a foundation of hair growth, with one of its main functions being maintaining healthy hair cells. Hair cells help make sure your follicles are producing hair in the first place. In addition, biotin helps to minimize hair breakage by adding elasticity to your hair strands. Strong, elastic hair is hair that is able to grow long and thick with minimal breakage.

Your body does not produce biotin on its own. Although most people meet their biotin requirement with their diet, it’s always recommended to supplement with biotin in your shampoo, feeding your hair strands from the inside and out. Supplementing a biotin deficiency can help stimulate growth, elasticity, and overall hair health.


Keratin is a structural protein that makes up 90% of your hair strands. 90%! It keeps your hair strong and helps it withstand all of the things we put it through like heat styling and chemicals. When you have a keratin deficiency, you will likely start to see a lot more hair in your brush and on your pillow.

As a shampoo ingredient, keratin is a must. You want it to penetrate your hair shaft and fill in the weak points. If you can find a shampoo with hydrolyzed keratin, even better. Hydrolyzed keratin is broken up into smaller pieces and can more effectively fill in all of those cracks in damaged hair strands. Consistent use will improve hair health significantly. Always try to find a shampoo to stimulate hair growth with keratin as one of the main ingredients.

More Shampoo Ingredients for Healthy Hair

There are certainly other shampoo ingredients to look for. Two of our favorites are Vitamin C and Zinc.

Vitamin C has a whole list of benefits when it comes to our health and appearance. For hair growth, Vitamin C helps in the all-important collagen-building process. Collagen is a structural protein that is crucial for the consistent growth of healthy hair. Taking Vitamin C internally also helps our hair absorb iron, which keeps our strands strong and full. Zinc helps strengthen the hair follicle, and taking Zinc internally may play a role in DNA and RNA production — a requirement for the normal division of hair follicle cells.

How to Apply Hair Growth Shampoo

It might seem like a good idea to shampoo frequently, especially when you have one that contains all the right ingredients for hair growth… but shampoo is a cleanser for your hair, and it should be treated as such. Over-washing is the most common shampoo mistake. Regardless of how gentle and nourishing your shampoo is, using too much shampoo will remove many of the oils your hair needs to stay healthy.

We recommend brushing your hair before getting in the shower. This will help stimulate blood flow circulation in your scalp to wake up hair strands. Start by lathering your roots and working your way down to the ends of hair. Don’t be afraid to use a bit more shampoo if you have longer hair.

After you’ve fully rinsed the shampoo out of your hair with warm water, finish with a cold water rinse. This will help tighten up your hair cuticles so that they’re able to withstand whatever you throw at it. A tighter hair cuticle can better maintain moisture, so this cold water rinse will make your conditioning more effective, too.

Other Considerations

When looking for a shampoo that will stimulate hair growth, we also recommend finding one with essential oils. They can make an immediate difference on scalp circulation which is absolutely crucial for your hair growth shampoo to work effectively. Increasing blood flow means that the nutrients in your food can get to hair follicles, in addition to the keratin, biotin, and the other hair growth nutrients in your shampoo nourish hair strands on the outside. Essential oils will also clean the area and make sure that there’s no dead skin or build-up getting in the way of healthy hair growth.

It is also a good idea to supplement your shampoo with a hair growth vitamin like this one made by Viviscal. It contains all of the hair growth nutrients that your hair needs including biotin, keratin, vitamin C, zinc, and more. Feeding your hair strands from the inside out, in addition to a consistent shampoo routine, will make sure your hair is growing to its full potential.