Shoppers Say This Under-$20 Thickening Shampoo Helped ‘Grow Hair Back in Balding Areas’

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The interplay of what we eat, stress levels, and genetics can influence how much hair we lose. But just as important as eating a healthy and balanced diet and managing stress is product we use for our hair—and options like a thickening shampoo really can be game-changing. Unlike regular shampoos, hair thickening shampoos contain active ingredients to fluff up each hair strand, giving your hair a fuller appearance. And there's one shampoo that's flying off the shelves on Amazon for its ability to potentially grow back balding spots. That shampoo is Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo ($18).

tea tree lemon sage thickening shampoo
Paul Mitchell, Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo — $18.00

Formulated with hair growth-boosting ingredients like panthenol and tea tree oil, Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo digs deep into the shampoo’s shaft, moisturizes your scalp, and helps follicles grow back.

How does it work?

What makes this shampoo so effective is that its main ingredient is panthenol, a form of vitamin B5 that can dig deep into the hair shaft and keep follicles moisturized, healthy, and stretchy. By improving the elasticity, this shampoo can keep hair resistant to breakage and promote healthy hair growth. Another key ingredient? Melaceuca, aka tea tree oil. Cited by research studies and known for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil bars infections and inflammation from occurring, both of which obstruct healthy follicle growth.

"Tea tree essential oil can improve hair growth because it can open clogged hair follicles," certified aromatherapist Caroline Schroeder previously told W+G.

On Amazon, the Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo boasts a whopping 6,400 five-star ratings and after reading customer reviews, it's a no-brainer why. "Hair loss due to stress... Been using this for two years .. hair is fuller than ever and hair grew back in balding areas," says one Amazon shopper. "Love love love. Soooo worth the money and a little goes a long way! I get a small bottle of shampoo and the big bottle of the conditioner."

Another reviewer stated that they saw results within just one week of product use. They said: "Within just three days of using it daily, I noticed a difference. After the next four days of use, I can't even tell where my hair was thinning anymore.
It has a lovely subtle scent, and it only takes a small amount to have a very rich lather. I have had many people ask me what I have done to my hair since I started using this product. The difference in the thickness of my hair is truly amazing. I used to have a quarter size nearly bald spot that I could do nothing to conceal. Now it is gone thanks to this wonderful shampoo." 

Best part? It's under $20.

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