For more clarity and advice on which products to invest in, we called in the pro. Maral Skelsey, MD, a Maryland-based dermatologist, says hair thinning can be caused by a variety of issues from hormonal abnormalities and vitamin deficiencies to anemia. Depending on the cause, she says over-the-counter treatment can be very effective. Shop six of her favorites from Target below.
The Up&Up Hair Regrowth Treatment For Women is comparable to Women’s Rogaine. The “foam version doesn’t contain propylene glycol [so it won’t] irritate the scalp,” says Dr. Skelsey. “Reducing inflammation of the scalp improves tolerability and enhances hair growth.”
Pura d’or Apple Cider Vinegar Thin2Thick Shampoo features biotin, apple cider vinegar, and DHT blockers, all ingredients that Dr. Skelsey says are great for hair growth. “Biotin and DHT blockers support hair growth and apple cider vinegar decreases inflammation that can slow hair growth,” she says. Pura d’or also carries a thickening conditioner ($18).
The Dove Men 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner Thick + Strong “contains caffeine which inhibits phosphodiesterase and promotes hair growth and calcium which strengthens hair allowing it to be less prone to breakage,” says Dr. Skelsey. And even though it’s a “men’s” product, anyone can use it.
- Maral Skelsey, MD, Maryland-based dermatologist
The Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Shampoo is great if you’re looking for a product that’s vegan and free of sulfates and parabens. “Coconut oil and water volumize and moisturize hair in this product that is safe for hair that has undergone keratin treatments because it’s sulfate-free,” says Dr. Skelsey. Love Beauty and Planet also carries a volume and bounty conditioner ($7)
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