Can shampoos help prevent hair thinning?


I bought the Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo for thinning hair on a whim because there was a sale at Watsons and I only had to pay S$20 for it. I have a slight problem with thinning hair due to my oily scalp but it isn’t very serious. Or at least the condition hasn’t gotten worst over the years and my hair has remained constantly…thin.

Have realistic expectations when using such shampoos
First thing first before I discuss about Phytocyane is that I think one should not expect a shampoo for thinning hair to help you grow more hair. At least when used standalone, they’re just good for maintaining a healthy scalp and possibly prevent more hair loss.

Such shampoos are good for keeping your scalp clean and healthy
I’ve tried Biolyn’s shampoo in the past and though I would say it helped to stablilize my greasy scalp and keep it healthy, but I didn’t grow noticeably more hair from using it. Afterall, if you think about it, how much can shampoos really do to promote hair growth if you’re just going to leave it on for a couple of minutes and then have it rinsed off? At the end of the day, you still need to apply hair serum or tonic which can stimulate hair growth. But whether your hair grows also depends on a number of other variables.

Use of plant-based active ingredients
Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo is said to be effective for treating temporary hair loss and is ideal when used with Phytocyane Revitalizing Hair Treatment. What I like is that it uses a combination of plant-based active ingredients to restore the vitality of the hair.

Grapeseed Procyanidins capture free radicals and protect the hair bulb. Ginkgo Biloba activates cell metabolism and strengthens the hair. A decoction of Cinchona bark, chosen for its stimulating properties, in combination with a mild cleansing base derived from Coconut oil makes Phytocyane shampoo effective, gentle and pleasant to use.

No need to use this shampoo daily
It is said to be good for those who experience temporary hair loss due to season changes, pregnancy, menopause, medication, etc and you don’t have to use it everyday; just twice a week. So actually, it’s not fair for me to review this product because I’m not suffering from a temporary hair loss.

Fresh minty smell
But what I would say is that I quite like the minty and refreshing citrus smell of the Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo and it keeps my scalp fairly clean without leaving it overly dry. However, I won’t buy this again because it makes my hair rather limp and hence, doesn’t work well for me long term. What I really need us a shampoo that can give me volume, keep my scalp oil free and at the same time does not dry up the ends. And sad to say, I still haven’t found the right shampoo.

Important to identify the root cause of your hair loss
If you are suffering from temporary hair loss, you may wish to try this shampoo to strengthen your hair. However, be sure to appy hair tonic or serum as well for more effective results and be realistic not to expect quick fixes or miracles. More important, be sure to identify the cause of your hair loss and address the problem directly with suitable treatments rather than just relying on hair thinning shampoos or products.


  1. prettybeautiful says:

    hmmmm i dont know i have seen this brand before. i have tried a couple of shampoo for greasy + itchy scalp + thinning hair. and i actually like one of them. but my hair has become drier overtime and now i switched to head n shoulders. lol. it is not too shabby tho ?

    Prettybeautiful: I don’t dare to try H&S. My hub uses it but I think it’s too strong for my scalp.

  2. raelynn says:

    i have oily scalp and am using Schwarzkopf’s Deep Cleasing expert. been using it for years, my hairdresser always tells me to wash twice, especially cause when my scalp’s oily. the first round tends to be non-foaming at all despite wet hair because the first round is to wash off the oil on the scalp. the second round just needs a small amount and there will be a lot of foam when scrubbing, which removes the dirt etc. and this really works for me. when i was in my teens, if i was lazy and washed only once, my hair would be quite limp the next day. now that i’m older, the scalp is still oily but not that oily, i can occasionally get away by washing only once. haha

    Raelynn: I’ve never tried this brand you mentioned but have seen it around. I use Headstrong from Redken and now Phytocedrat. They help to a certain extent but I still need to apply dry shampoo everyday! Very tired of breathing those powder! ?

    I used to shampoo twice too for a long time but these days, I just do it once by applying a bit more shampoo and leave on for a few mins before rinising off.

  3. pf1123 says:

    I saw Sukin shampoo and conditioner being sold at $23.95 for a huge bottle of 1 litre.

    Thinking if I should get it coz its got no SLS…not sure if it will foam up nicely. hehe…I’m not so concern about my products being organic.

    pf1123: You know I love Sukin’s facial cleanser and body wash. I’m also using their body lotion. But I cannot bring myself to try the shampoo. I don’t think it can work for my stubborn greasy scalp. It should foam quite nicely cos both the facial and body wash do too.

  4. pf1123 says:

    I was reading ParisB’s review on the shampoo and conditioner. She mentioned that the shampoo and conditioner doesn’t weigh the hair down. That might be good news for a number of girls but not for me!

    I have very very thick hair and I need to rebond + layer cut significantly to survive in Singapore. If the shampoo and conditioner doesn’t weigh my hair down, I’ll look like a lion’s mare! Or Albert Einstein!

    Guess I shall just stick to my herbal essence dangerously straight. ?

    pf: You have thick hair? So envious! But on a related note, I’m not so adventurous when it comes to shampoo. If one or two works for me, I tend to stick to them. I used Redken for many many years before switching to Phytocedrat recently. A bit boring…

  5. pf1123 says:

    Yes, I have terribly thick hair. In fact, I went to do my hair last night.

    Usually when I’m at the salon, my hairdresser and her assistant would have to blow dry my hair together for 15mins to get it completely dry. Also both have to iron my hair.

    I change my shampoo and conditioner frequently because they won’t work for me after sometime. My hair gets really stiff and tangling. I find that rotating shampoos and conditioners help. At any 1 time I will have 2 shampoos and 3 conditioners. Mixing and matching them every other day when I wash my hair helps me keep my hair soft and manageable, better than just using one at a time.

    pf1123: How frequent do you wash your hair? I always wonder how is it like with thick hair cos styling your own hair would be quite time consuming? And it’s true what you say about rotating shampoos. I tried that occasionally and the shampoo works better. It’s the product build up accumulated over time…but a plus for me is that I don’t use conditioner. It weighs down my hair!

  6. pf1123 says:

    I wash my hair every other day. If I wash it everyday, it will get too dry.

    I do rebonding because I don’t want to style my hair. Its the most fuss free thing for my hair. I don’t even need to comb my hair.

    Btw, did you get my write up on the LRP sunscreen? I’m at work, so I can’t excess my hotmail. Hope its fine. If there’s anything you want me to amend, just let me know.

    pf1123: Oh yes I did! It’s a great write up! I’m planning it for early next week. I may just add the monograph as I mentioned to you before. Btw, you’re better than me! I didn’t apply sunscreen until these few years! ?

  7. pf1123 says:

    Haha…I’m glad that the write up can be used. I didn’t use sunscreen until the damage has surfaced. Now I have to suffer the stinky smelly stuff to be rid of the spots. hehe…

    Yup, the monograph is fine. ?

    You might like to add in links also where you deemed appropriate.

    pf1123: Okay, will do so. ?

  8. eve says:

    I highly recommend Nature’s Gate range of shampoo (< $20). I have fine hair, oily scalp and occassionally itchy scalp. At one point my hair loss was alarming! The green tea shampoo helped control the itch and grease while the grape fruit & wild ginger shampoo promotes hair growth. Coupled with evening primrose, I notice my hair loss has reduced significantly despite my longer hair length. This is a relief to me becos I tried countless salon shampoos and alot of money on hair treatments which did not solve my problem. So, here's my contribution to this blog ? Eve: Hey thank you very much for recommending this! I have looked at their products for awhile but only used their deodorant. Never thought about the shampoo cos didn’t think they would deliver. I’ll give it a try soon but a question – you mentioned two shampoos so you use both on alternate days?

  9. Amy says:

    In fact, I’d tried few types of Shampoo for my hair thinning problem but it seems not so effective for me. However, there is one hair tonic which after I use for sometimes, I do see new hair growth. The hair tonic is KADUS de KIRIAKI Hair Tonic ( )

  10. Z says:

    You could try Nisim for oily hair. It’s quite good for cleaning the scalp…i have just started and my scalp does feel clean after washing.

    Another recomended to me was Kerastase’s Bain Divalent – for greasy scalp and dry ends. my friend uses this and says it works really well for her.

  11. MrT says:

    Since college, my hair has steadily become thinner. I have tried MANY products, and none of them work as well the Shielo Volumizing. Before I tried using it daily, I was told that I should have a picture taken of my scalp before I started using it, so I did. About two months later, I took another picture, and I was truely amazed. My scalp actually had MANY new hairs growing. I was SO happy. I highly recommend Shielo’s product if you are looking for something safe to help with hair loss.

  12. Magali says:

    i have my haistyle salon in Peru. And i want to buy a couple of Phytocyane Revitalizing Shampoo for Thinning Hair. Ihope you can sell it to me. thank you very much

  13. Mizzy says:

    I was worried on my hair treatment because I am using hot oil treatment for so long and once at a glance, I read topic that hot oil treatment can cause baldness. I am confuse about this because, if I don’t used hot oil treatment, my hair is dry and not smooth.
    Please help me up this issue. I’m afraid it would lead to hair loss issue.
    Mizzy last post is: thinning hair in women

  14. Sesame says:

    It won’t lead to baldness, especially since you don’t apply the oil on your scalp.

  15. Carmen says:

    Have you tried RegenePure DR Shampoo? After moving to Singapore my hair was shedding a lot (it may have to do with the humidity here). The RegenePure shampoo isn’t available in Singapore; I bought it online from their official website. Has done wonders for me in terms of reducing the shedding. Really big difference after washing my hair a few times with it. They say you can use the RegenePure NT as a conditioner, but frankly I found just the DR shampoo alone has been more than enough in keeping my hair healthy and full. (For background, I’ve been using RegenePure for about 18 months). Hope this helps.

  16. Sesame says:

    Oh alright…will check out the brand. Am currently trying one that is supposedly said to help promote hair growth but haven’t seen much results.

  17. Rebecca says:

    Most of these medicated shampoos for hair loss contain SLE/SLES and parabens. These ingredients are harmful for hair and scalp.
    Recently, a friend of mine has been told to use this new shampoo which reduces hair loss. It has natural ingredients such as Argan oil, Saw palmetto, Aloe vera, Arnica extracts which are known to reduce hair loss and increase hair growth.

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