Dr. Ziering quoted in PEOPLE | The 12 Best Shampoos for Thinning Hair of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

“Your hair and scalp care regimen and the products that you use are the foundation of having healthy hair and, even more so, if you are experiencing hair thinning and hair loss,” says Craig Ziering, D.O., a board-certified dermatologist, hair transplant surgeon, and owner of Ziering Medical.

Ziering says that high-quality shampoo formulas with ingredients that strengthen, moisturize, and balance (such as biotin and caffeine) can help revitalize thinning hair by supporting scalp health. “The scalp is skin and deserves the same attention that your face and body skin needs — that’s why optimal scalp health is always part of the hair growth conversation.”

Frequently Asked Questions Do hair thinning shampoos really work? The right hair thinning shampoo can support hair health, thickness, luster, and shine,” says Ziering. Although shampoos for thinning hair might not target the cause of hair loss altogether, Ziering notes that they are an importing starting point for addressing hair loss and can even maximize the appearance of your hair. “Depending on the ingredients, they play a key role in cleansing your scalp, removing built-up sebum, excessive oil, and dirt, and some might stimulate hair growth,” Ziering adds.

Can hair grow back after thinning? Depending on the cause, strands can definitely grow back after thinning. “With proper care, a heathy routine, and professional treatments, thinning hair can improve in density and volume,” says Dr. Howard Sobel, a clinical dermatologic surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital. However, in order for hair to grow back, Sobel says identifying the cause is most important as this can inform the best treatment. And, while shampoos for thinning hair can certainly support healthier hair, they might not target thinning hair on their own as some causes of thinning hair require medical attention in order to truly reverse.