$20.99 – 16 oz
So you finally grew a beard, but the poor thing grows in thin. You can see right through it in the mirror. People ask you if you recently ate some brown cotton candy. It looks like a floating brown haze, making some question if you brushed your teeth recently. Your beard is a ghost of what it could be. You, my good lad, need some beard growth shampoo.
Beard growth shampoo is designed to thicken existing beard hair. It helps keep beard hair from falling out, and makes existing beard hair healthy. There are two primary ingredients in a quality beard growth shampoo that do this:
Niacin: Niacin is a stimulant that dilates capillaries under the skin, allowing more blood to flow to the follicles. This boost of blood brings much needed nutrients to your beard hair, allowing them to grow thicker, longer, and faster.
Ketoconazole: Ketoconazole does a number of things to help beard growth. It kills unwanted fungus that can cause eczema, rashes, and beard flaking. It also scrubs follicles of excess sebum.
Sebum is a natural oil that human hair follicles exude. However, it can harden into a crystal. If it hardens inside the follicle, or on top of the opening to the follicle, it can choke out beard hair and lead to ingrown hairs, acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
Ketoconazole dissolves crystallized sebum and sweeps away the detritus from your follicles, allowing beard hairs to grow freely, unhindered.
Even though I can already grow a thick beard, as a man who suffers from beard dandruff, I use a beard growth shampoo every day for its anti-fungal and sebum-scrubbing powers. The added benefit of niacin is just a cherry on top.
These are the three beard growth shampoos I recommend:
Blue & Brown – Pura d’or
This is the best-selling hair loss prevention product on Amazon. It has retained this title since 2012. It has over 1,630 positive reviews. This shampoo, dubbed “brown & blue”, differs from the one below in that it focuses on hair volume and sebum scrubbing. It is a thick shampoo that prevents further hair loss, but does not condition.
Gold Label – Pura d’or
This “Gold Label” version of the Pura d’or beard growth shampoo is slightly more expensive but packs the same beard growth powers as its blue & brown cousin. The price is a tad higher because it includes a conditioning agent. The shampoo is thinner, and easier to lather into your beard. However, the potent sebum-scrubbing characteristics are identical to blue & brown shampoo.
While the Blue & Brown focuses on volume (making your beard look thicker) this gold label focuses on a soft, conditioned beard.
Lipogaine Big 3 – Beard Growth Shampoo
The Lipogaine Big 3 beard growth shampoo is designed to accompany the Lipogaine beard growth serum. The serum is a focused, beard growth application designed to fix patchy portions of a beard. The shampoo scrubs the follicles of sebum and includes niacin, which is an excellent supplement to the minoxidil within the serum. While designed as a companion for Lipogaine, you can use it by itself for general beard thickening.