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Fact or Fiction: Do Shampoos Really Work?


For as long as people have been trying to prevent hair loss, the hair care industry has been claiming to fix it. But, how often has shampoo failed you as a hair loss treatment? This is because people are too quick to find a solution through a shampoo, which when used alone does not work as a hair loss treatment. How do we know who’s telling the truth? Let’s find out. 

What do shampoo companies claim?

If you see, most of these famous shampoo brands claim to reduce hair - breakage, nourish hair right from the first wash and most of all- reduce hair fall by 98%. Did you fall for this trap too.. and were later disappointed when you didn’t see the desired results? Well, we don’t blame you since you weren’t aware of how a shampoo actually works.

Shampoo contains molecules called surfactants a.k.a soap. Just like sperm, this soap contains a head and a tail. When this soap is mixed with water, the head of the soap attaches to water while the tail binds to the oil, grease and dirt in the hair. In this manner when the water washes out the soap, the dirt from the hair attached to this soap is also washed away.


Does shampoo really work?

A shampoo has a very short period of contact with the scalp and hair follicles that are responsible for the growth or loss of hair. So, it just doesn’t have enough time to stimulate hair regrowth or prevent hair loss. This means that a shampoo works only to clean the scalp of the dirt and sebum build up and does not solve hair loss problems

Also read: Your anti-hair fall shampoo is a sham

What does science have to say about hair loss?

Genetic hair loss occurs because some individuals have a sensitivity to the hormone DHT. Well, DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is a sex hormone and a by product of testosterone. This DHT has a vital role to play in the development of your muscles, voice modulations, and hair stereotypically in an adult male. A sudden rise of the DHT levels in the body is what causes hair loss since DHT blocks the supply of blood to the cells of your hair follicles. This insufficient blood supply to hair follicles is what causes them to fall off. Excess DHT can be blocked with the help of natural and chemical ingredients. 


Factors that aggravate DHT production and trigger hair loss include age, genes, hormonal imbalance, unhealthy diet and environmental issues. Besides this, alcohol and smoking, vitamin deficiency, stress, poor metabolism or a disturbed lifestyle also triggers hair loss.

Also read: Why you need a hair loss treatment and not just a shampoo?

If not shampoo, then what will stop hair loss !?

It’s simple. Traya’s 3 fold approach will. To address the various causes of hair loss, Traya combines Ayurveda, Dermatology and Nutrition that gives you guaranteed results within 5 months of the complete plan. The best part about Traya’s holistic approach is that you can talk to your hair expert at any time. After personally analyzing your hair fall and underlying health issues, the doctors at Traya prescribe a treatment that is completely customized to help you with new hair growth. In case you don’t see the desired results in 5 months, we guarantee you with a complete money back policy



The verdict reveals that there is no magical shampoo out there that will reverse your hair loss. But all hope is not lost when you’ve got Traya by your side. Get in touch with experts at Traya and don’t just grow hair but rather keep your diet and health in check as well. Book a call now!


  • Do shampoos actually do anything?

Shampoo helps to remove dirt, oil and sweat from the scalp. Other shampoos that contain ketoconazole are effective in removing dandruff as well.

  • Does shampoo stop hair fall?

No, shampoos don’t go inside the hair strands and so cannot help with growth or prevent hair fall. 

  • Is it OK to never shampoo your hair?

Just because a shampoo doesn’t stop hair fall doesn’t mean that you should never shampoo your hair. If you don’t shampoo, your hair will be filled with dirt, oil and sweat. 


Dr. Kalyani Deshmukh, M.D.


Dr. Deshmukh is an MD (Dermatology, Venerology, and Leprosy) with more than 4 years of experience. She successfully runs her own practice and believes that a personalized service maximizes customer satisfaction.

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