Let’s get straight to the point: with over 1,200 reviews on Amazon.com (at the time of this blog entry) with an average rating of four stars, Art Naturals is a hair loss shampoo that has earned my attention.
Art Naturals Shampoo is organic, vegan, cruelty-free, BPA-free, and sulfate-free. It is marketed to men and women alike.
They claim to source their ingredients for Art Naturals shampoo from the finest sources worldwide. They say this shampoo is high quality, eco-friendly, and affordable.
What’s In Art Naturals Shampoo?
Let’s look at the ingredients:
Ultra-purified water, ivy, burdock root, fenugreek, rosemary, nettle, thyme, marshmallow root, birch leaf, horsetail, walnut seed, black current seed, hops, sage, sea buckthorn, acai, neem, wild cherry bark, capsicum annuum fruit, and white willow bark extracts, orange blossom and atlas cedarwood essential oils, aloe vera, argan oil, sodium olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocamidopropylamine oxide, coco-glucoside, glycol distearate, lactamidopropyl trimonium chloride, glycerin, ppg-5-ceteth-10 phosphate, peg-7 glyceryl cocoa, peg-12 dimethicone caffeine, zinc pca, niacinamide, silk amino acids, hydrolyzed whole wheat protein (and) hydrolyzed starch, hydrolyzed whole oat, hydrolyzed quinoa protein, trideceth-5, trideceth-10, ppg-26-buthet-26, peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil, apigenin, oleanolic acid, biotinoyl tripeptide-1, Vitamin E, saw palmetto, butylene glycol, phenoxye-thanol, caprylyl glycol, sorbic acid, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, quaternized polyquaternium-10, tetrasodium edta, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, citric acid, fragrance.
Phew, that’s quite the list!
Broken down, what we see here are plant sources, numerous herbal ingredients known to help with hair loss, castor oil, argan oil, several essential oils, herbal DHT blockers including Saw Palmetto, and (drumroll)….our good friend, caffeine.
DHT is a hormonal byproduct of testosterone that contributes to hair loss in both men and women.
Certain herbal ingredients are known to contribute to blocking the effect of DHT, including Saw Palmetto. Caffeine also works through blocking DHT.
Caffeine for Hair Loss
We know caffeine helps with hair loss. The 2015 German study showing the relationship between hair growth and topical caffeine application was a game changer for the hair loss industry, especially for shampoos, serums, and treatments.
In fact, I’ve had quite a bit of luck using another, more expensive (but not vegan or all-natural) shampoo, Ultrax Surge.
I also value beauty products that minimize my carbon footprint and incorporate as few deadly chemicals as possible; for this reason, it’s worth looking at a wide array of shampoos that fall under this umbrella. Better still if they also contain caffeine!
Argan oil is used in a wide variety of hair cleaning and styling products for its robust contribution to hair health.
What they say about it:
Argan oil, pressed from the nut of the Moroccan argan tree, is often called “liquid gold,” and is worth its weight hair care gold as it is chockfull of fatty acids and Vitamin E.
Art Naturals Shampoo: Does It Work?
The makers sure seem to think so. You have to look no further than the product information to see their confidence:
Our hair loss shampoo fights male pattern baldness with natural, botanical oils and extracts. It aids in restoring thinning and dull hair, and helps prevent further hair loss.
You’ll add volume and texture while revving your scalp and hair follicles back to younger days.
What they don’t mention here is that the product is equally targeted to, and effective for, women.
In fact, most of the hundreds of positive reviews that I’ve read have been from women. Specifically, women who’ve just had children and are rebounding from the hormonal havoc that wreaks on our bodies.
Others used it after chemically frying their hair and damaging their scalp with bad dye jobs, perms, and extensions. It’s DEFINITELY true that women experience hair loss after beauty treatments gone wrong!
Men may have more genetic causes, but we surely have more lifestyle causes. Those of us suffering from hormonal reasons (present company included) need to be reminded of that, which is one reason to read the reviews closely.
Many reviewers noticed a response to this product in their eyebrows! Others said they started to see softening and strengthening of thin hair within 2-3 weeks. Others saw hair growth in areas that had thinned or grown bald.
Many people loved the smell of the shampoo…this is always a plus in my book.
Negative reviews do exist. Some people said it dried out their scalp. Others experienced a rash.
Some people with caffeine sensitivity did notice effects from the caffeine (racing thoughts, anxiety, etc), and other people said it made no difference in their overall hair loss experience.
True, some said this shampoo exacerbated their hair loss worse. The reviews I read that said that seem to mostly come from men who noticed more intense spotting or clumping after use.
One thing I will say: for a product with THIS many different herbal ingredients, the likelihood that any one person is sensitive or allergic to any one of them is higher than a simpler formula. And, with many things in life, you just don’t know until you try, unfortunately.
It’s best to test the product on a small patch of skin, such as the inside of the wrist or corner of the hairline, just to be sure that an allergy or sensitivity is not present.
With an overall rating of 4/5 stars from 1200 reviews, on Amazon.com alone, I’d wager that the people who had negative experiences are enough of a minority to justify giving this product a shot.
Art Naturals Organic Argan Oil Shampoo is worth trying for women who suffer from hair loss.
It’s an organic, sulfate-free variation of a caffeine and DHT-blocking shampoo with the added bonus of softening/strengthening Moroccan argan oil.
Coming in at about half the price of its competition (in sheer effectiveness), I recommend giving Art Naturals a shot, and letting it work its magic on your hair. It can take some time to see changes – about six to 12 weeks – but this is normal for any hair product or changes to your hair care routine.
Most importantly, if you want to support the existence of eco-friendly beauty products, this one is right up your alley.