Shapiro MD Shampoo Review – Is this a SCAM?
Shapiro MD sell a hair loss shampoo, conditioner, and foam. Before you rush out and purchase the Hair Growth DHT Blockers from Shapiro MD, I would recommend reading this Shapiro MD Review. This will help you determine whether or not they're going to be worth the money.
In this Shapiro MD review, I will cover the ingredients, my results, other customer reviews, side effects and more. Let's get into it. Stay till the end for my conclusion on Shapiro MD.
What Is Shapiro MD Hair Growth?
Shapiro MD currently sells Shampoos, Conditioners, Leave-in Foams and Finasteride Supplements. On their website (February 2020), their entire "Regrowth kit" is priced at $89.95. Their products on Amazon have slightly higher prices.
The Shapiro MD Shampoo, Conditioner and Foams claim to stop Hair Loss by blocking DHT hormones. DHT is sometimes responsible for hair loss in both Women and Men. I ended up purchasing "The Natural Kit" at $79.95, which include Shampoo Conditioner and Foam.
The Shapiro MD Finasteride Supplements are only for Men and priced at $20 for a month's supply. Plus, even if I were a man, I would be way too scared to take Finasteride considering the list of side effects which are terrifying (1). I entirely refuse to let my husband use Finasteride.
It was difficult to find precise information on Shapiro MD's ingredients. To be honest, I don't think I've ever had to use Google Patents to find ingredients for a hair loss shampoo. In this Patent from founders Steven D. Shapiro and Michael T. Borenstein, the three main active ingredients in their products are Caffeine, Saw Palmetto and EGCG.
Most people will have probably heard of Caffeine for Hair Loss through a TV advert from Alpecin. That is assuming you have a TV anyway. There are studies out there showing Caffeine to be beneficial for things like Androgenetic Alopecia in men (2). There is also another intriguing study that shows it can in stimulate Hair Follicle growth in both women and men (3). Amazingly our scalps can absorb Caffeine when topically applied (4). From my personal experience, Caffeine did make my hair thicker, but once I stopped using the Caffeine infused Hair Growth Shampoo, My hair growth also stopped.
Saw Palmetto has become a popular ingredient now for Hair Loss (5). Most of the Shampoo's and Supplements I have already reviewed on FemaleHairLossReview.com include Saw Palmetto. There isn't a lot of studies around Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss and the reason people started using this ingredient seems to be because Native Americans used it hundreds of years ago for various medical uses. The did find one study showing Saw Palmetto increased Hair Count in men with male pattern baldness (6).
I've got to be completely honest with you now. Before writing this review I had never heard of EGCG. I have used Hair Lass Shampoos with EGCG in the past. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate comes from dried Green Tea Leaves and at some point in time people started experimenting with EGCG for Hair Regrowth. There was one interesting study that showed EGCG did indeed increase Hair Growth in hair follicles (7). Keep in mind this was not a human study but instead Hair Follicles in lab. HairScience also wrote a superb in-depth piece on Green Tea For Hair Growth (8).
How do you use Shapiro MD?
I have to say that out of all the Hair Loss Shampoo's I have used, Shapiro MD definitely had the best packaging and instructions. I used the Shapiro MD shampoo and conditioner when I washed my hair in the shower. Be sure to use your fingers to massage the shampoo & conditioner into the scalp. Once you've finished, you'll want to let the shampoo sit on the hair for at least 2 minutes and then rinse it out. Once you've done that, you'll need to apply the conditioner. Again, you'll want to repeat the steps above.
If you purchase The Natural Kit like I did, then at this point you can use the foam. Just pump the bottle twice and apply the foam to dry hair. They recommend to do this daily for the best hair growth results. That might sound like a hassle but you don't need to rinse it out. You can just do it quickly in the morning. I found there to be no strong smell and my husband said he couldn't notice anything in my Hair. Nobody at my work seemed to notice anything either. I did that everyday for about 1 month.
I have been dealing with hair loss for over a year now. I started this blog to try and find the best hair loss products for myself. A long the way I have uncovered some scams. Is Shapiro a scam? I would have to say based on my experience that Shapiro MD is NOT a scam.
So, Does Shapiro MD Regrow hair? After a 3 months of using their products I didn't notice my hair getting thicker and less hair falling out when I brushed it. The Hair Growth was slow but the results got better with each month passing. Eventually Shapiro MD was just way too expensive for me to continue using and I had to stop using it. Like so many other products my hair loss started again when I stopped using it.
If Shapiro MD was cheaper or they had bulk discounts like Folexin. I would definitely use it because it does work and it isn't a scam. The thing is though, there are cheaper DHT Blocking Shampoo and Conditioners out there that work well. They feature most of the same ingredients Shapiro MD plus even more.
So to summarize, I got good results with Shapiro MD after 2-3 months. My hair was thicker and longer. It looked more beautiful. Eventually though I couldn't afford to continue using it and then my hair started to become dry and brittle again before eventually falling out in clumps which was my original state prior to using Shapiro MD.
Is that a scam? I would say that no, that is not a scam. I think the product did include the ingredients it said it did and I didn't get auto-billed or charged anything extra by surprise. If your hair loss isn't caused by a build up of DHT then you most likely won't see any Hair Growth results from Shapiro MD. There are other causes of Hair Loss like vitamin deficiency, pregnancy, stress and more. I think most of the scam claims come from customers who have experienced hair loss from other sources.
Shapiro MD Shampoo Side Effects
I personally did not experience any side effects during my time using Shapiro MD Shampoo & Condtioner. My scalp felt find and I experienced no allergic reactions. If you do however feel like your scalp is burning or any other symptoms you should discontinue use immediately seek advice from a medical professional. According to Web MD, Saw Palmetto is "likely safe" but you SHOULD NOT take this if you are pregnant or breast feeding. They also mention to not use it before any major surgery (9).
Shapiro MD Customer Reviews
Shapiro MD has recently listed their products on the Amazon market place. In hindsight, they may have regretted this since customers are given the ability to write about what they think in their reviews freely.
Currently, 29% of the reviews for Shapiro MD are 1 star which is not a good sign. They have over 400 reviews and a 3.3 out of 5 star rating which isn't terrible but not great by any means.
There is a rumor that you can get 1 year worth of Shapiro MD for writing a glowing review which is shocking, but I can't know for sure if that is genuine or not. Some of the less sinister customer reviews simply mention the product did not work. If that is indeed true then that is drifting into a scam territory and a major red flag. Like I said earlier though in this review, I don't think that Shapiro MD is a scam.
Shapiro MD Reddit Reviews
Currently there isn't much discussion on reddit about Shapiro MD Shampoo, the product just isn't popular enough yet. I did find one Reddit Thread about Shapiro MD though. The Original Poster just asked if anyone had used Shapiro MD before. Somebody replied that they thought (in their opinion) most of Shapiro MD's Amazon reviews were probably fake.
Shapiro Hair Loss Shampoo and Conditioner was developed by dermatologists Michael Borenstein, M.D. and Steven Shapiro, M.D. Both of these medical professionals understand how hair loss affects both women and men. This prompted Shapiro and Borenstein to develop a hair loss solution that would speed up the hair growth process. According to the dermatologists, their Shapiro MD hair growth shampoo has been clinically tested for effectiveness and safety.
Shapiro and Borenstein claim that their triple-action hair therapy patented formula can give you thicker fuller hair. They utilize saw palmetto berry extract (SPBE), caffeine, and Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) to speed up the hair growth process.
I followed the Shapiro MD's directions, which recommends utilizing a moderate dab and massaging gently into the scalp for at least two minutes. Follow up with a thorough rinsing. Follow the same directions when utilizing the Shapiro MD conditioner. I followed this regimen for 30 days and did see some improvement in my hair loss.
The Bottom Line: Should You Buy It?
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get long term results from Shapiro MD Hair Loss shampoo. I wish I did, but I did not.
The good news is that I found a more effective alternative. I would recommend Folexin Hair Supplements above everything else.
Folexin helped me more than the other options, and I am confident that it will help everyone else too.
It was far cheaper and they have bulk discounts which make it super affordable if you want to use it for long term hair results.