Ultrax Labs Hair Surge | Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo – My Review

Product: Ultrax Labs Hair Surge | Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo
Price: $49.95
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Made in USA: Yes
Guarantee: 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
My Recommendation: 10/10

Overview


Ultrax Labs Hair Surge is a very popular caffeine-based shampoo on the market. To figure out if it’s worth the money, and if it deserves the hype, we researched all corners of the web to learn what we could learn about this popular new shampoo.

Caffeine in Shampoo – Whaaaaaa?


A bombshell 2015 study showed that caffeine has a role to play in hair loss prevention. Sounds a bit crazy, right?

But those German scientists are a determined bunch, and they studied whether caffeine could encourage hair cells to produce more hair.

They placed follicles from hundreds of different human scalps in petri dishes.  Some of the petri dishes were treated with caffeine. The experiment showed that the hair follicles that were spiked with caffeine grew much faster than the untreated cells.

Because of this landmark study, many new shampoos formulated to treat hair loss now include caffeine.

What Else Is In It?


Ultrax Labs Hair Surge is a medicinal shampoo with three primary active ingredients in a proprietary formula.

  1. Caffeine.  Amazingly, the most active ingredient in this shampoo is caffeine. The caffeine found inside Hair Surge has been combined with cocamidopropyl betaine, which is an organic compound made from coconut oil. (To read in even more detail about caffeine’s role in hair loss, click here.)

One small handful of Ultrax shampoo contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee. That said, the other ingredients in Ultrax help facilitate absorption of the caffeine.

  1. Ketoconazole.  It should be no shock that many different types of fungi live in our scalp skin. Most of the time, they’re helpful – the “good guys”.  However, hairsprays and other types of aggressive hair care products (like mouse and perms and straightening) can help bad types of funguses to grow.  If the cause of your hair loss is fungal overgrowth, ketoconazole can help. Ketoconazole has been in use in hair loss products since 1977. When researchers discovered that fungi were a cause of hair loss in the 1990s, manufacturers started adding ketoconazole to hair loss prevention shampoos for improved results.
  2. Saw palmetto.  Saw palmetto is a well-established herb to help with the prevention of hair loss. Native Americans have been using saw palmetto for centuries to treat skin problems, dandruff, and baldness, but science is just starting to catch up and implement it in our medicines. Saw palmetto oil restores hair by inhibiting the hormone DHT. DHT is a byproduct of testosterone that causes scalp hair follicles to dry up and die.

 

Who is it for?


Ultrax Labs Hair Surge is recommended for use by both men and women equally. There are no contraindications. The maker says it may be used along side other hair loss treatments, which means you could amplify its effects by taking it with a biotin supplement or using an overnight hair regeneration treatment.

How to Use Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Shampoo


The makers recommend using this shampoo five times a week for optimal results. That tough-to-pronounce ingredient Ketoconazole can be tough on the scalp if you used every single day, so keep this in mind and don’t go over the manufacturer’s advice.

You use Ultrax Labs Hair Surge in the same way that you would use any other shampoo.  Wet your hair, pump out the shampoo, and then rub the shampoo into your scalp. Let the shampoo sit for a few minutes to get absorbed by your scalp and skin. Then, rinse it off and follow with a conditioner of your choice.

What do people say?


People love this stuff. As of the date of this article, it has a 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon.com with almost 4,000 reviews total.

Women specifically have said that this product works well for them when no other hair loss product has worked. Women notice the shampoo makes their hair thicker and stronger, with fewer clumps falling out in the shower. And, pretty consistently, women love the smell – it’s “minty”. Over time, they noticed less shedding and a marked improvement along their hairlines.

The reviews I’ve read come from women of all ages and ethnicities, and they’re mostly enthusiastic or outright ecstatic.

Any Drawbacks?


The price is a bit steep, for shampoo. Reviewers say using it as directed, 5x/week, the bottle lasts about a month and a half. So, given that, the price is pretty similar to what you’d pay for using Rogaine or even Pura D’or (other top rated hair loss prevention products for women). But $49.95 for a bottle of shampoo can seem like a lot if you’re used to paying $3 or $4 a bottle. Like anything else, it becomes a question of priority and the relative value to YOU. Many women experiencing hair thinning or hair loss would be happy to pay $50 to make the problem go away.

As with anything else, negative reviews of this shampoo do exist. The takeaway? Clearly it doesn’t work very well for everyone.

  • Some people think the bottle is too small for the price
  • Some were unhappy with the lathering of the shampoo.
  • Some people claimed intense hair loss or scalp irritation after using this product.

It’s entirely possible some of these women experienced an allergic reaction to any of the main ingredients, including caffeine, or that their hair loss was just really aggressive and accelerated, and the shampoo only helped in a limited way. I would not recommend this shampoo to anyone with a caffeine allergy.

Overall


Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Shampoo is an innovative approach to treating hair loss prevention for women. It’s based on current, contemporary science, and includes other ingredients with an established history of being helpful for hair loss.

Because of the current biochemical research into caffeine’s role in hair loss prevention, I’m much less skeptical of this or any other caffeine-containing shampoo. It’s not just a gimmick: it’s science! This specific brand of caffeine shampoo has earned praise from all corners of the internet, and it appears to get results from women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.

Reviewers claimed over and over that it was most helpful around the hairline. Since this is my problem area, I’m probably going to give this one a whirl. When I do that, I’ll update this review with my experiences.

UPDATE 4/12/17

I bought this shampoo and have used it for two weeks. I LOVE IT.

Smells: minty but not too minty
Application: pump that controls how much comes out. REALLY important for $50 shampoo.
Feels: cooling tingle on scalp after use
Lather: not the greatest
Hair texture: DEFINITELY thicker; no greasy residue thankfully
Hair growth: some new babyhair, but these could be because of the supplements.

This one’s a winner, folks. I’m upgrading my review to 10/10 and will update this review after more time has passed.

Update 6/17/17

I used this shampoo for an additional three weeks, and enjoyed seeing the new fuzz continue to sprout up along my sparse hairline. Unfortunately, during this time I also moved to a different continent with a wholly new climate, and have been experiencing major skin breakouts on my face, neck, and head.

It could be the different pollen, or the extremely moist air, so because of the breakouts, I’ve had to take a step back from my Ultrax Surge experiment, in favor of the “no poo” method.

While “no poo” doesn’t correct hair loss or stimulate hair follicles, it does provide a neutral “chemical-free zone” while I get to the bottom of my skin issues. Once that’s back to normal, I’ll resume my use of Ultrax and update again to let you know my progress! Didn’t want you all to think I forgot to update 🙂

Try it out yourself!

And then please do come back and leave me a comment and let me know how it worked out for you. I look forward to your feedback!

-Penelope

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18 thoughts on “Ultrax Labs Hair Surge | Caffeine Hair Loss Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo – My Review”

  • 18
    Shirley on March 26, 2017 Reply

    I love caffeine! I usually drink it for breakfast, but hey, I’ll get my fix any way I can! Five times per week seems like a lot to be washing hair though, I wonder if this has a negative effect on the natural oils that one’s head needs. Do you know if this is ok to be used on coloured hair?

    • 19
      Penelope on March 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Shirley! Hahaha, I agree, it’s a crazy way to get in the coffee! And 5 times a week seemed like a lot to me, too. I think the benefits of the caffeine are supposed to outweigh the loss of natural oils. Some people recommend using it only on weekdays and then giving your scalp the weekend off. I didn’t come across any cautionary reviews from dyed hair and am going to assume it’s safe for them. The shampoo itself is colorless, so it won’t add any color to the hair.

  • 20
    Elizabeth on March 26, 2017 Reply

    Penelope,

    This is an interesting product. I have just recently become concerned about thinning hair. I think five times a week is too often for me to use a shampoo. I usually wash my hip length hair twice a week, because it has to air dry and be conditioned properly. Are there any lotions with caffeine on the market yet?

    • 21
      Penelope on March 26, 2017 Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, thanks for the comment. Hip-length hair, that’s really impressive! I’ve known very few people who could grow hair that long. As for lotions/topical treatments not requiring a shampoo, there are a couple, this one being the most well-reviewed. Worth checking out for sure!

  • 22
    Kien on March 26, 2017 Reply

    This is a very helpful review. I’ve never thought caffeine can help prevent loss hair. Based on your review, there are not many drawbacks for this product. I don’t have this problem but I know a friend that is struggling with hair loss problem. I will be sure to share with him your site.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • 23
      Penelope on March 26, 2017 Reply

      Thanks so much for the feedback, I hope your friend finds this info helpful! This caffeine thing is a real game changer, for sure.

  • 24
    Udoh on March 26, 2017 Reply

    Too bad the caffeine we consume in our coffees and tea does not help regrow our hair =:) that it must be put in the shampoo in order to work.
    Anyway, now that there is science behind this hair loss prevention shampoo, it’s time to end hair loss nightmare.

    Great review!

    • 25
      Penelope on March 26, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the comment! I agree, it’s a shame we can’t just drink our way to more hair…but we’d need about 50 cups a day of coffee for it to make a difference. I know a few people who get CLOSE to about half of that, but most of us would drop dead of a heart attack at even 10, I think! 🙂

  • 26
    Allie on March 27, 2017 Reply

    Wow! Interesting read. Who knew they would find another use for coffee. I always enjoy a few cups a day, putting it on my hair would have seemed like a waste before. I know as I have aged I am losing my natural curl, may be a good idea to give this a try. Thx for the heads up!!

    • 27
      Penelope on March 27, 2017 Reply

      Glad that this helped, and hopefully you get great results!

  • 28
    Alyce on March 31, 2017 Reply

    Hello, this is great information for women interested in hair loss prevention. You personally give this product 8/10, but given that the information looks overwhelmingly positive, I’m curious about why it misses a couple of points from a perfect 10 recommendation. Have you tried this product personally, or could you give a little more information about how you reached this specific recommendation / rating?

    Thank you so much for the information and helpful resource!

    • 29
      Penelope on March 31, 2017 Reply

      Absolutely, and that’s a great question. My 8/10 rating is because of the price of the product (to me, $50 is a little steep for a bottle of shampoo), and also because of some of the negative user recommendations. I’ve actually purchased this product for myself recently, and we’ll see how it goes, I may revise my review. if it helps with hair growth, then I will simply think of it as “medicine” and not shampoo, and those of us in the US at least know that $50 is pretty cheap for medicine.

  • 30
    Jen on April 3, 2017 Reply

    How interesting!! Caffeine! I would have never guessed. I suppose since it’s a stimulant, why not stimulate hair growth… how ingenious. I see that it has a “minty” smell.. I do like that, but does it come in any special scents? My mom might like this but does not particularly like mint… I wonder how strong the “mint” scent is?

    • 31
      Penelope on April 3, 2017 Reply

      That’s one of those questions I won’t be able to answer until mine arrives – but I will definitely let you know the extent of the mintiness. There are other caffeinated shampoos out there, you could always opt for one of those…sadly most of them also appear to be “mint” scented.

      Except for this one!

  • 32
    victoria lagattuta on April 12, 2017 Reply

    A good overall review. I never even thought about it before but when and if I come to the point of needing this, I will definitely keep this link in mind. ~~Vicky

    • 33
      Penelope on April 12, 2017 Reply

      thanks for the comment, Victoria! hopefully you won’t need to deal with this but there are resources if you ever do, or if you ever know anyone dealing with this issue!

  • 34
    Stevie on July 7, 2017 Reply

    Excellent product review! As I’ve aged into my late 30’s I’ve noticed my hair getting thinner and more of it falling out in the shower. I’ve always had really thick hair so it’s kind of stressful for me to having it getting thinner. I definitely think I’m going to give this a try!

    • 35
      Penelope on July 8, 2017 Reply

      Definitely give it a shot – I think you’ll notice a huge difference. Ultrax is one of the best ones I’ve tried!

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