ACTIIV Shampoo Reviews: Does It Really Work?

ACTIIV Shampoo Reviews: Does It Really Work?
Actiiv Shampoo Reviews: Does It Really Work?

Actiiv is still a fairly new company that has decided to join the hair loss arena. In fact, Actiiv is completely focused on hair products that are meant to help with hair loss. However, just because hair loss is Actiiv’s primary goal, this does not necessarily mean that they are any good at it.

This fact is why it is important to take a closer look at Actiiv, both as a company and at their shampoo. Looking at a product in detail often gives you a much better idea of how well it will or won’t work for you.

About Actiiv Products

Actiiv is, as mentioned, a new company still. They do have their own website so that you can buy the Actiiv products directly from them. However, there is not a lot to their site, and practically no information on the company itself, how Actiiv was founded, what the company goal is, or anything else about them.

That said, Actiiv does seemingly have a goal. This goal is to offer natural hair growth and hair restoration products for salons. Since hair products that are used in salons have to really work, this does hint that Actiiv intends on making only products that have an excellent amount of quality to them.

The products you find in a salon do tend to be expensive, but they are usually worth the price. Salons also regularly get new products in so that they can keep up with the latest breakthroughs in hair care. So, if Actiiv really wants to hit this market, they will make sure that their products feature the newest breakthroughs.

When it comes to shampoo, Actiiv has two different shampoos that can help your hair. The first is Active Recover Thickening Shampoo, and the second is Actiiv Renew Healing Cleansing Treatment. While the latter shampoo is not specifically labeled as a shampoo, it is used exactly the same and preferably before the conditioner.

While some parts of the Recover shampoo are different from the Renew shampoo, these two do have a few things in common. Both have potential benefits and are good for your hair. Which Actiiv shampoo you should use is up to you and what your hair needs.


Actiiv Recover Thickening Shampoo

There are actually two Actiiv Recover Thickening Shampoos. One of these Actiiv shampoos is specifically for men, while the other Actiiv Recover shampoo is specifically for women. Actiiv Recover shampoo is designed specifically to target hair loss using primarily natural, plant-based compounds.

Recover targets DHT in both men and women to tackle this source of hair loss. As a shampoo, Active Recover also cleanses and cleans your hair. The DHT blocking is made to get deep into your scalp, more so than other DHT blocking shampoos.

Actiiv shampoo is able to reach deeper into your scalp thanks to a new, patented technology that Actiiv has developed. This new system features green tea as a way of delivering everything to your scalp. The way this green tea system works is that it temporarily widens your hair follicles.

While your hair follicles are widened, the other natural ingredients penetrate deep into your follicles. Once there, they cleanse your follicles, deliver nutrients, and then seal the follicle back up more tightly than it was before. This way, it is harder for certain things like DHT to bind itself to your hair follicles.

This green tea technology is used in both the men’s and women’s Actiiv shampoos. The fact that it is green tea, a natural plant that has benefits all on its own, and not some chemical that the average person might not even be able to pronounce, is definitely something nice about this shampoo.

  • Promotes fuller looking, thicker feeling hair.
  • Quick and easy to use.
  • Targets damaged hair and increases hair growth. 

  • Can influence colored hair. 

Advantages Of Actiiv Recover

The extra depth that Actiiv shampoo can reach into your scalp has the double effect of making the DHT blocking more effective and of helping the blocking effects to last longer. This is why you only have to apply Actiiv shampoo once every other day to get real results.

This is less often than other DHT blocking shampoos, which often require you to use them daily. Not having to use this shampoo daily means that, if you are going to shower daily, you can alternate between this and another shampoo while still getting the full benefits of the Actiiv shampoo.

As mentioned, the green tea delivery system is really nice. First, for the way it works, and second because it is natural. There are a number of other natural ingredients in both the men and women Recover shampoos.

Some of these Actiiv ingredients help calm inflammation, while others deal with some of the other reasons your hair might be thinning so that your hair can grow back fuller and thicker. On top of dealing with DHT, Actiiv shampoo can also help with hair loss due to thyroid issues, medications, and other problems.

What’s more, the shampoo is vegan and is free of alcohol that can dry out your hair. Finally, the Active Recover works much more quickly than many DHT blockers do, usually giving you noticeable results within 2 to 6 weeks.

You should get your peak results when you have been using the Recover shampoo for somewhere between 9 and 24 months. Though the bottles are not very big, you only have to use a little. This means that one bottle of Actiiv should last you a couple of months if you use it as directed.

Disadvantages Of Actiiv Recover

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While this Actiiv shampoo may be called a shampoo, you should apply it more like a conditioner. It will lather, then you should let the Recover shampoo sit in your hair for 5 minutes. After that, you continue like normal by rinsing it out.

If you are in a rush and need a really quick shower, then you might not want to wait for both for the shampoo and then the conditioner to sit for a few minutes each. There are some days when every little moment counts.

We recommend using Revita’s shampoo due to it’s ease. With Revita, you can simply soak your hair, lather the product and rise it out. This hair care product help hair regrowth, treat bald spots and thicken thinning hair! Read the full revita shampoo review here.

Though most of the Actiiv ingredients are good, there are several ingredients that you don’t want in your shampoo. There is more than one sodium, which is bad since even one type of sodium can dry out your hair.

Unlike Actiiv, Revita is composed of natural ingredients. This hair loss shampoo is enriched with powerful vitamins, infused with apple extract and is free of parabens, sulfates and cruelty! There is no cleaner, more sustainable product on the market.

Additionally, there is synthetic fragrance added and a list of other ingredients that are hard to pronounce and equally hard to understand exactly what they are. These are not things that you want in your hair, especially not when there are plenty of other shampoos that are just as good that do not have these in it.

Revita Shampoo for Hair Loss 2
Revita Shampoo for Hair Loss 2

Revita High-Performance Hair Stimulating Shampoo

  • Supports both healthy and compromised hair follicles
  • Fights Follicular Dysfunction from First Application
  • Improves hair density, thickness, and appearance
  • Promotes scalp stimulation
  • Cuts down on stress-induced loss

Men’s Vs. Women’s Actiiv Recover

Actiiv has both a Men’s Actiiv shampoo and a Women’s Actiiv shampoo. However, these differences are quite minor. Both have Aloe leaf juice, clover, lavender, ginger, and a few other plants.

In fact, the list of the ingredients in these two Actiiv shampoos are perfectly identical. While some of the amounts of each ingredient may differ, the fact that all of the ingredients are in the exact same order indicates that there is actually nothing different about these two products at all.

This is fine if you have multiple people in your household who want to use this shampoo. It means that you can simply both use the women’s or the men’s instead of using different ones. However, it does not say a whole lot for this company if they do not even take the time to individualize in any way their two different shampoos other than to give them different titles.

Actiiv Renew Healing Cleansing Treatment

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Whereas the Active Recover shampoo focusses on preventing and reversing hair loss that is caused by DHT and other problems, the Actiiv Renew shampoo takes a different direction. The Actiiv Renew Healing Cleansing Treatment focusses on healing damaged hair.

Specifically, the Recover shampoo heals up hair that has been damaged by heat styling, coloring, or anything else that causes your hair to get damaged and break easily. These are things that can make your hair seem thinner even if you are not technically losing your hair yet.

Like their Recover shampoo, the Actiiv Renew shampoo uses the green tea delivery system. This is used to deliver the nutrients deep into your follicles so that your hair grows out stronger and less likely to break. More than that, it encourages your hair roots to grow out your hair faster.

Actiiv claims that their shampoo helps to increase your hair growth rate by 40%. This is enough to be a noticeable improvement, and you should start to see results within a few weeks. If your hair is over-processed and damaged, it may take a little longer.

Advantages Of Actiiv Renew

Like the Recover shampoo, the Active Renew shampoo is best used every other day for the best results. This means you go through your bottle slower and save you some money. This Active shampoo is vegan, gluten-free, and is color-safe, as well as being keratin treatment-safe.

On top of that, Actiiv Renew is made cruelty-free and is made responsibly with the environment in mind. Inside, it does have 14 minerals, 18 amino acids, and 17 vitamins, including a full Vitamin B complex. All of these Actiiv ingredients are obviously great for your hair.

This Actiiv shampoo also does a great job of using the green tea system to get these nutrients into your hair. This is a large part of why the Actiiv Renew does such a good job of healing your hair and helping encourage growth.

Disadvantages Of Actiiv Renew

Like a conditioner, the Actiiv Renew does need to sit in your hair for a few minutes. This time is worth it, though, to allow the green tea system to deliver the nutrients into your hair to heal it. However, it doe not make for a quick shower.

There are also the same harmful ingredients in the Actiiv Renew shampoo as there are in the Actiiv Recover shampoo. These include various types of sodium as well as sulfates and other things you do not want to have.

Final Thoughts

In addition to having a shampoo, Actiiv also has conditioners that can be used to pair with their shampoos. One thing that you should know here is that many of the ingredients of these Actiiv shampoos are the same.

While I have already mentioned that the men’s and women’s Actiiv Recover have the exact same ingredients, the Recover and the Renew have pretty similar ingredient lists as well. However, there is enough of a variation here to justify labeling them as two different products.

All in all, the Actiiv Recover is best if you are suffering from hair loss and are trying to fix that problem. The Actiiv Renew is a better choice if your hair is simply damaged, or if you wish to grow out your hair quickly for whatever reason. If you are facing both hair loss and hair damage, we recommend using Revita. Not only does this product treats hair damage from dyes and heat, but it regrows bald spots and thicken hair!

However, since both of these shampoos only need to be used every other day, it is entirely possible to get the full results of both. This is simply done by taking a shower every day and alternating which shampoo you use.

The fact does remain, though, that both shampoos have ingredients in them that are not good for you or your hair. There are better shampoos than these Actiiv options out there when it comes to ingredients (check out Revita!). However, the green tee delivery system is new and very effective. So, if you don’t mind these ingredients, Actiiv shampoos might very well be a great choice for you.

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Christopher is the founder of Hair Loss Geeks, which launched back in 2011. At the time there wasn't any credible information on the internet about hair loss. As someone suffering from hair loss himself, Christopher began his extensive research journey. After launching the site, he later graduated from Boston University in 2012 with his PhD in Biochemistry. What started off as a hobby project quickly became a bigger focus as it grew. Christopher hopes everyone can learn from both his experience and research.

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  1. I tried the Actiiv shampoo and conditioner exactly as directed and it did absolutely nothing for my thinning hair. I found it to be very harsh on my hair. I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone.


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