Does Nutrafol Work? — My 2017 Review

Product: Nutrafol Women Advanced Thinning Hair & Hair Loss Supplement
Price: $88.00 for 120 capsules
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Guarantee: 30 day money back
Overall: 7/10

What is Nutrafol?

Nutrafol is a supplement marketed to women suffering from hair loss. Nutrafol claims that their formula is one of the most comprehensive and scientifically advanced hair loss supplements available.

This supplement targets two specific causes of hair loss: inflammation and elevated stress hormones. By targeting these causes, in addition to the usual nutritional culprits, Nutrafol cliams that their product is a winner. They also call their formula a “nutraceutical” rather than a straight-up vitamin or pharmaceutical…clever. It also includes four patented ingredients.

Tell Me More…

In their own words, this is why they stand out from the competition:

Nutrafol states that their product is recommended by “prestige salons” worldwide, many prominent dermatologists and plastic surgeons, and has even been reviewed in prominent women’s magazines like Allure.

So What’s In Nutrafol?

Here’s the complete ingredients list:

  • SYNERGEN COMPLEX PATENT PENDING Hydrolyzed Fish Collagen Type 1 & 3
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Valensa SuperCritical CO2 Extract >45%
  • BCM-95® Bio-Curcumin (Curcuma Longa) 25:1 extract
  • Sensoril® Ashwagandha Root and Leaf Extract (10% Withanolides)
  • Tocotrienol (Tocomax® 20%) alpha-,beta-,gamma-,delta-tocotrienol
  • Hyaluronic Acid Proprietary Nutrafol Blend: L-Methionine, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, L-Lysine
  • Horsetail (herb) Extract (Equistum arvense) std. to 7% Silica
  • Resveratrol (Polygonum cuspidatum 50%)
  • Fo-Ti (root) Powder (Polygonum multiflorum)
  • Black Pepper Fruit Extract (std. to 95% piperine)
  • BioPerine® Red Pepper Fruit Extract (std.. to 2% capsaicin)
  • Biotin
  • Selenium (as Selenium amino acid chelate)
  • Zinc (as Zinc Amino Acid Chelate),
  • Camu Camu 4:1 Extract Powder (Vitamin C 20%)
  • Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) (from Lanolin)
  • Vitamin A (as Beta Carotene)

fishIf you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may already see some ingredients you recognize –  Biotin, Fo-Ti, Saw Palmetto, Zinc…

We also see some big/unusual names. And fish collagen! Many of the trademarked and patented ingredients are derivations or extracts of herbs known to help with hair loss. For example, Curcuma Longa is more commonly known as Tumeric, an herb widely taken to combat inflammation.

My analysis: Nutrafol contains a propriety blend of known micro-nutrients for hair loss and inflammation, known herbal remedies for hair loss, and science-y secrets!  The process of obtaining a patent is arduous and expensive; clearly Nutrafol had some serious R&D dollars at play.

How To Take Nutrafol

Take four capsules daily with any meal, any time of day. At 120 capsules/bottle and 4 pills per day, this means one bottle is a one-month supply.

Nutrafol comes with a hefty safety precaution disclaimer, which I appreciate. So often these supplement makers fail to take into account their allergies or dietary needs when beginning a supplement, and don’t provide specific enough instructions.

Safety Information

Important Reminders: Nutrafol does not contain gluten, wheat, shellfish, binders, fillers. While Nutrafol contains natural ingredients free of the side effects that may come with drugs, on very rare occasion there is always a possibility of an allergic reaction. If this occurs, please stop use and consult your doctor. Do not take Nutrafol if you are pregnant or nursing. If you take oral contraception/birth-control pills, consult with your doctor before starting Nutrafol. Saw palmetto may decrease the effects of estrogen in the body and may decrease the effectiveness of some birth-control pills. If you are using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or other hormonal medications, please consult your doctor before using Nutrafol If you are taking anti-platelet drugs or blood thinners do not introduce this product unless you have consulted your physician first. Nutrafol contains a powerful anti-oxidant tocotrienol / tocopherol complex, a next-generation vitamin E that is 200-percent more bio-available than in traditional formulations. Vitamin E has no known toxicity or side effects except the potential in very high doses to act as an anticoagulant. If you are taking any medications, always best to consult with your doctor.

Nurtafol is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans, as it contains fish (but not shellfish).

Nutrafol for Hair Loss: Yay or Nay?

Nutrafol has a 3.9/5 star rating on, with nearly 150 reviews at the time of this blog post. That’s not quite ideal – I prefer using products with 4 or higher, preferably 4.5 or higher, but let’s piece together what makes it great for some and not so great for others. I’m intrigued enough by the ingredients list to look into this one more closely.

The Yays:

woman thumbs upWomen who love Nutrafol say that it takes some time (2-6 months) but that they see real change.  Others say it is absolutely worth the cost for how effective it is.

Some women note that they take only two pills a day vs. the recommended dose of four, and still notice improvement.

Many of the positive reviewers have burned through other products before starting this. Their relief in finding something that works after the long hunt is truly enviable!

One woman implored us to give this supplement 3-4 months. She had tried everything she could find and heard Nutrafol recommended on The Doctor Show by a dermatologist. She used it for two years before writing the review, so I’m gonna take her at her word.

In another positive review, a woman was recovering from bald spots after heavy hair extensions. She started slow, with two capsules daily, and moved up to the four capsule daily dose. She noticed her bald spots filling in and thicker hair.

Many of these positive reviews were written after the product had been taken for some length of time, so I’m inclined to take them more seriously, than, say negative reviews which were written after trying it for only a month or so.

The Nays:

moneyHands down, the price. Everyone who had a bad or neutral experience with this product gripes about its price. $88/month is unequivocally steep compared to the competition, including Propidren.

I found another interesting tidbit tucked away in both the positive and negative reviews – because of the pepper content in Nutrafol, some people may experience burning or swelling of the gums. I would say this would be more of an allergic than normal reaction to pepper.

Some also experience stomachaches – again, I would attribute this kind of reaction to a potential allergy, or not taking Nutrafol as recommended (with food).

Finally, because it takes a few months to work, most people will not be able to take advantage of the 30 day guarantee for their full investment. But, honestly, that’s gonna be true for most hair loss products because of the inherent nature of hair growth cycles – it just plain takes a few months to notice a difference with anything.


Nutrafol for Hair Loss: Worth a Try

I’m intrigued enough to give this one a shot. I’ll be returning to update this blog post, just as I’ve done with other products after trying them out.

Why? Because I like that Nutrafol is up front about how you need to take a large dose (4 pills is a lot!). This may be a little simple, but it makes me feel like maybe I’ll be getting “more” medicine that way.

I also like their extensive safety warning – it makes me think this isn’t just another BS “formula” slapped together in China and marketed thoughtlessly in a rush to make a fortune on the backs of those of us desperate for a cure for our thinning hair.

There’s also something undeniably good to be said for so many named dermatologists and surgeons recommending this specific product.

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22 thoughts on “Does Nutrafol Work? — My 2017 Review”

  • 18
    Irma on June 22, 2017 Reply

    I would like to thank you for doing the work that you do in reviewing these products. I am intrigued with which aspect it is in supplements that cause them work- is it each ingredient working or the combination working together? Every product has a different combination that helps some but not others.

    I look forward to reading of your results with this product!

    • 19
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      That’s an excellent question, and thank you for the kind words! I wish I had a background in microbiology or pharmacology so I could give a more precise answer! I think it’s probably a little from column A and a little from column B. We know that medications can assist or impede one another, and this is likely also true for some vitamins and herbal compounds. Even if it’s just having all of these ingredients present with NO interaction, having them all in one pill, vs. 30 different bottles, is the winning choice!

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    GBIG on June 22, 2017 Reply

    You are right, the price of Nutrafol does seem high, especially when compared to similar products. I can see why it is priced the way it is through and you are getting value for money and many doctors recommend it. I think 4 tablets a day is a lot, but if it makes a real difference then it’s worth it. As women age, more and more of these products will become important. I know a friend who will benefit from this product. Thank you for writing this article.

    • 21
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the feedback. When considering the cost of cosmetic procedures we always have to weigh the potential benefits. If Nutrafol really does work as well as some users say, I’ll consider $88/month a bargain!

  • 22
    Clyde on June 22, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for reviewing this product.

    I was interested in this product until I saw that the price would be kind of hard for someone to afford on a monthly basis. Then I realized that you “Get what you pay for”.
    Why pay money for a product that does not work?

    Thank You,

    • 23
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      I’m right there with you – sometimes, a bigger pricetag equals a bigger payout!

  • 24
    Helen Vella on June 22, 2017 Reply

    Very good review which I am sure took you some time to research. Interesting read, I knew about Biotin for hair and nails but did not know about this product. As you say it sounds very pricey, but might be worth it if it helps.

    • 25
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for the feedback! Glad you learned something 🙂

  • 26
    Kim on June 22, 2017 Reply

    Just wondering if this would work for men? i read through the article and noticed that the article was specifically about hair loss in women but didn’t notice anything about men. I would be very interested to know. Great information!!

    • 27
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for asking! Neutrafol makes a different product just for men – you can read more about it here. It’s the same concept, and very similar, but with slightly different ingredients, since the hormonal causes of hair loss in men and women can be a bit different.

  • 28
    Linda on June 22, 2017 Reply

    Hi, Penelope! Great review! I never knew about this product, but it is understandable because I wasn’t interested in these kinds of products. Sometimes it’s interesting to read something that I don’t usually read about.
    It seems like a good product. We need to remember that not every product is good for everyone. We are unique and different, and it is beautiful. 🙂
    It is good that you will try for yourself and later write about it. I would like to know your personal experience. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!

    • 29
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the feedback! Amazing how much stuff is available out there, right? Thanks for checking back in after I have the time to try this one 🙂

  • 30
    Emmy on June 22, 2017 Reply

    You’ve done your research on this product haven’t you? Very informative! I’m not sure about the price being high as some would think. I think that depends on whether it works for your hair or not. If you suffered hair loss and Nutrafol solved the problem them the cost would be 100% worth it.
    Great post!

    • 31
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the input. I agree – if it works, $88/month (which, let’s face it, is the cost of one nice meal out) is COMPLETELY worth having thick, filled-in hair!

  • 32
    Manika- Nia Dixon on June 23, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for the thorough review here! I like that you normally go for ratings that are at 4-4.5 or higher but its stellar that you will give this one a shot and let us know, anyway! Do you think this product would also work to thicken and strengthen the hair that is already there?

    • 33
      Penelope on June 23, 2017 Reply

      Yes, people have used Nutrafol to strengthen existing or thinning hair! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  • 34
    Vanessa on July 5, 2017 Reply

    This is an interesting product but it’s a shame that it interferes with birth control pills. I do appreciate that they do mention it as other supplements sometimes don’t and that can be risky if you don’t double-check.

    I’m also glad you brought up about the negative reviews of this product and how they were mostly written by people who were only using the product for a month. I think any product that claims super long hair regrowth in a month is a red flag and some people have unrealistic expectations.

    • 35
      Penelope on July 6, 2017 Reply

      Yeah, I completely agree with that assessment. Any hair loss treatment (other than, let’s face it, putting on a wig) is gonna require long-term commitment. I do think that women who are concerned about any interference with birth control should check with their docs before starting this one. Too bad we can’t just have more men get vasectomies, eh?

  • 36
    Arta on July 6, 2017 Reply

    The price of Nutrafol does seem to be quite high but I couldn’t find anywhere for how long time should you use this supplement? I read that it takes several months to see the improvement but then – should I use it for the whole life to retain the results? Or is it enough with some period of time?

    • 37
      Penelope on July 8, 2017 Reply

      That’s an excellent question. I am gonna go out on a limb here and say that with most hair loss products, it’s a lifetime commitment. The nutritional and hormonal causes of hair loss are often permanent.

  • 38
    Susan on September 19, 2017 Reply

    read the Saw Palmetto can cause cellulite. I only read it from one or two people that took it. Is that true or is there not enough in the pill to cause that? Thank you for your informative review. Really helps.

    • 39
      Penelope on September 19, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for the question! In all of my research, I’ve found no scientific evidence supporting the idea that saw palmetto causes cellulite. I did see some anecdotal stuff, but keep in mind that it’s hard to isolate any one ingredient as a cause. The amount of Saw Palmoetto included in Nutrafol is appropriate as a hair loss treatment and not excessive.

      There IS scientific backing for these causes of cellulite: caffeine, carbonation, and refined and processed foods.

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