Does Nutrafol Work? — I use it and reviewed it!

22. June 2017 Supplements 109

Product: Nutrafol Women Advanced Thinning Hair & Hair Loss Supplement
Price: $88.00 for 120 capsules – ONE MONTH SUPPLY
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Guarantee: YES – 30 day money back


What is Nutrafol?

Nutrafol is a supplement marketed to women suffering from hair loss.

Nutrafol claims that their unique formula is one of the most comprehensive and scientifically advanced hair loss supplements available.

stress causes hair lossThis supplement targets two specific causes of hair loss:

  • inflammation
  • elevated stress hormones.

By targeting these causes, in addition to the usual nutritional culprits, Nutrafol claims to be better than other hair loss supplements.

They call this formula a “nutraceutical” rather than a straight-up vitamin or pharmaceutical…clever.  Nutrafol includes four patented ingredients, which distinguishes it from most hair loss supplements.

I’ve been taking Nutrafol for several months. If you want to skip to my progress pics, scroll all the way down. Or check out similar ones posted up on Amazon.com – it’s pretty impressive how well this stuff works.


Nutrafol: Background

Giorgos Tsetis was a male model who suffered hair loss. The drug he was prescribed to treat his hair loss had a negative impact on his sexual function, as a common side effect.

This experience motivated him to create the best hair loss supplement without the sexual side effects, and he shifted careers from model to entrepreneur.

Mr. Tsetis spent ten years researching and developing the ingredients for Nutrafol. Nutrafol has been on the market in its present form for over two years.


Tell Me More about Nutrafol…

In their own words, this is why Nutrafol stands out from the competition:

Nutrafol is recommended by “prestige salons” worldwide, as well as prominent dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Amazon.com actually lists names of world-renown dermatologists who recommend this supplement.

Nutrafol has even been reviewed in prominent women’s magazines like Allure.


So What’s In Nutrafol?

Here’s the complete Nutrafol 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)

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But what does all that mean?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may already see some ingredients you recognize that are known for their positive impact on hair regrowth –  Biotin, Fo-Ti, Saw Palmetto, Zinc

We also see some big/unusual names, for those patented ingredients. And we also see fish collagen!

Many of the trademarked and patented ingredients are derivations or extracts of herbs we know to help with hair loss.

For example, Curcuma Longa is more commonly known as Tumeric, an herb widely taken to combat inflammation, which plays a role in scalp health and disease. Inflamed scalps do not grow healthy h air.

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 provides a one-month supply.

Nutrafol comes with a hefty safety precaution disclaimer, which I appreciate.

Quite 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 to their customers.


Nutrafol 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. [Note: this last one is likely because of the pepper content, which can act as a blood thinner.]

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.

IMPORTANT: Nurtafol is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans, or people with fish allergies.

However, Nutrafol does not contain shellfish, so it is acceptable for those who keep kosher.


Nutrafol for Hair Loss: Yay or Nay?

Nutrafol has a 4/5 star rating on Amazon.com, with nearly 230 reviews at the time of this blog post. Let’s piece together what makes it great for some and not so great for others. I’m intrigued enough by the ingredients list and background to look closely at the reviews.

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 many other hair loss products before starting Nutrafol.

Their relief in finding something that works for them after the long hunt is truly enviable – most readers of this blog can probably relate!

One woman implored us to give the Nutrafol supplement 3-4 months before coming to judgment.

This woman 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 Nutrafol was 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.

To Recap the Pros:

  • Works if you give it time
  • Works when other supplements have not
  • Fills in bald spots
  • Long-term Nutrafol user reviews are online adding a lot to its credibility
  • Kosher/does not contain shellfish

The Nays:

moneyHands down, the price. Everyone who had a bad or neutral experience with this product gripes about its price. $88/month is 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 posit this is more of an allergic than normal reaction to pepper…I mean, we all use pepper all of the time, practically ever recipe on earth calls for it.

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.

To Recap the Cons:

  • Cost
  • Inappropriate for those with fish  allergies
  • Pepper content can be irritating
  • Takes time to start working

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.

gorgeous hair nutrafolThis may be a little nerdy, but I like their extensive safety warning – it makes me think Nutrafol 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 Nutrafol.


Final thoughts on Nutrafol:

All people taking a supplement (Nutrafol or otherwise) should ALSO be using a DHT blocking shampoo, or a quality caffeine shampoo. Period. Hair loss needs to be treated from the inside and from the outside.

For men and women with a robust hair loss treatment budget, starting Nutrafol is a no-brainer. Because of the ten years of research and development, and the fact that it’s recommended by so many physicians: Nutrafol is worth the investment.

The Nutrafol creator Mr. Tsestis has an interesting perspective, and I’ll share his words on hair loss in closing:

When it comes to hair loss for men and women, there are several causes that disrupt the natural hair growth cycle. Basic vitamins and minerals only act as a temporary bandaid for hair health deficiencies, which is simply not enough. Hair loss and thinning hair means your body is imbalanced and there’s something off, because hair follicles are mini organs.

I love that last line – our hair is not just this dead decoration – it’s a product of thousands of miniature organs, and we have to treat it like a living thing especially when dealing with hair loss due to weakened follicles.

Do come back and check in for my updated review. In the meantime…

Updated Review – October 2017


I’ve been using Nutrafol now for close to three months. I started with two pills a day, rather than the recommended four pills a day, just to make sure I could handle it and the ingredients would not be irritating for me. I recommend that you do the same.

After a week with no reactions or issues, I moved up to the full dose and I’ve only forgotten to take it a handful of days.

Penelope’s fabulous Nutrafol hair.

I’ve used Nutrafol in combination with caffeine shampoos and nightly rosemary scalp rubs, because I firmly believe in treating hair loss on both the inside and the outside.

While it’s true that Nutrafol contains the fancy marine collagen, I also take a separate bovine collagen supplement.  Because why not surf & turf this crap?!  (hahaha sorry about that) I’m making up for lost time here with the collagen!

The result? My uncomfortably high hairline and empty temple areas have been filling in with vellus hairs. This helps so much because my hair is dark and I’d much rather see dark hair than empty space on my scalp, even if they are short vellus hairs or “baby hair”.

I will continue to take Nutrafol and report back again in three more months.

Update – December 2017


I’ve been asked to come back and report with pictures of my new growth.

I’m going to ask you to use your imagination for the before pictures-  the areas that are thinned in these were in fact empty before I went on this journey.  It’s not hard to imagine that. My “about me” photo shows my uncomfortably high hairline and attempt to hide it with hair over my temples.

But now? It may not seem like much to have short vellus hairs framing my face and filling in those gaps, but to me, this is huge.

I hope that as I keep up my treatments that these hairs get longer and stronger, and that these follicles come back to life enough to produce long strong hair.

One result of this new growth is that I’m more comfortable wearing my hair up. I couldn’t do that before (with the exception of having a loose but carefully constructed bun at the nape of my neck) because pulling it back exposed the bald spots.

Amazon.com product images for this stuff now include a ton of before/after pics: check it out. You can see other women’s hairlines and how they’ve also filled in after a few months of taking Nutrafol.

 


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Please reach out with any questions, comments, ideas…anything at all. I always look forward to your feedback.

 

Yours,

Penelope

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109 thoughts on “Does Nutrafol Work? — I use it and reviewed it!”

  • 1
    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!

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      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.

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      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!

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    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,

    • 6
      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

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

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    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.

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      Penelope on June 22, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for the feedback! Glad you learned something 🙂

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    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!!

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      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.

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    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!
    Linda

    • 12
      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 🙂

  • 13
    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!

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      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!

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    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?

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      Penelope on June 23, 2017 Reply

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

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    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.

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      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?

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    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?

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      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.

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    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.

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      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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    Joanne Lessner on September 28, 2017 Reply

    I’m so happy to find your blog! I’m going to try the Biotin brand you suggested and up my dosage to 10,000. I found you because I was specifically searching for Nutrafol reviews. Do you have an update?

    I’m looking for something new to try and want to avoid Rogaine, because it’s messy and I’m afraid it will get on my pillow/face when I sleep and give me hair where I don’t want it!

    Have you ever tried Viviscal, J.F. Lazartigue’s Stymulactine 21 serum, or Harklinikken?

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      Penelope on September 28, 2017 Reply

      Hi Joanne, thanks so much for checking in, and I’m glad you’re finding this info useful. Biotin is a must! An updated Nutrafol review is in the pipeline, thanks for the reminder!

      As for the three products you mentioned, I haven’t tried any of them, but I’m going to do some research and see if there’s anything to them.

      And yeah, Rogaine is messy and does require long-term commitment, so it’s worth trying other products with less drawbacks for sure.

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    Joanne Lessner on September 28, 2017 Reply

    Thanks! FYI, I started using Viviscal after a bad shedding episode last fall, and I thought it really helped. But I got lazy both about my 5,000 Biotin and the dinnertime Viviscal. Once again, fall shedding has started — and it’s worse than last year! So I’m not sure if Viviscal never worked, or maybe just stopped because I got lazy, but I’m casting about now for more solutions. I’m also using lavender, peppermint, cedarwood, rosemary and oregano on my scalp, so I smell lovely at least!

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      Penelope on September 28, 2017 Reply

      Yeah, it can be really tricky when you start and then stop something, the body doesn’t know what to expect, and it can wreak havoc on the hair shedding cycles. I’m glad you’re using all those essential oils, it’s a great starting point.

      Have you tried a caffeine shampoo yet?

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    Joanne Lessner on September 29, 2017 Reply

    I haven’t tried caffeine shampoo! Is there a brand you like? I have curly hair (which covers a multitude of sins) and I use all the Devachan products, which include a no-poo. And I only wash once, maybe twice a week. (Right now I’m terrified to wash it tomorrow!) I started going gray in my mid-30s (I’m 52 now) so I have to color. When you use the oils, do you rinse them out or just let them absorb? And yes, I’ve learned my lesson. I have to just keep up the supplement regimen.

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      Penelope on September 29, 2017 Reply

      I’ve also never heard of the Devachan products, I’m so glad you’re commenting and educating me about even more stuff that’s out there! And yes, it’s good to wash less often than overwash, but some people do think that fungus (ewwww) is a major cause of hair loss so it’s a balancing between killing that crap and then keeping your scalp unfried and in balance with its natural oils. The good thing is that the essential oils you’re using, particularly lavendar, have proven anti-fungal properties. And lucky you with the curly hair! Mine is straight on top and wavy on bottom, which for all intents and purposes means straight, so it looks greasy on top even when I’m happy with the bottom, and I have to wash it more often than I’d like or tolerate more greasy appearance than I’d like.

      I’ve tried two caffeine shampoos. One is the Ultrax, which in spite of not being the most “natural” type of shampoo gives great results – I really liked it and need to pony up for the next bottle. The second was much less expensive, Alpecin, and unfortunately it just was too fake smelling and looking to keep up with. I’ve never actually tried coffee soaks but have considered it. I will probably try this brand next, since they’re consistently sulfate free and reasonably priced.

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    Irene on September 30, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for the tip on pepper allergy!!! I started Nutrafol yesterday and this morning had swollen gums and was wondering why…

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      Penelope on September 30, 2017 Reply

      Glad to have helped! You might want to consider trying Propidren instead – no pepper!

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    Jackie on October 5, 2017 Reply

    I didn’t know that stress could cause hair loss. I guess that’s not so surprising as I know stress shows up in many forms, and this would be yet another one. This is a very sensitive area for women (and men too) so the fact that there may be hope with this product is very meaningful. Thanks for taking the time to thoroughly research this product for your post.
    Jackie

    • 32
      Penelope on October 5, 2017 Reply

      Yes, it would seem that stress is at the root (no pun intended) of far too many of our problems. thank you for your comments, and I’m glad you enjoyed the Nutrafol review!

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    Megan Makowski on October 11, 2017 Reply

    Thorough review!! Love the nutraceutical aspect of it and the research both you and Nurtafol have done. Looking forward to your follow-up review… when should we expect it?

    Also curious if it works for excessive shedding…?

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      Penelope on October 11, 2017 Reply

      It’s on the way, I’m gonna give Nutrafol three more weeks so the update is accurate and thorough.

      And yes, I’ve been shedding WAY less than before. I also started using some inexpensive hair loss shampoo and conditioner, just to contrast with the far more expensive stuff I’ve tried, which may also be playing a role. I’m really shocked by how nice this stuff is for under $20!

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    Denise cormack on October 13, 2017 Reply

    Can nutrafol help androgenetic alopecia

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      Penelope on October 13, 2017 Reply

      Yes – Nutrafol helps with androgenetic alopecia over time by strengthening the hair follicle and hair shaft, shortening the shedding phase (telogen) and extending the growing phase (androgen). It primarily does this through blocking DHT, the hormonal byproduct of testosterone that’s more present in those with androgenetic alopecia. Thanks for reading, hope this helps!

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    Greg on October 17, 2017 Reply

    Does it help with chronic tellegen affluvium?

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      Penelope on October 17, 2017 Reply

      It can help, yes. (For anyone reading this, for more info about the condition, click here.) The Nutrafol people say that the good thing about CTE is that there are multiple causes, and so you can have a more layered solution, and of course they promote Nutrafol as part of that solution, along with a balanced diet, stress reduction, correcting any scalp infections, or stopping any medications which may have precipitated the CTE. hope this helps, thanks for stopping by!

  • 39
    Vince on October 18, 2017 Reply

    Looks like a great hair loss product.
    Thanks for sharing, I’m going to try the Nutrafol for men.

    • 40
      Penelope on October 18, 2017 Reply

      thanks for stopping by, come back and let us know how Nutrafol for men works for you!

  • 41
    Judy on October 22, 2017 Reply

    How many years has nutrafol been around?

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      Penelope on October 22, 2017 Reply

      It’s been around for over two years, but it’s based on ten years of research. great question, thanks for asking! To read more about the development of Nutrafol, you can read this awesome article on Forbes.com.

  • 43
    Laurajay on October 24, 2017 Reply

    I am looking forward to your review. I have been using Nutrafol for 3 months and for me it has made a difference. I could tell by month 2 that the product is working. My hairstylist and dermatologist were also able to to see an improvement. This product was recommended to me from my dermatologist, who also is using Nutrafol. I know all products won’t help all problems. I do wish the price were more reasonable, as I am not sure how long I can pay such a high price for Nutrafol. Also more people could be helped if the price were more reasonable.

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      Penelope on October 24, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, Laura! Your experience helps our readers make an informed decision. Two months is more than enough time to assess if any hair loss product is working…it’s understandable, but a bit frustrating, when people expect things to work “overnight” or in a matter of days. And yeah, Nutrafol is hands-down more expensive than other hair loss supplements. After reading more about the process to develop it (10 years of research), I guess I see why they need to recoup those r&d dollars. Over time the price will drop…while I don’t know this for sure, I’m gonna guess that minoxidil was super expensive in the beginning. So was lasik.

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    Kathryn Schmidt on October 24, 2017 Reply

    Is this product really just for women, or can men use it as well? Also, are the ingredients natural or synthesized?

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      Penelope on October 24, 2017 Reply

      There is a version for men here – theirs is different, because men have some different hormonal causes of hair loss than women.
      Most of the ingredients in Nutrafol are natural, especially the herbal and fish collagen. Some of the vitamins appear to be synthesized from natural sources. great question!

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    sue on October 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi thank you for the informative blog Penelope! I am curious and anxious to hear your review on the product including any side effects. I am also wondering if there is any data on what happens if you discontinue the product after 3-4 months. Also, do you know anyone on here tried prp or laser therapy alone or in combination and what was their experience. Thanks!

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      Penelope on October 25, 2017 Reply

      Hi Sue -thanks so much for the question. I don’t actually know anyone who’s tried prp therapy, but perhaps someone can chime in when reading this comment. I do know that most people who utilize cold laser therapy do it in conjunction with other hair loss remedies, like DHT blocking shampoos and supplements like Nutrafol. The treatments can all work together synergistically.

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    Gail on October 31, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for this comprehensive review. I have been looking for something for my aunt who has thinning hair. The price does seem a bit steep so not sure if she’ll be able to afford it but as you say, you get what you pay for. Thanks for the review and I will keep reviewing your site for updates.

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      Penelope on October 31, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, truly appreciate it!

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    stefanie taylor on November 1, 2017 Reply

    Hi and thanks for a great article. I have had slight thinning hair for a while and I know 100% it is down to hormones and adrenal fatigue. I am trying hard to balance my body with good, nutrient dense food but I would seriously consider buying this for that extra boost. I work in herbal apothecary and recognised many of these herbs, which is great because it shows it is natural, hence the less side effects of drugs. I am pretty sure that this product would also be great for your skin and nails as they require lots of the same nutrients. What do you think?

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      Penelope on November 1, 2017 Reply

      Skin and nails definitely get a boost with any collagen supplement and the other ingredients in Nutrafol also work to support them. I’m glad to help with the information, come back and let us know how it works for you!

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    Nicole on November 2, 2017 Reply

    Hi Penelope, thanks for the review . I’ve been taking Viviscal for two months… am wondering if I should continue for one more month to get the cycle of three months with that product and then switch to Nutrafol.
    Have you heard anything about Viviscal and can you make any comparison to Nutrafol?
    Thanks so much

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      Penelope on November 2, 2017 Reply

      Hi Nicole, thanks for the great question. I have reviewed Viviscal here, and the short version of Nutrafol vs Viviscal is this:
      The two are very similar – both contain marine collagen. However, Nutrafol has more naturally sourced ingredients, and includes a wider variety of herbal hair growth agents/DHT blockers like Saw Palmetto, Fo-ti, and Pepper extract. Nutrafol also has other proprietary ingredients to treat stress. On the other hand, Viviscal comes in at less than half the cost of Nutrafol. Nutrafol was originally developed to be the “next” propecia without the sexual side effects, which is one of the primary prescription hair loss treatments for men. Nutrafol for women is different than their product for men, because there is some difference in hair loss causes for men and women, but at least ten years of research went into developing both.

      I’d say if you’re not thrilled with the results you see from Viviscal after the next month, switch over to Nutrafol and give it three months. Come let us know what happens! And if you’re not already using a DHT blocking shampoo or a caffeine shampoo, get one of those too ASAP!

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    Judy on November 8, 2017 Reply

    Hi Penelope,
    I think you said you were going to let us know in November whether Nutrafol is working for you or not. How is it going? Also, I have been using Hairgia shampoo for awhile now. Have you heard of that product?

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      Penelope on November 8, 2017 Reply

      Hi Judy! Yes, I did update this review with my results. I’m seeing some good new growth, mostly in the form of vellus or baby hairs. I haven’t had any adverse reactions to the ingredients in Nutrafol and I did ease into taking it, just in case I was allergic or sensitive to the pepper or fish protein. So far so good. I’m gonna keep taking it for another three months along with the other things in my regimen!

      What do you think of Hair Gia? I’ve never tried that one. There isn’t a ton of info about it online so I’m very interested in your experience!

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        Judy on November 8, 2017 Reply

        Ive been using it for a couple of years now. I checked and it also has DHT in it. It gives me volume but that can also be because of my curly hair. I’ve noticing the last couple of weeks my hair has become frizzy. I started using nutrafol on October 28th so I am hoping it does the trick for hair growth and getting rid of the frizz. BTW, I also have hashimotos hypothyroditis.

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          Penelope on November 8, 2017 Reply

          Yeah, you’ve gotta give it time. I started taking the Nutrafol in August, so about three months? That’s a realistic amount of time to assess a hair growth product, because of telogen, and also my personal reality of having a lot of stress in my life the last few months. Stress makes my follicles downright suicidal! And the thyroid disease just complicates everything and makes it that much more sluggish.

          I think OGX also sells a decent straightening shampoo, Art Naturals is also supposed to be really good on frizz! Looks a lot less expensive than Hair Gia, too … this stuff adds up so fast, esp the Nutrafol!

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    Judy on November 8, 2017 Reply

    How many months have you been on Nutrafol?

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    Polly on November 24, 2017 Reply

    Hello! Im starting my second month of Nutrafol and will continue for month 3 and 4. Hoping to see results. My actual problem is breakage . I can pull up a big stand of hair in the light and see TONS of breakage therefore causing thinning. I was every 4-5 days and do not use hot tools. What kind of a doctor is good with hair problems? I can’t fugue out why it keeps breaking.. I do color every 5 weeks. Thank you for any info!

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      Penelope on November 24, 2017 Reply

      Hi Polly, thanks for the question. You would want to see a dermatologist for hair loss concerns.

      Breakage relates to hair strength, which relates to the size and nourishment of your follicles. I would recommend that in addition to the Nutrafol, you start supplementing with hydrolyzed collagen and/or Bone Broth every day. You can read more about why I’m suggesting this here.

      As for the hair coloring, do you bleach first or use a bleach-based color? Bleach always reduces the diameter of the hair … so if it’s bleach, that’s probably the reason.

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    Polly on November 25, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for your reply! I only color roots as close to my natural color(dark brown) then a gloss. Is there bleach in all hair colors? Hmmmmm…maybe no more gloss? Not sure. Ive heard about bone broth. Maybe Ill give it a try! Thank you!

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      Penelope on November 25, 2017 Reply

      Well, I’m pretty sure there’s no bleach in gloss. However permanent dyes also contain oxidizing agents, which have the same effect as bleach…this could be part of the problem.

      I’d say give the bone broth or hydrolized collagen a shot and consider swapping out your current dye regimen for henna or something more natural?

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    Cristina Muskus on December 12, 2017 Reply

    Hi happened upon your review & thread it’s December 11,2017 how are you liking Nutrafol? Interested in the quality ingredients as a nurse that’s critical. 3 surgeries 3 years in a row have left my beautiful wavy highlighted hair hopeless. Noticing part widening at top and overall thinking like never before. Stressed as my father is very ill & horrible job stress not helping I’m sure.
    Can you give us an update in December if you’d continue any before & after photos?
    Thank you!!

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      Penelope on December 12, 2017 Reply

      Hi Cristina, thank you for the comment and question. I’m still taking Nutrafol and happy with it, though it’s in combination with all the other treatments. I haven’t had any adverse reactions to it, but then again, I’m not allergic to any of its ingredients. I think it’s been a big part of my success.

      I would suggest that you act aggressively and give it a shot in combination with a DHT Blocking shampoo and also Rosemary Oil massages into your problem areas every night. GIve this a couple of months and then reevaluate. None of this stuff is gonna make your hair fall out MORE, excluding known allergy concerns.

      I definitely need to post some more hairline pics so you all can see my progress. I’m gonna get to that by the end of this week, for sure.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Cristina!

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    Lori on December 21, 2017 Reply

    I listened to the Holistic Plastic Surgery podcast about hair thinning and hair loss. A doctor name Alan Bauman in Florida was interviewed. He recommended three supplements: biotin, Viviscal, and Nutrafol. He is also a proponent of the Laser Cap. I think I’ll try the supplements since the hat is quite expensive. Also, have you ever heard of the hair care company called MONAT? It is a multi-level marketing company and my friend’s mother has grown back her hair and no longer has to wear a wig because of this company.

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      Penelope on December 21, 2017 Reply

      Hi Lori! Yes, I think Nutrafol and Viviscal are the two best hair loss supplements out there, because both of them incorporate collagen. It’s good to hear that a medical doctor agrees. And yeah, biotin is a MUST!

      The hats are expensive, yes, but have you considered a laser comb? This one is only $150 and has 16 diodes. Check it out!

      And thank you so much for the comment 🙂

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    Misty on December 21, 2017 Reply

    WOW!!! I can actually see the new growth! That is awesome!

    Way to put yourself out there! That speaks volumes! I cannot wait to see more results!

    I also LOVE the fact that this “Nutrafol” is an oral supplement! Most of the treatments that I have seen require you to use a small dropper and place an oil or other solution directly onto your scalp. Just popping some pills everyday seems so much easier!

    I am definitely going to check this product out! Thanks again for this information!

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      Penelope on December 21, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, and I’m glad you can see the new growth! I was a little surprised that no one had commented on it yet and now I can put that to rest 🙂 And yeah, I agree 100% that taking a pill is the easiest way to solve the issue, although in most cases, that topical stuff is ALSO required (ugh).

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    Megan on December 28, 2017 Reply

    What a very thorough review of this product. I really like the fact that you write a review prior to undertaking they treatment yourself. That really says a lot to me about your reviews being truthful. I do like the idea of a supplement as it is, obviously, less time consuming than topical treatments. I like the fact that the manufacturers of the product are upfront about possible side effects and also the cost of the product. It does seem like a very expensive product – that would probably put some people off from purchasing it. Thank you for the great review.

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      Penelope on December 28, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for reading my review of Nutrafol! This is one of the ones I’ve tried and stuck with, because I’m serious about growing back my hair and so far, encouraged at the results. it’s expensive, but for me, it just means cutting a few corners elsewhere, no more daily $5 dirty chais for example 🙂

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    drake on January 3, 2018 Reply

    I am a regular reader with all your material. I have learned a lot about biotin and other things on the Keep Your Hair Subject. I take zinc supplements which make me perform several times my stamina level…now that I have read this, it is awesome to know that it’s good for hair too. =)

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      Penelope on January 3, 2018 Reply

      Hahaha, thank you for reading and for your, um, insight!

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    Kay on January 10, 2018 Reply

    I always look forward to reading your post. You always provide some valuable information for both men and women. This review was no different. As you mentioned, the price is kind of hign, but if it’s worth it why now. Also, 30 days is not enough to see results; hair grows about 1/4 inch a month.
    Thanks for sharing.

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      Penelope on January 10, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for your feedback. yes, hair grows maddeningly slow for most of us! I didn’t share my progress pics until several months had passed, and the honest truth is most of these products need to be tried for a good 2-3 months before assessing if they’re even working.

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    Melissa on January 10, 2018 Reply

    There are a few things I like about this product. One it is a supplement. Two it is recommended by salons. Three you can take it to strengthen hair you already had and four it has been stated to fill in bald spots. It is a bit expensive but for what you are getting it is worth. I am a pretty patient person so waiting is not a person for me. I thank you for sharing your results with us that is really encouraging.

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      Penelope on January 10, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for reading, and I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing my results with Nutrafol! The reality is that none of this stuff is perfect and I’m fighting hard here for small gains. I have to take a medication that causes hair loss (levothyroxine), and I have to take it for the rest of my life, or at least until science gets with the program and cooks up some nanobots that fix my thyroid. Until then, I’m throwing everything I can at this hair stuff, because it’s really important to me!

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    Lace on January 28, 2018 Reply

    What an in depth review Penelope. Those looking for a through review on Nutrafol will most definitely find it here. The price tag is high and seeing as it takes a few months to see improvements the 30 day money back guarantee is disappointing I think. I do like the way you update the post with personal progress reports. It’s great to hear you’re happy with this product. Look forward to seeing further progress.

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      Penelope on January 29, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Lace! I agree, it’s really important that more products move onto having a longer guarantee, just given the nature of hair loss cycles and how long it takes to see substantial results. At the very least, this is enough time for someone to see if they’re having an adverse reaction or allergy to the product. Hairmax in particular is awesome about having a long-term guarantee…their products come with a 5 month refund!

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    Sarah on January 29, 2018 Reply

    Very intriguing! I’ve never heard of Nutrafol until now. Sounds like a good product to try…do the pills have a bad taste though? I’ve ran into that with certain brands of vitamins and was wondering if Nutrafol had a bad aftertaste.

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      Penelope on January 29, 2018 Reply

      Nope, they go down easily – they’re coated and not “raw” like some of those cheaper vitamins you get that look like sawdust. Then again, with aftertaste, it’s possible I’m a tad bit immune, because I do so much that some would consider gross, including colostrum and hydrolized collagen supplement powders that are tasted every. single. sip. That said, my aggressive routine is working well enough for me to keep doing all of this stuff, because it’s better than my balding alternative.

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    Tammy on January 30, 2018 Reply

    Thank you for this review and updates on your own hair. Wow you have a lot of baby hair growth so this product must work great! A little pricey, but if it works, it’s worth it…Your thorough research and reviews are very helpful. 🙂

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      Penelope on January 30, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for the feedback. I know my results aren’t “glamorous” but they are real, and they are my hair, and I’m pretty over the moon about it.

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    hong on January 30, 2018 Reply

    There are so many products out there that fail to deliver their promises. I have tried supplements to increase hair growth with no success. I appreciate that you used this product and shared your experience with us. It looks like a great product. I naturally don’t have much hair. And this product might rescue my problem. I will have to see if it works for me. Thank you again for the awesome work.

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      Penelope on January 30, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for sharing your feedback, and I agree with you – there are so many bogus hair supplements out there. I’m really grateful I found one that seems to be helping.

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    Dave on February 1, 2018 Reply

    Did you notice more hair growth combined with thicker hair in General?

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      Penelope on February 1, 2018 Reply

      My hair has gotten a little thicker, actually. It’s not easy for me to assess that because I have combined textures – kinky/curly for the bottom half and straight for the top half (weird, right?) so thickness is never easy to determine. But I do find I need to wrap my hairband one less time around it, when I wear a loose bun.

      I highly recommend this supplement solely because of the new growth, which you can see from the pictures.

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    Dave on February 1, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for the reply. Obviously works for you and a lot of women do you think it can do the same with men due to the dht factor?

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      Penelope on February 1, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for the question! DHT is actually the primary cause of hair loss in BOTH men & women. Nutrafol makes a formulation specifically for me, but it does include DHT blockers. Check it out!

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    Kymberly Williams on February 4, 2018 Reply

    Hi Penelope,

    I’ve been taking Nutrafol for less than a month. Before I started taking them I was using a daily biotin chew. Will it hurt to resume the chew while taking Nutrafol? Thanks!

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      Penelope on February 4, 2018 Reply

      Great question, thanks for checking in, Kymberly!. Nutrafol contains 3,000mcg/biotin per daily serving. I continue to take a separate, additional biotin supplement at 5,000mcg/day because I believe I show symptoms of biotin deficiency otherwise. Biotin isn’t stored in the body and will be released, so there really is little danger in also taking your gummy – it takes quite a bit to reach “biotin toxicity”.

      Definitely consult with your medical doctor if you have any questions about it, because it’s possible you might have a reaction if you take anti-seizure or cholesterol-lowering medications.

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    Kymberly Williams on February 4, 2018 Reply

    Hi Penelope,

    Thank you so much for your response! I appreciate it.
    Best Regards
    -Kym

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    Dave on February 7, 2018 Reply

    Hi Penelope do you know any men using it that you know and any positive results?

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      Penelope on February 10, 2018 Reply

      I don’t personally know any men who use Nutrafol but you can totally check out reviews online for a complete picture. My guess is that it’s just as awesome for men as it is for women, or at least this woman!

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    Ashley on February 9, 2018 Reply

    Hi Penelope,

    Thanks for the review. Please keep on posted on your latest changes! I appreciate it.

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      Penelope on February 9, 2018 Reply

      Hi Ashley – I will totally do that, thanks for the reminder. I’ll post updated hair pics soon.

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    Mary on February 9, 2018 Reply

    Great product, Nutrafol looks really great and effective and perfect for busy women especially mums who dont even get enough time to groom themselves while taking care of family and kids. I will share and recommend this to my friends who are experiencing hair loss. Thank you for sharing…:)

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      Penelope on February 9, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for reading, happy to hear you’re passing along the info!

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    Kevin McNamara on February 12, 2018 Reply

    Hi Penny,

    Great post as usual. You give such a thorough review. Cover everything anyone would need to know all about Nutrafol. It sounds really good and getting lots of positive reviews on Amazon is a bonus.

    My hair is certainly thining, in fact I shave my head these days so save on haircuts and its nice and warm where I live so get to be cooler too haha!

    I know a couple of women who would be very interested in this stuff so I am going to share the post with them. Thanks for a great review 🙂

    Kev

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      Penelope on February 12, 2018 Reply

      Hi Kev – thanks so much for sharing your thoughts in a comment, and for sharing the info with people who might need it. there is also a version of Nutrafol for men – check it out!

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        Kevin McNamara on February 20, 2018 Reply

        Will do! Thanks Penny!!

        Kev

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    Susan K on February 12, 2018 Reply

    I use Nisim a product from Canada. I have seen great results in combo with
    Nutrafol. It uses niacin to nourish hair folicals.

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      Penelope on February 12, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, Susan! It’s awesome you’ve had good results with Nutrafol in combination with Nisim – I’m gonna have to check that one out. The Niacin product I like here in the US is by OGX – a shampoo, conditioner, and spray.

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    Angela Godbey on February 14, 2018 Reply

    My hair has been thinning and I’ve been wanting to try Nutrafol and ran across your review. I’m a bit confused as to something you said though. I know the lack of estrogen can attribute to hair loss in women and you stated it can decrease the effects of estrogen. I don’t understand how this is said to help balance hormones yet decrease the effects of estrogen. Can you help me understand this?

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      Penelope on February 14, 2018 Reply

      Hi Angela, thank you so much for the thoughtful question. Let me try to answer it and clarify the estrogen issue.

      Saw Palmetto can act to block DHT, which is a byproduct of testosterone and a primary cause of hair loss in men and women. That same mechanism also acts on progesterone receptors, which can decrease estrogen in the body. This is a good illustration of how nothing in life is free. Excessive DHT is far more destructive and alarm-raising than lack of estrogen, when it comes to hair loss. The net result is still a gain – blocked DHT.

      Other ingredients in Nutrafol work on different hormones, specifically cortisol, which play a huge role in the stress response and contribute significantly to hair loss. You can read more about stress and hair loss here.

      Nutrafol also has a nice little article about what happens during postpartum hormonal shifts and how that affects our hair.

      Hope this helps, let me know!

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    Amanda on February 17, 2018 Reply

    I have heard of Nutrafolbefore but never really thought it would work but after reading this post and seeing your updated results I now know that it actually has the possibility for working for me as it did with you, so thanks for sharing your experience and giving me hope for my receding hairline

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      Penelope on February 20, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Amanda! I’m encouraging everyone to give this a try, I’m pleased with my results from it!!

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    Cary on February 19, 2018 Reply

    Nutrafol must be a great and effective product, as i can see the ingredients in it. It must work as a super tonic for preventing hair loss and for hair growth, fish oils are so good for hair. Thank you so much for sharing reviews on such a great product, I will share this review with my friends as well, so that they can benefit from it also.

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      Penelope on February 20, 2018 Reply

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Cary! I’ve been happy with Nutrafol, as it’s worked for me.

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