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Nutrafol Review: Does It Work for Hair Loss?

By Markita Lewis, MS, RD

Medically Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, MD

Last Updated on April 7, 2022

Dietitian Rating:

3.8

About This Rating
The average rating of this product is calculated based on the evaluation of the following factors:
  • Support for Claims:4.1
  • Ingredient Safety:2.0
  • Value for the Price:4.0
  • Brand Transparency:5.0

Nutrafol offers a line of products designed to help you naturally address the factors that contribute to hair loss. Many of their ingredients are high quality and have clinical research to support their effectiveness, so Nutrafol’s products are likely worth the investment.

Written by
Markita Lewis, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Markita Lewis is a registered dietitian with over 5 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health. Prior to her professional career, Markita completed a combined masters and dietetic internship program at the University of Georgia. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University in Nutrition and Foods Sciences, concentrating in dietetics with a minor in Psychology.
Medically Reviewed by
Anthony Dugarte, MD
Medical Reviewer
Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S. is a health and wellness writer and medical content reviewer. In addition to dedicating the last 7 years to medical research, Dr. Dugarte also has more than a decade of experience in strength and conditioning, nutrition, and rehabilitative exercise, as well as authoring and reviewing health and wellness-related content.
Nutrafol Review: Does It Work for Hair Loss?
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Pros

  • Utilizes ongoing professional support with supplement line to promote lifestyle changes.
  • Most products have been clinically tested and have evidence that they work.
  • Quiz results are helpful in making recommendations for supplements.
  • Offers hair testing to check nutrient levels in hair.
  • Third-party tested for purity, pesticides, heavy metals, other chemicals, and microbiological safety.

Cons

  • More expensive than alternative hair supplements.
  • Time for products to work and see results may be too long for some individuals.
  • Products contain allergens (fish derived collagen).
  • Taking 4 pills daily may be cumbersome to some.

What Is Nutrafol?

Nutrafol offers natural solutions to hair loss and hair thinning, supported by a line of products and naturopathic medicine to promote hair wellness from within.

Nutrafol was created from the personal experiences that the founders had with hair thinning and their desire to make a natural way to take control of their hair growth.

Founders and scientific advisors of Nutrafol suggest that current research supports a multifactorial approach to dealing with biological pathways that regulate hair growth. (1)

The main factors that Nutrafol identifies as contributing to hair thinning and hair loss include stress, environment, hormones, nutrition, and metabolism.

Nutrafol’s board of scientific advisors consists of doctors from areas of dermatology, cellular metabolism, surgical and non-surgical hair loss, allergy, immunology, and internal medicine.

Nutrafol also has a team of naturopathic doctors to give tailored advice to consumers to address the root causes of hair loss.

This review will cover the effectiveness, safety, and other important considerations of Nutrafol’s hair growth products to help you make a confident decision.

How It Works

Nutrafol offers four main nutraceuticals containing various vitamin blends that are tailored to gender and stage of life:

  • Nutrafol Women
  • Nutrafol Women’s Balance
  • Nutrafol Postpartum
  • Nutrafol Men

Nutraceuticals are medical-grade botanical ingredients with standardized active components to ensure consistent results and optimized absorption.

Research supports the use of vitamins for hair loss if vitamin intake is low or if nutrient deficiencies exist. (2)

Nutrafol also offers a line of Targeted Boosters to support areas of wellness that may require additional supplementation:

  • Vitamin B-Booster to target stress
  • DHT Inhibitor to target hormones
  • Haribiotic to target nutrition
  • Liver Support vitamins to target environmental factors
  • Stress Adaptogen to target stress.

The Process

You start by taking a quiz designed to help you get a personalized plan for better hair growth.

The quiz assesses whole-body wellness based on hormones, environment, stress, nutrition, and metabolism. The quiz is about 3 minutes long and consists of 21 questions for men or 24 questions for women.

At the end of the quiz, you’re given results showing what “root causes” could be contributing to your current hair issues.

You’ll be shown what hair health factors may be addressed by using one of the core Nutrafol products and which factors may require extra support.

Nutrafol will recommend up to 2 Targeted Booster supplements for your plan based on your results.

I took the quiz and was recommended the Nutrafol Women formula. The quiz also suggested a Vitamin B-Booster to address increased stress.

My quiz answers were meaningful to how the recommendations were made. I wasn’t recommended too many products or products that weren’t relevant to me.

I also appreciated that I didn’t need to provide my email address to get results.

On the results page, Nutrafol offers a GrowthPlan subscription service to not only provide a formula but additional ongoing hair support.

Included in your subscription is a Hair Mineral Analysis, which will test your hair wellness through lab testing every six months.

Subscribers also get access to 1-on-1 consultations with naturopathic doctors for further advice on improving your hair health. These naturopathic doctors can also help with referrals to local MDs if needed.

Do Nutrafol Supplements Really Work?

Nutrafol Women

Nutrafol Core for Women is the primary supplement for women to improve hair growth and reduce hair thinning by targeting the roots of hair loss through their ingredients. This supplement is best for women ages 18–44 years.

Nutraceutical Wellness (the company behind Nutrafol) funded a 6-month randomized clinical trial of their Nutrafol Women’s capsules. (3)

In this study, women with self-perceived hair thinning started having significant improvements in hair growth and quality at 90 days and continued to have improvements until the end of the study.

These women also had significant improvements in anxiety, self-esteem, and feelings of attractiveness.

Safety Considerations:

  • No side effects were seen in participants from taking this product. (3)
  • This supplement contains collagen sourced from North Atlantic cod, which may trigger existing fish allergies in some. (4)
  • Saw palmetto may cause mild side effects, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, headache, decreased libido, and stuffy nose. (5) Prolonged intake of saw palmetto may also interact with blood-thinning medications and increase the risk of bleeding. (6)

How to Take: The serving size of Nutrafol Women is four capsules daily, which should be taken with one meal during the day to maximize absorption of fat-soluble ingredients.

Summary

Nutrafol Women is supported by a clinical study to be effective in improving hair growth and quality without side effects. This supplement also contains well-studied ingredients to address factors such as inflammation, oxidation, stress, and nutrient needs.

Results from Nutrafol products are generally seen after 3–6 months of consistent use.

Nutrafol Women’s Balance

This supplement is formulated to support hormone balance, hair growth, and hair quality in women ages 45 and older or undergoing menopause.

A 2020 study on the hair growth in perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women found that Nutrafol Women’s Balance was significantly more effective at improving hair growth and reduced hair shedding by over 32% compared to placebo after six months of use. (7)

Safety Considerations:

  • No side effects were experienced during the 6-month trial. (7)
  • This supplement contains collagen sourced from North Atlantic cod, which may trigger existing fish allergies in some. (4)
  • Saw palmetto may cause mild side effects, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, headache, decreased libido, and stuffy nose. Prolonged intake of saw palmetto may also interact with blood-thinning medications and increase the risk of bleeding. (5, 6)
  • According to the manufacturers, the ingredients in Nutrafol have no known interactions with hormone replacement therapy. However, you should still speak with your doctor before starting this supplement to be sure that it is appropriate for you.

How to Take: A single dose of Nutrafol Women’s Balance is four capsules daily. To maximize absorption of fat-soluble ingredients, take it with one meal during the day.

Summary

Nutrafol Women’s Balance has the support of a clinical study to show that it can be an effective supplement and the proprietary blends contain ingredients that reduce symptoms of hormonal imbalances.

Results from Nutrafol products are generally seen after 3–6 months of consistent use.

Nutrafol Postpartum

Nutrafol Postpartum is a supplement with vitamins to support postpartum nutrient needs and hair growth. It is formulated to target the root causes of thinning hair, including nutrient depletion and stress in the first year post-partum.

Nutrafol Postpartum contains more vitamins and minerals that are lost through breastfeeding or inadequately consumed post-partum. (8)

Nutrafol Postpartum was designed to be taken after childbirth through the first postpartum year, but potentially longer if you continue to breastfeed after the first year.

Nutrafol Postpartum lacks the strength of a clinical study to study its effectiveness. Despite this, many of the ingredients in this supplement have strong research behind their benefits. 

Safety Considerations:

  • This supplement contains collagen sourced from fish, which may trigger existing fish allergies. (4)
  • Nutrafol Postpartum is soy-free, shellfish-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, free of preservatives and binders, does not contain artificial sweeteners or flavors, is 100% drug-free, and hormone-free.
  • This supplement should not be taken during pregnancy due to stimulation of uterine contractions and is not a replacement for prenatal or postnatal vitamins(9)

How to Take: To use Nutrafol Postpartum, take four capsules with a meal to maximize absorption of fat-soluble ingredients. Once you’ve stopped breastfeeding, you can switch to the Nutrafol Women’s supplement.

Summary

There aren’t any clinical trials available on the efficacy of Nutrafol Postpartum to improve hair growth and quality. However, many of its ingredients are beneficial to health.

Nutrafol Men

Nutrafol for Men is formulated to support hair growth and hair quality, and improve hormonal balance that may affect male pattern hair loss.

The Nutrafol Men supplement is very similar to the Nutrafol Women supplement and only differs in the dosing of some ingredients.

Nutrafol conducted a study, in which most men reported significant improvements in hair appearance, quality, volume, thickness, scalp coverage, and reduced hair shedding starting as early as four weeks after beginning supplementation. (10)

Safety Considerations:

  • In the trial for Nutrafol Men, no side effects were reported among participants. (10)
  • Saw palmetto may cause mild side effects, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, fatigue, headache, decreased libido, and stuffy nose. (5) Prolonged intake of saw palmetto may also interact with blood-thinning medications and increase the risk of bleeding. (6)
  • This supplement contains collagen sourced from North Atlantic cod, which may trigger existing fish allergies in some. (4)
  • The manufacturer states that Nutrafol can be combined with other hair procedures, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and transplants.
  • The ingredients are reported not to have any known interactions with FDA-approved medications used for hair loss.

How to Take: The dose of the Nutrafol Men supplement is four capsules daily and is best taken with a meal to maximize absorption of fat-soluble ingredients.

Summary

Nutrafol Core for Men has some research supporting its ability to improve hair growth and quality in men. Results from Nutrafol products are generally seen after 3-6 months of consistent use.

Pricing and Customer Service

The four core Nutrafol supplements cost $88 per bottle when purchasing a single, 1-month supply.

You can save 10% on your purchase with a monthly delivery ($79/bottle) or save 15% if purchasing a 3-month supply ($225 total, $75/bottle).

Each subscription option comes with free naturopathic doctor consultation.

The Targeted Boosters are only available through taking the Hair Wellness Quiz or by purchasing a bundle. The shopping page says that these supplements are $30 each, but when I took the quiz, my Targeted Booster was discounted to $10.

Nutrafol also offers Hair Growth Duos consisting of one of their core hair growth nutraceuticals and a Targeted Booster. The De-Stress, Gut Restore, and The Hairline Defender hair growth duos are $89 each.

A baseline GrowthPlan subscription consists of a monthly bottle of Nutrafol’s core product, monthly access to doctors on-call, and Hair Mineral Analysis (every six months). If you get one of their Targeted Booster supplements, that is also added to your total subscription.

Purchasing these items and services individually would cost $288, but a GrowthPlan subscription is $79/month – this is a great deal.

Nutrafol offers the ability to pause or cancel your subscription at any time. In addition, if you’re not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can get a full refund or exchange up to 30 days from the date of purchase.

How Nutrafol Compares to Alternatives

Nutrafol is the only hair supplement company that offers the support of a naturopathic doctor to address lifestyle changes that may influence hair growth.

This is unique because most hair supplement companies primarily target the nutrition aspect of hair health, either alone or in combination with brand-specific hair care products.

Prose is an alternative brand that has a 2-in-1 system to address hair needs. Its RootSource supplements consist of two pills. One is their proprietary blend of ingredients, and the other is a blend of ingredients customized to your lifestyle through quiz results.

Prose has an advantage over Nutrafol in that the company will use your feedback to continue to tailor your hair growth formula.

Hims & Hers Health offers Biotin Gummy Vitamins for both men and women. Their gummies are focused on providing vitamins for supporting the growth of hair, skin, and nails.

The brand also has accompanying salon-quality products to use on your hair to support hair growth.

Another alternative is Ouai, a hair care line that offers a thinning hair supplement featuring vitamins, amino acids, fish oil, and ashwagandha in addition to their extensive line of hair products.

DeeplyRooted from Hush & Hush and Viviscal are other popular and affordable hair supplements.

Summary

There are many alternatives to Nutrafol that have different features and are cheaper. However, Nutrafol is an excellent option because it uses a system to support whole-body health with consistent professional support and lab testing.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Nutrafol’s line of products appears to be effective in promoting hair growth in a natural way.

Nutrafol’s supplements are for anyone who:

  • Has thinning hair
  • Wants to know about other lifestyle changes to support their hair growth
  • Likes the idea of professional support

Considering that consultations with naturopathic doctors can be a significant expense on its own, it’s great that Nutrafol offers this as a packaged deal that can help consumers save.

However, if you’re someone who already has hair without thinning and wants an extra boost to your hair growth, Nutrafol may be above what you need. Instead, trying one of the alternative supplements listed above may be more suited for your lifestyle.

Before starting any Nutrafol products, I recommend speaking with your doctor to see if they are right for you.

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