My Review: Nutrafol Hair Growth (For Men) – Are Its Ingredients Any Good?

Nutrafol For Men Review Ingredients
It's time to review Nutrafol Hair Growth (for men), which is a super popular product.
But is it effective for male pattern hair loss?Not really, I would say:
  • doesn't target the root cause (DHT excess)
  • ingredients aren't that impressive
  • really pricey for its value

So is Nutrafol for men a scam – or does it have any chances to work?

Well, you're going to find out in the following lines.

Note: This review is based on my opinion + research on Nutrafol for men.

Review Summary

Full Name: Nutrafol by Nutraceutical Wellness

Product Type: Hair Supplement

Best Actual Price: Around $88/bottle

It's only a bit cheaper if you sign up for auto-shipping (but it's not really worth it).

Cheapest Place To Buy: Its official website or Amazon

It costs about the same on both.

Designed For: Growing hair and reducing hair fall – it claims to:

  • promote fuller hair
  • target main causes of shedding/thinning hair
  • boost growth speed

My Rating: 7 out of 10

Recommended?: Not completely – it can help with growth, but not with hair loss:

  • doesn't block DHT excess
  • ingredients could be way better
  • very expensive for what it offers

Instead, I advise you to go for a product specially designed for male pattern hair loss.

It's by far the best one from the market.


What I Liked About It

  • Based on several trademark ingredients
  • High popularity
  • Very effective for growing healthy hair
  • A lot of previous user opinions available online
  • Easy to find in a lot of sellers
  • Pretty well-tolerated


What I Didn't Like About It

  • Many ingredients don't have a lot of hair benefits
  • Huge serving size (4 pills/day)
  • Doesn't work for most cases of male hair loss
  • Cannot block DHT excess
  • Very high dose of biotin
  • Extremely expensive for its value



Nutrafol For Men In A Nutshell

Shortly – Nutrafol is a product designed to grow hair in men.

Consequently – it also claims to be helpful against male hair loss, which I don't really agree with.

In fact, it's the same reason why I don't think that Nutrafol for men is really worth buying:

  1. Over 80% of male hair loss cases are caused by DHT excess.
  2. In order to treat it, you need something that would block that DHT excess.
  3. Nutrafol cannot do that.
  4. It does contain one DHT blocking ingredient (Saw Palmetto).
  5. All its other ingredients have nothing to do with DHT.

So Nutrafol cannot block DHT as well as other supplements that are specially designed for that.

That’s why I don’t recommend it for male pattern hair loss.

It can help partially, but it’s not going to stop your hair loss completely or for the long run. 

However, it can help in other cases:

  • general hair loss (caused by nutrient deficiencies, thyroid problems, etc.) – pretty rare
  • growing out healthy hair

Still, it’s not a product I would necessarily recommend even in this cases.

That's because it lacks a lot of ingredients and it’s super expensive for what it offers.

You can actually find some much better options for over half of Nutrafol’s price.

So even though it’s helpful, it’s just not worth the money. 



#1 – How It Works & Producer

Let's begin with some general facts on Nutrafol for men:

  • how exactly it works
  • what are its main benefits
  • who is its producer
1. How It Works

Nutrafol's male version is pretty similar to its 3 female ones.

The difference lies mostly in some of its ingredients' dosages.

But other than that – the male version has about the same mechanism of action:

  1. Targets the 6 root causes (of compromised hair health).
  2. Improves hair growth speed.
  3. Promotes thickness and hair density.

Now, Nutrafol's formula doesn't really seem to follow these claims.

It can definitely help hair that is pretty healthy (in terms of faster growth and thickness).

But it doesn't help with most cases of male hair loss.

And that's simply because it doesn't target the main cause of hair loss in men (DHT excess).

So it surely helps from other points of view – but it doesn't make miracles for hair loss.

2. Company Behind

Nutrafol isn't extremely transparent at this chapter, if you ask me.

Its producer is a brand called Nutraceutical Wellness:

  • very little info about it
  • no website or contact details
  • Nutrafol is its only product

Now, Nutrafol is definitely not a scam or a questionable product.

It's been on the market for many years.

If it was a sketchy supplement, it wouldn't have become so popular.

However, I'm not a big fan of its producing company.



#2 – Ingredients (7 out of 10)

The reason why I rated this formula so highly is its ingredients diversity.

It contains a multitude of substances (more or less helpful).

But other than that, it's pretty disappointing to me:

  • ingredients seem very sophisticated and potent
  • but their hair benefits are rather minimal
  • they are a lot more helpful for general health

And the point is that Nutrafol’s ingredients cannot treat the main causes of hair loss in men:

  1. DHT excess
  2. (Maybe even) iron deficiency

It's mostly helpful for your hair loss is caused by vitamin D or zinc deficiency.

But those are 5% of all cases of hair loss in men, maybe even less.

That’s why I don’t consider its formulation very impressive.

It’s indeed great for growing hair that is already healthy, but that’s pretty much it. 

Now – let's take a closer look at its main ingredients types.

1. Vitamins & Minerals

Nutrafol's male version doesn’t contain an essential nutrient for hair (iron).

Iron is probably the most important nutrient in terms of hair health. [1]

But let's take a look at the 4 vitamins it contains:

  1. Vitamin A
  2. Vitamin C
  3. Biotin
  4. Vitamin D

The first 2 don’t have much to do with hair, so I still question their role here.

Vitamin D is indeed linked to hair loss, but it doesn’t make hair fall out as much as it’s blamed to.

Biotin is indeed important for the hair, but the dose here is way too much:

  • it’s about 10 000 times more than the required quantity
  • such a high dose is pretty useless, in my view
  • it can only increase the risk of side effects (acne)

As for the minerals, there’s zinc, selenium and iodine.

But again – there’s no iron, which pretty much cancels the benefits of the others.

2. Synergen Complex

This is an original mix of ingredients that is specific to Nutrafol.

What I mean is that you can only find it in this supplement.

Now – the mix itself isn't too impressive:

  • contains Saw Palmetto (a very potent DHT blocker) [2]
  • it's the only ingredient that blocks DHT
  • it cannot do a lot on its own

Additionally, there are other compounds like Hyaluronic Acid, Marine Collagen, Curcumin or Ashwagandha.

Now, all of them are super helpful in terms of health benefits.

But they simply don’t do much for hair.

That's why I don’t really understand their goal in Nutrafol. 

3. Nutrafol Blend

Just like the complex above, Nutrafol's blend doesn't look too spectacular either:

  • also based on general health ingredients
  • their hair benefits are pretty insignificant

Now – this blend contains several types of ingredients:

  1. Horsetail
  2. Black Pepper
  3. Capsicum Fruit

Honestly, a person that isn’t really familiar with supplements may be really impressed by these ingredients.

But the reality is that in terms of hair benefits exclusively, most of them aren’t very helpful.


Nutrafol's male version has a very varied formula.

But other than that – most of its ingredients don't have too many hair benefits.

So as a hair supplement, it's far from impressive.

There are products with way better formulas for a lot less money.




#3 – Consistency & Dosage (5 out of 10)

When it comes to how you should take it, things could be better for Nutrafol. 

1. Pills

This supplement is designed as the classic vegetable capsules:

  • transparent cover
  • no aftertaste
  • normal dimensions

Now – swallowing these pills isn't very difficult.

But things are less pleasant when it comes to its serving size.

2. How To Take It

Unfortunately, Nutrafol's serving size is very high.

It requires 4 pills everyday, which is a lot and it’s really hard to take.

So I consider it quite uncomfortable in the long run.

A lot of its users complain about this aspect, to be honest.

So in my view, it's a really big downside for this supplement.



#4 – Results (7 out of 10)

Previous users' opinions are the best way to see if a product works.

And fortunately – I received a lot of opinions about Nutrafol.

Note: I only considered authentic reviews, not fake/promotional ones.

1. What People Say

Nutrafol has a lot of user opinions on Amazon:

  1. Some men claim it really helped them grow their hair.
  2. Others note it's great for thickness and volume.
  3. A lot of people complain about seeing no change.
  4. Many others claim they were scammed, because they saw not improvement.

Now – Nutrafol surely helps men with normal DHT levels.

But it's useless for people with hair loss caused by an excess in this level.

That's why its opinions are quite mixed up.

So if your hair is healthy or falling out from other causes, Nutrafol will probably help.

But at least 80% of male hair loss cases are caused by DHT excess.

So in these situations, Nutrafol won't do much (as it doesn't block this excess).

2. My Readers' Stories

I had several readers getting back to me with their experiences with Nutrafol.

Let's start with Daniel's story:

  1. He was in his 20s and was starting to lose hair at his temples.
  2. His male relatives all had the same problem.
  3. Someone recommended him Nutrafol and he used it for 8 months.
  4. His improvement was almost invisible and its hairline was actually thinner.

I also have an experience from an anonymous reader:

  1. He said he was losing a lot of hair in his crown
  2. He took several bottles of Nutrafol and his hair was indeed growing faster.
  3. But his crown was still very thin and there was no hair growth there.

And lastly – I received Carl's story:

  1. He was 48 and he didn’t really deal with hair loss and thinning before.
  2. But he had a car crash, lost a lot of blood and went through several surgeries.
  3. Several weeks after, his hair started falling out.
  4. He took Nutrafol and it helped partially.
  5. His hair wasn’t falling out as badly, but it didn’t stop completely. 
  6. He ended up taking some iron supplements later on and his hair loss decreased way more.

So honestly, Nutrafol for men can be effective in some cases.

That's mostly if you lack selenium, zinc and a few nutrients that it also contains.

But those cases are less than 10%.

So in the other 90%, it’s not really effective because it’s not targeted to treat the real cause (DHT excess).

And that’s exactly why I could’t recommend it.


Nutrafol for men can indeed make your healthy hair grow faster.

But it won't reduce your hair loss, in most cases.

That's why I recommend you to go for a product that treats DHT excess directly.

That's the only way to treat your male pattern hair loss directly.




#5 – Side Effects (7 out of 10)

In terms of side reactions, Nutrafol is pretty well tolerated overall.

Nutrafol MenI couldn’t find too many complaints on secondary reactions from men who tried it.

However, it contains a huge amount of biotin:

  • known to cause acne and breakouts
  • this doesn't necessarily happy in Nutrafol (but in any supplements)

So it’s mostly this huge amount of biotin that makes me a bit worries.

And that’s why I wouldn’t recommend Nutrafol to men who have a history of acne.

That's because it may increase the risk a lot.

One more thing I want to point out is that it require 4 pills everyday.

Honestly, that's a lot and it’s really hard to take.

So I consider it quite uncomfortable in the long run.



#6 – Price (3 out of 10)

I have to criticize Nutrafol once again when it comes to its price.

That's because it’s extremely expensive for what it offers.

1. The Exact Price

As I said, Nutrafol is not a very strong DHT blocker.

Plus, it doesn’t contain iron, which is an essential mineral for hair.

Besides, its formula isn’t very potent either.

And even so, its pricing is way higher than that of almost any hair supplement:

  1. One standard bottle is $88, no matter where you buy it from.
  2. You can indeed sign up for a monthly subscription.
  3. In this case, price gets about $10 less then.
  4. Honestly, that's still way too expensive.

Nutrafol's male version is extremely overpriced (for its real value).

And even at its lowest price, it's still very expensive.

Plus, there’s no way I can advise you to go for auto-shipping directly.

This product may not even help you at all.

And it’s too pricey to take the risk, so I would surely not go for it.

2. Competitors' Price

I only want to compare Nutrafol with my top recommended product for male pattern hair loss.

I'm talking about Happy Head's formulation:

  1. Nutrafol is based on some general ingredients.
  2. Happy Head is specially designed to target DHT excess in men.
  3. Nutrafol comes with a standard supplement.
  4. Happy Head offers a personalized formula (for every user).
  5. Nutrafol doesn't have some great results in male pattern baldness.
  6. Happy Head has lots of satisfied male customers behind.
  7. Nutrafol's price is about $88/bottle.
  8. Happy Head costs around $79/bottle (with 50% off for the initial order).

Now, if you only want to grow your healthy hair out, Nutrafol is a good option.

But if you're dealing with male pattern hair loss – I surely don't recommend it.

Happy Head's formula is the best product I know for this condition.

Compared to Nutrafol – its results are way better.


Nutrafol is super pricey for its real value.

It's only a hair growth supplement – but it costs even double than similar products.

Consider its benefits, it's not worth so much.

If you want a product that will really stop your hair loss, try a more specific alternative.




#7 – FAQs

Here are the frequently asked questions about Nutrafol for men.

Note: I might repeat something I already mentioned, but it's easier to spot here.

1. What is the primary purpose of this supplement?

The primary purpose of Nutrafol's male version is to address compromised hair health.

It's by targeting the root causes of the problems, enhances hair growth speed and improves hair thickness.

But its formula is more effective for maintaining already healthy hair rather than addressing male hair loss.

2. What are the recommended ways to take it?

The daily serving size of Nutrafol is 4 capsules per day.

Additionally – it's recommended to consume them all at once instead of spacing them out.

Lastly, if you're prone to experiencing stomach ache, take the supplement after a meal.

3. Is it different from Nutrafol for Women?

The only thing setting Nutrafol for men apart from the women's version is the doses of ingredients.

Based on their formulas, the men's version has higher doses.

Other than that, they both work the same way due to similar mechanisms of action.

4. Are there potential adverse reactions associated with its use?

As of now – Nutrafol is not that risky with few reported complaints.

Most especially about the adverse reactions from men who have tried it. 

However, it's important to note that Nutrafol contains a significant amount of biotin.

So in some cases, it can be associated with acne and breakouts.

5. How much is this supplement?

Nutrafol is priced at $88 for a standard bottle.

Opting for a monthly subscription reduces the cost by $10. 

So it's up to you if you'll try one first or go straight ahead to subscribing monthly.



#8 – Final Conclusions

Here's how I would summarize my opinion on Nutrafol for men (in 3 ideas).

1. Doesn't Block DHT

Nutrafol isn't really helpful for male pattern hair loss:

  • doesn't treat the main cause (DHT excess)
  • cannot reverse hair thinning

It can indeed boost hair growth, but that's all.

So if your hair is falling out due to DHT excess, Nutrafol isn't going to help.

2. High Serving Size

This supplement requires nothing less than 4 pills everyday.

Honestly – that's really inconvenient.

Taking 4 pills daily isn't very easy (especially in the long run).

So that's surely a potential downside for me.

3. Really Overpriced

Given its composition, Nutrafol is way too expensive:

  • most ingredients don't really help hair
  • only one DHT blocker (Saw Palmetto)
  • no iron

Besides, most hair growth supplements have a better composition.

And guess what? Their price isn't even close.



My Verdict – Worth Or Not?

Short answer: Not really.

Nutrafol MenIt's probably not going to help you.

In the best case – it could work partially:

  1. Doesn’t treat the main cause of hair loss in men (DHT excess).
  2. Ingredients are pretty disappointing.
  3. Really hard to take in the long run.
  4. Extremely expensive for what it contains.

Now – Nutrafol can definitely help with growing your hair faster.

But that's mostly if your hair is already healthy (or at least in a good shape).

Plus, if you're dealing with hair loss caused by a lack of vitamin D or zinc, it might help.

But those cases are pretty rare.

So in most cases, it’s not going to help too much.

Now – if you’re dealing with male pattern baldness, DHT blockers are what you actually need.

You need something that would block your excess DHT and prevent it from affecting your hair anymore. 

So what do I recommend instead? A brand called Happy Head:

  • based on a new type of DHT blockers
  • much better tolerated than most similar products
  • work really well against male pattern hair loss
  • no regular side effects

Compared to Nutrafol, Happy Head is way better for male hair loss.

Since it's also cheaper, it makes a much better option for your case.

So I definitely advise you to give it a try.



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Oltea Roman is a registered pharmacist with a long experience in the health field. She graduated from University of Medicine and Pharmacy and has studies in Cosmetology, Dermatology, Toxicology and several others. She has a 2 years experience as a retail pharmacist. You can connect with her via Linkedin or email.

Last updated: November 12, 2023

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