My Review: Nutrafol Hair Growth (For Women) – Scam Or Does It Work?

My Review: Nutrafol Hair Growth (For Women) - Scam Or Does It Work?

It’s time to review Nutrafol Hair Growth – which is a supplement designed to fight hair loss and boost growth.

But does it really work?

Given that some people call it a scam, I would think twice about it:

  • original mix of ingredients
  • super expensive
  • mixed results

Well, I tested out Nutrafol for women myself.

So let’s find out if it really worked for my hair loss (and if it’s worth giving it a try).

Note: This review is based on my personal experience with Nutrafol.

Review Summary

Full Name: Nutrafol by Nutraceutical Wellness

Product Type: Hair Supplement

Best Actual Price: Around $88/bottle

You can only get it cheaper with auto-shipping (but the difference is insignificant).

Cheapest Place To Buy: Its website or Amazon

The price is pretty much the same on both.

Designed For: Hair loss and growth – it helps with:

  • increasing hair growth speed
  • reducing thinning
  • supporting stronger hair

My Rating: 8 out of 10 

Recommended?: Not quite – it’s not a bad product, but there are better options out there:

  • lacks essential vitamins/minerals for hair
  • high risk of side effects
  • way too expensive for its value

I advise you to take a look at the supplement that saved my hair instead.

Compared to Nutrafol – it’s a much better deal.

 

What I Liked About It

  • Pretty good ingredients overall
  • Popular option with a lot of real user experiences behind
  • Producer is pretty trustworthy (at first sight)
  • 4 different versions available
  • One of its versions is suitable for breastfeeding/pregnant women
  • Worked decently in my case

 

What I Didn’t Like About It

  • Formula could be much better overall
  • Lacks essential hair nutrients (like iron or vitamin B12)
  • High serving size (4 pills daily)
  • My hair loss worsened pretty fast after I stopped using it
  • High risk of side effects (due to its high biotin dose)
  • Extremely expensive for its value

 

 


Nutrafol In A Nutshell


Honestly, this supplement doesn’t need any presentation.

It’s one of the most popular products for hair loss/growth out there.

That’s exactly why I gave it a try – and I was quite disappointed (more on this below).

Now, Nutrafol comes in 4 versions at this point:

  1. Men 
  2. Women
  3. Women’s Balance (previously Women Plus)
  4. Postpartum

The differences between all of them are quite insignificant:

  • a few more/less herbal extracts
  • some slightly higher/lower doses

But all in all – they contain pretty much the same things.

Honestly, Nutrafol is far from a bad product – its popularity speaks for itself here.

But my overall opinion about it isn’t that positive:

  • ingredients are not as strong as they seem
  • can cause acne quite often
  • serving size is very high
  • costs way too much for its value

All in all – Nutrafol is a product for larger budgets only.

I personally could not have afforded it for more than 3 months.

And honestly – given its effect, it was surely not worth the money in my case.

So I can’t really recommend it.

 

 


#1 – My Personal Results


As I said, I have a personal experience with Nutrafol.

So let me tell you in detail why I tried it and how it worked out for me.

1. My Background

Now, I tried Nutrafol several years ago, when I was dealing with a really severe hair loss:

  • it all started out as a thinning of my hair ends
  • it ended up with my hair falling out really badly

Anyway, I tested out several things so that I could find out why my hair was falling out so badly.

And apparently, there were several problems:

  • iron and several other nutrients deficiency
  • lack of vitamin D
  • DHT excess
  • stress

So there were a lot of things that were affecting my hair.

Long story short, I started taking Nutrafol because it had a lot of positive reviews.

Now, back then, there were only 3 versions available:

  1. Male version
  2. Women version
  3. Women Plus version (for women after menopause)

They made a lot of changes to their ingredients today.

But back then (as far as I remember), the Men and Women Plus versions were identical.

As for the Women version – it was also similar, but it had a slightly lower dose in some blends.

So I took the Women Plus version, even though I wasn’t even close to menopause.

But I would be getting some stronger ingredients with it than with the classic Women version.

2. How Nutrafol Worked

Anyway, the good news is that I could see an improvement after about 3-4 weeks with Nutrafol:

  • my hair was still falling out
  • but it wasn’t as badly as before
  • so the product seemed to be doing its job

I think I took it for about 3 months and my hair fall was indeed getting better, but very slowly.

It was still pretty brittle, but at least it wasn’t falling out as badly as it would before.

Nutrafol Review

Now, 3 months in – I was still losing hair, not at the initial rate, but I was.

That’s why I decided to give up Nutrafol for several reasons:

  • it’s a very expensive product
  • you also have to take 4 pills per day in order to get the normal dose

I was also taking some other supplements (that were not for my hair).

So I was actually taking a lot of pills everyday and my stomach was sometimes hurting.

That’s why I gave up Nutrafol, because I wasn’t 100% satisfied with its results.

Well, a few weeks after I gave it up, my hair started to fall out more again:

  1. It wasn’t something that happened overnight.
  2. But after a few weeks, it was again as bad as initially.

So I didn’t really solve too much with Nutrafol.

It did help me while I was taking it, that’s true.

But I would probably have to keep taking it in order to maintain those results.

And that was something I could definitely not do.


Conclusion

Nutrafol did improve my hair loss – but not as much as I wanted.

Plus, my hair started falling out again at the same rate pretty shortly after I gave it up.

So all in all, I wasn’t really satisfied with it.

I had some much better results with a cheaper product that made miracles for my hair.

So that’s surely what I would recommend instead.

 

 

 


#2 – How It Works & Producer


Let’s take a look at some general things about Nutrafol:

  • how many versions it has
  • its exact mechanism of action
  • the company behind it
1. How It Works

As I said – Nutrafol currently comes in 4 versions:

  1. One for men
  2. Three for women (Classic, Plus and Postpartum)

The differences between them are pretty minor and they’re mostly related to doses.

However, its Postpartum version is one of the few supplements allowed for breastfeeding women.

So that’s surely a big advantage for Nutrafol.

Other than that – it doesn’t have a special mechanism of action:

  • claims to target main causes of hair loss
  • promises to increase growth speed

Now, given its formulation (and my personal results with it) – Nutrafol doesn’t really treat the most common causes of hair loss.

And that’s because of its ingredients (but more on this below).

So even though it’s a potent product – it’s far from the best ones, if you ask me.

2. Company Behind

Nutrafol’s producer is a brand called Nutraceutical Wellness.

This company is listed on Nutrafol’s official website only.

But other than that – I couldn’t find any other info about it:

  • no official website
  • doesn’t sell any other products
  • no contact details 

Now – Nutrafol does offer a lot of contact info and everything else.

But its producer itself does not.

So even though it’s surely not a scam, I can’t say I’m impressed about the brand behind it.

 

 


#3 – Ingredients (8 out of 10)


Judging after its formula, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

I would say that its ingredients look very impressive and sophisticated at first sight.

But if you take a closer look – that’s not really the case:

  • low number of vitamins
  • very few minerals (no iron)
  • too high dose of biotin
  • many ingredients don’t have any major hair benefits

So its composition isn’t as amazing as it sounds, to be honest.

Now – its 3 female versions have some pretty similar ingredients.

It’s mostly their doses that vary (as well as a few herbal extracts, but they’re not very significant).

But I would divide its ingredients in 3 main groups:

  1. Vitamins & Minerals
  2. Synergen Complex
  3. Nutrafol Blend

So let’s take a closer look at each of them.

1. Vitamins & Minerals

As I mentioned, I was quite disappointed by Nutrafol here.

It doesn’t contain too many vitamins/minerals, as other hair supplements do. There are only 4 vitamins:

  1. A and C – no major benefits for hair
  2. D – somehow linked to hair loss [1]
  3. Biotin – very high dose in all versions

Now – I don’t recommend a high dose of biotin because of its side effects:

  • I typically recommend 1000 mcg maximum
  • anything that is above has no extra benefit for hair [2]
  • but it can cause acne of other side effects 

In Nutrafol, this dose is 2000-3000 mcg (depending on the version).

Honestly, that’s way too much and it increases the risk of side reactions.

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

There’s no iron, which is super important for hair and it’s the main cause of hair loss in women. [3]

The Postpartum version does indeed contain a bit more vitamins – but the minerals are exactly the same.

This is why I’m not a big fan of the ingredients from this category.

2. Synergen Complex

This combination includes herbs and several extracts designed to reduce hair fall.

Now – the exact ingredients depend on the version.

But all 3 female versions contain the most important ones:

  1. Saw Palmetto – it’s the best DHT blocker. [4]
  2. Marine Collagen – improves hair structure and strength.
  3. Ashwangandha – reduces stress levels.
  4. Curcumin – decreases inflammation inside hair follicles.

Out of all ingredients, Saw Palmetto is surely the best one.

That’s because it targets one of the top causes of hair loss – DHT excess.

However, most supplements contain several DHT blockers.

Saw Palmetto is indeed a potent one, but it doesn’t make miracles alone.

So I wouldn’t recommend Nutrafol for hair loss caused by DHT excess.

As for the other ingredients inside this blend, they’re not too impressive (in terms of hair benefits).

3. Nutrafol Blend

As you can tell – this ingredient is another mix of compounds.

It’s mostly based on amino acids, but there are also some herbal extracts:

  1. L-Cysteine – boosts hair growth.
  2. Horsetail – reduces hair thinning.
  3. Capsicum – decreases scalp and follicle inflammation.

Once again – this combination isn’t very impressive either.

In terms of hair benefits, its ingredients aren’t very potent.


Conclusion

Nutrafol’s composition seems very strong, at first sight.

But in reality – its ingredients don’t have some amazing hair benefits.

So it’s definitely not one of the best formulas I have seen in a hair supplement.

For the amount of money it costs, I wouldn’t really recommend it.

 

 

 


#4 – Pills & Dosage (4 out of 10)


Here are some things you should know about Nutrafol’s capsules and serving size.

1. Pills

This product uses the typical vegetable capsules:

  • average dimensions
  • quite easy to take
  • yellow to brown powder inside

Now – swallowing these pills isn’t a big deal.

If you’re used to supplements, you won’t have a hard time taking Nutarfol.

2. Dosage

When it comes to its serving size, Nutrafol does indeed have some problems.

It requires a huge number of pills per day (4):

  • you should take them with a meal
  • it’s recommended to take all 4 together

Now – I rarely recommend supplements that require more than 2 pills daily.

That’s because a high number of capsules can make your stomach hurt.

That was actually my case with Nutrafol.

It’s true that I was also taking several other supplements (not for my hair).

So I can’t really blame it completely.

But even so – 4 pills everyday is really hard to take, so I really hate its high serving size.

 

 


#5 – Side Effects (7 out of 10)


In terms of side effects, Nutrafol seems to be pretty well tolerated.

I personally didn’t deal with any apparent side effects (nausea, headaches or anything specific to hair supplements).

However, I did find some complaints about acne among Nutrafol’s reviews.

Honestly, that’s probably because of the high dose of biotin it contains:

  1. I don’t recommend a supplement with more than 1000 mcg of biotin.
  2. It’s not more effective than one containing under 1000 mcg.
  3. But it has some much higher chances of side reactions.

As I said, Nutrafol contains 2000 – 3000 mcg of biotin, which speaks for itself.

What I did experience were stomach cramps.

Now, they were because of the very high number of pills Nutrafol requires (4 capsules a day).

Again – I was also taking several other supplements, so it’s not all about Nutrafol.

But 4 pills everyday is still a lot.

Besides, most hair supplements don’t require that much.

 

 


#6 – Price (4 out of 10)


Nutrafol is one of the most expensive hair supplements.

Honestly, that’s a major reason why I stopped using it and why I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.

1. The Exact Price

All versions of Nutrafol cost exactly the same.

This product is available on both its official website and on Amazon.

And overall – prices are about the same in both sellers:

  1. Standard price is $88 for a monthly supply.
  2. You can indeed get it a bit cheaper if you sign up for a monthly subscription.
  3. The longer your subscription is, the bigger the discount.
  4. In the best case, you can pay around $70/bottle.
  5. In most cases, you would pay around $80/bottle.

No matter how you viewed it – Nutrafol remains very expensive.

Whether you go for a standard bottle or for 6 months auto-shipping, it’s still super pricey.

Still, I don’t recommend signing up for a subscription straight off.

We’re talking about quite a high amount of money after all.

But even if you sign up for monthly auto-shipping, the price is still super high.

So Nutrafol is one of the most expensive hair supplements out there.

That’s why I’m not a big fan of it.

2. Competitors’ Price

I only want to compare Nutrafol with the supplement that saved my hair.

I’m talking about Folexin:

  1. Folexin probably has the best ingredients for hair loss/growth.
  2. It contains some essential vitamins, minerals and blends.
  3. Nutrafol’s ingredients are good, but not as varied.
  4. Folexin worked better than anything else for my hair loss.
  5. Nutrafol’s results were only decent in my case.
  6. Folexin only requires 2 pills/day.
  7. Nutrafol’s serving size is 4 capsules daily.
  8. Folexin costs $25 normally (and about $17 in the best case).
  9. Nutrafol costs $88 for a standard bottle (and $70 in the best case).

Now – between these 2 products, Folexin clearly has the better features.

Not to mention that it also worked better for my than anything else.

So compared to Nutrafol, my results with it were way better.

Plus, it’s way more affordable for all budgets.

So it’s obvious what I would recommend between these 2.


Conclusion

Nutrafol is extremely expensive for its value.

In fact – it’s one of the pricier hair supplements out there.

And to be honest, it doesn’t really do much for the money.

So I would surely go for something cheaper that also works much better.

 

 

 


#7 – Final Conclusions


Here’s how I would sum up my view on Nutrafol (in 3 ideas).

1. Not Impressive Formula

Nutrafol’s composition does seem very sophisticated at first.

But in reality – it’s not really so:

  • lots of ingredients with minor benefits for hair
  • many essential minerals missing (like iron)
  • very few vitamins overall

So it’s not the kind of product that could treat the main causes of hair loss.

2. Hard To Take

One of Nutrafol’s biggest downsides is its high serving size.

Honestly – taking 4 pills daily isn’t very easy.

That especially if you also take other supplements/medicines.

So that’s a major problem of this product.

3. Way Too Pricey

For what it contains, Nutrafol should definitely cost less:

  • price varies between $70-$88
  • no way to get it for less than that
  • all versions cost about the same

So its quality/price ratio is definitely not a great one.

 

 


My Verdict – Is Nutrafol Worth It?


Short answer: Not completely.

It’s definitely a good product and it helps hair loss/growth.

But given its value, it’s not the best option for your hair:

  1. Formula isn’t as strong as it seems.
  2. Requires a lot of pills everyday.
  3. High risk of side effects (like acne) – due to its biotin dose.
  4. Extremely expensive in all cases.

Again – Nutrafol is far from a bad product.

I used it myself and it worked (partially).

But its results weren’t very close to what I expected.

And compared to the supplement that saved my hair – it was much weaker.

So if you want a product that I really swear by, I advise you to take a look at Folexin:

  • excellent ingredients for its value
  • worked really well in my case
  • very well tolerated and safe to use
  • really affordable for al budgets

If there’s one product I had to recommend for hair issues, it would surely be this one.

So that’s what I would choose over and over again.

References:

1 – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-34553483/

2 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pmc/PMC5582478/

3 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pmc/PMC3678013/

4 – https://www.hindawi.com/-journals/2016/8135135/

 

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Olly 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.

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