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The Truth About Nutrafol And Hair Growth

A lot of consumers have been jaded by the cosmetic industry. Topical creams, pills, lotions, vitamins, sprays, shampoos, conditioners… you name it, you’ll find it. Years of trying to combat insecurities and age with supplements can leave you feeling less-than trusting when it comes to the “next best in technology” in such a saturated market. 

If you suffer from thinning hair, male pattern baldness, bald spots and rough patches on your scalp, don’t worry, you are part of a population of –  about – 80 million men and women just in the United States. Hair loss can be due to many factors, especially when it comes to age or genetics.

And the options to remedy it… are endless. 


Scalp treatments

Laser Hair Therapy


… or Nutrafol? 

What is Nutrafol?

Nutrafol is a drug-free proprietary blend of botanicals. This includes vitamins such as keratin, biotin, and E from palm oil, ashwagandha, biocurcumin, and antioxidants like resveratrol. Clinically tested to be effective against hormonal imbalances that can cause hair thinning. 

Nutrafol has been developed into a total of three formulas. Clinically proven and physician-formulated to improve hair growth and the first 100% drug-free hair treatment. 

Even though Nutrafol is drug-free, it is considered medical-grade. It has been bio-optimized to nourish the hair using bioactive properties all mixed together in one treatment. 

  • Tested and proven to stabilize harmful and stress-damaging hormones such as dihydrotestosterone. 
  • Fight inflammation.
  • Improve circulation in the scalp to revive dormant hair follicles.
  • Rebuilding follicles by delivering nutrients that are necessary for the hair growth cycle. 

 All hair grows in stages. When these stages occur varies from person to person and depends on external factors and genetics. 

The growth stage, the regression stage, the resting stage and the shedding stage. Otherwise known as the Anagen, the Catagen, the Telogen, and the Exogen stages. 

These phases are:

  • The growth phase – where the follicles are actively growing and can last 3 to 5 years. The length of this stage is determined by the maximum length of your hair. 
  • The regression stage – when the hair follicles get smaller and remove from your skin and eventually fall out.
  • The resting stage – where new hair grows under old or removed hairs. Old follicles get pushed out by new hair growth 
  • The shedding stage – older hair falls out and is replaced by new hair. This happens on a daily basis. Hair loss can be something that happens over time or be sudden. More common in men than women. 

External factors that can cause hair loss can be a variety of outside stressors. Some of them trigger micro-inflammation, oxidative stress, and free radicals which contribute to hair loss. 

Some of those outside stressors can be traced back to:

  • Cortisol hormones (hormones that cause stress)
  • Pollution
  • UV exposure
  • Extreme exercise and training
  • Products
  • Styling
  • Natural Aging
  • DHT hormones (hormones affected by your genes)

Manufactured in the USA, Nutrafol took a different approach to the regularly-used-main-ingredient minoxidil and took the we-work-from-the-inside-out approach. 

Nutrafol for Men

Men are more susceptible to hair thinning and commonly experience hair loss. Clinical trials in men have shown that when Nutrafol was used regularly, results become visible in 3 to 6 months. Although results may vary, not just dependently from person to person, but in the idea that Nutrafol takes time to develop these results from the inside-out. It takes time: prepping the follicles, the hair which allows for stronger, shinier and healthier hair to grow. 

In the first couple of months, usually anywhere up to 3 months, Nutrafol starts to develop a place where hair growth can begin. Shedding and breakage starts to slow down and strength starts to build, creating a stage for hair growth. 

From 4 to 6 months. Healthier and stronger hair growth will start to take place and small improvements in thickness will occur. 

Beyond 7 months, there will be visible changes happening to hair quality. Faster developing hair and overall scalp coverage will start to be noticeable.

Nutrafol targets the root cause and balances the body to allow for a place where new hair can grow into.  

In men, a key factor that affects hair growth is genetics. DHT levels to be exact. DHT is an androgen hormone that is a by-product of testosterone. It causes thinning by inducing miniaturization by binding to hair follicles. 

Although genetics are a huge factor for men, stress, nutrition, metabolic changes, and environmental factors are all huge contributing factors that can cause hair loss in addition to hormone imbalances. 

This means that all hair types work with Nutrafol. Since Nutrafol targets the issue from the inside out, it doesn’t matter what characteristics or ethnicity a patient may be. Nutrafol has been known to be effective in Asian, Hispanic, African-American, and Non-Hispanic men. With less shedding in a matter of 2 months and improved thickness, growth and scalp coverage overall in 6 months. 

But does changing the root causes in hormone imbalances affect the testosterone levels in men? 

The short answer is… no.

Nutrafol has no effect on testosterone levels. One of the most effective ingredients, Saw Palmetto, inhibits 5-alpha-reductase. An enzyme that helps convert testosterone to DHT without any additional changes to current testosterone levels. 

For a well-researched and natural approach to remedying hair loss, there is a lot of proof in the product and the ingredients. It’s not just based on claims but on evidence that makes Nutrafol a safe call.

Nutrafol for Women

Nutrafol for women is one of the three formulas offered for hair loss. It’s specifically designed for women before, during and after menopause. Also for women with hormonal imbalances like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).  

Through menopause, the hormone levels tend to fluctuate. Menopause is known to cause many stereotypical symptoms like hot flashes. In addition, one of the many symptoms can be hair loss and hair thinning. Hormone fluctuations can cause imbalances, stress and can affect the metabolism which all result in hair thinning or loss in women. 

That’s why Nutrafol has a formula unique to women. To combat the root causes that cause hair loss. Effectively, using 21 medical-grade and natural ingredients. 

Similar to men, Nutrafol promotes strong, shiny, and healthy strands of hair. Formulating the building blocks for healthy hair follicles with a mix of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Clinical proven to show regrowth as early as 7 months with fuller thicker and stronger hair. 

Nutrafol Hairbiotic

The third formula of Nutrafol, Nutrafol Hairbiotic. This product is designed with specific probiotic strains that help diversify the gut microbiome. The bacteria part of the gut that is responsible for hair health in men and women. Nutrafol Hairbiotic is also physician-formulated with seven essential probiotic strains to get your hair growing again. 

Nutrafol is suitable for all ethnicities, hair types, and patients. If you’re suffering from mild to moderate hair thinning, whether it be from stress, aging, or genetics, Nutrafol is a good natural option. It’s also a great choice if you’re just looking for healthier hair or looking to prevent hair loss or thinning in the future. 

However, it is not a good choice for patients whose hair loss is related to an active disease, has an illness or is being treated for cancer. As well as women who are pregnant and nursing. 

Ask your doctor before starting any supplement routine for the best results. 

Aside from those drawbacks, the advantages of Nutrafol far outweigh any product on the market with no reported side effects. 

Call Dr. Balshi at Balshi Dermatology in Delray Beach, FL About Nutrafol

If you’re looking to promote more hair growth, volume, stronger, shinier, and better textured hair with Nutrafol, contact Balshi Dermatology, a board-certified dermatologist in Delray Beach. Call us at (561) 272-6000 or send us a message on our Contact Page to set up your appointment.