Our Members Asked:
Do hair loss supplements, such as Viviscal, Hair La Vie, and Nutrafol, or topical essential oils work?
Deficiencies in nutrients such as iron, zinc, biotin, vitamin D and protein can cause hair loss. Supplementing to offset these may reverse this hair loss. However, supplementing with these nutrients is unlikely to benefit people who already get adequate amounts.
Other supplement ingredients, including saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, and pumpkin seed oil, as well as topical essential oils (including rosemary oil), onion juice, castor oil, rice water or aloe vera gel have shown only modest benefits, at best, at promoting hair regrowth and the quality of the evidence is generally weak. Similarly, there is little to no good evidence to suggest that "hair formula" supplements work, such as Viviscal (which includes marine protein), Hair La Vie Clinical Formula, and Nutrafol products. For details, see the full answer >>