We're here to help men and women with hair lossFor those who have read my previous article, and remembering that hair loss is an outward sign that your body is telling you that something is quite wrong, vitamin and mineral deficiency is one of the major causes of hair loss. Normally, we get the vitamins we need from our food, but, as we all know, we don’t always eat right, nor do we eat what we are supposed to eat for a well-balanced diet. Knowing that – the easiest solution to our problem is to take daily vitamin supplements. There are many vitamins on the market, but which ones are the best for hair loss and hair re-growth vitamins and supplements for both men and women?

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Viviscal Review
Nature Made Hair Vitamins Review
Vitafusion Review
Hairfinity Review
Ouai Hair Supplements Review
Natural Wellbeing Hair Essentials Review
Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins Review
Hair Sweet Hair Growth Gummies Review
Hairtamin Hair Vitamins Review
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A Word About Evaluating Hair Vitamins

While this is a hard subject to address, we will do the best we can to help identify what could be the best. It’s hard because each person is different, each person may not always eat a well-balanced diet, may not be consistent in their vitamin/supplement regiment, and there may be other factors that also affect the outcome of taking any kind of vitamin supplement to encourage hair growth and minimize hair loss.

There is also an added disadvantage for those of us who are trying to provide a list of the Best Hair Loss & ReGrowth Vitamin Supplements for our readers. The exact ingredients and the percentages of each ingredient are not always available via the web, and some companies do not even share their “proprietary ingredients” at all. For these reasons, we have to stick to the basics and we have to avoid relying on written reviews as they, sorry to state, may not always be accurate. In fact, they are becoming less and less reliable and, in fact, more questionable.

With all that stated, here’s what we won’t do. We won’t tell you that we actually “tested” each and every product or mislead you to believe that we did, we won’t fill this post with all kinds of fluff just to get you to click on it, and we won’t just pick some products and declare them as our “Best” simply because we said so.

What we are trying to do is explain our research, choose what we think are “The Best,” and explain how we arrived at our decision backed up with our research. Our intent here is to help you, our readers, make educated and informed decisions based on research. And, since we are not a clinical research facility, nor do we pretend to be, we can only rely on those who are and relay, as best we can, the findings. So, with that, let’s begin!

The Vitamin Supplement Industry

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

As you may know, there is a multitude of vitamin supplements available today. Over the past ten years, the vitamin supplement industry “has been growing by about 4 percent annually” probably directly related to our efforts to be as healthy as we can be. With the focus on health, most of us do try to avoid getting sick and, knowing that we don’t always eat right, we are willing to take supplements to help round out our daily vitamins. In fact, this year, this industry is expected to grow by “8 percent to a total of $9.2 billion.” That’s a lot of vitamins in a very lucrative industry. [1]

In addition to trying to be more health conscious, people are not really aware of some of the problems that can occur when taking supplements. Many are taking supplements without checking to see if they are deficient in the first place, and many take them to help minimize hair loss and re-grow hair without thinking that any harm could occur. What could happen – right?

While many people believe that vitamins are pretty benign, and won’t cause harm, this is actually not true. They can cause harm if exceeding daily dosages and they can also cause death in some cases. So, yes, it is very wise to make sure that not only what you are taking is what it is supposed to be, but it is also wise to make sure you need it in the first place. [2] For these reasons, there seems to be a growing number of industry and medical professionals who are expressing caution before taking vitamin supplements, and reminding people that the very best vitamins that you can take are those obtained from a balanced diet.

Studies & Seals of Approval

Another thing to consider when searching for the Best Vitamins to take is whether the vitamin companies have conducted any clinical studies or have applied for and received any type of formal Seal of Approval. Clinical studies can help determine the efficacy and can help to back up any claims made regarding the product. Third-party clinical studies also verify that there are no harmful ingredients included in the product. Studies can be obtained from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) PubMed database: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed and the National Institute of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements[2]

As for obtaining a Seal of Approval, there are, basically, four organizations that provide Seals and verify “that the product actually contains the ingredients” stated on the label. These Seals and their verification process also means that the product in question does not contain any other harmful ingredients – unlike some Vitamins that are imported from other countries. The four organizations include NSF International, US Pharmacopeia, Consumer Lab, and the newest one, Underwriters Laboratory. [1] [2]

Consumer Lab is a subscription type of service where the end consumer pays for a subscription in order to receive reports on specific vitamins while both NSF and USP charge the manufacturers to obtain their Seal. These Seals are then prominently displayed on the Vitamin label to ensure that consumers can trust the ingredients to be true. [1]

Here’s a very handy table published by Consumer Reports. It’s a quick way to give an overview of the four different organizations and how they work.

Logo for ConsumerLab.com Logo for NSF International Logo for U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Logo for UL (Underwriters Laboratory)
Does it buy initial test samples in stores or are they provided by the manufacturer? Purchased in stores. Provided by the manufacturer. Provided by the manufacturer. Provided by the manufacturer.
How often does it retest or spot-check? Once per year using samples purchased in stores. Once per year using samples provided by the manufacturer and occasionally purchased in stores. One to six times per year using samples purchased in stores. Twice per year using samples purchased in stores.
How much do manufacturers pay to have each product certified? $3,000 to $5,000 per product. $3,000 to $5,000 per product plus an audit fee of about $13,000. $3,000 to $15,000 per product plus an initial audit fee of $15,000 and a label fee of 1 cent per bottle. $2,000 to $8,000 per product plus an audit fee of $4,000 to $7,000.
Are there products it won’t test? Products containing ingredients known to be unsafe. Products marketed for weight loss or sexual enhancement. Products are known to contain unsafe ingredients and those marketed for erectile dysfunction, weight loss, or sports. Products containing ingredients known to be unsafe or those not recognized as dietary ingredients by the FDA.

Source: Consumer Reports. [3]
Labdoor: This newer research company also conducts studies on vitamins and supplements on an independent basis. This, lesser known, company is Labdoor. Labdoor’s website states that they “find out whether products have what they claim and whether there are any harmful ingredients or contaminants.” We will research their site for any studies done on the products being reviewed here. If and when we find the same product, we will share their score and we will take that score into consideration.

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A Word About GMP Certified

In reviewing some of these companies and their respective products, I have come across a few, in particular, that proudly stated their vitamins were produced in Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facilities. What this means is that there is a consistent manufacturing process being followed. Although that’s a good thing, this certification means little with regard to the actual ingredients of the product. It just means that there is a consistent manufacturing process that ensures the same amounts of ingredients going into the final product. It says nothing regarding the ingredients themselves, how pure they are, how effective they are, etc. Although I will make note of those with this certification, there is little weight given to those vitamins with only this certification and no third-party Clinical Study or Seal of Approval for us to determine “our Best of” picks.[4]

Now that we know how to verify some of these vitamins on the market, we’ll be discussing next what specific vitamins we should be looking for – what are the best vitamins to take in order to grow healthy shiny hair?

What Are The Most Important Daily Vitamins For Hair Loss & Re-Growth? 

Best Hair Loss / Growth Vitamins & Supplements for Hair LossLet’s first discuss some of the most important vitamins and supplements that you should have in your diet on a day to day basis that helps promote both a healthy scalp and healthy nourished
hair. The list, below, will at least provide a basic reference when reviewing and comparing Vitamins Supplements. With that stated, here’s a list of the vitamins and nutrients that we have compiled from a variety of sources.

Omega-3 fatty acids Vitamin A Copper
Biotin (B7) Vitamin B6 Magnesium
Niacin Vitamin B12 Phosphorus
Zinc Vitamin C Potassium
Selenium Vitamin D Sodium
Sulfur Vitamin E Protein
Iron Vitamin K  Folate / Folic Acid

 

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Compare & Contrast Reviews

Now that we know how to evaluate a vitamin supplement’s potency and likely effectiveness, and what vitamins we should be taking, we can now provide a better review for our readers. In each brief review, we’ll compare and contrast each product with the available information and whether we could compare a product’s listed ingredients with our Table. Additionally, we will make note of any other ingredients they may have included to help stimulate hair follicles, minimize hair loss, and regrow hair. We will also identify any clinical studies that the company may have conducted along with any Seals of Approval the company may have obtained to verify the ingredients of the product. We will also note whether the company follows GMP Manufacturing procedures, and finally, we will be identifying Vitamin Supplements that are labeled Non-GMO or Organic.

This last item is becoming more important especially with regard to vitamins that people ingest. People want to know, and ought to know, whether what they are ingesting is something that may cause harm and may actually be one of the causes of hair loss in the first place. These factors are important to us as we relay our research to our readers with the goal of helping them with hair loss. In summary, we will be looking at all of these factors which will help us determine and recommend what we think are the “Best” Hair Loss Vitamin Supplements to buy.

Our Basis for Our Review & Recommendations:

We base our recommendations on five key areas:

  • Vitamins
  • Additional Ingredients
  • Studies / Seals of Approval
  • GMP Manufacturing / Location of Manufacturing
  • Non-GMO / Organic

We will not be addressing Amazon Reviews or incorporate them into our scoring.

As mentioned earlier, we have begun to lose both interest and value in citing “Amazon Reviews” because many of the reviews being left are very suspicious. We do believe that some companies have learned how to game the review system on Amazon and, for these reasons, we will rely less on Amazon Reviews.

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Hair Loss / Growth Vitamins Reviewed:

Viviscal Hair Growth Vitamins:

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – This company has been in the hair growth business for over 25 years. They state that the most important vitamins for healthy hair are: Vitamin C, B, and Niacin. These ingredients are included in their product with the additional ingredients: Iron, Zinc, Horsetail Extract, and a proprietary blend –  AminoMar.

Studies – This company’s claims are backed by seven clinical studies, four of which are verifiable on the US National Library of Medicine’s website.

Labdoor Score – There are no reports on this product at this time.

Location – Although their headquarters are located in Illinois, the product is made in Ireland, and there is no mention whether this is a GMP facility.

Organic / Non-GMO – There is no mention of any ingredients being either Organic or Non-GMO.

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • Clinically Proven to Regrow Hair
  • Allows for regrowth of fuller hair
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • Can be expensive to some
  • Continued Use is necessary
  • Results in 4 to 6 months
  • Do Not Use if Allergic to Fish
  • May have GMO ingredients – Unknown

Overall Score:  8 out of 10

Discussion – Weighing the Pros and Cons, we are giving this product an 8 out of 10. We are giving weight to the fact that this product has conducted numerous clinical studies, and they were willing to publish the results which, as mentioned, are readily available on the US National Library of Medicine’s website. The negatives, however, include the fact that there is no “Non-GMO” label, and nothing stating whether their ingredients are 100% Organic, thus telling consumers that the product is free of GMOs and Glyphosate.

Viviscal is one of our Top 5 Picks, and you can learn more by clicking here:

There is more information on their website about Viviscal for Women, Viviscal for Men, and they have a subscription program as well.


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Nature Made Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins: 

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – This company has been in business for over 45 years. They have already included the main Vitamin ingredients: Vitamin A, C, Biotin, Zinc, and Copper. They also include Polysorbate 80 and Soy which is of concern, however.

Studies / Seals of Approval – This Vitamin does have the US Pharmacopeia (USP) Seal on the bottle which means that the ingredients were submitted by the manufacturer and tested. The results have consistently shown that the ingredients are what they state. We find no further studies done on this product at this time.

Location / GMP Facility – The product is distributed by Nature Made in Mission Hills, California. The label also states that this product is encapsulated here in the U.S. but makes no mention where the ingredients originated from, and it also does not state whether it is a GMP Facility.

Labdoor Score – There are no reports on this product at this time.

Organic / Non-GMO – As mentioned above, this product contains soybean oil and soy lecithin along with a synthetic ingredient, Polysorbate 80. As for this last ingredient, I will have to conduct further research as, it seems, there are two types of Polysorbate 80 and recent studies are showing that this ingredient may not be beneficial at all no matter what form it’s used. But, soy is another matter entirely.

Given that I recently wrote about the dangers of soy, especially if it has been heavily drenched with Glyphosate, this ingredient on a Vitamin label is not at all a good thing. Much of the world’s soy crops are in fact (Monsanto) GMO soy plants and they are literally drenched in Glyphosate which does find its way into our food chain and traces of this known harmful chemical has been found in humans. If you would like more information, I would urge you to please read my other post about the possible causes of hair loss and the known effects of Glyphosate. Since the label does not identify the origin of the soy, it does not state whether it is organic, and it does not state whether it sources its soy from organic farms, these facts and omissions will negatively affect our score for this product.

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • Bears the USP Seal
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • Can be expensive to some
  • Continued Use is necessary
  • Results in 4 to 6 months
  • Product Does Contain Soy & Soy Products
  • May have traces of Glyphosate
  • No Label or Info Stating Non-GMO / Organic

Overall Score: 5.6 out of 10

Discussion – Without apology, the fact that this product contains soy and does not state that it is organic soy is of major concern. As more and more researchers are concluding the effects of Glyphosate on humans, especially children and pregnant women, and the fact that this chemical could actually be one of the major causes of hair loss in the first place, we simply cannot score this product well – despite the USP Seal.

You can learn more about this product and our Nature Made Hair, Skin & Nails review by clicking here:

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Vitafusion: Gorgeous Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins: 

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – This company was acquired in 2012 by Church & Dwight Co, Inc. and they have been in the gummy vitamin industry for approximately 16 years.  Their ingredients are found on their website, and they include a wide variety of vitamins including Vitamins A, all the B’s including Biotin, C, D, and E. The ingredients on the bottle are not shown in any images, so remaining ingredients, if any, are unknown.

Studies / Seals of Approval

The company website does state that they do work with both in-house laboratory testing efforts as well as efforts through certified contract laboratories, but they do not name them. They do not bear any Seals of Approval for the known organizations listed above, and they do not offer any clinical studies. They do state that they do test for:

  •  Microbiology Testing
  •  Potency Testing
  •  Heavy Metals Testing

Labdoor Score –  Labdoor has scored this product as an 88.4 out of 100. At this time, we do not know whether Labdoor tests for Glyphosate. We will update that information if and when there is more information.

Location / GMP Facilities – This company does state that they are a GMP Facility and are Good Manufacturing Practices Certified. The company website also states that they manufacture the product here in the U.S.

Organic / Non-GMO –  Although they do state that they manufacture the product here, they do not provide any information about raw materials, where these ingredients are sourced from, and whether they are organic or Non-GMO. Further, their website does state that their products are processed in a facility with products that contain egg, fish, shellfish, soy and tree nuts.[5]

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • Can’t See List of Ingredients
  • No Organization Named for Laboratory Testing
  • No Label Stating Non-GMO / Organic
  • May Contain Soy & Soy Products
  • May have traces of Glyphosate

Overall Score: 7 out of 10

Discussion – Similar to the above score, the fact that this product seems to be, shall we say, less than forthcoming about its ingredients and processes. First, they do not show an image of all of their ingredients. Second, they do not name the third-party laboratories testing their products. Third, they state that their product is being processed in a facility that also processes soy, but they fail to label whether their product is either Non-GMO or Organic.

Since it is our intent to help educate those who are trying to find the causes of hair loss and also find solutions with the help of vitamin supplements, a product that is ingested, this lack of information is concerning. For these reasons, we can only score this product as a 7 out of 10.

Vitafusion is one of our Top 5 Picks, and you can learn more by clicking here:

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Brock Beauty Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins:

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – This company began in 2004 and has been offering hair care vitamins since 2006. The ingredients contain many, if not all, of the vitamins we are looking for, mentioned above. It does have Biotin, Niacin, assorted B vitamins, Vitamin A, C, D, and it also includes Silica and Sulfur both of which are essential to healthy hair growth. This company has also developed a proprietary formula called Capilsana Complex which is also included in each Vitamin. Due to the proprietary ingredient, we cannot identify all of the ingredients included in this product.

Studies / Seals of Approval – The company website does not state whether they willingly allow for or participate in any third-party testing. The company does state that they “ensure that its products are harmless, non-toxic and naturally based,” but these claims are not corroborated or supported by an independent organization. Consequently, this product does not bear any Seals of Approval from any of the known organizations listed above, and they do not offer any clinical studies.

Labdoor Score –  Labdoor has scored this product as a 78.2 out of 100. At this time, we do not know whether Labdoor tests for Glyphosate. We will update that information if and when there is more information.

Location / GMP Facilities – This company does not state whether their manufacturing facility is a GMP Facility. The company’s website also does not state where the manufacturing facility is located, where the ingredients came from, and where the ingredients are processed. However, the actual product bottle does state that the product is made in the U.S. with “globally sourced ingredients.” The company’s headquarters and distribution center are both located in Slidell, Louisiana.

Organic / Non-GMO –  Again, there is no information provided that addresses the sources of ingredients, how they are farmed, processed, or manufactured. Their label and their ingredients do not indicate anywhere that the product is organic or Non-GMO.

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • Can’t See Entire List of Ingredients
  • No Organization Named for Laboratory Testing
  • No Label Stating Non-GMO / Organic
  • May Contain Soy & Soy Products
  • May have traces of Glyphosate

Overall Score: 6 out of 10

Discussion – As with previous products, the lack of information and independent verification reflects poorly on the final score. Further, more and more people are realizing they should read labels, and take precaution when buying a product that is ingested. Although this product has many, if not all, of the vitamins needed for healthy hair, there is no independent third-party organization reporting the results – other than Labdoor – which has scored this product as a 78.2 out of 100. Further, there is no mention of whether the ingredients are Organic or that they are “Non-GMO.” For these reasons, we have scored this product as a 6 out of 10.

You can learn more about this product by clicking here:

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Ouai Hair Supplements:

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – There is not a lot of information at all about this company. Even finding out that its headquarters are located in Los Angelas, CA, took a bit of research. As for the vitamins included, the ingredients contain many, if not all, of the vitamins we are looking for, mentioned above. It does have Biotin, Niacin, assorted B vitamins, Vitamin A, C, D, and it also includes Amino Acids, Omega 3 and 6, Horsetail and Ashwagandha Extracts.

Studies / Seals of Approval – The company website does not state whether they willingly allow for or participate in any third-party testing. Consequently, this product does not bear any Seals of Approval from any of the known organizations listed above, and they do not offer any clinical studies.

Labdoor Score – There are no reports on this product at this time.

Location / GMP Facilities – This company does not state whether their manufacturing facility is a GMP Facility. The company’s website also does not state where the manufacturing facility is located, where the ingredients came from, and where the ingredients are processed. As mentioned above, the headquarters are located in Los Angelos, CA.

Organic / Non-GMO – There is no information provided that addresses the sources of ingredients, how they are farmed, processed, or manufactured. Their label and their ingredients do not indicate anywhere that the product is organic or Non-GMO.

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • No Independent Testing
  • No Organization Named for Laboratory Testing
  • No Label Stating Non-GMO / Organic
  • May Contain Soy & Soy Products
  • May have traces of Glyphosate

Overall Score: 4 out of 10

Discussion – As with previous products, the lack of information and independent verification reflects poorly on the final score. It seems that the founder is a well-known celebrity stylist, and has built up a customer base – based on that alone. Fortunately, more and more people are realizing they should read labels and take precaution when buying a product that is ingested. Although this product has many, if not all, of the vitamins needed for healthy hair, there is no independent third-party organization corroborating these claims and reporting the results. Further, there is no mention of whether the ingredients are Organic or that they are “Non-GMO.” For these reasons, we have scored this product as a 4 out of 10.

You can learn more about this product by clicking here:


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Hair Essentials Natural Hair Growth Supplement by Natural Well-Being: 

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – This company was founded in 2001, and, according to their website, they are committed to providing a complete range of the finest quality herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other natural supplements. They have professional herbalists and in-house experts. The ingredients for this product contain many of the vitamins we are looking for, mentioned above. This product also includes one other important ingredient that controls the effects of DHT, Dihydrotestosterone, which is the hormone that shrinks hair follicles.

Studies / Seals of Approval – Yes! We were initially going to review Hair Essentials Biotin but decided to switch to this product because it does have one independent clinical hair study which was conducted in 2014. After the 90-day study, the results reported were positive in that the product reduces hair shedding, and increased thickness and growth. [6]

Labdoor Score – There are no reports on this product at this time.

Location / GMP Facilities – This company has two distribution sites. One is located in McDonough, Georgia, USA, and the other is located in Vancouver, BC. This company does also state that the product is produced in a GMP-Certified Facility.

Organic / Non-GMO – The company’s website states that they “work strictly with NSF cGMP-certified manufacturers who are certified and/or registered in the following: Organic Certified, Kosher Certified, Halal Certified, NSF cGMP-certified, Health Canada Site License, QAI Organic-certified, and FDA OTC-registered.” The company’s website also states that this product is plant-based, gluten-free, and “Non-GMO.”

Pros
  • Non-GMO!
  • DHT Blocker / Saw Palmetto
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • Only One Independent Study

Overall Score: 9 out of 10

Discussion – This company not only lists their ingredients, they have also included some other major pluses with this product. They have corroborated their in-house findings with an independent company for their clinical study, and the report is readily available. They have included Saw Palmetto which is known to reduce the effects of DHT, the actual hormone that shrinks hair follicles. This ingredient was also one of the positives in our reviews of Best Hair Loss Shampoos. The other major important find is that this company actually states that its ingredients are both Certified Organic and “NON-GMO!” Finally! We have found a company that looks for holistic ingredients and knows the importance of using Organic and Non-GMO ingredients in a product that people ingest. This is a major plus, and it is reflected in our score giving it a 9 out of 10.

Hair Essentials Natural Hair Growth is our Top Pick, and you can learn more by clicking here:


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SugarBearHair Vitamins:

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins is a trademark owned by BeSweet Creations, LLC. This company is headquartered in Oakland Park, Florida, and, according to FloridaDB.com, this company was just started on April 7th, 2018 despite the fact that their vitamins have been available since, at least, 2016. The company states that their product is manufactured in the USA under FDA compliance and that they use “the best ingredients.”  The company also states, on Amazon, that “everyone is saying ‘it works.'” The ingredients for this product contain many of the vitamins we are looking for, mentioned above. The bottle states they created a nourishing formula of Biotin, Folic Acid, and Vitamin C to provide essential nutrients for healthy hair growth. There are no further claims made regarding any special proprietary formula.

Studies / Seals of Approval – The company website does not state whether they willingly allow for or participate in any third-party testing. Consequently, this product does not bear any Seals of Approval from any of the known organizations listed above, and they do not offer any clinical studies.

Labdoor Score – Labdoor has scored this product as an 80.5 out of 100. At this time, we do not know whether Labdoor tests for Glyphosate. We will update that information if and when there is more information.

Location / GMP Facilities – The product website does state the product is manufactured in the U.S.A. and in an FDA compliant facility. The company’s website does not state where all of the ingredients are sourced from and specifically where they are processed.

Organic / Non-GMO – There is no information provided that addresses the sources of ingredients, how they are farmed, processed, or manufactured. Their label and their ingredients do not indicate anywhere that the product is organic or Non-GMO.

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • No Organization Named for Laboratory Testing
  • No Label Stating Non-GMO / Organic
  • May Contain Soy & Soy Products
  • May have traces of Glyphosate

Overall Score: 5 out of 10

Discussion – In researching this product, there are a few interesting facts that probably should be pointed out to those who care about how things are marketed to them and whether they should believe the product claims or the claims of those who provide paid advertising. This product has only been around for a very short time. This company was founded, apparently, by a “beauty blogger” on YouTube. And, after reading this post about how this product became successful using Instagram, these types of scenarios should be cause for concern. [7]

The cause for concern is not so much related to the product. The product may actually be what it states it is, and, luckily Labdoor took it upon themselves to actually do an analysis of this product. But, the cause for concern that I’m referring to is that just because a reality star promoted this product, its sales have bypassed other well-known brands that may actually be better for you… providing further proof that people really do need to stop and consider what they are buying and why they are buying it.

In any case, as with previous products, the lack of information and independent verification reflects poorly on the final score. It seems that the founder paid a reality star to promote this product and has not provided any type of clinical studies to support the claims being made. We do not know where this product is manufactured, and we have no idea where the ingredients are sourced from. Further, we do not know whether this product is Organic or Non-GMO. For these reasons, along with considering the Labdoor score, we have scored this product as a 5 out of 10.

You can learn more about this product by clicking here:


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Hair Sweet Hair Growth Gummies by HUM Nutrition:

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – This company was started by two men from England. They came to the U.S. with their idea and emphasis on nutrition and vitamins. It is their belief, as it is mine, that what you put inside your body is reflected in your outward appearance. After researching a bit more about this company, and looking over their website, you immediately read their initial concept and most important message: “Pure & Potent, Gluten Free, Non-GMO, and Sustainably sourced.” Needless to state, their score just went way up. As for the vitamin ingredients, here’s what we found. Their “Hair Sweet Hair” Gummies include Biotin, Zinc, Folic Acid, Fo-ti (aka Polygonum Mutiflorum, a Chinese herb used for hair growth and hair darkening), PABA, and vegan B12.

Studies / Seals of Approval – Although HUM Nutrition’s website states that it does “work with the best Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who have a wealth of experience and outstanding academic training in the field of nutrition,” we can find no independent clinical studies done nor have they pursued and obtained any Seal of Approval from a third-party independent organization at this point in time. They do state, however, that the ingredients used are based on “clinical trials” and are scientifically supported to be effective – which means nothing really if there is no independent third-party stating that the ingredients are consistent, “true,” pure, and concluding the same results.

Labdoor Score – There are no reports on this product at this time.

Location / GMP Facilities – The company website states that they are headquartered in California, and their products are also “made at our high tech facility in Southern California.. with the strictest quality standards.” There is no mention, as yet, whether their facility is a Certified GMP Facility or where the ingredients are sourced from.

Organic / Non-GMO – This company does state that they are a Non-GMO company.

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • No Independent Third-Party Testing
  • No Organization Named for Laboratory Testing
  • No “Organic” labeling
  • Not Tested for traces of Glyphosate

Overall Score: 8 out of 10

Discussion – Truthfully, we had high hopes for this company. Right out of the gate, their website stated it is a “Non-GMO” Product, which is a huge plus when considering the final score. Unfortunately, however, they do not provide any independent clinical studies or reports, and they have not sought a third-party independent Seal of Approval.

One of the reasons why this third-party approval is important is, and this is a good example for this explanation, is that various vitamin companies use different vitamins and may omit some vitamins that others have – all while claiming their product is the best for hair growth. For example, this company, it seems, has omitted Vitamin C where others have included it. Seeing that we are not scientists or nutritionists, we have no way of knowing what is more effective – a formula with Vitamin C or those without. Further, as we have also mentioned previously, Labdoor, the independent research company, is a newer company, but out of all of those listed, we are not certain that any one of them are even testing for Glyphosate. These are two of the major reasons why a third-party independent company’s Seal or clinical study would be beneficial to those of us who are seeking a very good product, a wholesome product, a product that is what it claims to be without any harmful ingredients. For these reasons, we have scored this product as an 8 out of 10.

Hair Sweet Hair is one of our Top 5 Picks, and you can learn more about this product by clicking here:

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Hairtamin Hair Vitamins

Co. History – Vitamins & Additional Ingredients – Hairtamin Hair Vitamins is a trademark owned by Hairtamin, LLC which was filed on April 2 (2016). Previous to this, it was owned by Koch Milani Enterprises, LLC, and founded by Leyla Milani. According to CorporationWiki.com, Kosh Milani Enterprises, LLC, filed as a Domestic in the State of California on Friday, January 8, 2010, is headquartered in Irvine, CA, and is approximately eight years old.

The Hairtamin website doesn’t state any information about where the product is produced or where the ingredients are sourced from. It does state that their product is manufactured in the USA under FDA compliance and it is also GMP Certified. The ingredients for this product contain many of the vitamins we are looking for, mentioned above along with some extra nutrients and minerals in their proprietary blend. This product includes Vitamins A, an assortment of B Vitamins, and Vitamin C. It also includes Japanese Knotweed Root, Black Seed, Rosemary, Horsetail, Tumeric, Green Tea Leaf, and Brahmi Extracts, Aloe Vera, Selenium, Lutein, Stinging Nettle, and Zinc.

Studies / Seals of Approval – This product relies on past clinical studies of known vitamins and what these vitamins do. However, they offer no independent clinical studies or third-party independent Seals of Approval.

Labdoor Score – There are no reports on this product at this time.

Location / GMP Facilities – The company website states that they are headquartered in California, and their products are also made in FDA approved facilities and it is a Certified GMP Facility. However, there is no mention, as yet, where the ingredients are sourced from.

Organic / Non-GMO – There is no information provided that claims the ingredients are sourced from 100% Organic farms or sources and that they are Non-GMO.

Pros
  • Various Vitamins Included
  • Additional Ingredients / Proprietary Blend
  • For Best Results – use in the early stages of hair loss.
Cons
  • No Independent Clinical Study or Laboratory Testing
  • No Label Stating Non-GMO / Organic
  • May Contain Soy & Soy Products
  • May have traces of Glyphosate

Overall Score: 7 out of 10

Discussion – Similar to above scores, this company is relying on “clinically studied ingredients”  to support their claims of “stronger, longer, thicker hair in as little as 60 days.” [8] However, they have not offered any type of clinical study done on their Vitamins along with their Proprietary blend. Further, there is currently no third-party independent study done on these vitamins, and we also do not know whether this product includes ingredients from sources that are also 100% Organic and Non-GMO.  For these reasons, we can only score this product as a 7 out of 10.

HairTamin is one of our Top 5 Picks, and you can learn more about this product by clicking here:

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Our “Best Of” Top 5 Picks

Here’s a list of our Best Hair Vitamins. We chose those that scored at least a 7 out of 10 and above, and we have a list of 5 of our Top Picks. As mentioned above, we have based our recommendations on five key areas:

  • Vitamins
  • Additional Ingredients
  • Studies / Seals of Approval
  • GMP Manufacturing / Location of Manufacturing
  • Non-GMO / Organic

Discussion – While many do include many of the same vitamins, some also include other nutrients, extracts, and other minerals. And, since we are not nutritionists, we are relying on third-party independent clinical studies, seals of approval, and any other independent third-party testing that can be done to help prove efficacy and pureness, among other things. We also put a heavy emphasis on Organic and Non-GMO because of past research done in this area and we have previously published posts about the effects of Glyphosate, in particular. This toxic ingredient, which has been found in humans, comes from a variety of things that we eat on a daily basis, and this ingredient is known to cause harmful effects – including hair loss. This is why we chose these key areas, and this is also why we started this blog. We really are trying to help people understand that what they are putting into their bodies on a daily basis may, in fact, be the actual cause of hair loss. Even if your hair loss is hereditary, ingesting tainted products will do more harm than good. So, with that, here are our Best Hair Vitamins – below:

Top 5 Best Hair Vitamins

#1 Hair Essentials
#2 Viviscal
#3 Hair Sweet Hair
#4 HairTamin
#5 Vitafusion

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References:

  1. Alderman, Lesley. The New York TImes. https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/05/health/05patient.html. Dec. 2009
  2. WebMD.com. https://www.webmd.com/diet/how-to-evaluate-vitamins-supplements#1. March 2018
  3. Tarkan, Laurie. Consumer Reports. https://www.consumerreports.org/vitamins-supplements/what-usp-verified-and-other-supplement-seals-mean/ July 27, 2016
  4. Wikipedia.com. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_manufacturing_practice. April 2018
  5. Gummyvites.com. http://www.gummyvites.com/en/vitafusion/About-Us. April 2018
  6. Hair Essentials. https://www.hairessentials.com/he/clinical-study-b. April 2018
  7. Eisenbrand, R. and Peterson, S. https://omr.com/en/trash-cash-instagram-brand-rich
  8. HairTamin.com. https://hairtamin.com/pages/ingredients. April 2018

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