Battle of the Hair Vitamins
Having tried a zillion topical treatments and alternative therapies in my 25 years as an alopecian, the thing that’s helped me most is a holistic approach. Especially around nutrition and hormonal imbalances in my body.
The thing is, hair loss can be triggered by a range of factors – what triggers mine might not be the same for you. And so what helps my hair growth will probably be different for you, too.
However. As these triggers are often around stress, hormone imbalance and damage to the scalp due to environmental factors, it makes sense that a supplement which tackles these issues can reduce hair loss, too. Right? I think so.
Hair supplements get to the root cause of hair shedding, unlike shampoos, which are typically washed off before they can really do their magic. And topical treatments only focus on the symptom (hair loss) rather than the cause of this hair loss. That’s what makes supplements more effective.
In this post, I’ll compare two top hair vitamins – NourishVita vs Nutrafol – looking at the pros and cons of each, plus what products are available.
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NourishVita is an American company, founded in 2019, that makes a range of supplements, gummies and other products to boost hair growth on the scalp, lashes and brows. Their treatments are hormone-free, vegan and cruelty free. Good work, guys!
Aside from their classic hair vitamin pills, NourishVita offers a large range of gummies with some great natural ingredients to lower oxidative stress and inflammation in the body (common factors in hair loss, FYI).
The supplements, serums and gummies include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D – plus a bunch of B vitamins to provide immune support and promote hair growth. Oh, and they also include collagen, keratin, folate and biotin, which help cell regeneration and provide a healthier scalp environment for hair follicles to do their thang.
NourishVita gets pretty glowing reviews (see my full post here), with awesome reports about their customer service, too. Very nice.
Nutrafol is one of the leading hair supplements on the market. There’s 5 different options to choose from, depending on your sex and stage of life, as these pills address the hormonal changes that happen with age, pregnancy and around menopause.
Nutrafol has a targeted approach, in that you can choose an option depending on what’s triggering your hair loss. And although the supplements contain plenty of the same ingredients, like ashwagandha (proven to help lower stress and inflammation in the body) or saw palmetto (which naturally blocks DHT, a hormone linked to hair loss), the quantities differ.
Certain ingredients are also added/removed depending on the needs of the person: for instance, Nutrafol Women’s Balance (for women experiencing menopause) includes maca to assist with the body’s stress response and balance rapidly declining levels of estrogen. Phew!
Nutrafol also offers a subscription service when you buy from their website; then you can get free consultations with their naturopathic doctos and 6-montly hair mineral analyses.
All sounds great, right? But the brand has clocked up some terrible customer reviews – not about the supplements, but about their customer service and an inability to cancel their autoship program. So as I mention in this post, you can avoid that pitfall by buying through Amazon instead.
Although both NourishVita and Nutrafol are hormone free, only Nutrafol states that it’s also 100% drug-free.
Nutrafol is comprised entirely of natural ingredients – and what an ingredient list, that is, too! With DHT blockers and stress adaptogens that stop hair shedding by lowering inflammation in the body or correcting hormonal imbalances, Nutrafol may have the edge in terms of effectiveness.
NourishVita supplements are more generic in terms of their ingredient list – featuring the same ones you’ll see across most supplements, like biotin, folate and keratin – but their gummies do get more targeted, with anti-inflammatory ingredients like curcumin and ginger, or digestive aids like apple cider vinegar.
NourishVita comes out top in customer reviews – I couldn’t find anything all that negative about them, although they don’t sell on Amazon so they can be selective about what they show on their website! Meanwhile, Nutrafol gets amazing reviews about the pills themselves, but there are too many complaints about their customer service for me to trust the brand.
The other main difference between NourishVita and Nutrafol is the price. NourishVita costs $70 for a bottle, or one month’s supply. However, they offer 30% off on their website, which brings that down to $49.
Nutrafol is $88 per bottle , or $79 if you join their subscription service (not recommended, as it seems impossible to cancel!) You also need to take 4 Nutrafol supplements a day – so your bottle won’t last as long as NourishVita, which recommends 2 vitamins daily.
Still not sure which – if any – supplement is right for you? Maybe this quick recap will help!
If neither supplement is doing it for you right now, I’d highly recommend Folexin. It’s got some of the ingredients common to either NourishVita or Nutrafol – like biotin, folate and saw palmetto, plus extra natural DHT blockers and antioxidants, like red clover and green tea.
Folexin clocks up incredible customer reviews and even better, is FAR cheaper than either NourishVita or Nutrafol! The only downside I can find is, it contains soy. Which may not be suitable for those on an anti-inflammatory diet.
NourishVita is far better value. Not only is a single bottle cheaper, you only need 2 pills a day (with Nutrafol, it’s 4), so a bottle will last you longer.
Although Nutrafol offers a more targeted approach to stop hair shedding (by getting to the root cause), customer reviews for NourishVita are pretty positive, too. Customers noticed an increase in baby hairs after using NourishVita for only a month or two, plus longer brows and lashes.
If you’re new to the world of hair supplements, I’d probably choose NourishVita over Nutrafol. Simply because it’s far kinder to your wallet, you won’t be getting pulled into a dodgy autoship program and the customer reviews are great!
Ok, so it may not miraculously help your hair grow back or stop shedding in its tracks…but it can give you the appearance of thicker, fuller hair while improving your scalp health, maybe even your mood and energy too!
Let me point out though, supplements may not be for everyone – like if you already have an excess of the minerals or vitamins they contain. In which case, you don’t need to take any more, and it might even be harmful if you do. So please, check with your doctor before taking a daily supplement.
I hope this post has helped you see which – if any – supplement could be a good choice for you. And best of luck with whatever option you decide!
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