As someone who’s tried a zillion hair loss treatments, I’m wary of anything that promises miracles. So what I like about a certain brand of hair supplements is it doesn’t promise a cure – simply a product that’s “made with natural ingredients…used to support healthy hair”. And from the Folexin reviews I’ve read, I’m not the only one who’s been charmed by this brand.
People seem much happier with Folexin than say, Keranique (who you’ll know I’m not crazy about if you’ve read this post).
Coming up: My HONEST review of Folexin – more on the ones that aren’t in a sec. 😉 Plus, its ingredients, side effects, how to use it and how to determine if Folexin is right for you.
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I want to be entirely honest here.
You see, I haven’t actually tried this product yet. I only heard of it recently. And unfortunately, I can’t try it right now – because I’m on an AIP diet that restricts me from having soy, which is one of Folexin’s ingredients. But I DO hope to try it out one day!
Because I keep coming across certain “hair loss websites” with Folexin reviews, among other things. One in particular uses all her other reviews to badmouth other (very decent) products – just to push the hard sale for Folexin supplements.
One of these is JuveTress. Which doesn’t deserve the harsh feedback.
When I Googled the supposed author of these posts (who, FYI, says throughout her posts that she’s had alopecia and knows what it’s like), she doesn’t seem to exist. I’m fairly sure it’s a made-up person! I know this happens with some affiliate sites but it pisses me off. To pretend you’ve experienced the pain of alopecia in order to make a quick buck is NOT COOL!
I’m transparent about the fact that I make commission off some products I recommend (as my sidebar and transparency disclaimer will tell you). But I would never:
a) pretend I’ve tried products when I haven’t
b) pretend I’ve got alopecia in the first place
That’d be impossible to do. My shiny bald head speaks for itself!
So I’m bringing you this post for a more objective, REAL review of Folexin. Now let’s get to it! 😉
Our story begins with a natural health company called Vita Balance Inc, based in Virginia. They make a dietary hair growth supplement called Folexin (formerly Foligen), which offers an affordable approach to healthy hair.
Folexin is designed to support the natural hair growth process, helping it move from the telogen (resting) phase into the anagen (growth) phase without getting stuck in the middle. It’s supposed to boost your hair health, help your skin glow (in a non-sweaty way) and bring a lovely sheen to your hair (in a non-greasy way). Phew.
Oh, and Folexin is made under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) guidelines in a US FDA-registered facility. Woohoo!
Like the sound of it? So do I.
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In general, Folexin supplements work to promote thick, strong and healthy hair – for men and women. Want me to get specific? Ok, then. From my extensive research, it looks like these supplements can help you out with the following:
Like I said, Folexin is manufactured in the US, at an FDA-approved facility that follows GMP guidelines. The result of which is a powerful little pill that contains plenty of vitamins, minerals and herbal extracts – some of which are domestic, others are imported.
Here’s a photo of the label (to the right, and below) so you can see exact measurements and the full list of ingredients.
I’ll chat about the key ingredients below.
Also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, biotin’s in lots of skin, hair and nail treatments. Why? ‘Cos this nutrient works with specific enzymes in your body to promote healthy protein generation (and as a result, hair production).
If you’re deficient in biotin, you might notice dry or brittle hair and nails, plus have patchy dry areas on your skin. Folexin supplements can help you out in those areas, too!
They also foster a healthy metabolism and nervous system PLUS digestive and cardiovascular functioning. Biotin is water-soluble too, meaning it’s easy to digest. Good to know.
This popular hair care ingredient supports the hormonal factors at play in hair growth. As this Healthline article explains, it helps block (5α-R), an enzyme that converts testosterone into a hormone called DHT (which is linked to hair loss).
Now, the other B vitamins play an important role, too. But Vitamin B5 in particular (also called pantothenic acid) is an essential nutrient used in the process of making protein. It’s known for its soothing, healing and regenerating properties.
Shout-out to Vitamin B9 – also known as folic acid – which helps your body make red blood cells and absorb those essential nutrients from your food. In doing so, folic acid naturally supports hair follicles (and hair growth) in both men and women.
And not forgetting Vitamin B6, which activates the chemical reactions involved in the production of keratin and melanin and is top-dog for healthy hair and skin.
I don’t care how great the A-Team was. For me, it’s all about Team B!
A lesser-known ingredient, this imported element has a lot to offer. It’s been used in China for centuries to support general health and anti-aging – and also to support the natural hair growth process.
Unfortunately, as I mentioned, I haven’t been able to try these supplements yet while I’m off soy – but I have researched plenty of different Folexin reviews from other bloggers (taking everything with a pinch of salt, of course!) and scoured customer reviews, too.
From what I’ve found out, I don’t think it’s going to stop hair loss all by itself, or to suddenly regrow your hair. If a pill could do that, trust me, I’d take it – AIP diet be damned!
It’s worth noting that even the brand itself doesn’t claim to “fix” hair loss. On its homepage, it clearly states:
“Folexin is designed to support the natural hair growth process; it’s not a hair loss treatment.”
So while it DOES work in terms of giving people healthy hair, skin, nails – and a happy gut – it’s not going to miraculously stop your hair falling out overnight. But like I say time and time again, a healthy gut can deliver some amazing results! So combined with the right lifestyle and diet, this approach could be a really natural, healthy way to tackle your alopecia.
It’s pretty simple. The manufacturer recommends taking two pills a day, with food. (So a single bottle of 60 capsules will last you 30 days.)
Note: If you’re on any other medication, and if your doctor has said it’s ok to take Folexin supplements, make sure you leave one hour between dosages. Because some Folexin ingredients might reduce the effect of certain medicines. And we don’t want that to happen.
Then I’d recommend leaving your bottle of Folexin by your kettle, where you’ll see it in the morning, popping a note on your fridge or even setting a reminder for the same time each day.
Make sure you’ve stocked up on enough Folexin to last a few months. Consistency is key with supplements, so you don’t want a long gap before your next batch arrives.
To avoid running out of something that could genuinely help (which I’ve done too many times on this AIP diet!), it’s best to stock up on Folexin from the outset. On their site right now, they’re offering this deal where you buy 4 bottles and the 5th is free. That’s a 5-month supply and by the end of it, you’ll know for sure whether it’s helped your hair grow!
I’ve included a few customer reviews below – the positive and the negative, from men and women.
You might notice, even the negative ones aren’t actually that negative.
Of course, I’m aware Folexin reviews on the manufacturer’s website will be selective. And that Amazon ones can be spam. But anyway, here’s what REAL customers have said…
Trina, 5 stars
I’m 38 years old and my hair was falling out with every shampoo. I purchased two bottles and just after two weeks of using Folexin my hair is no longer falling out in the shower and I’m shedding less throughout the day. I am excited to see the long term effects of this product and am very happy so far!
Sue, 4 stars
I nearly gave up after 1 month, however pleased that I ordered again. My hair is thicker, healthier and has a shine to it. I thought it might be the placebo effect but family and friends have also noticed.
David, 5 stars
I have been using Rogaine for 15 years. It seems to have slowed the balding process but there really wasn’t that much new growth. I have been taking Folexin for almost 2 months. My hair looks and feels healthier and I have new growth that I can actually see coming in. I am very pleased with the results.
Michael A, 2 stars
I’ve used the product for two months, and I have not seen any change. so maybe I have not used it long enough, not sure. But as of right now no results!
Well, it’s hard to say. Especially when it comes to dietary supplements, what works for one person might not work for the next.
We’re different, complex beings with varying levels of vitamins and minerals in our bodies. Our hair loss may have been caused or triggered by different factors (including lifestyle and diet) and so the thing that resolves it/how long that takes will differ, too.
But that’s not to say it isn’t worth a shot! And Folexin can really help you if…
If your hair is brittle, if your skin is dry or if your nails are pitted and cracked, it could mean you’re low in biotin. And one of Folexin’s star ingredients is biotin, plus a range of other nourishing vitamins.
If you suffer from IBS or other digestive problems, Folexin can help ease your symptoms. It has 5 different B vitamins (B1, B5, B6, B9 and B12) which, according to this article “protect the abdomen from distress and ensure the stomach and intestines work.”
They also help you get energy from your food. (Side note: When I was diagnosed with gut dysbiosis, I learned my B vitamin levels were extremely low – so even though I ate healthily, I wasn’t able to absorb key nutrients. I needed a B vitamin complex to turn it all around.)
Folexin also contains iron (lowers inflammation in the gut and immune system), Vitamin C (helps the body absorb iron), zinc (reduces the chance of leaky gut syndrome) and magnesium (stabilises blood sugar and plays a big role in good gut health).
Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and, if we’re getting enough of it, helps us get a good sleep. So if you’re feeling wound-up and unable to nod off at night, these magnesium-rich Folexin supplements will be a welcome addition to your nightstand. More Vitamin D can boost your overall mood and brain function while the Vitamin B family works to balance out depressive moods and support healthy serotonin levels.
As I mentioned, Folexin isn’t for everyone. (It isn’t for me, not at the moment anyway!) So it’s best avoided in the following circumstances.
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Yes, in most cases there’s no bad side effects at all. Just avoid them if you have an allergy. 😉
You should take 2 capsules daily, with meals.
None that I’ve come across so far – only that it may not work for everyone!
A single bottle will cost you around $25 dollars so in my opinion (and so you don’t leave a gap between shipments!), it’s better to stock up on the 2-pack (around $45) or the 5-pack deal.
If I didn’t need to avoid soy right now, I’d be “folexing” my arm muscle to order some Folexin! (Sorry, that was truly terrible!) But I do genuinely think it sounds like a great product.
Sure, it might take a while to work. But good things come to those who wait, right?!
If you DO decide to try it out, please keep me posted about your progress. And if you’ve used it already, you’re welcome to share your experience in the comments below!
I hope this REAL review has been helpful. And I look forward to hearing how you go/grow!
What other natural products do I like? Well, since you asked…
1) My favourite natural oils – Get slathering and smelling like lovely botanicals
2) The green goddess – Why I’m all about aloe
3) I dream of Neem – Ok, I don’t. But I AM a big fan!
4) Meditation for hair loss – A strategy that’s completely free!
5) Hairstyles for alopecia – For the inbetween, how to rock your baldness