Saw Palmetto Clinically Shown To Help Hair Thinning

Saw palmetto for hair loss

Finding safe and natural solutions for keeping your hair healthy is a top priority here at Nutrafol. That’s why we’re excited that researchers have shown the herb saw palmetto, also known as serenoa repens, utilizes the same pathway as Propecia, an FDA approved treatment for hair loss.

Propecia vs. saw palmetto

The drug known as Propecia (generic name finasteride) is a fairly common treatment for male hair loss but some doctors and patients want to steer clear of this medication because of its potentially scary side effects. For men and women seeking more natural solutions, herbal supplements provide a far less risky way to maintain a head of healthy hair.

When a study showed that saw palmetto actually can help hair growth, we wanted to make sure you knew about it.

Researchers compared the efficacy of saw palmetto to Propecia in this two-year study of 100 men with hereditary male pattern hair loss. The results? While 68% of participants using Propecia showed an increase in hair growth, confirming its efficacy, 38% of participants in the group using saw palmetto alone also experienced hair growth. So while saw palmetto wasn’t as effective as the chemical drug, it was proven to work—and without the negative side effects.

Another important finding from the study was that while 38% of the saw palmetto group experienced hair growth, another 52% of the saw palmetto group experienced stabilization of loss. Slowing or stopping the progression of hair loss, in and of itself, is a desirable outcome for those fighting to preserve their hair.

Saw palmetto a natural solution for hair loss
Saw palmetto is sold in four different forms: as whole, dried berries, as a liquid extract, in tablets, and in powdered capsules.

Saw palmetto for hair loss

So how does it work?

As it turns out, both the herb and the drug block the enzyme, Type II 5-alpha-reductase, from turning testosterone into DHT. As you may know, DHT is a hormone that contributes to hair-thinning by shrinking hair follicles. Smaller hair follicles means thinner hair, and nobody wants that.

Of course, taking a single herb is not a magic bullet. If only preventing hair loss were that easy! But since experts know that saw palmetto acts in a similar way to finasteride, we use the herb as part of our Synergen Complex to combat the production of DHT—one of the man culprits in male thinning. It turns out DHT not only causes hair follicles to thin over time, it can even lead to eliminating hair follicles completely. That’s why you’ve got to keep DHT levels in check.

Saw palmetto hair loss studies and research

And rest assured, it’s not just one study that proves the power of saw palmetto. This white paper shows exactly how the herb stops the production of DHT. A small study of 10 males with androgenetic alopecia, showed a 60% improvement for those ingesting the herb. And another study, in which saw palmetto was applied topically in the form of a lotion and a shampoo for three months on 34 men and 28 women, led to a 35% increase in hair density and 67% increase in sebum reduction.

But before purchasing just any brand of serenoa repens, make sure you’re getting the real deal. Always buy from reputable companies and read the label closely to avoid unnecessary fillers. As to dosage: Several studies had participants taking 200 milligrams, twice daily, which is a good guideline to see whether saw palmetto may work for you.

Going Bald? Scientists are Developing a New Cure

new research and possible cure for for male baldness

There are definitely some people out there who can pull off “the bald look”, but if we are going to be really honest – most of us would prefer to have the choice between a lush mane and shaving it all off. Today between 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States experience complete or partial loss of hair, a condition that can cause feelings such as embarrassment, low self esteem and even stress.

Throughout history, hair has always played an important roll in a person’s self-image, but also the image they present to others. For men, a healthy head of hair has been equated with vigor and virility; for women it has represented femininity and beauty. Losing hair can greatly alter those impressions.

But due to a number of researchers who believe in the magic of stem cells, there is increasing hope that the regrowth of human hair will soon be possible – all thanks to a few optimistic researchers, and some laboratory mice.

Dr. Cheng-Ming Chuong, professor of pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, California, is the senior investigator of a study published in August 2017, by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

He and his team of researchers were researching a way in which hair follicles can be grown from skin cells reproduced in-vitro in the lab. In the study, the researchers outlined a step-by-step sequence of events in the production of hair follicles from skin. They were able to generate hair by uncovering the major molecular events that are needed for the growth of the skin. The discovery was made possible by testing the sequence on mice.

New research for male baldness
A team of researchers are discovering a way in which hair follicles can be grown from skin cells.

Many aging individuals do not grow hair well because cells lose their regenerative ability over time. With these new findings, the researchers were able to make adult mouse cells produce hair again, Dr. Chuong states in a press release.

The researchers at the lab cannot confirm when exactly human trials can begin, but they are optimistic that their findings can soon treat conditions such as alopecia and baldness. The procedure would use the patient’s own steam cells in order to grow skin that has hair follicles. This first step would happen in a lab, and afterwards the skin would be transplanted onto the bald areas of the scalp.

Lay the Groundwork for Healthier Hair by Taking a Supplement

The new stem cell research is very exciting, but this is not a procedure that will become an option for people with thinning hair today. By taking a supplement that works from within, strengthening the health of both your body and your hair, you can lay the groundwork today for future healthy hair growthNutrafol’s supplement is especially designed to provide the essential nutrients for growing hair as well as target the potential triggers of thinning hair. With thorough research, its team of doctors has been digging deeper to find the root causes of compromised hair health and uncover the underlying factors of hair thinning.

Nutrafol has been shown to raise levels of the body’s natural antioxidant defenses, combat aging, increase factors that support the follicles and boost the immune system. With this, the damaged follicles are given a chance to heal from within.

Balance is Key When It Comes to Healthy Hair

Each follicle has its own independent biological clock that ticks and signals the follicle to grow hair, lose hair or lay dormant. However, when it is out of balance, under attack, or its environment is altered, the process of hair production is disrupted.

New science proves how a multitude of internal and external triggers create an imbalance in the body’s immune system and metabolic pathways, making supplements a good future investment for your hair.

Dr. Cheng-Ming Chuong and his researchers are, like the doctors at Nutrafol, working hard to understand and combat hair loss. Take charge of your own hair health today by taking a supplement that provides essential nutrients to your hair and your body!

What You Need To Know When Dealing With Postpartum Hair Loss

Becoming a mother can be very rewarding and simultaneously very challenging. Your body is going through a whirlwind of changes, and in the middle of all this you do not expect your hair to start falling out in clumps. But for some women it does.

This is referred to as postpartum hair loss, telogen gravidarum, and telogen effluvium. This excessive hair shedding occurs most often between two and four months after giving birth, and according to statistics from the American Pregnancy Association, between 40 and 50 percent of women are affected.

But what is the reason for this postpartum hair loss? We asked Dr. Christine Carlan Greves, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist practicing in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Greves has been working with a lot of these cases and is familiar with postpartum hair loss.

“When a woman is pregnant, she has a lot of extra hormones in the body, including estrogen,” she says.

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Shedding hair as a post-baby reaction is something that cannot be prevented but it is however a condition that is a temporary one.

“The estrogen helps protect us from losing our hair. Then when she has the baby, there’s a sudden change in the hormone levels, including a drop in the estrogen. And this shift can cause a response in the body that may affect the hair cycle,” she continues, adding that breastfeeding might also be a contributing factor to excessive hair shedding.

“When breastfeeding, the prolactin levels are increased. That hormone, that is responsible for breast milk production, has been associated with hair loss as well”, Dr Greves explains.

Shedding hair as a postpartum reaction cannot be prevented but is however a  a temporary condition. While it does correct itself after some time, it certainly does not hurt to take extra care of your hair during this period. The following remedies are ones that you can easily do at home.


Things To Do When Dealing with Thinning Hair


Use a Volumizing Shampoo
Volumizing shampoos tend to contain something called dimethicone, which is a silicone-based polymer that coats and seals the hair. While this does not stop hair from shedding, it will give your hair the illusion of looking fuller to compensate for the temporary thinning.

Condition Light
When conditioning your hair, make sure to only condition the roots. If you condition the strands further out as well, it will weigh the hair down, making it easier to break and fall off.

Stimulate Your Scalp
Use massage to increase the blood flow to your scalp, but also invest in a scalp treatment that will help you clear all the dead skin cells around the hair follicles. This will make the hair follicles stay open, which will promote hair growth.

Choose Softer Hairstyles
Do not pull your hair back too tightly, as the traction can lead to hair loss. Try putting a scarf over your hair instead of ponytailing it.

Invest In a Supplement
Biotin seems to be the natural choice for many people looking for a supplement to help with their hair. But why not try a hair supplement that contains biotin AND other natural ingredients? Nutrafol’s supplement contains enzymes naturally found in the body which help nurture healthy hair growth. It is designed to provide essential nutrients for growing healthy hair and targets the potential triggers of thinning hair. Note: Nursing mothers should wait until they’ve stopped breastfeeding to begin taking Nutrafol.

So if you are currently experiencing postpartum hair loss, are not nursing, and are in the process of growing your hair back, Nutrafol may be a great addition to help your hair remain healthy and strong as it begins to naturally regrow.

Hair Loss and Cancer – Chemotherapy Does Not Need To Lead To Hair Loss Anymore

Hair Loss and cancer – as if the dreaded disease isn’t bad enough it usually comes with the added burden of hair loss. So when the news hit the world of a new device that helps cancer patients keep their hair during chemotherapy, cancer patients everywhere felt there might be a small amount of relief to everything they already have to deal with.

DigniCap is the name of the device that is supposed to revolutionize hair loss during chemotherapy. It is a scalp cooling system that offers patients the possibility of keeping all or most of their hair during chemotherapy. According to DigniCap, the cooling system was approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. in December 2015.

Modern medicine has come a long way when it comes to handling the side effects of chemotherapy, making many aspects of the treatment manageable for the patients. But hair loss has been one of the side effects that for a long time was unavoidable. Many patients going through chemotherapy has said that they do not like the fact that hair loss makes it so obvious to others that they are are sick.

Dr. Saranya Chumsri, an oncologist specializing in breast cancer at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, a clinic that now offers their patients DigniCap, said in an interview for the local paper that many patients do not want to be reminded they have cancer.

“Even though they, most of the time, feel really well, the fact that they don’t have hair reminds them every single day that they have cancer and are on chemotherapy. With the DigniCap system, just the fact they can keep their hair makes a whole world of difference,” said Dr Chumsri.


How Dignicap Works When Dealing with Cancer and Hair Loss

The DigniCap scalp cooling system is a tight-fitting silicone cooling cap. The cap is placed directly on the head of the person. And an outer cap is placed on the first silicone cap, and insulates and secures it.

The cap is connected to a cooler, where liquid coolant circulates throughout the silicone cap, delivering cooling to all areas of the scalp. Before the patients put on the cap, they wet their hair, and sometimes, when the treatment is done, they can actually find ice crystals in their hair. The temperature of the scalp is lowered and the scalp is kept cold, and because of that, less chemotherapy makes it to the scalp.

These are the factors that reduce the risk of hair loss. What determines how long the patients will be attached to the DigniCap, is the treatment that they are getting. But it usually last from four to seven hours.

Dignicap and hair loss
More and more clinics are integrating Dignicap as part of the post-cancer treatment.

Still Unattainable for Most People

Even though DigniCap is revolutionizing the battle of cancer and hair loss, it is still a tool that is mainly for those who can afford it. Using DigniCap is not cheap. In fact, it costs about $400 for each treatment.

Other problems that have been reported are that some of the patients get a headache from the cap, and that the strap on the cap can give some patients irritations on the chin. Nonetheless, more and more clinics are integrating DigniCap as part of their post-cancer treatment, making it a great development when it comes to cancer and hair loss.

William Cronin, the Chief Executive Officer of Dignitana Inc, the company that produces DigniCap, says in an article that he is honored to make a real difference for cancer patients who fear losing their hair to chemotherapy.

“As more and more centers like the Mayo Clinic integrate new innovations like the DigniCap system into their cancer care regimens, we move closer and closer to the day when that fear is a thing of the past,” he comments.


How To Avoid Seasonal Hair Shedding During The Cold Months

Seasonal hair change

The colder season is upon us, and during these winter months it pays off to spend a little extra time and effort on your hair. In a previous post, three experts explained why seasonal hair shedding is occuring. We are continuing with this subject by asking dermatologists Jeremy Fenton and Emily Wise Shanahan what precautions you can take to avoid experiencing seasonal hair loss.

How to Keep Your Hair Health During the Winter Months

“It is always a good idea to make an extra effort in the winter months,” Dr Emily Wise Shanahan tells Nutrafol. “Keep the hair hydrated and moisturized. Use a deep conditioning mask. Likewise, limiting heat styling can be helpful for the same reasons,” she continues.

Dr Jeremy Fenton is of the same opinion: “To prevent breakage of winter hair it is recommended to moisturize with a conditioner. And avoid too much friction from prolonged wearing of hats.”

Another way to give your hair a helping hand when the temperature drops a few degrees is to do what your mother has been telling you since you where little: Take your vitamins!

“You can strengthen the hair that you have by taking supplements,” says Dr Fenton. “Biotin is one of the most effective options out there. And it is available over the counter at most drugstores. It may not prevent shedding, but it can prevent breakage, and also make the hair you do have actually appear thicker.”

What To Look For In A Supplement

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One way to prevent breakage of winter hair is to moisturize with a conditioner.

Even if a supplement will not stop seasonal hair shedding, giving your body the nutrients it needs will show in the health of your hair. Nutrafol’s supplement is all natural and when regularly taken helps ensure your hair is as healthy and strong as possible throughout the year. One of the benefits of Nutrafol nutraceuticals is that they stimulates the follicles to enter into the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle. This can prevent some of your hair from entering that telogen phase of summer that we have mentioned in previous texts, and ultimately reduce the cold season hair shedding. When using the Nutrafol supplement, it is important to note you might have to give it a few months to notice a difference. As always when starting to take a new supplement, it takes time for the body to adjust to the change.

How Do I Know If It Is Seasonal Hair Shedding?

Make sure to pay extra attention to the part of your hair that is shedding. That way you will be able to tell if the hair shedding is seasonal or if there is a bigger underlying problem – like female pattern baldness. By looking closely, you will also be able to see if what you are experiencing is shedding or hair breaking off.

“With the winter months comes drier weather and hats rubbing against the hair. Dry, brittle hair is more likely to break, and the friction of hats can further contribute to this. Although this is not true hair ‘loss’, it can make your hair appear thinner,” says Dr Fenton.

When Should You Worry About Hair Shedding?

“There is no need to panic if you find a few strands on your pillowcase or clothes,” says Dr Wise Shanahan.

There is no need to push the “panic button” unless you find local bald patches, or if your hair shedding is focused to a specific area, such as the front of your hairline or the top of your head.

“This may represent a different type of hair loss and should be evaluated by a doctor,” Dr Wise Shanahan explains.


Thinning Hair? According To Experts, These Are The Habits That May Cause It

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Can your hair habits contribute to thinning hair? Nutrafol had a chat with 3 hair experts to find out which habits to stay away from.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem if: You are Wearing Tight Hairstyles

“If a tight ponytail or braid is your go-to, beware: Sporting these styles puts excessive tension on the hair follicles, damaging them and creating scars that can destroy them permanently,” says Dr. Doris Day.

Dr. Day is a New York City-based dermatologist, specializing in hair health, and she often stumbles upon questions like this. “Tight hairstyles can lead to traction alopecia, a condition that permanently weakens the follicles and makes it impossible for hair to grow,” she continues.

But You Can Avoid This By…

…loosening up, loosening down and trying one of many protective hairstyles instead! When the chance is given, wear your hair down. During the night, always keep it down as all that rolling around might create even more friction. And if you decide to tie it, keep it soft. Remember – if a ponytail is pulling on your skin, it is way too tight.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem if: You are Using Long-Lasting Hold Styling Products

Take it as a warning sign if your hairspray or gel has captions such as “all-day-mega-super-hold.” You might think they are doing you a favor, keeping your locks in place, but they are actually making it harder for you to hold on to them. “Products like these are usually high in alcohol, which makes hair dry and brittle,” says Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist at the Permanente Medical Group and a member of the North American Hair Research Society. “Once you comb or brush your hair, that residue causes the hair to break and fall out,” she continues.

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Can you hair habits contribute to thinning hair?

But You Can Avoid This By…

…not investing in products that make hair stiff or sticky. Invest in softer-hold solutions, like styling creams that keep your hair’s moisture intact and do not create friction when brushing. If you already feel like your hair has lost its moisture, investing in a supplement containing hydrolyzed marine collagen might be a solution. This kind of collagen is rebuilding the structural integrity of the hair follicle environment and is improving the hair’s moisture.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem if: You are Taking Oral Birth Control Pills

If you are one of the women who are sensitive to hair shedding due to hormonal changes, then the wrong oral birth control can weaken your hair and lead to thinning hair. “A pill that contains androgens can cause hair loss for someone who’s ‘androgen sensitive’ and doesn’t know it,” says Dr. Alan Bauman, a Boca Raton-based hair transplant surgeon and physician that has been specializing in hair loss for many years.

But You Can Avoid This By…

…. switching birth control pills. Try some low-androgen index birth control pills like norgestimate, norethindrone, desogestrel or ethynodiol diacetate. If you do not know whether you have an androgen sensitivity or not, a hair restoration physician can perform a quick cheek-swab genetic test.

Thinning Hair Can Become a Problem if: You are Scratching Your Head

The hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Bauman, shares his thoughts on this too. “Itchy scalp, like that caused by seborrheic dermatitis, may result in hair loss due to scratching-induced hair damage. Once the cuticle is damaged, the hair fiber is prone to breakage,” he explains.

But You Can Avoid This By…

…getting rid of the shampoo that causes you to scratch your scalp and invest in a better one. Shampoos that contains selenium, zinc pyrithione or tea tree oil is good for your scalp and tends to calm down even the itchiest scalp. If these over-the-counter products do not help, your doctor can prescribe an antifungal shampoo or cortisone foam.

Is Hairspray Harmful For You And Your Hair?

Is hairspray harmful for you and your hair?

It is common knowledge that hairspray is a cosmetic product. It is also common knowledge that hairspray holds our hair in place. And as we also already know, there are many brands to choose from, each one of them containing a different mix of ingredients.

Ingredients in hairspray

Hairspray contains a group of active ingredients – polymers and solvents – in addition to one or more propellants. Hairspray usually comes in a container with a pump or aerosol nozzle.

What role do polymers and solvents play in hairspray?

Polymers are responsible for hairspray’s glue-like effect and solvents dissolve the ingredients into a solution. Common polymers in hairspray include polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), vegetable gums and gum arabic, while alcohol and hydrocarbons make up the solvent portion.

History of the spray

Before the 1970s, the loveable spray contained the chemical vinyl chloride, which served as a propellant in aerosol cans. According to the National Institutes of Health, vinyl chloride is a known carcinogen linked to angiosarcoma of the liver in humans. The disturbing part of all this is that manufactures knew about the toxic effects of vinyl chloride and it took them almost a decade before removing it from the market. Then the propellant that replaced it – methylene chloride – was later also recalled due to similar carcinogenic effects.

Health effects

Although hairsprays no longer contain vinyl chloride or methylene chloride, there might be some ingredients that still cause adverse health effects for some individuals. According to the Center for Disease Control, it is not known if propylene glycol, a common hairspray ingredient, has cancer-causing properties. A lot of sprays contain a group of ingredients referred to as chemicals and because of that, it is not possible to accurately assess their safety.

And there is more to add…

While the chronic health impacts of the ingredients used are unclear, it is easier to understand the immediate danger of sprays. They can cause fire and personal injury when exposed to open flame. So make sure you keep them away from heat sources. According to Drug Information Online, inhaling some of the ingredients can lead to acute poisoning. In some cases, irritation of the skin, eyes and lungs may also occur for those who are sensitive.

What are my options?

If you worry about the effects hairspray may be having on your hair, stop using it. If you already feel that your hair is in bad shape, stop using the product and invest in another one. Natural products are a safe bet when you want to nourish healthy hair. Another option is to take a supplement that provides the hair with essential nutrients and targets the potential triggers of damaged hair.


on October 2, 2017

Are Your Hair Products Making You Go Bald? We Asked An Expert

Beauty products and baldness

When asked if they worry about thinning hair, 25 percent of the men in the survey answered yes. Which makes sense since hairstyles have been an important part of men’s lives for many decades. Men have shaped, styled and sculpted their hair for generations. This leads to worrying about whether it is healthy or not.

22 percent of men recently admitted that even though they regularly use gels, sprays and waxes, they are still worried that the products may be causing them to go bald.

Consumer analysts Mintel conducted the research. And it revealed that 1 in 3 British men now wear some sort of hair styling product in their hair every day. Which makes us ask ourselves if our hair-do’s are worth the danger? Are we jeopardizing our locks?

“The claim that hair products on the market can damage a man’s ability to grow hair is a myth,” says Iain Sallis. Sallis is a hair loss expert with 10 clinics throughout Britain. “Perpetuated for decades, the blocking of hair follicles by products has absolutely no scientific evidence behind it. Hair thinning is genetic, and products cannot speed this process up in men or women,” Sallis continues.

“That said, if a man has a sensitive scalp – flaking or itchy – I would suggest that he stay away from gels and hairsprays. Gels and hairsprays contain high amounts of alcohol which can cause the scalp to dry out and exacerbate such conditions,” Sallis explains.

Could your hair products make you go bald?
Could your hair products make you go bald?

So products can damage hair, but not your ability to grow hair or go bald?

“Hair is a dead material, so you can only damage it like you can damage an item of clothing,” asserts Sallis. “If you over-bleach or over-perm hair it will damage the fibers. But if you simply leave conditioner, gel, or another everyday product on it, the hair would not be damaged detrimentally. I use a matte wax almost every day. These products simply coat your hair – and are then washed off on an evening, leaving your hair perfectly fine! The only patients I’ve ever come across who have ruined their hair with products are those who overuse bleaches. And in some cases perm lotions. But not those who use everyday products.”

What about natural supplements?

There are plenty of supplements on the market to choose from. So it is understandable if you don’t know what to look for. Start by selecting one that is uses botanical extracts whose benefits address your hair specifically. Botanical extracts will increase your health benefits and some can even help you maintain healthy hair. The best ones are those that have been shown to make a difference and target all of the potential triggers for thinning and unhealthy hair.

Prevent Hair Loss By Staying Away From These Toxic Beauty Ingredients: Part II

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We’re continuing down that same road  – giving you tips on which ingredients to stay away from to keep a healthy hair regime and prevent hair loss.

Prevent hair loss by staying away from:


Nutrafol has written about the danger with formaldehyde in a previous post, but the information is worth sharing again. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) has deemed this chemical as a human carcinogen and in some cases it has been linked to occupational cancers such as nasal and nasopharyngeal. It can cause allergic skin reactions and may also be harmful to the immune system. You can find it in nail polish, body washes, conditioners and shampoos. If you’re looking for natural alternatives that aren’t so harmful on your hair, then maybe this method is something to consider.


Toluene is a petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. It goes under the names benzene, toluol or phenylmethane when listed, so you might want to keep an eye out for these the next time you’re shopping for beauty products. Typically used as a paint thinner, it can effect your respiratory system, cause nausea and skin irritation. Expecting mothers should especially be aware as toluene vapors may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Products containing toluene include hair color and bleaching products. So it might be wise to skip hair coloring treatment for a month and give your hair a break.

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Toluene can effect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin.

Propylene glycol

What is propylene glycol, you may ask? It’s a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as not good for the skin, and works as a skin irritant. Conditioners, shampoos and hair sprays are products that contain this alcohol.

As much as chemicals are bad for your hair, it’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic form of them. Eat clean, avoid chemical-laden processed foods, drink plenty of water and look for certified organic products if you want to avoid these toxic chemicals. Invest in supplements that use botanical ingredients and take them on a daily basis.
Educate yourself – do some research before buying products. You’re best going to prevent hair damage by reading the label on the back of your beauty products. Getting to know your products is key when it comes to preventing hair thinning and keeping your hair and body happy. Taking care of your body and hair now pays off in the future.

Prevent Hair Loss By Staying Away From These Toxic Beauty Ingredients

Prevent hair loss by taking a close look at possibly harmful ingredients.

In a previous post, Nutrafol wrote about the FDA releasing some very much needed information related to food and beauty products, especially when you want to prevent hair loss. The FDA does restrain the cosmetic industry from using certain ingredients, but it’s wise to check the labels on your beauty products just in case.

Your beauty products contain a lot of chemicals, many of which are absorbed into your body…and the industry is still highly unregulated. It’s a fact that there is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. Of course, there is a minuscule approval process that exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.

Also mentioned in a previous post, many of these chemicals are skin irritants, skin penetrators and carcinogenic. So, if you want to stay away from dangerous chemicals, have healthy hair and prevent hair loss, keep some of these in mind:

Prevent hair loss by staying away from:


Parabens are usually used as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and yeast in cosmetic products, which doesn’t sound so bad as you might think. Well…think again. They’re more than that. Parabens possess estrogen properties that have been associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. Parabens can be found in makeup, facial cleansers and shampoos. One way to avoid parabens is to make sure any beauty products you purchase are nutraceuticals. These are made strictly out of natural ingredients and no chemicals were added while producing them.


What does this category even mean? The term fragrance was created to protect a company’s secret formula. But for you as a consumer you could be putting on something containing chemicals dangerous for your health. According to the Enviromental Working Group (EWG) Skin Deep Database, fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system. It can be found in many products, such as shampoos and conditioners.

Prevent hair loss by taking a close look at possibly harmful ingredients.
Be mindful of the ingredients of beauty products to prevent the risk of hair loss.


This is a group of chemicals used in products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastic. They’re known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increase the risk of breast cancer. Phthalates are not disclosed on every product as they’re added to products in fragrances. They can be found in deodorants, perfumes and hair sprays.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

This can be found in more than 90 percent of personal cleansing products. Think – nearly everything that foams contains this. SLS’ are known skin, lung and eye irritants. Combinations with other chemicals can also lead to issues such as kidney and respiratory damage. Your shampoo likely contains them so make sure to choose one that has been spared from SLS/SLES.