WHAT IS THE BEST SUPPLEMENT THAT CAN TREAT HAIR LOSS?

David Bruce from HLS Hair Clinic.

Hair loss affects vast the majority of adult men, and about half of adult women. Losing hair is a universal problem, and it's not about to go away any time soon.

Although there isn't a cure for baldness and thinning hair, there are some treatments that can help slow down, and even halt hair fall. Thousands of men (and women) come to my clinic every year, seeking solutions for hair loss. In almost all cases, the hair loss type is pattern baldness. 

The good news is, for patients who suffer from early stages of hair loss, the chances of finding an effective treatment are relatively high. As I always say to my patients, treating hair loss is a long and complicated process. Results vary from person to person, from treatment to treatment, therefore, I always recommend a period of trial and error.

Once you find a treatment that works for you, you'll be able to assemble a hair care plan, and hopefully, hold onto your hair for longer. Remember, treating baldness is a long-term thing, so, if you're determined to beat hair loss, be prepared to commit to a treatment plan that will go on for years, and it's likely to be quite expensive, too.

What Hair Loss Treatments to Recommend?

Hair loss treatments are varied, and with any treatment, results will always vary from person to person, therefore recommending a certain treatment to a patient can be quite difficult. With thousands of treatments to choose from, you must be careful not to commit to something that doesn't work. 

I would say that, of all the hair loss treatments on the market, only around 5% of them will work to some extent, and only a small fraction of that 5% will work to a full extent. 

Hair loss treatments come in varying forms, such as topical solutions, electric devices, and prescription drugs. There are also surgical procedures, like hair transplantation and micropigmentation. However, the most common form of treatment I recommend to my patients is the multi-vitamin supplement.

Why Multi-Vitamin Supplements are good for your hair 

Multi-vitamin supplements are becoming hugely popular for treating baldness, and maintaining general hair health. They're safe, natural, and act as a healthier alternative to the potentially harsh chemically based prescription drugs, such as Finasteride. Some multi-vitamin supplements can be very effective in slowing down/halting hair fall, and adding thickness and strength to the strands. 

Here, I'll run through the four multi-vitamin supplements that seem to be leading the way in today's market. Now, they're not all necessarily the best, but they're by far the most popular, and the ones I talk about most frequently to my patients.

1. HR23+ Hair Restoration Supplement

Made in the Untied Kingdom, and rated by many industry experts are the best multi-vitamin hair supplement on the market, HR23+ is a naturally formulated capsule that contains 23 key active ingredients that combine to help prevent excess hair shedding, and support the healthy function of hair growth in men (and women) who suffer from early stages of baldness and thinning hair.

This supplement was brought to market in 2015, and has since gone on to become Europe's leading hair product of its kind on the market. HR23+ not only helps stop hair loss, but it has also shown to promote the rate of hair growth, and improve strand thickness and texture. 

Nearly 9 out of 10 users who I recommended this supplement to (87% men and 89% women) have been satisfied with the results, and have re-ordered it as an ongoing treatment. HR23+ also has the benefit of being safe and free from any negative side-effects. HR23+ is an excellent supplement to use in conjunction with other hair health products, and it is also popular with men post-hair transplant. 

A single bottle of HR23+ (one month supply) retails for £49.95, but you can get it cheaper if you purchase it in multi-packs, and take advantage of the company's ongoing discount codes.
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How effective is HR23+ for treating hair loss?

Although not medically approved, HR23+ can be an effective treatment for early stages of baldness. This highly potent multi-vitamin supplement contains a key blend of DHT blocking properties and hair growth promoters that work in conjunction with each other to help combat thinning, and support stronger hair growth.

Users should be realistic about taking any product of this nature, because it is not FDA approved, and results will vary from person to person. Many of my patients have reported a slowing down of hair loss, and thickening of hair, particularly in female users. Here is the annual user feedback report 2021

Some users have even reported some areas of hair regrowth, in and around the frontal hairline, and in the crown region of the scalp. The majority of my patients noticed significant improvements in their hair within 8-12 weeks of using HR23+. Some see results sooner, and others later. Only around 8% of my patients who have used HR23+ reported seeing no real change in their hair after the minimum trial period of 12 weeks.

HR23+ Verdict: HR23+ can work for the vast majority of male and female users, but you should be realistic about its effectiveness. If you suffer from early stages of baldness or thinning hair, then I would recommend using HR23+ for a minimum period of 10-12 weeks, continuously.
 
Rating: 4.5/5

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3. VIVISCAL Man Advance Hair Vitamins

Viviscal is the most well known hair supplement due to its commercial clout. They do separate supplements for Men and Women, with the women's version the more popular of the two. This supplement contains vital hair beneficiary ingredients Zinc and marine proteins. It helps maintain the growth of normal, healthy hair.
Around 7 out of 10 users who I recommended this supplement to (75% women and 62% men) have been satisfied with the results, and have re-ordered it as an ongoing treatment. Viviscal also has the benefit of being safe and free from any negative side-effects. Viviscal is not a medically approved treatment for baldness. 

Expect to pay in the region of £39.99 for one bottle (one month supply), but you can get it cheaper if you purchase it in multi-packs, from various online sellers. The three pack option is the most popular purchase. 

How effective is VIVISCAL for treating hair loss?

Viviscal is not FDA approved, but it can also act as an effective treatment for thinning hair. Both supplements can nourish the strands and help promote stronger hair growth, and are both suitable for all hair types.

Viviscal, along with HR23+, are now the only multi-vitamin hair supplements that I currently recommend to my patients. I used to recommend a host of other multi-vitamin hair supplements, but I found Viviscal and HR23+ to have the best success rate among the users. Users should be realistic when taking Viviscal, but, with continuous use for a minimum period of three months, there is every chance you will see significant improvements in your hair. 

The majority of my patients did notice significant improvements in their hair within 8-12 weeks of using Viviscal, however, this was slightly below the success rate of HR23+. About 15% of my female patients who have used Viviscal reported seeing no real change in their hair after the minimum trial period of 12 weeks. It was considerably less for men, which leads me to believe the women's supplement is the more effective of the two. 

Viviscal Verdict: Like any good multi-vitamin hair supplement on the market, Viviscal is quite expensive, but it falls within the usual pricing range for a product of this type. It can work for most male and female users, but you should be realistic about its effectiveness. 

If you suffer from early stages of baldness or thinning hair, but you want to spend as little as possible, then I would recommend using Viviscal for a minimum period of 12 weeks, continuously.
 
Rating: 4/5

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4. TRX2 Hair Molecular Supplement

TRX2 is a food supplement designed to help men and women maintain normal healthy hair. It consists entirely of a blend of natural, hair growth promoting ingredients such as powerful amino acids and vitamins (potassium, biotin and L-carnitine).
TRX2 is made by Oxford Biolabs, manufactured in Germany, and it came to market in 2011. It had plenty of exposure through the media upon its release, and it quickly became the top selling hair supplement in Europe by 2013.

TRX2 only contains a handful of active ingredients, in comparison to the 20+ ingredients you'll find in HR23+ and the  Viviscal products. The active ingredients used in TRX2 include Biotin and Zinc, both of which you'll find in HR23+ and Viviscal supplements.

TRX2 bases its theory on potassium channels: Potassium ion channels have been implicated in a vast array of diseases ranging from hepatitis C to diabetes. These small pore-forming protein structures control the transport of potassium ions across the hair follicle’s cell membrane and are essential for retaining the follicle’s full biological activity and function.

It's a flawed theory, and one that doesn't make much sense when you delve deeper into it. TRX2 is, effectively, a supplement that is loaded with potassium. There is little evidence to suggest this theory could even be close to being viable, and this is shown in the decade this product has existed - there has been no sufficient evidence to suggest that users of this supplement have experienced any of the claimed results.

I used to recommend my patients to TRX2, but I have since stopped doing so. None of my patients, both male or female, noticed any significant results from using TRX2. I've yet to have any positive feedback from any male or female user of TRX2.

TRX2 Verdict: TRX2 is by far the most expensive supplement of the ones mentioned in this article. Results will vary from person to person, but I would warn you to be very cautious before spending your hard earned money on TRX2. For its price, and how its users have rated it, it's a big risk to take. I would put this supplement as the weakest of the four.
Rating: 2/5

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Final verdict: Which hair growth supplement is the best?

As a professional who has worked in the hair loss sector for over ten years, I would have no hesitation in recommending HR23+ or both Viviscal products to my patients who suffer from early stages of baldness and thinning hair. Based on the experiences of my patients, and feedback it received, I would not recommend TRX2.

As I have said throughout this article, results will vary from person to person. Different products have varying results, and unless a product is specifically approved as a treatment for hair loss, it is impossible to recommend a product that will give you 100% effective results.
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