A year ago my dermatologist recruited me (and some sixty other menopausal, peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women) to participate in a clinical study for a nutritional supplement to treat thinning hair. I promised I’d tell you all about it once I was given clearance to do so, and here it is!
I’ve just found out this is the supplement I’ve been taking. Below is the process of the clinical trial, and my experience.
Participating in a clinical study
Participating in the trial meant visits to the dermatologist’s office every 3 months. The first and last visits took a little over 90 minutes, the other two about an hour each. During those visits, several very precise photos and measurements were taken of follicle counts, hair diameter, part width, and a few other metrics I’m not sure of. My blood pressure was taken, and I filled out several health and attitude questionnaires. At the end of each visit my hair was washed and the number of hairs shed was counted.
For the first 6 months of the 12-month trial, half of the participants were given a placebo, and the other half the real product. For the second 6 months, everyone received the real product.
We were not told what the product was, or whether we’d been given the placebo. (I was pretty sure right off the bat I’d been selected for the placebo, a hunch that was confirmed when I began receiving the actual product at the 6-month mark.) What I did know was that the supplement had been on the market for some time, which allayed any concerns about weird side effects.
About 6 weeks after I began taking the actual supplements, I noticed that my nails looked a lot healthier and were much stronger. Not long after that, I noticed that my brows and eyelashes were getting fuller, and my hair seemed to be growing faster.
I’ve always had very fine hair so wasn’t expecting miracles. But I do think the Nutrafol has helped. My part isn’t quite as pronounced, and my hair seems a little fuller and stronger. I decided that even after the trial I’d continue taking it. Even if just for the eyebrow regrowth! 😆
I’ll be honest, it’s not an inexpensive supplement. But I’ve seen (and tried) others that were about the same price point, and that didn’t yield any noticeable results.
(As compensation for my participation in the trial, I received a year’s worth of the Nutrafol, as well as a small payment at the conclusion of the study. This post is entirely independent and I received no compensation for it.)
If you have any concerns about ingredients or side effects, you should discuss with a trusted health care professional. This is my personal experience with the product, and I make no claims as to its overall effectiveness or safety for anyone else.
Have you ever tried any supplements for hair/nails? Did they work for you?