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Hair Essentials Review

Hair Essentials is an oral hair loss formulation with a unique blend of natural hair loss remedies. It contains herbs, vitamins, minerals and other effective natural supplements that have been proven to stop hair loss and improve hair regrowth. But is the combination of these proven remedies any good at treating hair loss? How does each ingredient of this product work? Read on to find out.
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Hair Essentials is an oral hair loss formulation manufactured by Natural Wellbeing Distribution Inc. It is advertised to stimulate new hair growth and marketed for men and women as well as for all hair types.

Hair Essentials is supplied in gluten-free vegetarian-safe capsules. There 90 capsules (or a month’s supply) in each bottle of the product.

This hair loss formulation is made with natural remedies including herbs, minerals and vitamins.

The recommended dosage for Hair Essentials is 3 capsules daily with a meal. Users can also split the daily dose into three by taking 1 capsule with every meal. Where the capsules cannot be directly taken, they can be taken apart and the drug powder mixed with water, honey, juices, smoothies, yogurt or other drinks.

Taking Hair Essentials with meal improves the absorption of the active ingredients.

Hair Essentials is only recommended for adults. Although the herbal extracts included are safe, a few of them are not recommended for pregnant women and should be taken with care by others.

There are 22 active ingredients in Hair Essentials. Twelve of them are sourced from plants while 10 are nutrients essential for hair growth.

What is in Hair Essentials?

Herbal Extracts

  • Saw palmetto fruit (Serenoa repens)
  • Fo-ti root (Polygonum multiflorum)
  • Bu Gu Zhi fruit (Psoralea corylifolia)
  • Han Lian Cao (Eclipta prostrata)
  • Horsetail stem (Equisetum spp.)
  • White tea leaf (Camellia sinensis)
  • Milk thistle seed (Silybum marianum)
  • Black pepper fruit (Piper nigrum)
  • Borage seed oil
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Rice bran
  • Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)
  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)

Essential Nutrients

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Biotin
  • Iodine
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • L-cysteine
  • L-methionine


What to Expect from Hair Essentials

The inactive ingredients are rice flour, cellulose, magnesium stearate and silicon dioxide.

 

The manufacturer states that Hair Essentials should start to promote new hair growth within the first 3 months of use. Some users will experience signs of new hair growth as early as the first month but others may need to wait for 90 days and after finishing the first bottle of Hair Essential.

There are different factors that determine when new hair growth starts. The most important of these factors is the state of the hair follicles.

If there is a good number of healthy hair follicles still present then hair growth should resume quickly.

However, the longer it takes to start hair loss treatment, the lower hair follicle population gets. Therefore, those who are just experiencing thinning hair will see new hair growth faster than those who are already bald.

The active ingredients in Hair Essentials provide two different means of stimulating hair growth. These are:

  • Preventing the conversion of testosterone to DHT and also the binding of DHT to androgen receptors in hair follicles
  • Supporting hair follicle cells by improving blood flow to the scalp which helps nourish and repair hair follicles

DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the chief androgen hormone implicated in hair loss or alopecia.

Androgenetic alopecia is the medical term used to describe the kind of hair loss caused by increased level of and increased sensitivity to androgens such as DHT. This form of hair loss can affect both men and women, and it is the most common cause of hair loss.

One of the sites of DHT production in the body is the scalp. The enzyme required for this conversion is 5-alpha reductase and it is especially found in hair follicle cells.

When testosterone is increasingly converted to DHT in the scalp, it accumulates around hair follicles. Thereafter, it binds to androgen receptors on hair follicles causing these follicles to shrink by starving them of nutrient.

The outward presentation of this action is the weakening and breakage of hair shafts which lead to hair loss.

Some of the active ingredients in Hair Essentials reduce the production of DHT as well as block the hormone from binding to androgen receptors in hair follicles. By doing these, the shriveled hair follicles can recover and resume the production of new hair.

Unlike most of the other synthetic hair loss products, the use of Hair Essentials can be reduced when hair growth has fully resumed. It may even be possible to stop taking this product after a while.

The Active Ingredients of Hair Essentials

These ingredeients are all found in Hair Essentials.

Bamboo Stem and Leaf Extract (Bambusa vulgaris)

Bamboo is naturally high in levels of silica, which is sometimes called the "beauty mineral." Silica is essential for hair growth becuase it is used in building and maintaining connective tissue in the skin, nails, and hair. Some evidence suggests that silica can improve the sheen, strength, and texture of hair.

Saw palmetto fruit (Serenoa repens)

Saw palmetto is the most common herb used in alternative medicine to treat hair loss.

Its use is backed by multiple positive studies and scientists now understand how it stops hair loss and promotes hair growth.

The active phytochemicals in this herb block 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that turns testosterone into DHT. As described above, the direct inhibition of this enzyme reduces the level of DHT in hair follicles and improves hair growth.

Fo-ti root (Polygonum multiflorum)

Fo-ti root extract is an important herbal remedy in Chinese medicine where it is traditionally used to prevent and reverse grey hair.

This herb improves blood flow and increases the distribution of nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles to help nourish them and drive the growth of new hair.

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)

MSM is a natural compound found in plants and animals. It is renowned as an excellent source of sulfur.

Sulfur is essential for providing structural integrity for the skin and hair shaft. Sulfur forms the strong bonds that strengthen the proteins used to make hair shaft. This prevents easy breakage of hair shafts and reduces hair loss.

Bu Gu Zhi fruit (Psoralea corylifolia)

This herb is popular in both Indian and Chinese traditional systems of medicine. It contains a number of bioactive phytochemicals including flavonoids and coumarins.

One of these coumarins is psoralen which is commonly used in vitiligo treatment to increase the production of skin pigment and protect the skin from damage caused by UV radiation.

Although this effect may help protect hair shafts, the primary benefit of this herb in hair loss is to increase blood flow in the scalp. The increased distribution of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to hair follicles can increase the rate of hair regrowth.

Han Lian Cao (Eclipta prostrata)

Han Lian Cao, also known as False Daisy, can be found in India, China, Brazil and Thailand where it is popular in the traditional medicines of the locales where it grows.

False daisy is reported in traditional medicine literature to improve hair color and hair growth.

It can be applied to the scalp to stop and reverse hair loss, and even the black dye obtained from it is used for dyeing the hair.

In a 2008 study published in the Archives of Dermatological Research, a group of researchers showed that Eclipta prostrata herbal extract was effective in reversing hair loss in a group of shaved, albino rats.

The researchers administered these rats with both 2% and 5% petroleum ether extracts of these herbs.

As expected, the 5% extract was more effective at increasing hair regrowth but even the 2% extract was more effective than 2% minoxidil given to the control group.

The study clearly shows that this herb is an even more effective hair loss remedy than minoxidil, the most popular hair loss product prescribed by doctors.

Horsetail leaf (Equisetum spp.)

Horsetail is rich in important phytochemicals such as alkaloids, saponins and flavonoids but it is its silica content that is most important to hair loss treatment.

The horsetail extract included in Hair Essentials contains 7% silica. Silica is important for calcium absorption and it is known to strengthen bones, teeth and nails. However, silica can also strengthen the hair shaft.

When it improves the structural integrity of hair shafts, it prevents their breakage and enhances their appearance. Therefore, horsetail leaf extract makes the hair stronger and longer lasting.

White tea leaf (Camellia sinensis)

Camellia sinensis is also known as green tea. This is an antioxidant powerhouse containing such antioxidant compounds like vitamins A, C and E, zinc and polyphenols.

The varied antioxidants in this herb provide an effective protective cover for hair follicle cells.

These antioxidants can mop up harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species known to damage hair follicles. The result of such protection on the scalp and hair is increased hair growth as oxidative stress is drastically reduced to allow these follicles to thrive.

Milk thistle seed (Silybum marianum)

This herb also contains antioxidants such as silymarin and silicristin. These antioxidants can protect hair follicles from oxidative damage.

More specifically, silicristin inhibits enzymes such as peroxidase and lipoxygenase which can produce reactive oxygen species that can damage hair follicles either directly or by causing local inflammations in the scalp.

Black pepper fruit (Piper nigrum)

Black pepper extract is included in Hair Essentials to improve the absorption of the other active ingredients. It has no direct effect on hair loss.

The phytochemical present in black pepper that is credited with this benefit is piperine.

Borage seed oil

Borage seed oil is an excellent source of gamma linolenic acid or GLA. In fact, GLA makes up 25% of the oil, one of the highest among seed oils.

GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it can reduce local inflammation in hair follicles and, therefore, protect hair from damage.

In addition, borage seed oil can improve the hair growth cycle because it is a moisturizer. This means that it helps prevent your hair and scalp from drying up and keeps hair shafts from becoming fragile and then breaking off.

Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil, on the other hand, is a rich source of alpha linolenic acid or ALA.

ALA is an omega-3 fatty acid with similar properties and the same benefits as GLA. It moisturizes the hair and scalp, increases the moisture level of hair follicle cells and also serve as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Rice bran

Rice bran is the outer layer of rice grain and the part with the highest concentration of nutrients.

Rice bran contains over 100 phytochemicals including essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The most important vitamin found in bran is vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin with clear benefits for improving hair growth.

The amino acids found in rice bran are also useful because they can be incorporated in the proteins making up hair shafts.

Vitamins A, C and E

These three vitamins are antioxidants. They can mop up the harmful free radicals and reactive oxygen species that can damage hair follicles.

However, besides this shared antioxidant property, these vitamins can also provide other benefits for hair growth.

Vitamin A, for example, also has a local antibacterial effect and it also reduces sebum production. Therefore, it prevents the clogging of the glandular ducts and hair pores through which hair shafts grow.

Vitamin C is also required in the synthesis of collagen, the chief protein in the skin. Vitamin E is a common ingredient of hair care products. It improves the thickness, sheen and appearance of the hair.

Biotin

Biotin is also known as vitamin B7. One of the signs of biotin deficiency is hair loss. Therefore, biotin supplementation may be required to correct nutritional deficiencies that cause hair loss.

In one study, researchers included it as one of the natural nutrients required to maintain hair strength, texture and appearance.

Iodine

Iodine is important for thyroid health. It is required for the production of thyroid hormones. Therefore, iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism which results in lethargy, slow metabolism and even hair loss.

This means that iodine is needed to maintain the rate of metabolism in the body as well as the nourishment of hair follicle cells. In summary, iodine can indirectly improve the hair growth cycle.

The iodine included in Hair Essentials is obtained from kelp, a family of seaweeds. Kelp is an excellent store of other essential minerals and vitamins.

Zinc

One of the most common nutritional deficiencies in people experiencing hair loss is zinc deficiency.

Zinc is important for protein syntheses as well as the production of DNA and RNA. Therefore, it affects hair growth at the cellular level. Zinc supplementation can therefore improve the production of the structural proteins needed for strengthening hair shafts.

Besides promoting hair growth, zinc can also help prevent the hair from turning dull and grey as we age.

Selenium

Selenium is an antioxidant that works best when paired with vitamin E. Just like iodine, selenium is included in Hair Essentials to promote thyroid health and prevent hair loss due to low thyroid activity.

L-cysteine

Cysteine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that can increase hair strength and density.

It is also a precursor of glutathione, a natural antioxidant extensively used in the body to mop up harmful free radicals. Lastly, cysteine is involved in the immune system.

All of these benefits means that cysteine can protect hair follicles against damaged caused by autoimmune attack and oxidative stress.

L-methionine

Methionine is another sulfur-containing amino acid. Like other sulfur sources contained in Hair Essentials, it is included to strengthen the hair as well as improve its appearance.

Is Hair Essentials Effective?

Hair Essentials contains an excellent blend of natural hair loss remedies. In a 2014 clinical trial conducted by Thomas J. Stephens & Associates, Inc, Hair Essentials was found to be effective for hair growth. The researchers tested Hair Essentials on 26 women with thinning or shedding hair, or who had female pattern hair loss/androgenic alopecia. The women tried the product for 90 days. 

By the end of the study, 62 percent of women had a reduction in hair shedding of 11 percent. 52 percent of women reported increased hair thickness. 16.2 percent of women had active new hair growth. This clinical trial indicates that Hair Essentials has a modest beneficial effect on thinning hair. 

User reviews also generally agree that Hair Essentials is effective.

However, a few users remain unsatisfied even after 90 days of taking the supplement. Even then, this is to be expected since no one hair loss medication works for everyone.

Besides being effective, Hair Essentials is also well-tolerated and generally safe. Still, this hair loss supplement should not be taken along with drugs such as blood thinners, replacement hormones, birth control pills, and medications for heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol.

In addition, because safety studies are lacking, nursing mothers and pregnant women should avoid Hair Essentials. For everyone else, Hair Essentials is safe and has a high success rate.

How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Hair Essentials

Most people who take hair essentials or other hair-boosting supplements claim that it is effective. However, to boost the effectiveness of any supplement, you can implement additional home remedies to make your supplements even more successful. The combination of home remedies, diet changes, and supplements will make the biggest difference in your hair color, shine, and strength.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is healthy for most of the body, but it is especially effective in boosting hair strength and shine. Warm some coconut oil on the stove and work it into your hair with your fingers. Place a cap over your head to protect your pillow, and leave the oil in your hair overnight. Rinse out with shampoo in the morning and your hair will be shiny and smooth.

Coconut oil is packed with vitamins and is rich in many nutrients that are essential for hair health. The oil conditions the scalp, stimulates hair growth, stops dandruff, and prevents hair from breaking as easily.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is also an effective home remedy for stronger hair. Mix one teaspoon of rosemary oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Massage into your scalp, then as you did with just coconut oil, place a cap on your head and leave the oil in overnight. You can repeat this treatment up to twice a week.

Rosemary oil contains ingredients that help stimulate blood flow to the head, increases cell division, and encourages your hair follicles to make new hairs and stay in the growth phase longer.

Onion

It sounds weird, but onion juice can be an effective remedy to grow strong, healthy hair. Blend some onion in a blender and soak a few cotton balls with the mixture. Dab the juice onto your hair and leave in place for 15 minutes before rinsing with shampoo.

Onion contains sulfur that helps increase collagen production and stimulates the growth of hair as well as blood flow to the head. You can repeat this treatment once a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Wash your hair as normal, then rinse your hair with a cup of vinegar. Leave the vinegar in your hair for about 10 minutes, then rise with warm water. You can repeat this treatment every wash.

The vinegar helps strengthen hair by cleaning the scalp, ridding it of product build-up and dandruff and helps maintain the proper pH balance of hair.

Honey

Add a teaspoon of honey to your shampoo every time you wash your hair. Wash your hair with the shampoo/honey mixture and rinse as normal. You may need an extra rinse to eliminate all honey residue and stickiness. Honey is both nourishing and hydrating, which help repair the scalp and prevent hair follicles from shutting down, slowing the progression of hair loss.

Eggs

Mix one egg with a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of honey. Make a paste, and apply it to your scalp and hair. Wrap in a warm towel, and leave on your head for 20 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and cold water after the time is up. You can repeat this treatment once a week or once every two weeks to maximize shine and the health of your hair.

The protein in the egg along with other ingredients nourish the hair and scalp and help close the hair shafts, eliminating frizzy ends and split ends. Vitamins in the egg help prevent hair fall, making your hair appear fuller and healthier.

Coffee

For this treatment, mix eight tablespoons of coffee grounds in hot water. Let the coffee cool. Wet your hair with the coffee mixture and cover with a shower cap. Let set for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Let your hair dry naturally.

This remedy is effective because coffee is high in caffeine. The caffeine in the coffee helps stimulate hair growth and discourages hair follicles from entering the rest phase.

Chia Seeds

Mix a teaspoon of chia seeds into a quarter of a cup of almond milk. Soak the seeds in the milk for about 10 minutes. Apply the goopy mixture to your scalp, holding in place with a warm towel. Let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with warm water and a mild shampoo. Use the chia seed treatment about once a month.

Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for hair health. You can also eat chia seeds to improve the appearance of your skin and hair. The seeds help reduce inflammation in the scalp and keep your scalp hydrated and healthy.

Mustard Powder

Mix a tablespoon of mustard powder, a tablespoon of sugar, and four tablespoons of water to make a paste. Mix the paste into your scalp and leave in place for an hour. If it starts to burn, you can rinse it out earlier. Wash out the paste with a mild shampoo.

This treatment can be repeated about once a month. Mustard is useful for stimulating the scalp and hair follicles and preventing hair from entering the rest phase.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a simple and effective remedy to strengthen hair. Rub one cup of yogurt into your head and cover with a shower cap. Leave in place for one hour. Rinse out the yogurt with shampoo. You can repeat this treatment every couple of weeks.

The yogurt helps remove product build-up and removes any fungal infections or bacteria that might be causing your hair growth to slow.

Brewer’s Yeast

Mix four tablespoons of Brewer’s years with ½ a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix this paste into the scalp and let it sit for an hour. Rinse with shampoo and warm water once finished. You can repeat this treatment every 10 days.

The yeast contains tons of vital nutrients that are beneficial for hair growth. The main benefit is the yeast’s high vitamin B content, which is essential for healthy hair and skin.

Potato Juice

Blend a raw potato in the blender. Apply the mixture to your scalp and let sit for an hour. You can repeat this process daily, or whenever you have time.

Potatoes are high in vitamins C, A, and B. All of these vitamins are used by the hair to maintain healthy, full hair that is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Potato juice is a wonderful conditioner for the hair and scalp.

Baking Soda

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda into a cup of water. Massage this mixture into the roots of your hair and rinse with cool water. You can attempt this treatment every 10 days or so.

Baking soda works as a hair and scalp reset. The baking soda removes dead skin cells, product build-up, and improves circulation to the head. These benefits help strengthen hair from the roots and opens hair follicles that may have been blocked.

Hair Essentials Review: Does It Work?

Most reviewers state that after using Hair Essentials for several weeks to months, they do notice positive changes in their hair. Any product that contains similar ingredients, like saw palmetto, zinc, vitamin E, horsetail, vitamin A, and vitamin C will boost hair growth and the overall condition of the hair.

For best results, combine the use of any supplement for hair health with other healthy lifestyle changes and topical treatments. You can use hair supplements in combination with prescription hair loss supplements as well as diet changes and home remedies to improve hair health as well.

Overall, the most effective treatment to boost hair health is a combination of methods, taken over a several month period, culminating in a lifestyle change that includes a larger amount of vitamins consumed daily.

 

Sources


http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/products/hair-growth#ingredients

http://www.hairlosstreatmentreview.org/hair-essentials-for-hair-growth/

http://healthreviews123.com/hair-essentials-reviews/

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