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How Effective Are Hair Loss Supplements?

There are undoubtedly hundreds of hair loss supplements on the market, but how many of them are legit and legal?

Some of these supplements are branded and marketed as miracle cures for baldness, which isn’t the case.

When buying any supplements or medication online, you must seek professional advice from your GP, as they can have a detrimental effect on your body and health.

Crown Clinic are stockists for Finasteride, Minoxidil and Toppik, and Help Hair AFR, if you decide to use hair loss medications, we strongly recommend using these. You can find more about the recommended hair loss medications here. While these hair loss supplements have been approved, it’s still vital that you seek medical advice before taking them. If you suffer badly from baldness, there are other long-lasting restoration options available, including hair transplants.


Are Hair Loss Supplements Effective?


The first and most important thing to note is that hair loss and restoration varies between each person. Not every method is suitable, and it does depend on your medical history, and how severe your hair loss is. Before taking hair loss medications or deciding on a hair transplant procedure, you must speak with an expert first or book a consultation with Dr Shahmalak.

If your hair loss is severe or impacting your mental health, you might want to consider a FUT or FUE hair transplants, as these procedures are the only current and proven treatments that produces permanent results.

There are multiple causes for hair loss, such as underlying health conditions, genetics, and poor diet. So, it’s advised to seek professional advice, so you can further understand the cause and the best treatment plan.

Your diet is key to healthy hair growth. So, it’s essential that you maintain a nutritional diet, and have a particular focus on protein and iron-rich foods, as these are key to producing hair cells. Hair loss can be a result of a poor diet, but if you have a balanced diet and your body is receiving the recommended daily nutrition, then your hair loss might be more serious. Therefore, hair loss supplements aren’t guaranteed to work and resolve the problem.

Did you know that your hair follicles are one of the fastest-growing cells in the human body? With that in mind, your hair is relying on a dependable supply of nutrients and energy, which can be difficult to obtain through diet alone. The inclusion of hair supplements can support the production of hair cells, but please don’t rely on these alone.

Hair loss supplements are effective to an extent, but they’re not necessarily a cure. It does depend on the cause of the hair loss. If hair thinning or baldness is down to a poor diet or stress, then including hair loss supplements along with a nutritional, balanced diet and making some changes to your lifestyle could work. If not, then you should consider other options.


How Quick Are Hair Loss Supplements Compared To A Hair Transplant?


There is no definitive answer to how quickly hair supplements work, as there are various factors to consider. However, some supplements such as Toppik are instant, but it’s only a temporary solution and provides more of cosmetic value than a long-term fix.

With a hair transplant, the grafted hairs typically begin to grow by 10-16 weeks after the procedure and will continue to grow as usual after that.


Side Effects For Hair Loss Supplements


As with any supplement or medication, there are side effects, but not everyone will experience them. You must read the information provided and seek professional advice before taking any.

If you receive side effects that aren’t listed or they’re consistent, you must contact your doctor immediately.


Cost vs Quality vs Longevity


We understand that hair transplants are costly and lengthy, but the results speak for themselves, leaving you with a head full of natural hair and confidence. Many people choose to go down the supplement route to cut costs and wait time, but while you’re not 100% guaranteed the desirable results, you could end up spending more in the long-run.

With hair loss supplements being non-surgical, they require less commitment, but you can often find yourself obsessing in the mirror for regrowth, which can have a psychological effect on your health and well-being.

Please contact Crown Clinic for some expert advice before committing to a treatment.


Recommended and Approved Hair Loss Products


Medically approved hair loss supplements are available at Crown Clinic, but you must speak with us so we can offer the best advice on which product is best suited to you. When ordering, please call us on 0345 2 100 300.

Medical and scientific experts certify the below three hair supplement products we stock within the industry.



Finasteride is a prescription medication and should only be used under the supervision of a medical professional, such as your GP. Please do not buy this hair loss supplement online or from an untrustworthy source.

This hair restoration supplement treats the root cause of androgenetic alopecia and stimulates the hair follicles without impacting your testosterone levels.

Please note, Finasteride is a male-only non-surgical hair restoration treatment.



Minoxidil is popular amongst women and available to buy over the counter, but in a weaker concentration than if it was prescribed. However, please speak to a pharmacist before making a purchase or consult your GP.

While Finasteride is oral, Minoxidil is applied to the scalp. For best results, please use this non-surgical treatment with advice from a hair regeneration specialist.



Toppik is a popular non-surgical hair restoration solution that instantaneously fills in balding and thinning areas of the scalp. Available in eight different colours to match your hair tone, Toppik can transform your appearance in 30 seconds – perfect if you’re heading out. It’s also wind and rain resistant and unnoticeable.

Toppik is made using the same protein your hair is made from, natural organic keratin, which means it intertwines with your hair securely.

For more information on any of these three products, click here.

While hair loss supplements are a cost-effective solution, they’re not guaranteed to work or resolve the problem as effectively as having a hair transplant procedure.

Weigh up all options before making a final decision and consult with your doctor. Alternatively, call Crown Clinic today on 0345 2 100 300 to speak with one of our hair restoration specialists.

Our Surgeon

Dr. Asim Shahmalak

Dr Asim Shahmalak is a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon who performed the UK’s first eyelash transplant in 2009. He runs Crown Clinic – one of Britain’s most successful and best known hair transplant clinics. He has treated a number of high-profile industry leaders and celebrities including the medical broadcaster Dr Christian Jessen, best known for Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies.

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Hair transplants – where hair from the back of the scalp is extracted and transplanted in balding areas – may be a well-known or even commonplace procedure nowadays, but did you know that body hair transplants are also possible? 

Body hair transplants are certainly a lesser-known procedure, but still one that can be viable for the right candidate – here’s what you should know. 

How do body hair transplants work? 

Body hair transplants work in a very similar way to traditional hair transplants, except that hair is extracted from – you guessed it – donor sites on the body. Patients seeking this type of transplant have typically undergone several hair transplants already and exhausted their supply of donor hair on their scalp. However, for some patients, a body hair transplant is a preferable option if they have naturally thin, patchy hair or if they have acquired a scalp injury that impacts the typical donor areas.

Generally, donor areas for body hair transplants are the abdomen, chest and back. Hair follicles on the arms and legs may be in abundant supply, but the hairs tend to be too fine to use on the scalp. 

The body hair transplant process itself closely mirrors traditional hair transplants. The donor area is shaved before the surgery, and during the procedure the hairs are extracted from the donor area under local anaesthetic, before being transplanted into the thinning areas of the scalp. The length of the procedure depends on how many grafts are needed and the recovery process is comparable to standard hair transplants. 

Can hair be transplanted from the head to the body? 

Body hair transplants can work the other way around, where hairs from the scalp are transplanted in other areas of the body. A common example of this is eyebrow transplants, but head hair can be transplanted in other areas such as the chest or pubic region. Although a less common form of surgery, it can be an option for people who have lost body hair through genetic or external factors such as chemotherapy or injury. 

What are the results of body hair transplants? 

It’s worth noting that often body hair transplants do have a lower success rate than typical hair transplants, partially due to the lower levels of compatibility between the hairs on the head and the hairs on the body and the different structures of the hairs. However, during your consultation you will be able to discuss any potential issues with your surgeon. 

To find out more about body hair transplants and to find out if you may be a suitable candidate for the surgery, get in touch with Crown Clinic. 


For many men, the inability to grow a beard is something that they feel particularly self-conscious of. For those who can grow a beard, they often find that it doesn’t always grow in a uniform fashion, resulting in patchy facial hair.

Beard transplants are a permanent way to create a natural-looking, full beard. If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, here’s what you need to know if you’re considering undergoing beard transplant surgery.

What happens during a beard transplant

Beard transplants are carried out through either follicular unit extraction (FUE) or follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE is the most common transplantation technique for beard transplants, which involves individual hair follicles being removed from the donor area and transplanted in the sparse areas of the beard.

The surgeon will determine the direction that the hair should grow in to make sure the new hairs blend in seamlessly with the existing beard hair and to create the desired look.

If you’re a good candidate for beard transplantation

To be eligible for a beard transplant, prospective patients must have an adequate supply of donor hair – this is typically hair from the back of the head, as it tends to be one of the last areas to go bald.

However, beard to beard transplants are also sometimes an option for disguising smaller areas of hair loss. This technique involves follicles being taken from the area below the jawline and transplanted in the sparse areas.

When having your beard transplant consultation, your surgeon should give you a thorough examination to determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery and discuss your options with you.

What the potential side effects are

Although beard transplants are a generally safe procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions provided to reduce the risk of infection. Your face and scalp may experience minor swelling and irritation in the days after the surgery, but this will be eased by sticking to the aftercare routine.

FUE surgery does often cause some scarring in the donor area, but the scars are so small that the natural hair growth will disguise them.

How much a beard transplant costs

The price of the beard transplant depends on several different factors, such as the number of hair grafts required. During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to give you an accurate quote for the surgery.

Booking a beard transplant consultation

Crown Clinic is one of the UK’s most reputable hair transplant clinics, offering state-of-the-art facilities and procedures under the care of Dr Asim Shahmalak, a world-renowned hair transplant surgeon. If you’d like to find out more about beard transplants, get in touch or book a consultation.

Whether you’ve had a disastrous haircut that you’re desperately trying to grow out or are simply bored of your current hairstyle, there’s a good chance you will have searched for ways to grow your hair faster – but is that actually possible?

It’s worth noting that even the healthiest hair only grows around an average of half an inch per month, or six inches over the course of a year. Understandably, this can make people feel as if their hair is growing at a glacial pace – especially when you consider that we also lose up to 100 hairs per day.

How does the hair grow?

Hair grows from the follicle – or root – that is underneath the skin. The blood vessels in the scalp around the base of the follicles supply the roots with oxygen and nutrients, which will help the hairs to grow.

Does scalp massage help the hair grow?

Scalp massagers – brushes with soft, silicone bristles designed to be used when washing the hair – are currently proving popular, but are they actually worth the money?

Although scalp massage can increase blood flow to the scalp, and therefore bring more nutrients to the follicle, there is no evidence that massage will stimulate hair growth. However, scalp massagers can help to remove product buildup and excess oil from the scalp, which will improve the overall health of the hair.

Does cutting hair make it grow faster?

One of the biggest hair myths around is that getting regular hair trims can make the hair grow faster. This is, of course, completely false. Hair grows from the follicles, which are unaffected when the ends are cut off the hair.

Getting a trim can get rid of split ends, which occur when the ends of the hair become dry and damaged. Split ends can gradually progress up the length of the hair, meaning that hair is more prone to breakage – so if you feel as if your hair has been the same length for months, it could be due to split ends. Keep on top of them with regular trims to keep your hair looking healthy.

Will hair vitamins help my hair grow?

Although you will have undoubtedly seen countless influencers pushing pastel-coloured supplements on their Instagram feeds, claiming they have transformed their hair, this unfortunately isn’t true in most cases.

If you are suffering from hair loss due to a nutritional deficiency, then supplements may boost your hair growth, but you will need to consult with a GP to make sure that you are getting everything you need. If you have no deficiencies, hair growth supplements are unlikely to have any impact on the hair.

There may not be any quick fixes to hurry along your hair growth, but the best thing you can do for the health of your hair is to look after your overall health – take a look at Crown Clinic’s expert advice to find out how to keep your hair looking its best.