How Effective Are Hair Loss Supplements?

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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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When the sun comes out, we know that we need to apply sunscreen to protect our skin, but many people forget to pay the same care to protecting their hair. Between the sun, sea and swimming pools, many of our favourite summer activities can significantly damage our hair – so the next time you go out to enjoy the sunshine, find out what you can do to protect it.


Why does sun damage the hair?


Sun damage to the hair is caused by the harmful UVA and UVB rays, which damage the outermost layer of the layer – the cuticle – and weaken the protein structure of the hair, making it dry, brittle and more prone to breaking. Some people find that their hair lightens in the sun, as the rays act in a similar fashion to bleach, stripping the melanin from the hair.


Protecting your hair from the sun


Wearing a hat is an easy way to protect your hair and scalp from the sun, especially if you’re outside when the sun is at its strongest. Hair SPF is also an option, which can usually be bought as a spray to be misted over the hair. Pay extra attention to the scalp – many people forget that the scalp can burn just as easily as the rest of the skin, ending up with an itchy, flaky, burnt scalp. If you do burn your scalp, rinse your hair in cool water and apply aloe vera to the affected areas, and make sure to keep your head covered when going outdoors.

If your hair is looking dry, try a deep conditioning treatment to restore some of the lost moisture to the hair, and avoid wearing your hair in any tight styles that may pull on the scalp. Summer is also a good time to temporarily stop using hairdryers, straighteners and any other hot tools to avoid adding to the sun damage.


Protecting your hair from the sea


Salt water is notorious for drying out the hair. It leaches moisture out of it, making it incredibly brittle and tangled, which can cause significant breakage. Before you go swimming, saturate your hair with clean water to prevent it from absorbing as much salt water, and don’t let it sit in your hair – rinse it thoroughly as soon as you get out of the sea. Deep conditioners and hair masks will also help replenish the moisture.


Protecting your hair in a swimming pool


Just like salt water, chlorinated water is very harsh and drying on the hair, so you can take similar precautions to swim in the sea. You could also try a swimming cap, as this not only prevents the chlorine from damaging your hair, but it will also protect your scalp from sunburn. If you have highlighted or blonde hair, be especially careful when in a swimming pool, as the copper and chlorine in the water have been known to form a film that sticks to the proteins in hair, turning it a green shade. Thankfully, this isn’t permanent, but make sure to enter the pool with wet hair and rinse it as soon as you get out.

However you are spending your summer, if you have any questions or queries about your hair, take a look at our hair advice or give our team a call.

Over the past few months, there have been a significant number of reports in the news of people experiencing hair loss after being diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has listed hair loss as a possible long-term effect of the illness, along with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness and joint pain. 

A study published by the medical journal The Lancet reported that 22% of the patients it had observed suffered from some degree of hair loss six months after falling ill, with women being more affected than men. 


Why does COVID-19 cause hair loss? 


Although there are several studies linking coronavirus and hair loss, many of the reports we hear about are anecdotal – at the moment, it’s too soon for scientists to officially establish a link between the two. 

However, the type of hair loss that COVID-19 sufferers are reporting seems to be consistent with telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium occurs when more hairs than usual suddenly enter the shedding phase of the hair growth cycle at once, causing a more noticeable amount of hair to shed at once. It’s normal to lose up to 150 hairs per day, but if you spot that you’re losing much more than that – such as clumps coming out when you’re brushing or washing your hair – it could be telogen effluvium. 

Due to the length of the hair cycle, telogen effluvium typically occurs two or three months after a period of significant stress, which can include illnesses such as COVID-19. When undergoing stressful situations, the body puts all its resources into maintaining essential functions only – which, unsurprisingly, does not include hair growth. As a result, you end up with hair loss. 

However, several other conditions can cause hair loss – such as thyroid issues or nutritional deficiencies – so if you are concerned, visit your GP, who can rule out other underlying causes with a simple blood test. 


Will my hair grow back after having COVID? 


If the hair loss is the result of telogen effluvium, most people will find that the hair will eventually grow back without the need for treatment. Typically, once the trigger or stressor is removed, the hair will grow back on its own. 

If you notice that the hair loss is persisting, there are a number of medical, cosmetic and hair transplant treatments available to help – Crown Clinic offers a range of options to support those struggling with hair loss, so don’t hesitate to get in touch

When performed by a qualified, experienced hair transplant surgeon, hair transplants are a very safe procedure. Hair restoration is a minimally invasive treatment that allows patients to return home the same day, with the procedure only requiring local anaesthetic. 

However, if you undergo a hair transplant abroad – such as in Turkey – the risk attached is much higher. 


Risks of hair transplants in Turkey 


It’s no secret that undergoing hair transplant surgery in countries such as Turkey is a gamble. Every year, countless patients are reeled in by the low prices and package deals offered by overseas clinics. Many of the clinics boast ‘five-star’ ratings and an active social media presence, duping unsuspecting patients into thinking they are visiting a reputable clinic. Although, when you dig a little deeper, you may discover the reviews are faked and the ‘after’ pictures are heavily edited or taken from other clinics. 

Another trick that patients fall for is believing that a surgeon will be carrying out the procedure, as many of the clinics advertise that a surgeon leads them to convince patients that they are legitimate. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean a surgeon will be carrying out the hair transplant itself. In fact, many clinics hire under-qualified technicians with little training to keep the costs down, only seeking the supervision of a surgeon if the procedure goes wrong. 

Over the years, Crown Clinic has fixed countless botched hair transplants, mainly from overseas clinics. The most common problems that we see are unnatural-looking hairlines and unsightly scarring as the result of the surgery being carried out by unlicensed practitioners. Other risks are infections, as sanitation is often extremely poor at the clinics and damage to the scalp due to the result of the incorrect tools being used to carry out the surgery. 


Are there any side effects to having a hair transplant? 


If you choose to have a hair transplant in the UK with a reputable surgeon, side effects will be minimal. The hygiene standards will be incredibly high, meaning the risk of infection is negligible, and you will be given clear instructions on how to take care of your scalp after the procedure. Crown Clinic has an excellent aftercare service, offering a day-by-day guide to ensure optimum healing and results.  

Unlike at overseas clinics, where it can be impossible to follow up after the procedure to discuss any concerns related to your hair transplant, Crown Clinic is more than happy to answer any questions you may have during this phase.