Should I Take Hair Supplements?

There are countless hair supplements promising to boost hair growth, strength, fullness and shine. But by now, you’re undoubtedly aware that these products vary greatly when it comes to ingredients and formulations. The quality, concentration, amounts and combination of constituents create the difference between an ineffective blend and a beneficial one.

How do hair growth supplements work?

In theory, supplements should provide you with an extra dose of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed for increased hair growth. In practice, many supplements on the market contain unnecessary ingredients or absurd amounts of specific constituents (sometimes up to 10,000 % of the recommended daily intake) which can potentially lead to negative results and have even more serious implications.

What are some common ingredients in hair growth supplements?

Many supplements incorporate similar ingredients but, as always, it’s crucial to look at the amounts and concentration of each. These are some ingredients used in various supplements:

  • Biotin
  • Vitamins A, C, D and E
  • Iron
  • Folic Acid
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Horsetail Extract
  • Selenium
  • Collagen
  • Ashwagandha Root

Can you overdo certain ingredients?

Some common ingredients, when taken in combination, can lead to an intake over the recommended amount. It's always important to be aware of dosage, especially if you take multiple supplements.

What happens when you take too much biotin?

Too much biotin can lead to various issues including excessive thirst and urination, stomachache and insomnia. Crucially, excessive amounts may interfere with various health tests, leading to incorrect results and potentially masking conditions. It’s important to keep this in mind if you’re testing:

  • Troponin levels
  • Thyroid hormone levels
  • Vitamin D levels
  • Hormone levels

Other ingredients to pay attention to regarding dosage.

Some ingredients commonly included in supplements in excessive amounts are:

  • Iron – too much can lead to fatigue and may even trigger hair loss
  • Selenium – too much can result in nausea, irritation and hair loss
  • Ashwagandha Root – too much can negatively affect the liver

There is no substitute for a balanced diet.

While certain supplements can boost your intake of various useful vitamins, minerals and nutrients, you still need to maintain a balanced diet for scalp and hair health – and overall wellbeing. They are called supplements for a reason: they are an addition, not a sole solution and not a meal replacement. So, make sure you’re getting enough calories each day through a diet containing carbs, protein, fat, fibre, vitamins, minerals – and always stay hydrated.

How is Hårklinikken’s Hair Supplement different from others?

Our Hair Supplement has been developed over several years using only clinically proven, precision-picked ingredients at their most efficacious levels. Designed to target eight functional areas that are key contributors to hair loss, our Hair Supplement addresses three biological triggers (including stress, DHT sensitivity and nutrient deficiencies) while also supporting five factors essential to hair growth, health, strength and density.

How do environmental stressors affect scalp health and hair thinning?

Environmental stressors (like pollution, prolonged sun exposure and harsh climates) can disrupt the scalp barrier function, and lead to imbalance in your scalp microbiome, which may result in dryness and irritation. Optimal hair growth can be disrupted when the scalp is imbalanced, irritated, or even inflamed, impacting hair growth negatively.

How do nutrient deficiencies affect scalp health and hair thinning?

Nutrient deficiencies can affect your overall health in many ways. Your hair is heavily relying of specifics groups of nutrients for it to look shiny, to grow at a normal rate and for it to remain in your hair follicles. Gut imbalances and stress can also often lead to brittle hair that lacks shine and struggles to grow as robustly as it once did.

What ingredients does Hårklinikken include in the Hair Supplement?

We only include beneficial constituents in appropriate doses (for example, 133% your daily requirement of D-biotin) and every ingredient is incorporated into the formula for a reason, to work a complete, synergistic way with other ingredients in the supplement.

The hero ingredients include:

  • Anagain Nu® Organic Pea Shoot Extract has been shown to help reduce hair shedding and support the appearance of increased density by optimising conditions for hair growth.
  • Saw Palmetto Extract is known to exhibit DHT-blocking properties – a hormone commonly linked to hair loss.
  • KSM-66® Ashwagandha Root is a time-tested ingredient known to significantly promote improved sleep quality and reduced feelings of stress, as well as reducing serum cortisol levels, all of which can positively impact hair growth.
  • Probiotic Lactobacillus Casei aids in balancing the gut microbiome which contributes to overall gut health, nutrient absorption and more.
  • Pomegranate Extract is rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, known to defend against environmental stressors.

Full list of ingredients: Anagain™ Nu Germinated Pea Shoot Extract, KSM-66 Ashwagandha Root, Saw Palmetto Extract, Pomegranate Extract (70% standardised ellagic acid), Lactobacillus casei, L-Cysteine, Sodium, Hyaluronate, Horsetail Extract, D-Biotin, Rice Hull Fiber, Silicon Dioxide, Vegetable Capsule.

Curious if the Hårklinikken approach will work for you? 

If you’re concerned about hair thinning and loss, find out our trusted approach to scalp care and hair growth will work for you. Simply take the virtual Hair Assessment or book a one-on-one consultation today.

Curious if the Hårklinikken approach will work for you?

If you’re concerned about hair thinning and loss, find out our trusted approach to scalp care and hair growth will work for you. Simply take the virtual Hair Assessment or book a one-on-one consultation today.