Keralox is a supplement that boasts it has scientifically proven active ingredients that are guaranteed to give you longer, stronger, thicker hair in 21 days. They state Keralox will increase hair density and shine as well as nourish and strengthen roots and will even fortify your nails and lashes so you look as beautiful as the models on their website.
Why is My Hair Thin?
While most people equate bald or thinning hair with men, the reality is many women experience it too. According to WebMD androgenetic alopecia or female pattern hair loss is a hereditary condition that affects 30 million women, mostly in their late 50s or 60s but can even affect women in their teens. However, other conditions can cause thinning or excessive hair loss, and these include thyroid disorders, pregnancy, menopause, or stress. If you are finding you have sudden, dramatic hair loss, you should see a doctor.
But there are other reasons for thin hair, and this includes too much dying, brushing, crimping, or aggressive towel or blow-drying. Does this sound like you? If so, you may consider being a little nicer to your hair!
What’s In Keralox and How Does It Work?
Keralox lists 3 primary ingredients that they claim have been scientifically proven to increase density, shine, and strength. We’ve listed them below and looked closely at the studies they cite on the website.
L-Cysteine (82 mg): An amino acid that helps the body build protein and according to WebMD evidence shows it is effective in treating Tylenol poisoning and collapsed lung. It also is likely effective for treating impulsive hair pulling, so if your hair loss is due to tricholtillomania, taking L-Cysteine may help reduce the urges. Fun/Gross fact: L-Cysteine is often made from human hair taken from barbershops in China and used to make bread.
Biotin (2500 mg): Also known as vitamin H, biotin is a key enzyme in our body that supports the health of our skin, nerves, digestive tract, and metabolism. WebMD says that there is some preliminary evidence that biotin may strengthen brittle nails, but use for hair loss is unsupported. They add we get most of the biotin we need from food, and although it is considered safe to take as a supplement, only 30 mcg a day is considered adequate.
Phytoceramides: This is an ingredient derived from sweet potatoes, rice, and/or wheat that has been hyped as a miracle anti-aging supplement. However, as “nutrition nerd and fitness fanatic” Michelle Carillo pointed out in her blog, there have only been 4 studies conducted on a very small group of patients. While she says these studies are “encouraging,” she admits there is not enough evidence to say phytoceramides are clinically proven to work.
Now let’s look at the “evidence” they link to at the bottom of their website:
Study 1 is a pilot study of topical applications of niacin derivatives for treating female pattern baldness. While it says there is “promise” for this treatment, let us point out: a) this is a pilot, meaning preliminary study and not a full-blow trial and b) “topically applied” means rubbing it on the skin (remember, Keralox is taken orally).
Study 2 is a link to a paper entitled Nutritional Factors and Hair Loss which states: “Excessive intakes of nutritional supplements may actually cause hair loss and are not recommended in the absence of a proven deficiency.”
Study 3 is actually a link to the University of Maryland Medical Center page on biotin/vitamin H which expressly states: “Very weak evidence suggests that biotin supplements may improve thin, splitting, or brittle toe and fingernails, as well as hair.”
Study 4 is entitled “A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair.” While a double-blind placebo-controlled study is indeed the standard for an effective study, it should be noted that the paper states that while “The mean number of vellus hairs among placebo-and control-treated subjects did not significantly change,” they perceived a benefit from the treatment. In other words, they may be experiencing the placebo effect.
Conclusion: We could find no hard evidence any of these ingredients can help with thinning hair or brittle nails, and even the studies that they point to on their own website fail to back up their claims.
Tell Me About the Keralox Trial Offer
To tempt you to start taking Keralox, the company asks you to fill out a form so they can give you a 14-day trial offer. Once you get to the checkout page, the amount of this offer is listed as $4.95, but if you refresh the page this goes down to $2.95.
But this is not where they make their money (obviously) – if you agree to the offer:
- They’ll send you a trial bottle and a regular bottle.
- 14 days after ordering (not when it arrives) you will be billed $87.47 for the regular bottle you received and enrolled in an auto-ship program where you are billed $87.47 every month and sent more Keralox.
- This will keep happening until you call 844-KERALOX to cancel.
- Open bottles are not eligible for refund.
Let us also point out:
- Keralox promises results in 21 days, not 14.
- They state: “This product is not endorsed by featured models on the website.”
- Also: “Clinical studies were not performed on Keralox specifically…”
- This product has not been evaluated by the FDA.
Bottom Line: Will Keralox Help Me Grow Thicker, Longer Hair or is it a Scam?
As we pointed out by going through the ingredients and claims presented on the Keralox website, there is little, if any, evidence that it will help you thicken or grow your hair.
Keralox also seems to be using a common “free trial” tactic (see TLS Hair, Silk Advanced Biotin Complex, and Silk of Morocco) that many consumers have complained about on our website and call “scams.” The main reasons they cite for this is that the trial period starts once you order the product, not when it arrives in the mail, so many people think they have more time to try it than they actually have before being billed. When they try to return or cancel, they often have difficulty doing so.
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Because of all this evidence we do not recommend you take them up on the Keralox trial offer and if you do, call 844-KERALOX as soon as possible to avoid any unwanted/unexpected charges.
What to Do If You Have Thinning Hair
Vitamins and minerals play an important role in healthy hair and WebMD recommends a diet that is rich in:
- Essential fatty acids found in salmon, flaxseed oil, or walnuts.
- Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid from bananas, potatoes, and spinach.
- Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes and citrus.
- Protein from chicken, eggs, or soy.
The American Academy of Dermatology offers tips for healthy hair that include:
- Washing oily hair more frequently, concentrating shampoo on the scalp, not the follicles.
- Use conditioner that is formulated specifically for your hair type mainly on the tips.
- Protect your hair from chlorine while swimming by wearing a bathing cap or using special shampoo.
We’ll add: be nice to your hair by not over-dying, brushing, or crimping.
We hope our investigation has helped you learn a little more about thinning hair, how to treat it, and how to avoid being taken in by a trial offer.
Let us know your experience with Keralox below!