Hair La Vie Review: Vitamins for Hair Growth?

Hair La Vie Review: Vitamins for Hair Growth?


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Hair La Vie is a hair care brand that sells both supplements and topical products.  The brand suggests that their products can help consumers achieve “Great hair, naturally” with “science-backed beauty breakthroughs.”

But does Hair La Vie use ingredients proven in medical studies to cause hair growth and improve hair quality? Does the brand use any questionable additives? How does Hair La Vie stack up against Nutrafol? And how do real users rate and describe the effects of Hair La Vie products?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Hair La Vie products to give our take on whether or not they’re likely to be effective.

We’ll also highlight some questionable health claims on Hair La Vie's website and  feature real customer reviews of the brand.

Hair Vitamins Ingredient Analysis

Hair La Vie Hair Vitamins ingredients

The ingredients in Hair La Vie Clinical Formula Hair Vitamins are shown above.

Vitamin A and iodine are two of the many vitamins and minerals in this supplement.

A medical review published in the Dermatology and Therapy journal analyzed the role of vitamins and minerals in hair loss.

The study authors suggested that deficiencies of vitamins and minerals may accelerate hair loss, but we haven’t come across any clinical evidence that multivitamin supplementation reduces hair loss or supports hair growth in healthy adults.

Biotin is a B-vitamin that’s often included in hair supplements, however as we explained in our Viviscal reviews article on another popular hair supplement, we are unable to identify any clinical evidence that biotin is effective in healthy individuals without a biotin deficiency.

Saw palmetto extract may be effective for hair loss, and according to a 2020 medical review, the 320 milligram (mg) dose in Hair La Vie is an appropriate dose.

The above-linked study found that this botanical ingredient was especially effective for androgenic alopecia, which is the most common type of hormonal hair loss.

EvNolMax is a palm fruit extract rich in tocotrienols, which is a type of vitamin E.

These compounds were shown in a 2010 clinical trial to increase hair count by 34.5%.

Collagen was shown in a 2022 clinical trial to promote hair growth, but this was an in vitro (test tube) study, so the results are less conclusive than a study with human participants.

The remaining active ingredients in this formulation are included in a Proprietary Blend. We are unable to identify any clinical research suggesting these compounds cause hair growth.

Overall, we consider Hair La Vie Hair Vitamins to be potentially effective for hair growth and for hair quality improvement, mostly due to the inclusion of saw palmetto extract and EvNolMax. 

We don’t currently recommend this supplement because we don’t recommend taking high doses of daily vitamin supplements (especially fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A) without proof of a vitamin deficiency.

That being said, we don’t consider any ingredients in this supplement to be harmful, and it’s a good thing that it’s free of questionable inactive ingredients like added sugar or artificial colors.

Real People Try Hair La Vie

A YouTube creator named Indya Ajai explained why she stopped taking Hair La Vie supplements in a video with over 100,000 views:

A YouTube creator named "Saving Sheila" has a Hair La Vie review with before-and-after images:

Hair La Vie vs. Nutrafol 

Nutrafol is another popular hair care brand that also sells dietary supplements, so consumers are often curious about which brand is more likely to be effective.

We would recommend Nutrafol to women over Hair La Vie because their hair supplement for women was proven in a clinical trial to increase hair thickness.

For men, we consider the supplements functionally equivalent and potentially even recommend Hair La Vie over Nutrafol.

Hair La Vie likely contains a higher dose of saw palmetto extract than Nutrafol, and this is the anti-androgenic ingredient that’s clinically shown to help prevent hair loss.

The EvNolMax blend is also more compelling in regard to potential hair growth than any of the active ingredients in Nutrafol Men in our opinion.

Questionable Health Claims

There are a number of questionable health claims on the Hair La Vie website that we disagree with.

Hair La Vie questionable health claim 1

The brand claims that reishi mushroom extract is “known to promote healthy hair growth and support follicle health.”

However, we are unable to identify a single clinical trial with human participants showing that oral intake of reishi mushroom improves hair quality or promotes hair growth.

The asterisk to the right of this health claim suggests that it’s medically cited, but at the time of updating this article, there is no matching asterisk with a citation, and no evidence provided to support this claim.

Hair La Vie questionable health claim 2

Hair La Vie describes amla fruit extract as having the potential to “benefit those with greying hair.”

This suggests that it has natural coloring effects, however we can't find any evidence of this in clinical research, and again the claim has an asterisk suggesting a citation, but there is no matching citation or proof provided.

We recommend that consumers be wary of brands making health claims without providing proof of those claims.

According to a Truth in Advertising (TINA) article, Hair La Vie used to have even more aggressive health claims until they were called out by TINA.

Our Clean Hair Growth Picks

Happy Head Topical is our top hair growth solution.

This formulation uses FDA-approved hair loss ingredients like minoxidil which is clinically shown to increase hair count by 11%.

Momentous Zinc is our top value hair growth solution.

A 2022 medical review on the use of zinc in dermatology concluded that "This review has found evidence to support the use of zinc...in hair loss disorders."

MBG Omega-3 Potency+ is our top hair thickness pick.

Supplementation with omega-3 fats and antioxidants is clinically shown to improve hair density, and MBG's supplement contains both.

All of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of ingredients we consider to be unhealthy.

Customers Rate Hair La Vie

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.

Hair La Vie Hair Vitamins has been reviewed over 4,000 times on Amazon, and currently has an average review rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

A top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “MaryAnn Kuespert” who gave the product a 5/5 rating:

“After taking this for about 2 months I have noticed I'm not loosing any hair like I was. I believe I am seeing an increase in my hair thickness and optimistic this will help as I keep taking it.”

A top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “Terri Mastrorocco” who gave the product a 1/5 rating:

“I’ve been using this product for a month and a half and followed instructions. I have not noticed any new hair growth nor has it stopped my hair from falling out. I’m sure it will take longer for the ingredients to work effectively but there is an aftertaste and the capsules often get caught in my throat.”

Hair La Vie currently has an average review rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars on Facebook.

Hair La Vie Clinical Formula Hair Vitamins currently has an average review rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on Google.

Hair La Vie Pros and Cons

Here are the pros and cons of Hair La Vie in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Hair Vitamins contain saw palmetto extract
  • Hair Vitamins contain EvNolMax
  • Hair Vitamins contain collagen
  • Hair Vitamins may support hair growth
  • Hair Vitamins is free of unhealthy additives
  • Better-than-average online customer reviews
  • Better formulation for men than Nutrafol in our opinion

Cons:

  • Relatively high doses of some vitamins
  • Hair Vitamins doesn't appear to be clinically tested
  • Questionable health claims on brand's website
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Conclusion

Hair La Vie Hair Vitamins may improve hair quality and support hair growth, however we don’t find the clinical backing for its effects to be particularly strong, so we don’t recommend the product at this time.

Saw palmetto extract is the most promising active ingredient in Hair Vitamins, and it’s included in Hair La Vie at a maximally-effective dose according to a medical review cited in this article.

There are a number of questionable health claims on the Hair La Vie website, and we hope that the brand either provides proof to back these claims, or removes them from their website.

We would recommend Nutrafol over Hair La Vie for women, and Hair La Vie over Nutrafol for men.

Online customer reviews of Hair La Vie are better than most other hair care brands we've reviewed to date on Illuminate Health, at the time of updating this article.