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Their website claims that they make the “best hair growth products for men.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll explain why we don’t believe their claims based on a review of the ingredients in Simfort hair products. We’ll also highlight some laughably unscientific claims made by the company, and offer research-based alternatives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eStrange and Misleading Health Claims\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSimfort’s entire premise is that hair loss is caused by hair follicles being “buried under layers of dirt and grime” and creating what they call a “sebum plug.” They do not provide any sources for that information.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe want to be clear: male pattern baldness is a very well-established biological process in medical literature. It’s not something yet to be uncovered by a shampoo company.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe know based on \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/books\/NBK430924\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eyears of medical studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e that male pattern baldness is caused by a miniaturization response of hair follicles to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is genetically determined, and while it can be influenced by lifestyle factors by stress, is a very well-studied process.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe idea that “dirt and grime” are the cause of male pattern baldness is unscientific and illogical.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConfusing Active Ingredient Choice\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSimfort lists their main active ingredient as carbonic acid. Their site claims that carbonic acid “helps to unclog the hair pores, minimizes excess sebum, increases the circulation of blood, and repairs the hair follicles.” There are, of course, no sources for any of these claims.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCarbonic acid only exists at room temperature for fractions of a second, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/newscenter.lbl.gov\/2014\/10\/22\/new-insights-on-carbonic-acid-in-water\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eaccording to medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, so it’s chemically impossible that this is the core ingredient in a shampoo. This is not a cosmetic ingredient; it’s a chemical compound that immediately dissociates into bicarbonate ions.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt appears that the people behind Simfort don’t understand basic chemistry or biology, and that’s a huge red flag. Since carbonic acid physically cannot be the active ingredient in this formulation, we have no idea what is instead.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients list for Simfort shampoo does not list carbonic acid at all, making their product page even more confusing. This is genuinely the strangest health product page we’ve ever reviewed by far.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternatives\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTypically we review a product’s full ingredients list, but in this case we don’t believe it’s worth the reader’s time since this product is so clearly flawed and incompetently formulated. We strongly advise against using Simfort. Here are some options we find to be superior for hair loss based on medical research:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eKeeps\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe previously reviewed \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/keeps-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eKeeps\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is another hair loss brand. We didn’t end up recommending their shampoo because the company didn’t publish the inactive ingredients they used.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe active ingredient in Keeps shampoo, ketoconazole, has been shown to be effective for hair loss which makes this a better product than Simfort. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/9669136\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on ketoconazole shampoo at the same potency as that in Keeps found that it increased hair density and size.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed Light Therapy\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn our recent \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/capillus-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCapillus review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, we investigated the surprising medical research on red light therapy for treating hair loss. A number of studies have shown positive effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24078483\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the Lasers in Surgery and Medicine journal found that red light therapy via 21 lasers with 655 nanometer (nm) wavelength significantly improved hair counts in males with pattern baldness.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6737896\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on red light therapy for hair loss came to a similar conclusion: that it’s a promising therapy with positive outcomes on average and essentially no side effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe proposed mechanism of action for red light therapy increasing hair growth is its effect on stem cells in the scalp, but the research is still early-stage and there is no clear understanding of exactly how it works.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eViviscal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe reviewed a hair loss brand called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/viviscal-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eViviscal\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and found that their supplements were proven in medical research to reduce hair loss in men. Male patients with thinning hair taking Viviscal increased hair count during the medical trial, while patients taking a placebo pill lost hair.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTheir supplements are likely to be effective for hair loss but we don’t recommend their shampoo because of the inclusion of a preservative and fragrance, both of which can be harmful to health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall you’ll note that only one of our alternatives is a shampoo product, because outside of ketoconazole we haven’t come across any scientific research that topical products can fix hair loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe tend to think that if hair loss is the patient’s concern, taking an effective hair loss supplement and using regular shampoo would make more logical sense than taking an ineffective and expensive hair loss shampoo.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend avoiding the brand Simfort entirely. Not only do they claim that the active ingredient in their shampoo is literally a chemical compound that’s only stable at room temperature for nanoseconds, but the brand makes all sorts of miraculous health claims which are totally uncited.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are natural alternatives for hair loss which have some research backing, like Keeps (ketoconazole) shampoo, red light therapy on the scalp, and Viviscal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOur position is that total reversal of hair loss caused by male pattern baldness is unlikely based on the current state of the research, but a slowing or even halting of progression can be achieved in some patients if they use research-backed treatments.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-12-20T00:30:01-05:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T20:10:04-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWe explain why we don't believe that male hair loss shampoo Simfort will actually help regrow your hair, and we highlight some of the unscientific claims made by the company.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"simfort-shampoo-review","tags":"_related:hair-growth, _related:shampoo"}

Simfort Shampoo Review: Why It Won't Help Hair Loss

Simfort Shampoo Review: Why It Won't Help Hair Loss


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Simfort is a brand that makes hair products targeted to male pattern baldness. Their website claims that they make the “best hair growth products for men.”

In this article we’ll explain why we don’t believe their claims based on a review of the ingredients in Simfort hair products. We’ll also highlight some laughably unscientific claims made by the company, and offer research-based alternatives.

Strange and Misleading Health Claims

Simfort’s entire premise is that hair loss is caused by hair follicles being “buried under layers of dirt and grime” and creating what they call a “sebum plug.” They do not provide any sources for that information.

We want to be clear: male pattern baldness is a very well-established biological process in medical literature. It’s not something yet to be uncovered by a shampoo company.

We know based on years of medical studies that male pattern baldness is caused by a miniaturization response of hair follicles to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This is genetically determined, and while it can be influenced by lifestyle factors by stress, is a very well-studied process.

The idea that “dirt and grime” are the cause of male pattern baldness is unscientific and illogical.

Confusing Active Ingredient Choice

Simfort lists their main active ingredient as carbonic acid. Their site claims that carbonic acid “helps to unclog the hair pores, minimizes excess sebum, increases the circulation of blood, and repairs the hair follicles.” There are, of course, no sources for any of these claims.

Carbonic acid only exists at room temperature for fractions of a second, according to medical research, so it’s chemically impossible that this is the core ingredient in a shampoo. This is not a cosmetic ingredient; it’s a chemical compound that immediately dissociates into bicarbonate ions.

It appears that the people behind Simfort don’t understand basic chemistry or biology, and that’s a huge red flag. Since carbonic acid physically cannot be the active ingredient in this formulation, we have no idea what is instead.

The ingredients list for Simfort shampoo does not list carbonic acid at all, making their product page even more confusing. This is genuinely the strangest health product page we’ve ever reviewed by far.

Better Alternatives

Typically we review a product’s full ingredients list, but in this case we don’t believe it’s worth the reader’s time since this product is so clearly flawed and incompetently formulated. We strongly advise against using Simfort. Here are some options we find to be superior for hair loss based on medical research:

Keeps

We previously reviewed Keeps, which is another hair loss brand. We didn’t end up recommending their shampoo because the company didn’t publish the inactive ingredients they used.

The active ingredient in Keeps shampoo, ketoconazole, has been shown to be effective for hair loss which makes this a better product than Simfort. A medical trial on ketoconazole shampoo at the same potency as that in Keeps found that it increased hair density and size.

Red Light Therapy

In our recent Capillus review, we investigated the surprising medical research on red light therapy for treating hair loss. A number of studies have shown positive effects.

A medical trial published in the Lasers in Surgery and Medicine journal found that red light therapy via 21 lasers with 655 nanometer (nm) wavelength significantly improved hair counts in males with pattern baldness.

Another medical review on red light therapy for hair loss came to a similar conclusion: that it’s a promising therapy with positive outcomes on average and essentially no side effects.

The proposed mechanism of action for red light therapy increasing hair growth is its effect on stem cells in the scalp, but the research is still early-stage and there is no clear understanding of exactly how it works.

Viviscal

We reviewed a hair loss brand called Viviscal and found that their supplements were proven in medical research to reduce hair loss in men. Male patients with thinning hair taking Viviscal increased hair count during the medical trial, while patients taking a placebo pill lost hair.

Their supplements are likely to be effective for hair loss but we don’t recommend their shampoo because of the inclusion of a preservative and fragrance, both of which can be harmful to health.

Overall you’ll note that only one of our alternatives is a shampoo product, because outside of ketoconazole we haven’t come across any scientific research that topical products can fix hair loss.

We tend to think that if hair loss is the patient’s concern, taking an effective hair loss supplement and using regular shampoo would make more logical sense than taking an ineffective and expensive hair loss shampoo.

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Conclusion

We recommend avoiding the brand Simfort entirely. Not only do they claim that the active ingredient in their shampoo is literally a chemical compound that’s only stable at room temperature for nanoseconds, but the brand makes all sorts of miraculous health claims which are totally uncited.

There are natural alternatives for hair loss which have some research backing, like Keeps (ketoconazole) shampoo, red light therapy on the scalp, and Viviscal.

Our position is that total reversal of hair loss caused by male pattern baldness is unlikely based on the current state of the research, but a slowing or even halting of progression can be achieved in some patients if they use research-backed treatments.





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