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ScalpMED Reviews: Does this hair loss treatment work?

We tested ScalpMED’s products to assess their value and effectiveness for treating male and female pattern hair loss

Last Updated: Jul 1, 2021

ScalpMED reviews

Hair loss is distressing, whether you’re a man or a woman. An estimated half of men and 25% of women will suffer from some form of hair loss or thinning by age 50. Depression and loss of confidence from the condition lead many to seek hair restoration treatment, and there are a lot of options on the market that promise to help you keep or regrow your hair. So, is ScalpMED worth considering? We tried it to find out.

ScalpMED is one of many topical treatment programs for hair loss containing FDA-approved, non-prescription minoxidil. What sets ScalpMED apart from the competition is its combination of minoxidil with a unique patented carrier formula to maximize effectiveness.

Like other topical treatments, ScalpMED will not revive dead hair follicles. If your hair is thinning, but your hair follicles are still alive, it can help you regrow and thicken hair.

Just how effective is ScalpMED, and how does it hold up to the competition? At Innerbody Research, we’ve tested ScalpMED’s products and will break down the pros and cons of this hair replacement therapy so that you can decide whether it’s the right choice for you.

Review Summary

Pros

  • Contains the only FDA-approved topical product (minoxidil) proven to reverse hair loss
  • Features NutriSol, a patented carrier formula that extends minoxidil’s effectiveness
  • Promotes healthy scalp and hair
  • Produces visible results in a few months
  • A safe hair loss treatment for all adults
  • No sexual side effects that oral hair loss medications can cause
  • 120-day money-back guarantee
  • 15% off ScalpMED products when purchasing online

Cons

  • Continuous use is necessary to maintain hair growth
  • Higher price point than generic minoxidil alternatives
  • Must be used in the early stages of hair loss to have a noticeable effect

Bottom line

We recommend giving ScalpMED a try – in particular, its Re-Grow My Hair product – if you’re in the early stages of hereditary hair loss. While ScalpMED costs more than most similar products on the market, it stands apart from other topicals thanks to its NutriSol component, which is scientifically proven to reduce minoxidil evaporation along the scalp. We also appreciate ScalpMED’s all-inclusive approach to hair regrowth beyond the treatment formula itself.

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ScalpMED

ScalpMED uses clinically proven minoxidil in an effective hair regrowth treatment for men and women. Get 15% off your online purchase.

ScalpMED’s approach to minoxidil isn’t the cheapest, but its NutriSol formula maximizes the effects of minoxidil by prolonging its activity. If you want or need to avoid prescription hair loss medications, this could be your solution.

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What is ScalpMED?

ScalpMED is a topical treatment formulated to restore hair growth for those suffering from male or female pattern hair loss. Its most potent ingredient is the FDA-approved drug minoxidil, which has been proven to combat hair loss effectively for many men and women.

What makes ScalpMED stand apart from its competitors is the inclusion of its patented NutriSol, which contains ingredients to nourish the scalp and keeps minoxidil in place at the hair follicles, extending its effectiveness. ScalpMED’s regrowth treatment is applied twice daily and produces visible results in as little as four months. Like all other topical treatments with minoxidil, ScalpMED’s products stop working once you discontinue use, so it needs to become a permanent fixture in your hair care routine to achieve the full benefits.

What causes hair thinning and balding?

Before we leap into the details about ScalpMED’s hair regrowth treatment, it’s worth delving into hair loss causes to understand how the treatment works so you can keep your expectations realistic.

Androgenic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness) is a form of hair thinning or loss caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which the body produces from testosterone. In addition to playing a role in other conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (commonly called an enlarged prostate), DHT’s effect on the scalp is to constrict the small blood vessels that bring nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles. As the blood supply to the follicles diminishes, follicles produce thinner hairs that live a shorter time, shortening the growth phase. Eventually, the follicles die and can no longer grow hair.

It is important to note that there are numerous causes of hair loss aside from androgenic alopecia. Consulting with a doctor will help you make sure that your hair loss is not a symptom of hormonal, endocrine, or autoimmune conditions, or a side effect of medication, stress, or trauma. ScalpMED and other topical hair regrowth treatments will not help hair loss due to these conditions.

How ScalpMED works

Treatment for hair loss restores the blood supply to the hair follicles, either by blocking DHT’s effect or promoting better blood flow to the scalp. If a follicle is dead, it will not respond to topical medication, but if you begin treatment while the follicle is still alive (even if it’s very compromised), you can promote regrowth. If you stop the medication, hair thinning will likely resume.

Unlike prescription oral treatments (such as finasteride), topical treatments like ScalpMED do not bring any risk of potential sexual side effects. There are other potential side effects, but they tend to be mild and rare. If you experience dryness, rashes, or any other side effects, discontinue use and contact your doctor. Topical hair regrowth therapy is also not recommended for pregnant women.

Because hair grows slowly, hair regrowth therapy results can be slow to appear even when the treatment is working. Increased blood flow to the hair follicles can initially stimulate them to release previously produced poor-quality hair, resulting in a brief shedding phase before new growth begins. You should see visible improvement after 4-6 months of using ScalpMED’s system.

ScalpMED products

ScalpMED’s main product is its regrowth formula (part of the regrowth system sets), supported by daily supplements, a weekly scalp treatment, and its shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray. ScalpMED products are packaged and marketed separately for men and women and come in sets containing supplies for two, four, or six months, depending on your order. The essential ingredients are the same, but the FDA-approved minoxidil concentrations are different for the two sexes.

You can purchase ScalpMED products on a one-off basis as needed, or you can set up a subscription so that your products are sent to you automatically every two months. The subscription plan grants you a discounted price, so it’s well worth setting this up since you will need to use the products for months before seeing results, and then need to keep using them to maintain results.

Here is the full list of available products, with details below:

  • Hair Regrowth Systems (choose either the men’s or women’s value set)
  • Re-Grow My Hair (part of the system sets)
  • Grow My Hair
  • Detox My Scalp
  • Essentials Kit
  • Thicken My Hair
  • Repair My Hair
  • Cortex Enlarger

HSA, FSA, and health insurance

Hair regrowth treatment is not eligible for reimbursement on HSA or FSA. Insurance and health plans usually do not cover hair regrowth treatment, but you should check with your individual policy to make sure.

Re-Grow My Hair

The ScalpMED hair regrowth formula comprises two components that you mix together for twice-daily applications: NutriSol and Vitadil. ScalpMED offers this product in its Hair Regrowth for Men and Hair Regrowth for Women packages.

Vitadil

Vitadil contains the FDA-approved minoxidil solution, which penetrates the scalp and improves blood flow to the hair follicles. The men’s version contains 5% minoxidil, and the women’s version has 2%, in line with national guidelines. Rather than directly blocking DHT, the medication promotes improved blood flow where you apply it at the scalp. DHT constricts the blood vessels in your scalp, starving your hair follicles until they die. By improving your blood flow at the scalp, minoxidil can stop and often reverse the damage. Minoxidil is approved as safe and side effects are rare (which is why it’s available without a prescription) but pregnant or breastfeeding women should not use it.

NutriSol

The patented NutriSol solution has several roles in the hair regrowth process. It contains biotin and natural ingredients that act as DHT blockers. It helps improve blood flow to revitalize hair follicles. Most importantly, it has been scientifically proven to keep minoxidil in contact with the hair follicles for a longer period of time. In an in-vitro, double-blind study, NutriSol allowed the minoxidil to remain at the scalp for six times longer than topical minoxidil by itself. This increased contact time improves the treatment’s efficacy, potentially improving the speed and quality of the results.

Pricing

Subscriptions to the hair regrowth systems for men or women cost $89.95 every two months and ship automatically. The one-off purchases start at $99.95 for a two-month supply, $179.95 for a four-month supply, or $249.95 for a six-month supply, with free shipping. You can pay with PayPal or by credit card.

Our analysis

Based on our analysis, ScalpMED’s other products are potentially valuable supporting players in your hair regrowth efforts, but Re-Grow My Hair is ScalpMED’s most powerful and recommendable product. This is the main attraction.

Evidence from clinical studies is less conclusive about the effectiveness of topical DHT compared to oral DHT blockers. However, topical minoxidil remains one of the first and most successful proven treatments to stop male and female pattern hair loss. Therefore, we at Innerbody Research believe your benefit in using ScalpMED comes not so much from the DHT-blocking ingredients as it does from the minoxidil and the formulation of NutriSol that prevents minoxidil from dissipating as quickly as it otherwise would.

ScalpMED’s other products

Grow My Hair

Grow My Hair is the ScalpMED hair growth supplement, which comes as once-daily capsules that you take in the morning before breakfast. It’s available for men and women. Each bottle contains a 60-day supply and costs $39.95 if you purchase individually, but they are included free in the ScalpMED kits along with the regrowth formula.

ScalpMED’s supplements contain plant extracts and a patented PhytoComplex formula. These oral growth supplements have three main effects:

  1. They provide your body with several vitamins needed for robust hair growth, including biotin, a B-vitamin whose deficiency is linked to hair loss.

  2. They support keratin mobilization so that your hair follicles have the building blocks they need for healthy hair growth.

  3. Some of the components are natural DHT blockers that help reduce DHT’s effect on the hair follicle capillaries.

Many customers report that the supplements improve the effects of ScalpMED’s regrowth formula when taken in conjunction. However, the supplements alone are not an FDA-approved treatment for hair loss.

Detox My Scalp

Detox My Scalp is ScalpMED’s follicle detoxifier. Offering a men’s formula and a women’s formula, the company designed this product to lift out toxic oils and cholesterol from your hair follicles, leaving them healthier. You apply this scalp treatment to a dry scalp once a week before rinsing. One bottle costs $36.95 and is included free in the regrowth kits.

Essentials Kits

ScalpMED sells Essentials Kits for women and men. The men’s kit includes two bottles of shampoo and styling spray. The women’s kit includes shampoo, conditioner, and styling spray. You can purchase these items as a set for $59.95 or individually (see below).

Thicken My Hair and Repair My Hair

The ScalpMED shampoo, Thicken My Hair, and the conditioner, Repair My Hair, are designed for optimal hair health and are free of sulfates, parabens, and other ingredients that can damage hair and sabotage your hair regrowth journey.

While you can use ScalpMED products with over-the-counter shampoos, conditioner, and styling sprays, the company recommends choosing products and processes that won’t damage your hair. ScalpMED has designed the products in the Essentials Kit to complement its regrowth system and give you the best results from your investment. When purchased individually, the shampoo is $23.95, and the conditioner costs $25.95.

Cortex Enlarger

This thickening hair spray is a nice add-on to your ScalpMED essentials if you want to lock your style in place and give it some extra body. It has added benefits beyond typical hair spray, as it actually causes the hair shift and fibers to plump up. This unisex formula is packaged in a non-aerosol spray bottle, making it safe to bring along when you travel.

Getting started with ScalpMED

Getting started with treatment is easy on the ScalpMED website.

  1. Click on “Choose Your System” and select Hair Regrowth for Men or Women.

  2. Decide on your supply amount. You can choose to order a two, four, or six-month supply. There is an additional option for “Subscribe and Save,” which offers more significant savings and automatically ships every two months. Shipping is free on all orders over $50.

  3. Complete the checkout. All orders over $50 will be shipped via expedited USPS Priority for free, and you should receive it in 5-7 business days. If you do not meet the minimum for free shipping, you will pay a $3.95 fee.

  4. When your package arrives, you’ll find one bottle of NutriSol, two bottles of Vitadil, an applicator bottle, and a bottle of each of Grow My Hair and Detox My Scalp.

  5. Read the included instructions to guide you through the process of getting started.

  6. Twice a day, you will mix the Vitadil and NutriSol solutions in the applicator bottle and massage them into the thinning areas of the scalp. Leave in for at least four hours before rinsing.

  7. Once a day, preferably on an empty stomach before breakfast, take the Grow My Hair supplement.

  8. Use Detox My Scalp once per week. It is applied on a dry scalp and then rinsed out.

  9. Results vary from person to person, but ScalpMED states that it will take between four to six months for most customers to see significant results when used as directed. Some individuals see results in as little as two months.

  10. ScalpMED advertises a 120-day money-back guarantee if you are in any way unsatisfied with the results of your regrowth treatment: follow the directions on ScalpMED’s website to return the empty bottles and get a refund minus the shipping costs.

Privacy considerations

The ScalpMED privacy policy is easy to read and clear about the information the company collects about you and how it can be used.

ScalpMED collects non-identifying data when you browse the site, including your IP address, the browser you are using, and information about the way you interact with the site. Some of this information is collected automatically through the use of cookies and similar technology. If you purchase products from ScalpMED, you will share your name, address, and financial information with them. This information is stored securely and only used to complete services and in ScalpMED’s internal analytics regarding its customers’ demographics.

In cases where ScalpMED outsources these processes to a third party, your data can only be used for the specific service that ScalpMED requires and will not be used or disclosed for any other purpose by the third party. ScalpMED may share its customer email, mailing, or telephone lists with other reputable organizations.

ScalpMED may send you marketing SMS messages if you have signed up for SMS notifications. You can opt out of this at any time.

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