Does Restolin really work? That was the question I was asked by someone interested in this hair restorer supplement. Can Restolin really reverse male and female hair loss, balding and androgenic alopecia, and return the hair you used to have? While the company makes the bold claim that Restolin is “100% effective,” in this no-holds bared review, you'll discover the ingredients, who makes this supplement, side effects, the guarantee, and how to get a refund from their customer service if you need to.
What is Restolin
Restolin is a dietary supplement touted to improve thinning hair, reverse female and male pattern baldness and restore hair to a more youthful state. The supplement contains a unique mixture of ingredients that the company suggests can wake up hair follicles so they once again start growing hair as they used to.
Restolin vs. Restylane
If you came here looking for a review of Restylane, the fine-line and wrinkle filler drug, this is not it. While Restylane sounds like Restolin they are not the same. Restolin is a dietary supplement touted to restore your hair growth. It is taken by mouth while Restylane is a drug that is administered by injection by a qualified dermatologist.
Restolin Supplement Ingredients
Two capsules of the supplement contain the following ingredients
|Amount||Percent Daily Value|
|Vitamin C||30 mg||33% DV|
|Vitamin D (D alpha-tocopherol)||20 mg||133% DV|
|Selenium (Selenium Amino Acid Chelate)||20 mcg||36% DV|
|Proprietary Blend||1512 mg|
|Red raspberry fruit|
|Green tea leaf|
|Essiac tea complex composed of:|
|1 Indian rhubarb|
|3 Sheep sorrel|
|4 Slippery elm|
|Mushroom complex composed of:|
|1 Shitake mushroom|
|2 Rishi mushroom|
|3 Maitake mushroom|
|Quercetin dihydrate seeds|
|Pomegranate seed hull|
|Cats claw bark|
|Panax ginseng root|
The supplement also contains these other 4 ingredients which do not take part in any hair growth effects: Plant cellulose, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, microcrystalline cellulose. These ingredients form the veggie capsule and help the other ingredients mix well together when you take it.
From the Supplement Facts label, we can see that the proprietary blend contains two separate proprietary blends: the essiac tea complex and the mushroom complex. The company does not list the amounts of these proprietary blends.
How Do You Take It?
The company suggests taking 2 capsules a day with water. The Restolin nutrition label does not specify if you need to take the capsules at the same time or separately. My opinion for new supplements are are you adding to your daily regimen is, to begin with less than recommended for the first week. This should minimize any potential side effects if they were to occur. Taking supplements with food may also help reduce this too.
Restolin Hair Research
I believe I understand the logic behind the ingredients and how the company thinks Restolin works. For example, vitamin C helps build the protein, collagen, which is a very important building block of both hair and skin.
Vitamin C, as well as several other ingredients n Restolin (mushrooms, cat's claw quercetin, garlic, ginseng, lycopene, and others), are potent antioxidants. In theory, these anti-oxidative nutrients reduce free radical damage, which contributes to damage to hair follicles and the hair shaft.
One of the little-known things Vitamin D does is help regulate hair growth. Low levels of vitamin D are linked to female hair loss as well as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that can cause thinning and the loss of hair on the head. Excess stress is also known to put the hair growth cycle to sleep, promoting hair loss, a condition called telogen effluvium. Insufficient levels of vitamin D can accelerate hair shedding and make telogen effluvium worse.
Green tea, which is also in Restolin has been shown to be a natural inhibitor of 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that transforms testosterone to the most hair-destructive hormone, DHT. Drinking green tea has also been shown to help cardiovascular health. In this way, it might improve the circulation to hair follicles and promote better hair growth.
Turmeric, one of the most popular spices in the world, has both antiinflammation and antioxidant properties. Tumeric has been shown to treat scalp psoriasis. Elevated male hormones (androgens) are linked to hair loss. Curcumin, one of the curcuminoids in the spice, has been shown to reduce testosterone and luteinizing hormone in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In theory, this may help reduce excess hair shedding from the head. Like green tea, curcumin also appears to inhibit the hair loss promoting enzyme 5-alpha reductase too.
Raspberries contain aromatic compounds raspberry ketones which have been shown to regrow hair. In one study people taking a topical raspberry ketone, hair loss treatment solution showed significant improvement in thinning and hair growth after 5 weeks. Excess androgens like testosterone are thought to contribute to hair loss and baldness. Licorice contains phytoestrogens that have been shown to reduce testosterone. Other ingredients such as reishi mushroom, are considered by some to be natural anti-androgen nutrients.
Androgenic alopecia is an autoimmune disorder that results in the immune system destroying hair shafts on the head and other parts of the body, leading to balding. Androgenic alopecia can contribute to hair loss in both women and men. In theory, reducing androgens might help reduce balding in women associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) who also deal with androgenic alopecia.
Two capsules of the hair restoration formula provide 20 micrograms of selenium. The incorporation of this mineral is probably because of the role selenium plays in thyroid hormone production. Hair loss is a common side effect of hypothyroidism. In people over 50, the recommended daily allowance is 55 micrograms. While selenium deficiency is considered rare in the US, according to some reports the average daily intake for those over 40 is only 13 micrograms a day. Thus, some middle-aged and older adults may be lacking in selenium. The Restolin company may be trying to cover their bases by adding this mineral to their hair growth formula.
Microbiome and Hair Loss
One factor usually left out of the discussion of healthy hair is the microbiome. Hair follicles have their own microbiome. Some research suggests different microbial species in the hair follicles of people with hair loss might trigger an immune response and contribute to thinning hair and male and female pattern baldness. Preliminary research suggests that both licorice and slippery elm may be able to modulate the gut microbiome. Is it possible this may improve the diversity of microbiomes in hair follicles? Beta-glucan and arabinogalactan are both prebiotic fibers that might also adjust gut health to a more favorable state.
Restolin Mechanism of Action
Based on the research, it can be said that the Restolin hair loss remedy contains ingredients thought to stimulate hair restoration by:
- reducing the buildup of DHT
- reducing androgens
- inhibiting 5-alpha reductase
- decreasing inflammation
- reducing autoimmunity
- increasing follicle sparing phytoestrogens
- improving collagen production
- adjusting the microbiome of hair follicles
So, the logic is there. However, it needs to be remembered the Restolin supplement appears to lack clinical proof. This does not necessarily mean it is a scam. Rather, it just means nobody has tested it in a clinical study. Hopefully, that changes one day.
How Much Does Restolin Cost?
Prices vary so check the official website for updates and discounts. Here are prices listed when the website was checked:
- 1 bottle: $69
- 3 bottles: $177 ($59 per bottle)
- 6 bottles: $294 ($49 per bottle)
All orders come with free shipping if you live in the US. Each bottle contains 60 veggie capsules which is a 1 month supply.
Who Makes It?
The Restolin company, located in America, was founded by William Anderson, a 57-year-old guy from St. Louis Missouri, and is said to be the man who created the hair regrowth formula, which he says changed his life. Not much can be located about William Anderson but you can see a picture of him AND his head of hair by clicking here. To contact customer service, you can email the Restolin company at Contact@Restolin.com
How Much Is Shipping?
If you are ordering from the US, shipping is free and you will receive the supplements within 5 to 7 working days. If you are ordering from Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, then shipping charges are $15.95. If you live in these countries then it may take 10 to 15 days to receive Restolin supplements.
Beware Counterfit Knockoffs
During this review, supplements were discovered that were called Restolin however they were sold by other companies and contained different ingredients than what is listed here.
For example, one brand only contained probiotics. Others contained high doses of vitamins and minerals. No doubt this will cause confusion and frustration for those who pick the wrong supplement.
It is not known how these other brands are able to coexist with the product being reviewed here.
To be clear this is the official website.
How To Get a Restolin Refund
If you think you made a mistake and would like to be reimbursed, the supplement comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee. The 60 days begins 1 day after the supplement has been shipped to you. That date can be located on the package or in the email the company sent you when you placed your order.
To get your money refunded, send all bottles back to this address: 37 Inverness Drive East, Suite 100, Englewood, Colorado, 80112.
When the company receives your returned supplements you will receive an email that has details on when your refund will be issued. If you paid with a credit card, the funds will be restored back to the card you used. You can contact the company at Contact@Restolin.com if you have any questions.
Restolin vs. The Competition
So how does Restolin compare to supplements for balding like Viviscal and Nutrafol? So far there is little proof as to how it stacks up or which is better.
Before & After Pictures
The company did not show customers before and after pictures the last time the website was checked. That may be because the supplement is new and things may have changed by the time you see this so see the company's official website for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can it reverse gray hair?
This is a hair restoring supplement. The company does not claim it can return hair to its natural color.
Does it improve the appearance of the skin?
Hair and skin are related to each other. While it cannot be ruled out that the ingredients improve fine lines and wrinkles, there is no evidence for it either way. As such, it's probably best to assume it doesn't.
Any interactions with infrared laser therapy?
Using lasers to stimulate hair growth is popular and while research suggests it works, the devices can be expensive. There are no known interactions between the ingredients in Restolin and laser hair growth treatments.
Restolin Side Effects & Adverse Reactions
There are no known negative after-effects known to occur from the supplement and the company does not list any. There are no known interactions between Restolin and Minoxidil or Propecia (Finasteride). That said, the side effects you may experience may depend on your health and the medications you take. So when in doubt, do speak to your physician if you take any prescription or over-the-counter medications. This includes blood thinner medicine like coumadin/warfarin. This is also wise to do for other natural hair loss remedies you are considering. To help you make the right choice, here are some things to consider and speak to your health care provider about:
- Start with less than recommended for the first week
- Taking with food will probably reduce GI upset
- The supplement is not intended for those under 18
- Stop taking Restolin at least 2 weeks before having surgery, including dental surgery
- Speak to your doctor if you have kidney disease. Some research hints sheep sorrel, which contains oxalates, may damage kidneys. This has not however been reported with the Restolin dietary supplement.
- Avoid using during pregnancy or breastfeeding
Restolin Pros & Cons
|Contains antioxidants||No clinical research on the supplement|
|Contains antiinflammation ingredients||Not sold in stores|
|60-day money-back guarantee||Email support only|
|Easy to make returns|
|No known side effects|
Does Restolin Really Work
While some may say there is no doubt the supplement works, I cannot say for certain. I do understand the logic for the ingredients used in this hair restoring supplement but I'd like to see clinical research. While it's good the Restolin supplement comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee, I think it will take longer than that to see visible hair growth and improvements in alopecia. It will help if you take pictures of your scalp for comparison. Because hair regeneration is a slow process, the treatment may take 4 to 6 months to see before and after follicle growth improvements. So, be patient and go into this with eyes wide open. Because knock-off look-a-likes brands are sold too, you may save yourself disappointment and frustration if you purchase this supplement directly from the official Restolin website.
What Do You Think?
Joe Cannon, MS holds an MS in exercise science and a BS in chemistry and biology. He has been investigating dietary supplements since the 1990s, has appeared on various TV news shows, and has been quoted in newspapers such as the New York Times and Fast Company Magazine.
No review is a substitute for advice from your physician. Speak to your health care provider before taking any dietary supplement.
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