SugarBear Hair promises to be the sweeter way to a Rapunzel-worthy mane. The multivitamins — which looks just like those nutrient-enriched gummy bears that give your daily dose of vitamins A through Z — claim to provide everything you need to nourish your hair from within.
By snacking on just two SugarBear Hair vitamins a day, the product promises to help you:
- Grow longer and stronger hair
- Nourish your hair from within
- Improve overall health
- Increase hair strength
- Improve hair elasticity
- Stop hair breakage
A positive note for vegetarians, SugarBear Hair promises to be a gluten and gelatin-free supplement.
Who’s behind this berrylicious snack? The official product’s About Us page reads like a bad Dr. Seuss book, so we’ll have to verify their claims through science instead.
Hair — How Low Can You Go?
Before we look at what can help hair grow longer and stronger, let’s take a closer look at the different parts of your hair, what it’s made of, and what makes it grow.
There are three main sections of hair:
- Root – The part of the follicle below the skin’s surface.
- Shaft – The visible part protruding above the scalp.
- Bulb – Located at the root, the bulb is what supplies new nutrients and forms new cells.
Within your hair’s follicles — right below the skin’s surface — is the dermal papilla. This bulb is what generates new hair cells. While there’s a lot more to how hair cells mature, for the purpose of understanding SugarBear Hair’s claims, what’s important is that each strand of hair is made up of proteins that emerge from the dermal papilla. However, by the time these cells breach your scalp to form a strand of hair, they’re no longer alive.
Why is it important to understand how hair is formed?
Because what comes out of your scalp is reflective of what you put into your body. However, changes in your diet can only be reflected as fast as hair grows.
How Fast Does Hair Grow?
Most studies say that hair grows six inches (15 centimeters) per year — about a half an inch per month.
However, that average doesn’t take ethnicity into account. According to howstuffworks.com, Asian hair grows the fastest, at six inches per year. African American hair only clocks in at four. Caucasian hair? It falls in the middle, at roughly five inches per year.
Average rates aside, is there any truth to the idea that hair grows faster in the summer months? Pros say that there might be a marginal shift in the speed of growth thanks to an increase in UV exposure. However, it’s mostly an old wives’ tale.
Instead, it’s those natural highlights, which cause a line of demarcation from the scalp, that make locks look as if they’re growing faster during warmer months.
What Can Help Hair to Grow
While there isn’t a patented formula that can help your hair go from pixie to mermaid overnight, some nutrients have been identified has promoting a longer, stronger mane.
B Vitamins, biotin, and folate are often cited as key nutrients when attempting to encourage hair to reach new lengths.
Biotin, in particular, is frequently cited as a pro-hair supplement. Its uses go beyond general hair health to helping prevent hair from going gray and stimulate scalp circulation which promotes healthier hair growth.
How SugarBear Hair Claims to Work
SugarBear Hair vitamins contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, and Zinc. For flavor, the gummies are formulated with real berries, but also include coconut oil and “a dash of sugar.”
SugarBear Hair gives an in-depth look at many ingredients included in their supplements. We’ve already touched on the benefits of biotin, but here’s a summary of the rest:
Vitamin A: Commonly found in fruits and veggies such as peaches, spinach, and carrots, this helps produce sebum in the scalp and grow new cells.
B Vitamins: Found in vegetables like blueberries, strawberries, and kiwis, B vitamins (including B6, B9, B12, B complex, and folic acid) help produce iron, therefore allowing cells to function properly.
Vitamin C: Strawberries, kiwis, and oranges (among many other fruits and vegetables) provide high levels of vitamin C, which can help strengthen hair and improve growth.
Vitamin D: We get a fair amount of vitamin D from the sun, although it’s also prevalent in foods like milk, yogurt, and cheese. Not having enough can lead to unhealthy follicles and increased hair loss.
Vitamin E: Found in soybeans, leafy greens, and nuts (among others), vitamin E helps keep the scalp healthy, thereby potentially preventing hair loss.
Zinc: Repairs damage to hair cells while also keeping oil glands surrounding follicles in peak shape. It can be found in foods like oysters, red meat, and cereals.
We’ve stated above that the suggested serving of SugarBear Hair vitamins is two per day. However, the manufacturer fails to state how long it takes to see results or how much extra growth you can expect.
SugarBear Hair Pricing & Refund Policy
Consumers interested in purchasing SugarBear Hair supplements are given three choices:
- 1 Month - $29.99
- 3 Months - $81.99
- 6 Months - $154.99
Each order within the U.S. is charged an additional five dollars for shipping. International shipping starts at eight dollars.
When purchasing the single month option, you can choose between a one-time order, or to receive automatic shipments every 30 days.
Of course, we’re not huge fans of autoship programs here at HighYa simply because they tend to result in unwanted charges and difficult-to-exit memberships. However, it’s refreshing that SugarBear Hair gives shoppers the option to opt out of automatic shipments.
SugarBear Hair has no information regarding returns or warranties, so it would appear that any purchase should be considered final. While potential customers with a query are invited to write [email protected], there aren’t any other options beyond email to reach customer service at this time.
Note that we’ve reached out to SugarBear Hair for clarification of both their return policy and how to reach customer service, and will update this review as soon as we hear back.
Final Thoughts on Buying SugarBear Hair Supplements?
SugarBear Hair vitamins are relatively new to the market, so there isn’t a wealth of reviews that we can cite to gauge their effectiveness.
However, it’s worth noting that all of the nutrients provided by SugarBear Hair supplements can be found in a balanced diet — which is important in achieving healthy hair.
Why not just snack on supplements instead of spinach?
Because multivitamins, like SugarBear Hair supplements, simply can't replicate all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables for a few reasons:
Nutrient levels – Because whole foods provide many different micronutrients, instead of just one, they can work together to provide more benefits than just one alone.
Dietary fiber – The dietary fiber included in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes causes your body to digest these foods more slowly, providing ample opportunity to absorb as many nutrients as possible.
What about that extra biotin boost? You can purchase a bottle of 120 capsules on Amazon for less than ten dollars — a far cry from almost thirty dollars a month.
Bottom line: If you’re hoping to get ahead in the race to new lengths, SugarBear Hair supplements could work — for a price. However, those interested in accelerating their hair growth might be better off first checking to make sure they’re eating a balanced diet, then talking to a doctor about a less expensive multi-vitamin, instead.
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16 out 21 people found this review helpful
I have been taking these for just over two months, and there is absolutely no difference to my hair. I think they are just very expensive lollies.
In my opinion, it is just another scam to suck women in, as with so many cosmetics, face creams, etc. All about money!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friendView all 1 commentsHide comments
Jun 14, 2017
I am not sure what results you were expecting, but they are essentially vitamins which means that you would have to give more time to see results. I think you mean lollies as in candy. Yes, they taste like candy, that's the point.
I don't like swallowing pills, and I can't stand the smell most of them have. So despite my goal to take supplements I usually fail royally because I don't keep up with them. I've been taking them for about a year now and love how they've transformed my hair. Does it take time, sure? I hope you aren't expecting miracles. It won't make your hair something it can't naturally be but it will make your new hair grow faster and nicer, with time.
34 out 53 people found this review helpful
SugarBearHair- good or bad?
When I first heard of these awesome vitamins that magically make your hair grow more than double its normal rate, I didn't believe it. I mean, if anyone has tried the biggest variety of hair vitamins, it's me. But I kept finding great reviews, and I had to see for myself, so I ordered them!
The website was very easy to navigate, and it gave me exactly what I needed to know. The vitamins got to me within a week, 3 or 4 days (I can't remember the exact amount). It didn't look damaged in any way, so that's a good sign. The bottle came with a note (plus a cute sticker) and my order receipt. The note thanked me for purchasing the product, and the sticker was of a donut and their patented gummy bear posing.
The first week I took the vitamins was great! I somehow felt a boost in my mood (that could've been due to the fact that I was excited about hair growth). The second and third week, I didn't pay attention to my hair, but by the last week, I could tell a major difference. My hair was softer, held moisture easily, and has grown an astounding amount (it was right under my ears and grew to where it touched my shoulders).
All in all, my experience with these blue bears was amazing! I will definitely be buying again. If you want quick growth and stronger hair, these are the vitamins for you!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend