What Is Hair Sweet Hair?
Manufactured by Hum, Hair Sweet Hair vegan berry-flavored gummy hearts promise to combine the best sustainably sourced ingredients for strong, healthy, and vibrant hair.
The website reports that you’ll only need to take two heart gummies at any time, with or without food, and its clinically researched herbs, vitamins, and minerals will help support healthy follicles and hair growth. And all of this without the inclusion of any artificial coloring or flavoring, gluten, soy, nuts, milk, or fish.
Bottom line: Will Hair Sweet Hair gummies really change your hair—and your life—forever, as claimed on the website? Do you even need to take a hair supplement like this in the first place?
After researching dozens of hair-related products, including many supplements, we think there is some important information you should have before making a decision—all of which we’ll briefly outline in this article.
A Quick Look at Some Causes of Less-Than-Stellar Hair
Based on the research in our Hair Supplements Buying Guide, we learned that hair loss isn’t a diagnosis; it’s the result of some other cause. Like what? There are many—everything from diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and male and female pattern baldness to excessive stress levels, heart disease, and the way you style your hair.
Basically, anything that can negatively impact the health (shine, bounce, body, softness, elasticity, etc.) or thickness of your hair can make it look and feel sub-par.
Due to the myriad causes of weak, unhealthy hair, the first person you should speak with if you’re experiencing side effects like these is your doctor. They’ll be able to medically diagnose your condition and prescribe an appropriate treatment that might maximize your results.
In the meantime, what does the available clinical evidence have to say about Hair Sweet Hair’s ingredients?
Taking a Closer Look at the Ingredients in Hair Sweet Hair
According to the supplement facts label listed on Hum’s website, Hair Sweet Hair contains the following active ingredients:
- Vitamin B12 850 mcg
- Folic Acid 500 mcg
- Biotin 5,000 mcg
- Zinc 20 mg
- PABA 25 mg
- Fo-Ti Extract 10 mg
Other listed ingredients include evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, purified water, pectin, citric acid, organic fruit powder blend (strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, tart cherry, pomegranate, cranberry, orange, lemon), natural flavor (mixed berry), potassium citrate, natural color, vegetable oil, and carnauba wax.
Now, we’re not clinical professionals here at HighYa, which is why we rely on the summarizations of the available evidence provided by sites like Examine.com, WebMD, and the Natural Medicines Database when reporting whether or not an ingredient is classified as ‘effective’ for a specific claim.
And according to them, there’s insufficient clinical evidence that any of these ingredients can provide a meaningful boost in hair strength, health, or vibrancy for otherwise healthy individuals (i.e., those not deficient in an ingredient), as claimed by Hair Sweet Hair’s manufacturer.
Are There Any Potential Side Effects of Hair Sweet Hair’s Ingredients?
Overall, these same sites report that these ingredients likely won’t cause any side effects in most people. And when they do occur, they likely won’t be worse than temporary nausea or other digestive upset (no specific conditions listed).
However, WebMD emphasizes that, “routine zinc supplementation is not recommended without the advice of a healthcare professional. In some people, zinc might cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, metallic taste, kidney and stomach damage, and other side effects.”
They also list fo-ti as possibly unsafe when taken by mouth, “due to concerns that it might cause liver damage in both adults and children. Fo-ti has been linked to liver damage in several reports, including one case in a 5-year-old child.”
Again, no specifics or dosages were listed for either of these side effects, which, in our opinion, makes it even more important to speak with your doctor before taking any new supplement, Hair Sweet Hair or otherwise.
How Much Do Hair Sweet Hair Vitamins Cost?
One bottle (60 gummies) of Hair Sweet Hair is priced at $20, with a flat $5.95 S&H fee. Free shipping is also available for all orders $50 and over.
Hum provides a 30-day refund policy on all their products, which begins from the date they’re received. Note: According to their website, though, this only applies to unopened products—otherwise, customers can receive store credit.
In order to request one, customer service can be reached at (888) 647-8880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Can We Learn From Hair Sweet Hair Customer Reviews?
There were eight customer reviews for Hair Sweet Hair on the Hum website at the time of our research, all of which gave the supplement five stars. Common compliments referenced improved hair condition, increase growth rate, and good taste.
We also found 86 reviews for the supplement on Sephora.com, who had collectively given it a slightly lower average rating of fours stars. Most of the compliments mirrored those found on the Hum website, while frequent complaints related to no results and less-than-stellar taste.
From a company perspective, Hum Nutrition is based out of Los Angeles, CA and was founded in 2012 by Chris Coleridge and Walter Faulstroh. They held a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on one closed customer complaint, as of 11/27/17. No details we available.
Per their LinkedIn profiles, Chris previously worked in business development for PepsiCo and as co-founder of V Water, while Walter was a co-founder of Fit For Free UK and The My Group advisory and investment vehicle.
Are There Other Gummy Dietary Supplements Like Hair Sweet Hair?
Hair vitamins have become all the rage over the last couple years, and gummies like Hair Sweet Hair have moved toward the top of the list recently as media powerhouses like Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian blast them all over their Instagram feeds.
In fact, a quick search of online marketplaces like Google Shopping and Amazon revealed hundreds of different supplements competing with the product in question, ranging in price from anywhere between $7 and $20+. How to choose?
In our experience reviewing hundreds of dietary supplements in general, the most relevant question isn’t necessarily ‘which one should you choose,’ it’s ‘should you take one at all.’ Why?
According to Catherine Price in her book Vitamania, “the US Preventive Services Task Force, the American Cancer Association, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, among other respected health organizations” don’t recommend that otherwise healthy people with no nutritional deficiencies take multivitamin supplements.
During our research, we’ve learned a similar sentiment is shared by organizations like the National Institutes of Health, Nutrition.gov, and Harvard Health as well. Once again (we realize we might sound like a broken record at this point), this is why it’s vitally important to speak with your doctor in advance.
Where to go from there? If they recommend that you continue exploring supplements, whether Hair Sweet Hair or a third-party product, it’s been our experience that you’ll want to focus on companies who:
- Support their claims with double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies
- Offer at least 30-day refund policies, with realistic S&H fees and no restocking charges
- Come with mostly positive online customer feedback
- Don’t enroll customers in any kind of ‘free’ trial or autoship program
Our Final Thoughts About Hair Sweet Hair
If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, Hair Sweet Hair seems to tick a lot of boxes: the company offers a 30-day money back guarantee and no restocking fees, mostly upbeat (if not somewhat limited) consumer reviews, and doesn’t require you to sign up for recurring shipments.
On the other hand, this refund policy is only valid for unopened products, so as soon as you try Hair Sweet Hair, you own it. And perhaps most importantly, we learned that authoritative sites like the Natural Medicines Database and Examine.com indicate there isn’t enough evidence to classify any of the supplement’s ingredients as ‘effective’ for anything hair-related benefits in non-deficient individuals.