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Propidren by HairGenics: Review

What is Propidren?

Propidren is one of the newest up and coming vitamin supplements for hair loss.

The maker, Hairgenics, also sells a popular and established hair loss shampoo, Pronexa. They have recently branched out into supplements.

Here’s a Propidren introduction pulled directly from their website:

Propidren supports follicular growth and thickens hair naturally. Just take two tablets a day to help block the negative effects of DHT and deliver vital nutrients to nourish the scalp, hair and hair follicles. Safe, effective and drug free, Propidren provides a natural nutrient boost to fine and thinning hair. Our revolutionary formula works from the inside out to energize the scalp and nourish the hair shaft to help produce stronger, thicker hair.

What’s in Propidren?

Let’s look at the label.

So, we see several ingredients: iron, biotin, zinc, and then several herbs, most prominently including Saw Palmetto. Propidren also includes Green Tea, probably as response to all the great research on caffeine-containing hair loss treatments.

Why Iron?

Iron combats anemia, and anemia is a leading cause of hair loss. Many people have sub-clinical iron deficiency, meaning that medical tests would not show a positive result for anemia. These people can still experience hair loss as a result of this iron deficiency.

An iron supplement is the quickest, easiest way to address anemia and sub-clinical iron deficiency.

Why Biotin?


Biotin is a B vitamin with an indispensable role in hair growth and hair strength. Most of us don’t get enough in our diets through food. Read more about biotin on my blog here.

Why Zinc?

Zinc deficiency is a common problem for many people, who go through life unaware that this is at the bottom of many of their symptoms.

One symptom of zinc deficiency is thinning hair. Some people do get enough zinc through the nutrition in their diets, but are unable to absorb it due to various health conditions. Conditions affecting zinc absorption include: alcoholism, IBS, any kidney disease, and vegetarians.

Zinc deficiency should be on everyone’s radar if hair loss is a concern. It’s one of the easiest and first things to troubleshoot.

What is Saw Palmetto?

Saw palmetto is plant with small berries used by Native Americans for centuries. Native Americans used saw palmetto for various medicinal purposes including hair health.

In the west, saw palmetto has been studied mostly for men’s prostate and bladder health, although one study showed improvement in hair loss when used as a topical treatment.

Luckily, the mechanism that makes saw palmetto so helpful for prostate issues in men is the same mechanism that makes it help people with curing hair loss: saw palmetto blocks DHT, a byproduct of hormone testosterone.

What are DHT Inhibitors and Blockers?

Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, causes hair loss. DHT blockers and stop the movement or lower the level of DHT in the blood. Products containing DHT inhibitors, like Saw Palmetto, Fo Ti, and Pygeum, and Green tea (all ingredients in Propidren) will stop hair loss and induce hair regrowth.

How Does Saw Palmetto Stop Hair Loss in Women?

Even though testosterone is thought of as a “male” hormone only, women also have testosterone and therefore DHT.

Hair loss for women resulting from hormonal imbalances like excess DHT tends to be more all-over the whole scalp, meaning it looks more like thinning than balding, whereas for men it tends to follow “pattern baldness”.

How Will DHT Inhibitors Help Hair Regrow?

If a woman’s DHT level is lowered, her hair loss will stop. Most DHT blockers and inhibitors have added advantage of helping the blood circulate properly. This supplement contains FOUR known herbal ingredients that work together to block DHT.

What about all the other herbal ingredients?

Beta-Sitosterol, horsetail extract, and nettle extract each has a demonstrated and researched relationship with hair regrowth.

In addition to blocking DHT, green tea, specifically, contains caffeine which has been shown in recent breakthrough science to help with hair loss.

Why Take This One Supplement Instead of Each of These Ingredients Individually?

Foods that contain high amounts of vitamin B12.

First of all, convenience is king. It would be extremely expensive and annoying to buy separate supplements for EACH of these substances.

If you can get most of what you need in one pill, it’s the best approach.

Propidren provides minerals that nourish and support hair regrowth and combat hair loss, ones that people are too often deficient in.

Propidren also provides a cocktail of herbal supplements that influence and promote hair regrowth and stop hair loss.

How Long Will it Take to Grow New Hair With Propidren?

Growing new hair after reversing hair loss usually takes at least 3 months. This is because the normal hair growth cycle takes months to develop.

Your hair may be regrowing after a few weeks, but you’ll only notice significant difference only after 3 months. Patience is the key in growing new hair. To give this product a full change for results, use it for at least 90 days.

What Do People Say About Propidren?

The reviews on are quite positive, 4.6/5 stars out of 53 reviews at the time of this article. Most people say they say less hair loss, and many say they say thicker, fuller hair.

One review from a user with an extensive history of reviewing all kinds of products with various feedback and star levels (ie, not a paid reviewer) described seeing less of her hair fall out after two weeks of using Propidren.

We all know the feeling of seeing hair clumps on the bottom of the shower…anything that stops that horror has to be worth a shot.

How Do You Take Propidren?

Propidren is a simple supplement the size of a multivitamin that you swallow by mouth twice per day. Easy peasy.

Any Side Effects?

The makers of Propidren recommend that this product not be taken by pregnant or nursing women, or children under 18 per the label (see above).

Other than that, Propidren is safe for both men and women at the recommended dose of two pills per day.

Any Red Flags?

I don’t see much in the way of negative reviews. While the ingredients are established, this specific combination of them in this specific supplement is still a fairly new product, so give it time.

Worth nothing: the scam-spotting website gives Propidren an A, which is encouraging indeed.

The Verdict?

One goal of this blog is to keep my readers current on all the up and coming treatments that help women with hair loss. After my research, I can say with confidence that Propidren fits the bill.

I recommend this supplement because of the abundance of positive reviews, and because the ingredients in this supplement are directly and scientifically linked to the causes of hair loss in women. It’s a good way to get all that stuff in one place.

At $39.99 for a monthly supply, it’s a wee bit on the pricey side, but as we’ve established for other hair loss treatments on this blog, this is about the average price range for hair loss treatments.

Is This It, or Do I Need to Do Anything Else Besides Propidren?

I recommend combining this supplement with other hair loss treatments for maximum impact.

Other strongly recommended treatments to include alongside Propidren are:

  1. Daily Bone Broth -OR- hyrdolized collagen supplement
  2. Biotin supplement (depending on how much biotin-rich food you eat, I would still take a separate biotin supplement in addition to Propidren)
  3. Caffeine shampoo for thinning hair -OR-
  4. Rogaine for aggressively thinning or balding hair

Why all of this at once? Because hair loss is poorly understood and complex.

Most of us, especially women, have more than one cause at work. Usually, there is a nutritional factor, a hormonal factor, and some lifestyle factors like stress, all at the same time.

In my opinion and experience, it’s better to throw as much at the problem as possible. Our hair is precious and worth saving.

57 thoughts on “Propidren by HairGenics: Review”

  1. Thank you for talking about women and hair loss. This topic is sensitive for many, but reality is that if you need to regrow hair then research is the answer, which you have done so well.
    It is refreshing to actually read and learn about the product by breaking it down for everyone to understand. It is not always a male baldness issue, women goes through this also.


  2. Thanks for the great feedback, Kelly! It’s good to hear that this level of breakdown was helpful – I was a little worried about it being “too much information”…but when it comes to our hair, we all probably want to be as cautious and researched as possible when looking into what to do.

  3. Wow! This product must be great. I have heard that some ingredients like iron and zinc help a huge deal in making hair grow. I have been having issues with getting a product that actually include these two, but now I rest.

    I’m purchasing it and was wondering, is there any other product that offers the two in higher quantities than in Propidren? Would love your feedback before I go ahead to buy.


  4. Thanks for the great question, Dave. I haven’t seen another product that includes both iron and zinc (as well as all these herbal DHT blockers, which are the real kicker here). Give Propidren a shot and if you don’t like the results, cash in on their 30 day return policy. I think it’ll help meet your needs.

  5. Thanks for a great review of Propidren! I experienced a period of thinning hair, which was from my own doing because I used to to wear hair extensions. (I would recommend everyone to stay away from that btw. It really pulls out your own hair, since the hair pieces get too heavy for your own hair). I tried Silica back then, but wasn’t impressed at all. I had to patiently wait for my hair to grow back, and thank God it did.

    This supplement sounds promising though. I have already sent it to my friend that is experiencing hair loss. I know it will help her self confidence a lot if she gets her hair back.

    Thanks for the tips!

  6. Hi Stina – I’m glad you enjoyed this review. Hair extensions can be brutal, I’m glad you were able to regrow your hair (and have so much patience, wow!) after them. Thanks for passing this along to your friend!-Penelope

  7. Hi Penelope,

    You stated that testosterone is one of the problems with hair loss. If I consume this Propidren, will it make me less manly?

    What kind of shampoo that you recommend to also help with hair loss?

  8. Hi Penelope, Thanks for writing such an in-depth review of this hair vitamin. It has come in handy since I am searching for a comprehensive solution for my hair. Am on a natural hair journey and its obviously easier to manage well nourished hair. Breakage is less. It’s true it is a tad pricey but compared to some other vitamins I have come across, this one seems to be fairly priced. Then if it does what it says, the cost will be worth it. Will try it out and see the results.

  9. So glad the review helped you make a decision, Ami. Come back and let us know how it works for you!

  10. Wow, this is a great review. There is so much information here. It sounds like this product is really good. I wish I could try it but unfortunately I’m living in a country that does not allow vitamins to be purchased from outside the country so I’ll have to look into some natural remedies.
    Thanks again for the article.

  11. Thanks for the comment! I’m sure there’s something comparable for you in your country – maybe the ingredients here can serve as a guideline when you’re out shopping 🙂

  12. Hi, Penelope!
    You have a great website and so much information about this sensitive topic – thank you for collecting, testing, analyzing and sharing all of it! When I was younger it often crossed my mind how lucky women are not having to deal with bolding like men do. Little did I know that it is not a rare problem. I think I maybe having this problem, and definitely, need to find a product to start with, and I guess a supplement will be the right starting point.

    Thanks again,

  13. Hi Katya – thanks so much for the comment, I’m glad you enjoyed the site, and find the info here helpful. Supplements are definitely a great starting point for dealing with hair loss and thinning hair, and from there, shampoos and treatments. -Penelope

  14. Hi Penelope,
    This is very interesting to me being my hair has gotten very thin and my husband is almost completely bald. This may be something that will work for both of us. My only concern is the amount of Iron in each pill. I already take an Irion supplement, would you recommend me stopping that if I was to use Propidren?

  15. Thanks for the great question, Cathy. And I’m glad this article helped point you in a new direction. Yes, you should stop taking your existing iron supplement on Propidren, since Propidren supplies the daily recommended amount. Always check with your doctor before starting a new supplement, of course!

  16. Great question, thanks for asking. The serving size is 2 tablets taken at one time. That’s what I’ve been doing anyway, and I don’t see anything in the nutritional information (or from other reviewers online) saying otherwise!

  17. I am 60 year old woman with thin hair. My hair is beginning to fall out at an alarming rate! I am looking for something to help and hopefully this is it. The recommended amount of iron for people over 50 is 8 mg. I see the amount of iron in each serving is 25 mg. Is this safe?

  18. Hi i have read your article on Nutrafol and this one… I am really not sure which should I buy .. any opinion on which is best?

  19. It all depends on your individual circumstances! Let me know more about your situation, and I’ll give you a recommendation. thanks so much for reading!

  20. When I read the reviews on Amazon, many said that the company offers you a free bottle if, after trying one bottle (a 30-day supply) you write a five-star reveiw on Amazon–and they say it typically takes 90 days to see the results! This really turned me off. It is essentially a bribe, and I don’t see how it can be ignored! If the product really worked, would they need to do this? And is it even ethical?

  21. Thanks for the thoughtful question. On the one hand, I totally see your point – companies shouldn’t be bribing their way to a good internet reputation. On the other hand, we see the “free sample” concept everywhere. It’s totally ok for a company to give you a free product with no strings attached, or with the hope expressed that if you have a positive experience, you’ll leave a kind word. After 30 days, you’ll know if it’s doing nothing, or if it’s hurting you – the lush full head of hear might just take a little longer because of the nature of the beast (hair growth cycles, ug!) Because it’s such a competitive industry, I think that it’s ok to use promotional tactics like this, with the understanding that if some people don’t like the product, they’re gonna leave their real thoughts and feelings in a comment somewhere.

  22. Will there be a problem taking Propidren if I’m already taking a large dose of daily iron for anemia?

  23. Hi Penelope, it’s great to be able to see hair loss treatments that have good reviews and seem to actually work. I’ve seen my fair share of scams these days and hair loss can fit right in there so I appreciate your article!

    I have known one person who suffered from hair thinning and hair loss because of their anticonvulsant medication due to her epilepsy and I often wondered what we could have done to help her out with this.

    Anyway, we’re no longer an item and I needn’t worry about it anymore – nonetheless, great post and some valuable information.

    Take care!

  24. You brought up another really important and often overlooked cause of hair loss: side effects of medication. And yes, my site is here just to help cut through some of the noise and help consumers make an informed decision with their precious dollars. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  25. I’m seriously thinking about purchasing this hair loss treatment. What you said about being deficient in certain nutrients really ring a bell for me as even though I eat a very healthy diet with lots of zinc in it I am actually zinc deficient as I recently took a test. As i suffered from IBS and still do at times, for many years it actually makes perfect sense now why my hair is falling out. Do you think if I take Propidren that I will actually absorb it if absorption may be my problem already? Or maybe you could recommend something else? Thanks

  26. Hi Penelope just found this site…never heard of propiden before….if you think thirty dollars is expensive….I’ve been on Nutrafol for eleven months at $88:00 a bottle and its doing nothing for me… hair is falling out more than ever now…..I don’t know what to do….don’t want to stop….afraid will get worse if that’s possible….thanks for your info…..and would you please comment on this….p.s…..very hard to read your blog….print is like faded

  27. Hi Sandra- thanks for the comment. Just wanted to let you know I sent you a separate email (way too long) with suggestions and ideas. And thanks for the feedback on my blog – it’s a work in progress, and perhaps I’ll find a better more readable theme!

  28. What a great article with a lot of good information, recommendations and tips. I will definitely share it with others so that every1 can benefit from it. Thank you for sharing such a nice information.

  29. Hi there! I thought I’d check in with a Propidren update. My hair has stopped shedding, but I’m not sure if it’s due to this, the Collagen Peptides, the OGX Caffeine shampoo, the extra Biotin or just my hair cycle. But two Propidren observations:

    1. They offer you a free bottle for a 5-star Amazon review. So those reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. OTOH, why would you want a free bottle if it wasn’t working for you? Anyway, I posted my review, got my bottle, then revised my review to the 4-stars I’d have given it without the incentive.

    2. That said, within the past month, I’ve experienced a noticeable uptick in hot flashes. Now, I am 52, but still getting my period (although this month I’m late or maybe skipping). But I don’t know if the Propidren might be contributing to this, since it does affect hormones (although mainly testosterone as far I as understand it). In any case, I’ve decided to stop taking it after two months to see if the hot flashes let up. If not, it’s just coincidental timing. If there’s a reduction, it may be the Propidren. I’ve seen conflicting information online about whether it can help or hurt menopause symptoms. So, jury’s back out on this one for me.

  30. Hey Joanne~ thanks for coming back and sharing your update. I agree that the ‘freebies for reviews’ system online makes it harder to get accurate product information, it’s a sales tactic more than anything else.

    I like that you’re willing to experiment with removing the Propidren to see if it’s sending your hormonal ecosystem all out of whack! Come back and let us know if the hot flashes subside in its absence, that will be great information for women contemplating using Propidren!

  31. Yeah, the one bad thing about the multi-prong approach is that if something isn’t working or you’re having a side effect, it can be hard to pinpoint what’s causing it. But in this case, it could only be the Propidren. The collagen and the shampoo have no hormonal effects. And again, it could be just me gettin’ old!

  32. Well, you’ll know for sure if you remove it and the hot flashes vanish. That’s why you definitely have to come back and let us know what happens! Thanks for the update, really appreciate the empirical research 🙂

  33. A vitamin supplement for hair loss, that really peaked my interest. I know there are supplements to help your hair grow but for hair loss ow that is amazing and worth looking into. I like that this product is safe to use and that gave it an A rating, that is encouraging. I love your recommendation to take this with other products such as Rogaine and I think more people need to be aware of this product. I am sharing this right now.

  34. Thanks for the great comment. it reinforces just how important it is for us to use these products WITH other products – topical and nutritional, both. Especially when we’re working with a limited window for hair “resurrection” before the weak follicles up and die – we’ve gotta throw everything we can at it 🙂

  35. Okay, it’s been two weeks and…the hot flashes stopped once I stopped the Propidren. I can only conclude there was a correlation. So I think this one needs more information/research on whether it suppresses estrogen as well as DHT. Certainly for me, in perimenopause, it was problematic. Too bad, because I think it was working. But I’d be hesitant to recommend it to someone my age 🙁 Back to Viviscal.

  36. Nutrafol also uses Saw Palmetto. so I’m going to stay away from that as well. I can’t honestly say if the Propidren was working, because I also introduced the Collagen Peptides and OGX caffeine shampoo at the same time. Also, I only used it for 2 months and it says you have to use it for 90 days to notice a difference. But yes – I would caution perimenopausal women to stay away from anything that uses the herb. Was talking to a friend yesterday who was drinking Saw Palmetto tea several years ago and having a lot of hot flashes. She also found they stopped when she stopped the tea.

  37. It won’t let me reply directly to your comment in our string, but yes I use a combination of rosemary, cedarwood and lavender oils, but as I wash my curly hair once a week, I only put it on the night before (which reminds me – I forgot to the night before last, oh well!) My hair always grows in more in the winter, too, so right now I’m not feeling overly thin. But come fall, which is when I tend to shed, I’ll have to be armed with something new! For right now I’m going to stick with the collagen, OGX and biotin. I’m not even going to return to Viviscal quite yet. I gained some weight last year which I put down to overindulging post-election, but it does coincide with starting the Viviscal and some have reported weight gain as a side effect. I just succeeded in taking it all off (thanks Weight Watchers!) and don’t want to mess with that.

  38. girl, I can completely relate to post-election overindulging. That was the suckerpunch that keeps on giving…and congratulations on the weight watchers success! Have you considered using smaller amounts of the oil nightly, or more frequently?

  39. I probably should use the oil more frequently but it will make my hair really greasy. But something to consider! I did order those vitamins I posted about elsewhere, so I’ll let you know how that turns out. Right now I’m benefiting from that extra winter growth, so I’m not feeling quite so bald!

  40. Yeah, definitely let me know if those vitamins work. I’m intrigued by some of those ingredients, haven’t seen them in other products. There has to be some way to minimize the “grease” appearance…esp if you have curly hair. That, or just wear hairbands more often 🙂

  41. Once again a very thorough review of a product. I like how I can come to your site to read about a product knowing that you have thoroughly investigated it prior to writing. It instills me with confidence in these products. It is good to see that there are options out there that don’t require topical treatment. Due to skin allergies I am always hesitant to try new products as the allergic reaction, if one occurs, is not worth the grief! I like the idea of oral supplements. I noticed one of the ingredients is nettle. I always thought nettle was poisonous – am I mistaken?

  42. Thanks so much for the positive feedback! And great question. Nettles are not poisonous and have many health benefits including hair and scalp health benefits. They are, however, extremely irritating to the skin in their natural form, because they’re covered with stinging little hairs. Just another plant trying to protect itself…like the mighty cactus!

  43. This was great for me to come across because I’ve always heard of biotin when it comes to restoring hair loss, however never gave a second thought to iron. Makes total sense haha! One thing I was wondering is whether or not people have reported Propidren causing any skin irritation. The only reason I ask is because I once tried a biotin supplement but noticed my face breaking out terribly. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  44. I have heard of Propidren but to be honest i had no idea what it was, so i’m glad i came across your review. It’s also the first time i see saw palmetto as an ingredient for hair loss, I had only seen it in use in some natural remedies to help with bladder problems, pretty cool that it has more uses than i thought!
    I think it’s a bit pricey but if one were to buy each vitamin and others ingredients separately i’m sure it would be 10 times more.
    I felt like asking questions but as i continued to read your post it felt like you were reading my mind XD
    Thank you for covering in so much detail!

  45. Awww, thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. Saw Palmetto is used in prostate enlargement formulas, but funny enough, the stuff that makes us (men & women) lose our hair has the same androgen/hormone mechanism. So yeah. Saw Palmetto for the win!

  46. Very good write up, I’m using propidren now for 2 weeks and yes and i see less hair fall.
    Hopefully by the 3 month hair loss will stop and new hair growth 🙂

  47. Hi Gaga – thanks for reading and sharing your experience with Propidren. I’m really glad that you see some results after 2 weeks – be patient and give it a couple months. Any hair loss treatment, unfortunately, takes quite awhile for results. But it sounds like it’s stopping the bleeding so far!

  48. the by-product of testosterone, DHT, is the problem. Blocking DHT won’t impact your actual testosterone levels. Don’t worry, you’ll still be manly!

    I recommend Hairguard’s Caffeine Shampoo for hair loss. It includes caffeine, which amazingly is one of the best strategies for hair loss there is.

  49. Hi again, Cheryl! Thanks for the question – and it’s a great one. We definitely don’t want to be overdosing on iron.

    I did some research and found the answer from a University of Maryland website:

    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), taking up to 45 mg of iron per day is safe. Whether taking more than that over a long period of time is safe is unknown. Severe iron overdose occurs with amounts of iron 50 to 100 times greater than the recommended dietary dose.

    Propidren should be safe for you to try.

    I would also recommend that you check out my other reviews for multiple strategies to fight your hair loss. For example, you should consider drinking bone broth or starting a collagen supplement, and you should also evaluate your shampoo and consider one that contains caffeine (which has hair-preserving properties).

  50. Great question! I would check with your doctor about this, because it is possible to overdo the iron.

    Iron is a major ingredient in many of the hair loss supplements, so it’s possible that while taking this or even Nutrafol, you could stop taking the separate daily dose for your anemia. Again, check with your physician and make sure Propidren or Nutrafol contain enough to meet your specific iron needs.

  51. Nutrient absorption is tricky, but one way to improve it is to include a high quality probiotic in your diet, and eat lots of fermented foods. These are little critters which help you break down food and nutrients into useable stuff. I’d say try Propidren OR Nutrafol and see if you notice improvement with your hair loss. Thanks for stopping by!

  52. Thanks so much for the follow-up about the propidren. Anyone perimenopausal reading this needs to be on alert that this may not be the right supplement for you and could throw your hormones out of whack. But, since you did experience positive results with your hair, perhaps it’s worth pursuing for women not yet at that stage, or beyond it.

    Joanne, have you given more thought to trying Nutrafol? This could be a good time for it….

  53. That’s a bummer, because Saw Palmetto is SUCH a good DHT blocker. But I think it’s also used in treatments for prostate disorders in men…which strongly implies it has some hormonal effects beyond the norm.

    Have you tried either Rosemary oil on a regular basis, or have you considered biting the bullet and doing the low level laser therapy?

  54. I did see one negative review about a rash, although I don’t know if that was an allergic reaction to biotin or some other ingredient. When you were taking biotin, do you know if it was suspended in oil or was it a tablet? It’s possible you had an allergic reaction to some of the fillers in the vitamin rather than biotin itself. But it is also possible to be allergic to biotin, and in that case, what you’re really allergic to is the cobalt in vitamin B12 – you can read more about this rare condition here online. thanks for the great question!

  55. Hi , I just started using this hair serum. I have a question that when every day I apply this ..should I wash my hair daily ?

  56. Fake gives this an F now. What changed? I have not tried this but was really hoping it worked.

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