Hair loss is a huge issue affecting more and more people, and not just men but women as well. Reasons range from hardness of water used in bathing, and harsh chemicals in shampoos, to diet and nutrition, but on the whole, I find it's been hard to name a credible solution for arresting hair loss.
The team behind BioRoyale has spent 20 years formulating the GroBack range of haircare products using natural ingredients. I was initially skeptical but gave the products a chance.
The range has a two-prong approach:
1. Harsh ingredients are removed
Chemicals such as coal tar, parabens and sulphates give the illusion of a healthier scalp but end up doing a lot of damage in the long run. Coal tar is one of the most popular ingredients used to combat dandruff. Experimental studies have found that exposure to and application of coal tar can produce skin tumours and it has also been associated with cancer of the lung, bladder, kidney and digestive tract.
2. Use of good quality ingredients which balance water/climate changes
BioRoyale products contain ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Calendula, Baccopa Muneri, Bhringraj, Rosemary oil and Lavender oil. These ingredients have been widely known to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth. Saw Palmetto and Green tea extracts help reduce the production of Dihydrotestosterone, which is thought to be a major factor for male and female baldness. Other natural ingredients in BioRoyale help the hair to fight dandruff, improve volume and texture, fight split ends, prevent premature greying and reduce scalp problems.
I used the GroBack shampoo together with the GroBack Conditioner. The conditioner contains natural ingredients rich in Vitamin E and moisturising fatty acids to maintain oil and moisture balance for soft silky hair.
My take? I really like both. The shampoo cleans well and lathers nicely enough (albeit not as richly as commercial shampoos with sulphates, but you won't miss that). Hair feels clean and manageable. The conditioner also helps to soften and smoothen hair without leaving it feeling heavy or weighted down. I really like how hair feels after using these products.
The BioRoyale range also includes a GroBack Serum Aftershower and a GroBack Overnight Vitalizer. These are supposed to help keep your hair fall to a minimum, improve texture & softness, reduce frizz and restore moisture to dry scalp.
However, my scalp was a little too sensitive for these. Maybe I should just use them on the ends instead, as direct application to the scalp caused slight itching.
But how effective are these products in curbing hairfall?
I measured the difference by counting the hair that dropped out after bathing. I used to lose a LOT of hair and the hair loss was getting worse with age. I wasn't expecting the shampoo and conditioner alone to do much, but I was surprised that my hair loss became noticeably less.
I was pretty intrigued and asked them what makes the products work. Their answer:
"What makes any shampoo work is its ingredients. BioRoyale has more than 20 natural ingredients. Each ingredient aims to resolve the underlying cause of hair/scalp problems. BioRoyale has natural DHT blockers and reduce TGF- B formation. These are major players responsible for hair loss and follicle miniaturisation. BioRoyale also contain natural ingredients that unblock the pores and provide nourishment to the hair follicles. This improves the circulation and aids hair growth. Natural ingredients like Jojoba oil, Grapeseed oil etc. are rich in Vitamin E and moisturizing fatty acids. This helps in retaining moisture and keeping the hair healthy.
But it isn’t important to just consider the mechanics that work. It is also important to understand that chemicals present in most shampoos nowadays like SLE/SLES and parabens cause damage in the short and long run. These chemicals are skin and eye irritants. They can cause hair loss and rashes. They have been linked to cancer too! BioRoyale products are SLE/SLES/Parabens and Coal Tar free. BioRoyale products do not have any known side effects. Stoppage of use does not rekindle or renew the issues, unlike most other products in the market."
Well, I like the products enough that I'd repurchase them. They seem a little pricey, but as reasonably effective hair therapy with natural ingredients, they might be worth it.
The shampoo and conditioner are S$35 each for 160ml and the serums are S$45 each for 30ml. More pricing and details can be found here: http://www.bioroyale.com/shop
BioRoyale products are available at Four Seasons Market Place (Parkway Parade/ Marina Bay Link Mall) or on the website.
Many thanks to K&K Labs for providing the BioRoyale products for trial. This is not an advertorial