Does Snake Oil Work for Hair Loss?

According to studies published by the University of Turkey, actual snake oil may be effective at treating hair loss. How does it work? According to the study, cellulose from the snake is extracted, distilled and simply applied to the scalp. The study indicates that this resulted in increased hair growth in nearly 90% of men who suffer from hair loss.

While this sounds like a legitimate study that offers real results, it is not. The story, although completely fake, could very well be the sales pitch for half a dozen brands promoting that snake oil is a “natural remedy” that helps men achieve mystic hair regrowth. The problem, of course, is that these hair restoration scams don’t work at all. When they do, the likely cause is simply poor hair care hygiene in the first place, which is easily fixed by adjusting your hygiene practices.

Effective hair loss treatments do not require the use of any extraneously “natural” remedy in order to catalyze the process. That being said, one of the major causes for hair thinning as we age is the over-treatment of our hair with chemical conditioners, bleach, hair dyes, harsh soaps, hair dryers, curling irons and half a dozen other products that are supposedly for the purpose of enhancing the aesthetics of our heads. 

Avoid These Common Scams

While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, people may go looking for hair loss treatments that work immediately and restore their confidence. This makes it all too easy to fall into the trap of hair restoration scams boasting immediate results from natural ingredients. Some of the most common scams include:

  • Herbal supplements
  • Snake oil
  • Hair loss brushes

Essentially, anything that advertises fast, all-natural results is likely to leave you unsatisfied, even if there’s supposed “scientific evidence” and excellent reviews. No one hair treatment works all the time, and something like snake oil simply does not help with hair loss at all. Your best solution is to talk to a provider who can examine and get to know you so you can determine a hair loss treatment that might work for you together.

Explore the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant

Sometimes, hair loss is caused by other health concerns, like an iron or other vitamin deficiency. In cases such as these, natural hair loss prevention may involve eating a more balanced diet with more protein and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are thought to stimulate hair growth. However, male pattern baldness, the leading cause of male hair loss, is a genetic condition.

While snake oil does not help with inherited hair loss conditions, there are other solutions that are effective and lasting, like the ARTAS hair loss treatment software. This revolutionary new robotic hair transplant technology will stimulate hair growth by transplanting healthy hair to balding spots while minimizing the risk of significant scarring. Manual treatments can lead to instances of “shock loss,” which can cause even more hair loss at incision sites. With ARTAS, a robot implements grafts with precision, reducing the chance of shock loss while increasing their accuracy and chances of survival.

ARTAS is a minimally invasive procedure that heals quickly and starts stimulating growth just as fast. We harvest hair follicles from the donor areas on your scalp, but this procedure can also expand the donor area to the chest or back. Procedure time and recovery periods are minimal, allowing you to get the look you’re after with little disruption to your life. Learn more about what a robotic hair transplant is and how the procedure works and see it in action here.

Find Hair Loss Treatments That Work

Schedule an in-person appointment or virtual consultation with our team today to learn more about how this innovative treatment is changing lives and determine whether you’re a good candidate for this healthy procedure.

Find Hair Loss Treatments That Work

Disclaimer: We are unable to guarantee any result, even though most of our patients do see success. The results of our hair transplant procedure will vary greatly to each patient’s level of commitment and compliance with the program.


Indeed, overstyling can lead to hair damage and even baldness. The hair becomes thinner as the roots are damaged by extreme heat and excessive use of styling tools. Adding to the damage, certain hair products like those promising “long-lasting hold” can make hair brittle and lead to breakage. It’s better to allow your hair to dry naturally and minimize combing or brushing to prevent hair loss. 

Yes, we offer several payment plans for hair transplant procedures. These include a no downpayment & 0% interest payment plan on approved credit for up to 12 months, and patient financing for procedures exceeding $750 with interest-free financing for up to 6 months. We also have longer-term fixed-rate plans through CareCredit. You can apply in less than 3 minutes and get an instant decision. 

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