What Is Monat? Does Monat Cause Hair Loss?

Monat hair products are probably safe for most folks, but that doesn't imply they're safe for you.

Reviewed by Madison Dufour, Barber & Cosmetologist
By Annie Jangam

MONAT is a multilevel marketing company and achieved rapid success with its hair care products. However, the MONAT hair loss scandal has tarnished this company’s reputation. It currently faces lawsuits as its products are alleged to cause harmful side effects, including scalp irritation and hair loss. The company is also under fire for making false claims about its products, claiming they are scientifically proven without providing any independent clinical evidence. Learn more about the safety of MONAT products in this article. Scroll down.

StyleCraze Says
As MONAT has both satisfied as well as unhappy customers, you should take precautions and avoid their products if you are allergic to essential oils or have existing scalp or hair loss issues.

What Is MONAT?

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MONAT is a company that sells hair care and skin care products. It is a subsidiary of the Alcora Corporation. It was founded in 2014 and is popular for Rejuvabeads (a solution that mends split ends). MONATs revolutionary anti-aging products for hair and hair care lines, catering to children and even pets, catapulted them to fame.

MONAT is now in the news for various class-action lawsuits that have been filed for hair loss and scalp irritation caused by the use of allergens and harsh chemicals in its products. The FDA has received several complaints, and the company has filed defamation lawsuits against the complainants (1). So, currently, the company is broiled in controversy.

So, lets answer the most important question.

Do MONAT Products Cause Hair Loss?

Back view of woman moving her wet hair post-shower to reveal shedding hair from use of monat products

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Yes, according to a number of lawsuits and testimonies, MONAT products cause. The initial responses to hair loss in their clients were claimed by the company representatives to be effects of detoxification. The company also falsely claimed that their products are clinically proven to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth without any research to back it up.

The FDA is currently reviewing the complaints, so it is advised to refrain from using MONAT products until they are deemed safe. If you experience any side effects after using these products, we recommend you report it to the FDA.

The company has also been under fire for misrepresentation as it claims that its products do not contain the following ingredients when they actually do:

  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Petrochemicals
  • Sulfates
  • Harmful fragrances and dyes

It is also unclear if the products are 100% vegan and/or gluten-free like they have claimed.

Did You Know?
The MONAT products that have received the most complaints are Intense Repair Treatment Shampoo, Rejuvenique Oil Intensive Treatment, and Intense Repair Treatment Leave-In Conditioner.

The company is also under investigation for using misleading stock photos (as before and after using MONAT products) instead of authentic data from independent studies to advertise its products. Even their pyramid scheme type of marketing is heavily criticized.

To recap, Monat is a brand that sells hair and skin care products. They claimed that their products are scientifically proven without conducting any independent clinical trials. The company also claimed that their products did not contain harmful substances like sulfates and petrochemicals when they actually do. Due to the allergens and chemicals used in their products, many people experienced adverse reactions to their products, like scalp irritation and hair loss. Currently, the FDA is reviewing their products, and it is recommended to avoid using their products so as to avoid hair loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does hair fall out with Monat?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Monat products may cause hair fall in people with a sensitive scalp or other inflammatory conditions like dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis. However, they are considered safe for use by the majority of people.

What happens when you stop using Monat?

Your hair will eventually return to its original condition once you stop using Monat products.

How long does hair shedding last with Monat?

It may differ from person to person. When you switch to natural products, there is a kind of purging that happens where the skin/scalp sheds the top layer to eliminate all the toxic chemicals from previous products or treatments. You may undergo this brief detox phase when you switch to Monat.

Is Monat safe to use?

Yes. Monat products are safe to use for most people. However, you should do a spot test before using them to check for any potential allergic reactions on your scalp.

How does Monat make your hair grow?

Monat products contain botanical ingredients like Capixyl and Procataline that may promote hair growth and protect your mane from environmental aggressors.

Key Takeaways

  • Various lawsuits have been filed against MONAT for causing hair loss and scalp irritation.
  • MONAT products contain harmful chemicals like polyethylene glycol, petrochemicals, sulfates, fragrances, and dyes.
  • MONAT falsely claimed that their products are clinically proven to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

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Annie Jangam is a researcher-turned-content writer. She enjoys dissecting complex clinical studies and shuffling through the scientific jargon to make... more

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(Barber & Cosmetologist)
Madison Dufour is a licensed and practicing barber and cosmetologist as well as an entrepreneur running several hair businesses, including... more

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