Keranique Products For Hair Loss

Keranique Products For Hair Loss
September 8th, 2011

keraniqueKeranique sells a variety of hair products promising to stop hair loss and to promote hair growth. I caught the tail end of their “thinning hair for women” commercial at 3am the other night, and was of course curious about the ingredients of the Keranique product line. Despite my obsession with watching infomercials, I think most infomercial products are terrible and don’t work, so I am uber-skeptical of them. I also get really mad about the blatant lies told in most infomercials. Technically the Keranique advertisement was just a regular commercial, though…

On the Keranique.tv website, their tagline is “thinning hair solution for women.” To solve my hair problem, I would have to grow all my hair back – does Keranique do that?? The company’s other claims are more vague and promise you will “get fuller, thicker-looking hair!” and you can “reduce embarrassing hair loss!” To supposedly end your thinning hair, the kit on the website, and in the TV commercial, consists of four products – a Keranique shampoo, conditioner, hair treatment, and follicle-boosting serum.

• Keranique Review
Okay technically this isn’t a review because I haven’t tried any of the Keranique products and I probably won’t. I felt compelled to write this article to enlighten other women about this kit, before you decide whether or not to purchase it. The cost of the kit is somewhat elusive, but the Keranique website says you can get it for $7.95 risk free for 30 days. I just read several complaints about women not being able to cancel their orders, so buyer beware. After the 30 days, if you don’t cancel, you’ll be charged 2 payments of $59.95, and then $59.95 each month, plus $7.95 each month for shipping. You will receive a new batch of products each month. They may have additional payment plans, and you can cancel at any time (which may be easier said than done).

The Keranique website doesn’t list the product ingredients, but I was able to find the ingredients online, and you will see them at the bottom of the post. You can buy Keranique on their website – keranique.tv, from Dermstore.com, or you can get Keranique products at Amazon. You aren’t locked into a monthly subscription if you buy the products from Dermstore or Amazon.

• Keranique Revitalizing Shampoo
The shampoo “gently cleanses your hair” and is “specially formulated for thinning hair, it leaves your locks shiny, fuller and voluminous.” There’s a good chance the shampoo does add volume to your hair, which I agree is a must-have if you are fighting thinning hair. However the second ingredient of the shampoo – Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate – is a harsh shampoo cleansing ingredient that I wouldn’t use on my hair, even if I didn’t have delicate, thinning hair. So there’s no way I would personally recommend this shampoo. I review several gentler SLS free shampoos here on my skin care blog, many of which I would recommend for thinning hair.

• Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment
Hey guess what – this is a bottle of Rogaine/minoxidil, with a more expensive price tag. It contains the FDA approved 2% minoxidil, and the ingredients are identical to my generic 2% women’s liquid minoxidil. This treatment (hopefully) comes with all the same warnings as minoxidil, so make sure to read the warning label. Also, since minoxidil can cause your hair to initially fall out more, be prepared to possibly see increased shedding the first few months of use. If you currently use Rogaine or minoxidil, do not also use this product at the same time.

Keranique Follicle Boosting Serum
Okay this Keranique product has caught my attention because it contains aminexil (also called kopexil), which is an ingredient that works similarly to minoxidil. I haven’t used any products that contain aminexil yet, but I actually want to, so this is a product I would try. There are a few other products on the market that also contain aminexil. I will have to look into them more, and apparently you can use this product in conjunction to minoxidil. I don’t know if this product carries the same risks and potential side effects as Rogaine/Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment.
* Buy Keranique Follicle Boosting Serum at Dermstore/Amazon
* Buy other products containing Aminexil at Amazon

Keranique Volumizing Conditioner
I don’t have too much to say about the Keranique conditioner. It’s supposedly a volume-boosting conditioner, but it’s expensive, so I’m sure you could find a much cheaper conditioner that works just as well. Or if you’re like me, you gave up on conditioner years ago because you don’t have enough hair left to condition. I find conditioner weighs my hair down too much and makes it stringy and limp. But maybe this conditioner is different?

Bottom line
Like all infomercials/late-night sensational TV commercials, Keranique over-promises and under-delivers. Keranique hair products are not going to grow all your hair back, and there’s hardly anything revolutionary about their products. Some women have good results from minoxidil (which is what’s in their hair regrowth treatment), but few women regrow more than a little hair. The Keranique shampoo should be avoided because it’s too harsh for anyone’s hair. The Follicle Boosting Serum is promising, because some people have seen hair growth from the one main ingredient in the product. But I highly doubt the serum works better than Rogaine, which is not exactly a hair loss cure. My opinion is to skip Keranique altogether, or just try their Follicle Boosting Serum. You don’t need their Hair Regrowth Treatment because you can buy generic 2% minoxidil for cheap at your local drugstore, and their conditioner is not going to do anything to regrow your hair. Sorry for my negative review, but fanciful claims about stopping hair loss and regrowing hair drive me crazy!

Keranique Revitalizing Shampoo ingredients:
Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Polyquaternium-70, Dipropylene Glycol, Eratin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-10, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Pine (Pinus Strobus) Bark Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Henoxyethanol, Citric Acid.

Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment ingredients:
Minoxidil 2% W/v. Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water.

Keranique Volumizing Conditioner ingredients:
Water, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-55, Glycerin, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Yl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Amodimethicone, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Keratin, Ydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tetrasodium EDTA, Menthol, Fragrance, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Pine (Pinus Strobus) Bark Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid.

Keranique Follicle Boosting Serum ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, 2,4 Diamino Pyrimidine-3-Oxide, Silk Amino Acids, Keratin Amino Acids, Collagen Amino Acids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol.

Keranique Volumizing Conditioner ingredients:
Water, Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-55, Glycerin, Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus) Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Yl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Amodimethicone, C12-13 Pareth-23, C12-13 Pareth-3, Keratin, Ydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Tetrasodium EDTA, Menthol, Fragrance, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Pine (Pinus Strobus) Bark Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Leaf Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Algae Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid

Have you tried Keranique? What’s your take on it – do you think it really can fight hair loss?

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  • BM
    September 8, 2011 at 4:35 am
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    I haven’t heard of this brand but I’m sure I’ll be seeing a commercial for it sooner or later. I use generic Rogaine, so there’s no need for me to use the hair growth treatment product.

  • Joy
    November 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm
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    Thank you for posting about keranique and the ingredients. I followed your link to Amazon and found something from L’Oreal with Aminexil for $46 including shipping. I’ll add that to Rogaine foam and see what happens. I’ve never really been thorough with trying to get some hair back in the front.
    I’ll be scoping your blog. My hair loss is mostly due to medication and some heredity.

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      November 30, 2011 at 2:25 am
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      Joy, Let me know how it goes with that L’Oreal product. I had thought about buying it at one point but never did.

  • Rebecca
    December 3, 2011 at 6:06 am
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    Thanks for your review. I was doing some online snooping about the infomercial (I’ve been burned before; who hasn’t?) and this definitely helped me to decide to skip the hype. At 37, I’m noticing a little thinning to my already fine hair and was just looking for a boost, not a miracle. Maybe I’ll give the L’Oreal a try.

  • Loretta
    December 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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    Hi. I am trying the Vircos Aminexil product. I am at eight days in (six week treatment). I think I had some increased shedding but I will post back in five weeks and let you know how I do.

  • Maren
    December 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm
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    hi!
    is that really a wig in the picture? either way, it looks really great! love that style! in case it really is a wig (really can’t believe it :)), could you tell me where you got it?
    love,
    maren

    • Jeni - Hair Loss Hell
      December 16, 2011 at 2:35 am
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      Hi. The photo is a stock photo that I bought. I know it’s a wig, though, because the girl in the photo had a shaved head in some of her other photos, and then she was wearing different wigs in different photos. I don’t know where it’s from. I know it’s easy to make wigs look good in pictures, but in person a lot of times they look fake (esp. the part).

  • Maren
    December 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm
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    ps: i’m a fellow androgenetic hair loss sufferer and currently looking for a good wig. excuse my disbeleif and the one million ‘reallys’ but that wig just looks great!

  • Loretta
    December 28, 2011 at 10:15 am
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    Just an update….using the Vichy Decros Aminexil and started on December 2 or so. Right now no real visible improvement but will check back at the end of the six weeks with an update

  • Agnes
    April 13, 2012 at 7:34 am
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    A client of the woman that cuts my husbands hair recommended Keranique; she had me sold from her account of the product appearing to make her hair thicker. My family doctor has already prescribed “Rogaine” which I have been using with visible results but I felt the Keranique would make my hair grow thicker faster. I purchased just the shampoo and when I first used it, I felt a stinging sensation on the very top of my head. I did not even use half the bottle when I felt and noticed several light red spots on the sides and top of my head that gave me the feeling of burning and itching. Consequently I lost the hair that the “Rogaine” had already produced, along with much of my hair drying and falling out. This product should be banned from the market for “thicker hair” usage. Now back to using only Rogaine – it works!

  • B.Sasse
    September 13, 2012 at 7:15 am
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    Eek. That last post doesn’t sound so good for the product (which is also new to me). @Agnes: If you really like using Rogaine, and want a a great shampoo to help with DHT, check out Regenpure. It works really well in combination with your rogaine routine. It is also sulfate free, so it isnt harsh on your hair or scalp. Heres the link http://www.regenepure.com

  • Brenda Alexander
    November 29, 2012 at 8:39 am
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    Once starting this treatment what happens if you stop? Does your hair fall out again?
    Is this a lietime project?

  • Celeste
    January 31, 2013 at 4:49 am
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    Thanks for tracking down the ingredients very interesting. I would avoid the follicle boosting serum as it has propylene glycol…also used in anti-freeze and to de-ice the wings of planes in the winter time. Not an ingredient I want in contact w/my skin.

  • shirley hall
    March 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm
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    keranique does not tell that it takes 8 months to grow hair and use it twice a day. i didnt know till i got the product and read the fine print.i do like the shampoo but they do not tell you under what circumstances not to use it. i found that out after i purchased it. the lady told me i would not have to return the sample but that is also not true .i do not have the return papers but am returing it anyway, i am so tired of scams just to get ppl to buy thinking it works before they purchased, learned my lesson.

  • erika
    April 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm
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    OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!! I just tried this product and I HATE, HATE, HATE it!!!!! I have very healthy shiny but THIN hair and I was hoping promises of adding volume would be the answer to my prayers. After the first use i noticed my hair was not flowing and shiny as it was before I used the product. I figured maybe it takes some time, I tried it a second time. Still not happy with results, but willing to try it again. After the third day, I noticed my hair SEEMED fuller, but it was dry and dull and felt like straw!!!
    I think the products add volume by ROUGHING up hair shaft, and of course dry damaged hair will SEEM fuller, but is not healthy and shiny anymore. I AM HOPING AND PRAYING THAT I DID NOT PERMANENTLY DAMAGE MY HAIR WITH THIS “PRODUCT”. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT SOMETHING ELSE, BUT I DONT WANT TO GET IN TROUBLE! I am sending it back as quickly as possible, and going back to my Suave moroccan oil formula, which made my hair amazingly soft and shiny. I will deal with thin hair, but I cant live with STRAW on my head !

  • Sadia
    December 29, 2013 at 6:15 am
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    Greetings All,
    I was interested in Loretta’s outcome but seeing how its been two years and she has not posted again..ima little disappointed..I’m considering purchasing Keranique’s Follicule Stimulator, I Appreciate your take on the product, very helpful? I found this site @ 6:00 this morning & have been reading different articles..for the last two hours..everything’s really interesting..Thanks

  • Beth Bracken
    March 10, 2014 at 6:29 pm
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    How come I never see any discussions (as well as questions, or even any comments, for that matter) regarding a very serious (rare, but serious) problem, that I’ve had to deal with for most of my life? It’s a disorder that I suffer through & stuggle with… EVERY day! Some years are better than others, however. I’m 33 years old, & I suffer from the disorder: trichotillomania. Anybody have any knowledge on this topic, or advice, words of wisdom, or anything else to add to this seemingly uncharted subject that seems to be something major… yet it’s been left unspoken?! Please help!!

  • Chris Lane
    April 6, 2014 at 5:37 am
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    This is April 2014. Just saw ad on tv for keratin crap. As per usual, before I even think of buying, I go to the internet to check ingredients. Thanks for letting me know what a disaster their crap is. I’ll stick to home made natural stuff like 2 tbs of honey in 4 cups of water for hair rinse. Or put a whole lemon through the blender ( you need the oil from the rind) , mix with few cups water, strain through paper towel, rinse your hair. Also, with both these, let hair dry, do not rinse out, leave in. AND, your hair smells wonderful. Sorry, I haven’t found anything natural to shampoo with yet. Natural home made is usually cheapest. But I stick to mercola.com products for now. You really MUST read labels. Lol, IF everything is ON the label, i.e., GMOs, but that’s another rant….. Thanks again, hear from you eventually.

  • Lyn Whaley
    July 19, 2014 at 12:52 am
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    Just saw the commercial for this. When I looked it up
    I found your page. I won’t be buying this product,
    I will look in my local drugstore. Thanks for your
    information.

  • Rebecca Greer
    August 13, 2014 at 10:01 am
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    North Star Nutritionals has a hair supplement that is very effective and costs less. My hair was thinning and this product has significantly helped.

  • Emily
    September 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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    It is mentioned here that 40 percent of people experiencing hair problems are women. This is a revelation for me, as I thought that I was alone in my fight against hair fall. Now, it seems that there are others just like me and together we can find some effective solutions to this issue.

  • Jeff Warnerr
    September 9, 2014 at 4:27 am
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    I think you can try the regrowth treatment, if your hair fall issues are really severe. Otherwise, the follicle boosting serum would do just fine.

  • Anny Jhones
    September 9, 2014 at 11:51 pm
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    I am not losing hair or maybe I do, I haven’t cared much. However, the quality of my hair has always been bad. It was limp and lifeless until I used Keranique follicle boosting serum. It has transformed the appearance of my hair dramatically.

  • Alana Jones
    September 17, 2014 at 12:23 am
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    Try Keranique, if you really want thick, lustrous hair. I did and it has resolved my hair problem permanently.

  • Alina Holmes
    September 24, 2014 at 4:49 am
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    Keranique is an amazing product that offers a convenient way to hide scalp. I had sparse hair that was thinning rapidly. The product bonds perfectly to my hair and even blends with my hair color, and it lasts right through the day without any hassle.

  • Theresa M
    April 16, 2015 at 4:20 am
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    Minoxidil causes heart problems. Grow your hair from the inside not what you put on it. You have to feed your body good food to feed the hair. Fruit and vegetables try juicing. There are juices you can make that are for the hair check YouTube. Massage the scalp with oils for the hair bend over and let the blood go to your head and at the same time while you are bent over massage the scalp with the oil already on the scalp do this for about 3-5 MINUTES . God bless

  • Docwill
    June 6, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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    Hey, thanks for the ‘heads up.’ When I couldn’t find the ingredients and then read their confusingly worded payment scheme (now $79.95) I went looking and you confirmed my suspicions. Good job, thanks…

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