Are Monat Revive Shampoo Ingredients Safe?
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Scalp sores, hair falling out in clumps, bald spots … no, this is not a description of a scene from a horror movie. This was actually the reality for 199 Monat product users whose complaints to the FDA were reported by ABC News in 2018. Over the last 3 years, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has processed 1,018 complaints against Monat. In addition, Monat has been the subject of a fair amount of litigation. Therefore, today we will not only look at the Monat shampoo ingredients, specifically those in the Monat Revive shampoo. We will also discuss the latest developments regarding lawsuits against Monat. So, read to the end to be in the know.
I heard about Monat shampoos when they first launched in the USA. In fact, one of their sales representatives approached me to sign me up to be a Monat shampoo seller. I politely declined. Instead, I wrote an unbiased Monat shampoo review that attracted a lot of attention. In retrospect, I am so glad that my experience of reading shampoo ingredients saved me from the Monat products. Moreover, that review has probably saved thousands of people from taking their chances with Monat shampoos. I do not take marketing claims at their face value; on the contrary, I recommend products only after intense scrutiny of each ingredient.
Are the Monat shampoo ingredients safe?
The list of Monat shampoo ingredients is one of the longest I have seen in my experience reading shampoo ingredients almost daily since 2012.
Monat Revive shampoo ingredients: Water, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Decylglucosides Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato Seed) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Tocopherol, Dextran, Citric Acid, Propanediol, Glycol Distearate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Lauramide MIPA, Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Propoxytetramethyl Piperdinyl Dimethicone, Trideceth-6, Centrimonium Chloride, Aminomethyl Propanol, Fragrance (Parfum), C11-15 Pareth-7, Phenethyl Alcohol, Undecyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol (source).
You have probably read lots of enthusiastic Monat reviews including those about Monat Revive shampoo. I could be getting very lucrative commissions, too, for promoting their expensive products. But after reading each ingredient, I decided that Monat products do not adhere to my standards. If you are a seller of Monat products, please know that there are many other multi-level marketing companies with non-controversial products that you can sell and generate an income for your family.
Known allergens in the Monat shampoo
Among Monat shampoo ingredients, the following three are associated with contact allergy – cocamidopropyl betaine, benzyl alcohol, and fragrance. While lauramidopropyl betaine and cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine are not established allergens, I believe there might be a danger of the same side effects as cocamidopropyl betaine’s because they are close relatives.
The symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters. These are more severe symptoms than the symptoms of irritation.
Also, there is a difference between an irritant and an allergen. An allergen (aka sensitizer) causes allergic contact dermatitis after repeated contact with the allergen over time. Suppose, you used the Monat Revive shampoo once and did not experience any symptoms. It won’t guarantee, though, that you won’t have a reaction to the Monat shampoo ingredients when you are exposed to them again.
Cocamidopropyl betaine as one of the Monat shampoo ingredients
Cocamidopropyl betaine is a surfactant that makes shampoo lather. Commonly, so-called “natural” shampoos use it as a better alternative to SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or SLES (sodium laureth sulfate). The proponents of cocamidopropyl betaine (CAPB) claim it is safe because it is derived from coconut oil. It does sound, safe, right? However, it is important to understand how CAPB is derived.
The process of manufacturing CAPB is as follows. First, coconut fatty acids go in reaction with 3-dimethylaminoproplylamine (DMAPA) to produce amidoamine. Then, amidoamine is combined with monochloroacetic acid to get to CAPB (source). To me, CAPB doesn’t sound like a natural ingredient in the Monat Revive shampoo. Does it sound natural to you?
In my mind, the fact that coconut oil serves as a source for CAPB becomes irrelevant when we learn that some amounts of the two chemicals – DMAPA and amidoamine – remain in CAPB. Commercial-grade CAPB can contain up to 3.0% amidoamine and up to 0.02% DMAPA (source).
The personal care products trade association called Cosmetic Ingredient Review tells us that both DMAPA and amidoamine are known skin allergens (source).
The first reports of allergy to CAPB appeared in 1983. The first two cases were women with red lesions which cleared after they stopped using their shampoos with CAPB. Since then, there have been many reports in association with shampoos, liquid soaps, bath gels, toothpaste, contact lens solutions, make-up removers, and hygiene products with a range of incidence between 3% to 7.2% (source).
In fact, the American Contact Dermatitis Society named CAPB the 2004 Allergen of the Year (source).
Potential concerns about lauramidopropyl betaine and cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine
Lauramidopropyl betaine and cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine are also surfactants in the Monat Revive shampoo. By the way, I have counted 7 surfactants among the Monat shampoo ingredients. I am not sure why there are so many surfactants. Normally, I see 2-4 surfactants in shampoos.
These two surfactants share the same amidopropyl suffix in the first words of their names with cocamidopropyl betaine. That’s because their formation processes are very similar. Lauramidopropyl betaine also results from the reaction of fatty acids with DMAPA, which yields amidoamine. Then, the reaction with monochloroacetate produces lauramidopropyl betaine (source). According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review report as of 2018, there are three ways to make cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine. And it looks as though DMAPA were used in all of them. All three surfactants can have DMAPA residue in them, which may contribute to an allergic reaction.
By themselves, these surfactants might be okay in a shampoo. But in the Monat Revive shampoo, there are three surfactants that may have residue of the DMAPA allergen.
Potential concerns about benzyl alcohol
True, benzyl alcohol is an aromatic alcohol present in many naturally occurring plant products such as balsam of Peru. Also, it is a naturally occurring component of essential oils such as hyacinth, jasmine, and ylang-ylang oils. It even occurs in foods such as apricots, cranberries, cocoa, honey, mushrooms, and snap peas. However, to make use of it in products, lab chemists synthesize it by reacting benzyl chloride with sodium hydroxide (source).
Personal care products often list it as a preservative. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has concluded that it is safe for use in cosmetic products at concentrations of up to 5%, and up to 10% in hair dyes (source).
However, the European Union allows benzyl alcohol as a preservative in cosmetics and personal care products at a maximum concentration of 1% (source). The European Union restricts it because it may cause an allergic reaction.
The American Contact Dermatitis Society (ACDS) recognizes it as a “weak” sensitizer. The ACDS states that an allergic reaction to benzyl alcohol is rare. A Belgian patch-test of 8,521 patients revealed that only 25 people (0.3%) had a positive reaction (source).
I do not have any information as to the concentrations of benzyl alcohol among the Monat shampoo ingredients. While an allergic reaction is rare, the American Contact Dermatitis Society encourages consumers to use caution (source).
Potential concerns about fragrance
Fragrances are normally undisclosed mixtures of a long list of various chemicals. The FDA does not require companies to disclose the ingredients of fragrances. On my blog, I recommend products made by companies that value transparency. Thus, I promote products that have only natural scents that come from essential oils and/or plant extracts and oils. Fragrances may cause allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress, and potential effects on the reproductive system. Additionally, they disrupt hormones and can increase a person’s risk of cancer. The Skin Deep database rates them 8 out 10 where 10 stands for the highest level of toxicity.
On my blog, I do not recommend any products with fragrance even if a company claims that they use natural fragrance. You can find out what is not so good about natural fragrance in my Natural Fragrance post.
Ethoxylated ingredients in the Monat shampoo
There are two ingredients among the Monat shampoo ingredients that result from the process of ethoxylation. These ingredients are Trideceth-6 and C11-15 Pareth-7. What are the problems with the process of ethoxylation?
To begin with, most manufacturers use harsh petrochemical raw materials. To make them less irritating to the skin, they add ethylene oxide. As a result, there may be traces of unreacted ethylene oxide in the final product. Moreover, 1,4-dioxane is created during the ethoxylation process. Unless a manufacturer uses the vacuum-stripping method to get rid of 1,4-dioxane, the dangerous chemical can remain in the shampoo.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified ethylene oxide as “carcinogenic to humans.” It classifies 1,4-dioxane as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” “Probably carcinogenic to humans” means that “there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.”
Even if the company makes sure that no amount of 1,4-dioxane remains in the Monat Revive shampoo, I am not very enthusiastic about the ingredients whose manufacturing process includes two carcinogens.
On my blog, I do not recommend products with ethoxylated ingredients. You can read more about that in my Hidden Ingredients in Best Baby Wipes post.
Does this shampoo make your hair thicker?
Monat claims that Monat Revive shampoo “penetrates and supports the scalp while helping boost natural hair growth and improving follicle strength to assist in reducing hair thinning.”
I am not familiar with any independent studies illustrating that by using a shampoo you can increase hair growth or make hair thicker and stronger. Keep in mind that contact with shampoo is short and relatively infrequent. I had a hair-thinning problem and took the time to look for any independent studies on this subject. Sadly, I was unable to find any scientific studies proving that hair does get thicker due to shampoo. (Read my Overlooked Hair Loss Causes post to see how I solved my problem and what you can do today.)
On the other hand, there are quite a few ingredients that coat the hair. I assume it is the coating that makes the hair look and feel thicker.
The following may serve as hair coating ingredients: guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl decylglucosides chloride. Additionally, they are acrylates copolymer, sodium hydroxypropylphosphate laurylglucoside crosspolymer, propoxytetramethyl piperdinyl dimethicone, centrimonium chloride.
I have not seen so many coating agents in a single shampoo! The list of the Monat shampoo ingredients even contains acrylates copolymer. Normally I see this ingredient in nail polishes as a film former and in hair sprays as a hair fixer.
So, what do you think? Do you think it is worth $35 for 8 oz? Let me know in the comments. I personally would not use this shampoo even if they sent it to me for free.
More Monat reviews
Please visit the Better Business Bureau to read numerous complaints about Monat products and their customer service.
This is the most comprehensive review I have seen of what has happened since I first published this post.
Lawsuits against Monat
It may also be important to know that Monat has been the subject of a fair amount of litigation, as people who have suffered adverse effects of the Monat shampoo ingredients have sued Monat. To clarify, the lawsuits include allegations that Monat Revive shampoo has damaged hair, even causing it to fall out in some cases. They also include claims for false advertising. Further, at least a couple of these lawsuits have been class action lawsuits. For my attorney husband’s take on class action lawsuits in general, click here.
Class action lawsuit
Specifically, there is a class action pending in Miami, Florida, in which the plaintiffs allege that Monat’s products were defectively designed and that they failed to inspect their ingredients for contamination. Nevertheless, in the fall of 2019, Monat asked the court to dismiss the case. However, the judge denied the motion, and did not dismiss the entire case, as Monat had asked.
On the other hand, the judge did carve out a small piece of the case and dismissed that small portion of it. As a result, Monat hailed this as a great victory publicly, but the case remains on the books and is headed toward a jury trial.
Additionally, here’s what else my husband has to say:
Apparently, there have been multiple class action lawsuits filed against Monat alleging harmful effects of the Monat shampoo ingredients. In fact, there are so many class action lawsuits that the Federal courts have consolidated them into one courtroom under what is called the Multidistrict Litigation, or MDL, process. MDLs are created by the Federal courts when a single defendant is facing multiple lawsuits from various people. That is to say, it’s more efficient, reason the courts, to consolidate the matters for pretrial proceedings. While this happens frequently in individual cases, it is pretty rare to consolidate a lot of class action cases. I guess one can draw one’s own conclusion from this remarkable turn of events.
Thus, if you know someone who is considering getting Monat Revive shampoo, please direct them to this post, so they can make an informed decision.
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Irina, I am very interested in your hair-thinning problem and solution. I am using minoxidil.
Thank you for letting me know! How long have you been using minoxidil? Does it help? Do you have any side effects? ~Irina
I have been using minoxidil for 2-3 years. It does stop the fall-out and stimulates some but not complete re-growth, but only as long as you keep using it. I use it twice a day, as recommended, but if I skip now and then, it’s not a big deal as long as I get right back on the routine. I have heard the complaint that it causes dandruff but I believe that the white flakes are a result of using too much resulting in it collecting on the scalp and chipping off. The simple solution to that is to not apply too much.
I have taken all the recommended vitamins for thinning hair — biotin, folic acid, fish oil, etc. — for at least 3-4 years and still do. I cannot say that this has helped but it hasn’t hurt so I continue taking them.
Have you checked your thyroid and other hormones? ~Irina
Yes, as a matter of fact, I had a long discussion and lesson with my doctor about the thyroid and pituitary glands, TSH, and T3 and T4 just this week! He, at least, is certain that is not the source of my problem.
what about this one: new wash ? it is way more expensive 🙂
Hi, Rose! Do you use it? ~Irina
i just bought my first 400ml 2 weeks ago. it is really really expensive . it does feel well and my kids who are swimmers like how it wash chlorine out… but i am not sure that price justifies it.
Thank you, Rose. I will take a look at it if there are many people interested in it. Have you used on your hair? What do you think? ~Irina
I used it since October and really like it. simple one step and leaves hair clean and feeling great. I have tried Hairprint chelating shampoo for last 2 washes as I do use their hairprint and need to prepare the hair. As per your suggestion i also bought other types to try.. so far i really feel the difference in hair and washing quality with New wash winning by performance, but loosing by price.
I’m curious to know about new wash too!
Hi, Sharon! Do you use it? What do you like about it? ~Irina
I do use it and like it. even though it’s not the most non-toxic option out there. I have thick curly hair and need a conditioner (which this basically is) that is really moisturizing and emollient to cut through my tangles. Even though there are some ingredients that I don’t love, from my email exchanges with the company, I know that it is at least paraben and phthalate free, but I’d love your thoughts on the ingredients as well. Thanks Irina for all that you do!
Hi Irina, I would definitely like to hear about how you got a handle on your hair thinning/falling out??
As goes for shampoos I use Aubrey Organics Green tea shampoo, especially in the summer because Green tea is naturally sun protective…. I HOPE that their ingredients are OK!!! Do you know?
Thank you, Helga. I did look into Aubrey shampoo a few years ago. I would have to go back and research them again before I comment. Have you seen the tables that I offered to create do to deliver my research on shampoos? I discussed them here: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/2017-natural-shampoos-conditioners-guide/ ~Irina
Thank you for all you do!
My hair has been thinning for several years now. I am 52 and have very little hair on the top of my head. I used Minoxidil for several years and it did seem to help some. I stopped a year or so ago. I have had my thyroid panel done and it is normal (with some borderline normal results). I am on Estrogen and progesterone HRT and have taken vitamins for years. My iron level is normal. I was told by my hairdresser that Nioxin has helped to grow hair in some of her clients. I am currently using Everyday Shea Shampoo by Alaffia. My dermatologist has not helped. I feel desperate. Did you really notice new hair growth using Hairprint shampoo?
Thank you, Margaret. I am sorry to hear about your difficulties. I will be working on that blog post as soon as I can. ~Irina
Margaret, your ‘normal’ thyroid results most likely weren’t optimal, you may have to do some research for that – optimal vs. normal. A lot of people are in hypofunction while their doctor glances at the results and states that everything is fine. Also you don’t need that much iron, you need ferritin tested, and it should be around 40-50.
Thanks for the interesting article.
I was curious about how you solved your hair thinning problem too. Was it to do with a thyroid problem?
Excellent information from your research. Thank you very much. My hair has been dropping out like crazy from the roots, so I’m searching for solutions. There are lots of “success stories and photos” on the Monat website. Very tempting, but expensive. Is there a safe shampoo/conditioner that is known to help with hair growth, one that people brag about? Looking forward to more of this as I get to know your web site.
Hi, Theresa: I do not believe there is a shampoo/conditioner that can prevent hair loss. You would need massaging something into scalp for a longer period of time and probably a few times day. Even with medicated treatments, I hear people get only a temporary relief. I suggest looking into the root cause of your hair loss. With this said, if you are looking for a shampoo/conditioner/treatment for hair loss without concerning ingredients, you can check out the Intelligent Nutrient system for thinning hair. Let me know how you like it, if you try it. Thanks! ~Irina
Just curious why you didn’t cover the ingredient Acetyle Tetrapedptide-3 which is the ingredient in the shampoos and conditioners that has studies in the hair care industry that result in hair growth? It’s included in the diary of Monat hair ingredients, but it was not created by them. They took this ingredient and added it to their formulas for hair growth after researching the ingredients on the market. Studies done by Lucas Meyer Cosmetics and there are other companies using this ingredient with their formulations for hair growth as well.
I also wanted to point out that Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer and Sodium Hydroxypropylphosphate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer are BOTH SURFACTANTS which means they ingredients that are used to remove and cleanse the hair not coat it.
Thank you for the pointing this out. I will correct that. Although they may still coat the hair because they are polymers, which normally refers to plastic or large molecules. Thanks. ~Irina
Hi, Lia: The reason I did not cover Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 is that I had not found any independent studies that it actually works. Are you a Monat’s sales rep? ~Irina
My personal experience using monat products at a party a friend of mine was throwing was the next morning when my scalp was burning. I looked up reviews and immediately washed my hair out. It hurt just to gently touch my hair. Never had that happen with any shampoos even more natural ones.
Did you read the studies by Lucas Meyers? Or this one http://geosmatic.com/ProductClinicalReferences/A_PRP_ANewStrategyToModulateAlopeciaUsingACombination.pdf
Its actually an ingredient that’s being used as an alternative to the chemical based hair growth products in European countries and studies. So it’s interesting that MONAT is the only one getting noted for it here in the states.
I am a rep with the company and as such have spent my time looking into ingredients, benefits, downsides, etc especially in the curly world.
I also find it a bit miss leading to mention that there are a LOT of ingredients when 1 of the clusters is actually the blend of oil signature product.
I’m glad you’ve taken the time to highlight some of the ingredients, since a lot of people aren’t even that aware of what they are using but at the same time it is important to walk objectively through label reading, if that is what we are doing right?
Lol. Of course, objectively. I could have paid commissions just like you to recommend the Monat shampoo. I do not have any inferior motives to highlight its ingredients. Lucas Meyers study you keep linking to is not an independent study so I am still looking for any independent studies. Here is a question for you. If this ingredient truly works and stops hair loss, why don’t other shampoo companies use it in their shampoos? ~Irina
There is actually other companies that use Capixyl, the active ingredient you are talking about….http://hairmomentum.com/hair-loss-capixyl/
Lia, I need to get in touch with you. I am trying to research each ingredient and it is exhausting. It sounds like you have already done a lot of that. Will you message me at [email protected]?
Please get in touch with me as well! I have some questions I want to ask you about MONAT. Please email me at [email protected] so I can get your email as well 🙂
what is the green and yellow highlights mean?
Hi, Beckie: Thank you for asking. Green is good, yellow is some concerns. ~Irina
Thanks for your informative review. I used monat for months, what a huge mistake, my hair is ruined.
That stinks you didn’t get the results you wanted. I have been using Monat for months, my hair has NEVER been better and absolutely love the results I’m having. My hair is softer, shinier, doesn’t take as long to blow dry, straighten or curl.
Sarah – I agree. I also love the Monat products that I have tried. My hair is so soft and shiny. It works well on my hair when I blow it straight and when I leave it curly. The concerns raised by Irina are mostly about allergies and, since I’ve been using it for over a year and haven’t had any allergic reactions, I’m not worried about allergies. However, after I’m finished what I have, I may take a stint trying other, more natural brands to see if I can get the same results.
Susan – what Irina is talking about is not allergies. There are some very harsh ingredients in Monat’s products. An allergic reaction on the skin would be a rash or hives, what I had after one week’s use on my healthy, virgin hair was chemical burns, thinning, breakage and bald spots…that is NOT allergies. And no, it’s not from any health conditions or medications…my blood work four days prior to use was perfect! There are 13 class action lawsuits against Monat because of the damage their products have done to thousands and thousands of people. I am glad you haven’t experienced such adverse reactions from the products and I hope you don’t start to, but please don’t discredit those reactions that many, including myself, have experienced.
I’m curious Nancy, how many times do you wash your hair in one week? I honestly can’t imagine needing to wash it more than 2-3 times and developing bald spots from 2-3 uses sounds completely dramatic.
Courtney – “Completely dramatic” Really?? This was not after 2-3 washes, but what does that matter? Many people involved in the class action lawsuits do report issues after a single use. I wash my hair daily, every morning when I shower and I always have (I am 53 now). I used shampoo and conditioner samples given to me by a friend who was selling it. It was a leave in conditioner and she instructed me to rinse it out when I used it, so I did (and I did not use that everyday because I do not need daily conditioning). She kept telling me to take before pictures and thank goodness I did, because there is my proof! I also have pics at later dates showing the increased progression of damage. The damage doesn’t end with use, it lingers and progresses. It is hard to get that crap out of your hair! Not only did it cause those issues I listed and reported, it then made my hair super greasy, it was gross. Three of my doctors confirmed it was the products and no other causes. My hair is pretty short and it was VERY healthy prior to Monat. My hair has never been bleached, colored or processed, I never use a curling iron or straightener and rarely even use a blow dryer. So, no need for you to be so flippant about my honest claims, you obviously are a Monat sales agent as reflected in your lack of empathy for a victim of Monat!
I’m interested in knowing how you solved your problem of thinning hair. Thank you!
I’m interested too! I recently started taking collagen. Please let me know:)
Thank you for letting me know, Jenny. ~Irina
Can u tell me – does the Monat shampoo and conditioner take the dye (colour) out af a persons hair – since I’ve been using the product my colour doesn’t seem to last at all. Also after 6.5 months my hair seems to be tho Ming out again on the top of my head – – damn!!!
Monat doesnt remove color from the hair but it removes product buildup and any other particles that attatch to your hair that color often attaches to. Kind of like clear tape thats covering your hand, if you put marker in the clear tape it looks like yoy colored your hand but when the tape is removed so is the color…this is whats happening with hair.
Chat with your market partner…there are many stylist who’ve covered this observation.
As for thining, there are a few things that could be involved here as well,normal hair shedding cycl, not properly runsing, if you’ve changed your shampoo of choice that can also make a difference.
Hi Myna: I do not have information as to whether Monat shampoo removes the color you use. ~Irina
Any shampoo that strips out minerals and etc is not color safe
I’ve been using MONAT for 8 months and to start out my hair was horrible but after 8 months of using MONAT my hair is like brand new like it was in my teens. Long thick and shiney. Never been happier with a product.
I know this may not be the proper place to ask this question…. but I am looking for a low toxin hair mousse that does not have alcohol in it. I bought a very expensive one from Intelligent Nutrients that was one of the best rated on EWG website but it has alcohol in it. My hair and scalp are already extremely dry so I don’t want to use it. Does anyone have any suggestions ?
I will keep an eye for a low toxin alcohol-free hair mousse for you, too. Let us know if you find one, too. Thank you, Margaret! ~Irina
My hair is curly and i to use moose all the time for my curls but it would dry my hair out a lot. All those chemicals. So I started using flax seed gel. I make it myself. Even though my hair is thinning out due to hormones, (that I gotta take care of) I have NO split ends, and my hair is shiny and soft. Now that is a natural hair product. You only need flaxseeds and water. I buy organic flaxseeds.
All you do is boil it till you reach a feel like consistency, strain it and use once it’s cooled down. You can keep the rest in the fridge for about a week before it goes bad. I’ve been using this for over 10 years.
Thank you Irina!!!!!! I truly appreciate it. Merry Christmas🎄
Yes, I added this link a few days earlier. There are so many complaints about people losing hair and unable to cancel their Monat subscriptions. ~Irina
I am interested in knowing how you fixed your hair thinking problem as well!! I’m not even 30 yet and have been losing more and more hair as time goes on. I cannot even run my fingers through my hair anymore without my hand being full of stray hairs by the time I get to the ends of my hair. I have a very limited income so I don’t have the “extra” money available to spend on pricey products so unfortunately I have not tried anything for the problem but have tried to do tons of research so I could find a solution but (I probably wasn’t putting in the right keywords in Google search or something because) I wasn’t able to find very much information towards the subject. Thank u so much for ur help!!£
Hi, Jill: I totally get it. I do not have money to spend on expensive products either. I am so sorry to hear about your hair loss. You are too young for that! I will do my best to write a post about hair color this month. Please make sure that you are subscribed to my blog to receive my Wednesday’s email: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/subscribe/. Have you checked your thyroid as hypothyroidism can be one of the reasons for hair loss? Please keep in touch! ~Irina
Hi, My hair is thinning especially on top,I have a thyroid problem and am taking Levothyroxine 0.088mg I also color my hair= could this be part of the problem? I would be very interested in how you solved your hair thinning problem. Thanks
Hi Ruby, hypothyroidism and using chemical hair colors could be definitely part of the problem. Thank you for your comment. I will be working on the post soon. ~Irina
Hi! Please look into using Armour thyroid instead of synthetic thyroid. I was a mess on levothroid and synthesis I started armour 5 years ago and I feel n look much better. I have found that men do better on synthetics. My father and son both have hashis as well.
Thank you Irina! I almost got sold- and I’m a hairstylist! I do have many clients with thinning hair. Ill check out the brands you suggested above. I have always told me clients that hair loss cause comes from within the body, and the only fda approved topical ingredient is monoxidil, which I don’t reccommend. Is that correct?
I know, marketing has a power of persuasion. Yes, we should look into the causes of hair loss and treat those. You are right about minoxidil. Saw Palmetto might have some mild properties to inhibit DHT. ~Irina
Hi, I would love to know more about the hair thinning problem/solution.
Thank you for letting me know. I will be writing about that soon. Please make sure you are signed up to receive my Wednesday’s email. https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/subscribe/ ~Irina
Thank you for this post. I’m a hairstylist and I have been getting pressure to buy into Monat. I don’t trust MLM’s and so I have been looking for some honest reviews on it. I feel like this was a very honest non biased review and it gives me some information that I can use against the people pressuring me. Thank you!
Would any of these ingredients affect your liver or vitamin D levels?
I have been researching this brand extensively, and am wondering about Capixyl. I am being told by reps that this ingredient blocks DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is what stops hair loss/thinning. When I dug into it, I learned that what it’s really doing is inhibiting 5-alpha-reductase, which forms DHT. When I dug into what 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors do, and the potential side effects, I am wondering – is this product essentially a hormone blocker? If so, I would think it would be a poor choice for men, women who are estrogen-dominant, or pregnant women. The other thing I have learned is that when you stop using this ingredient your hair goes back to the way it was. I am not a scientist or a researcher, just someone who tries hard to buy safe products, which is why I am posting here, hoping to get your opinion on this. thank you.
Hi Irina, What shampoo do you recommend for those with sensitive scalps? Do you have a list of shampoos without the 2 allergens as mentioned above?
Hi, Kate: you might want to check out these shampoos: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/2017-natural-shampoos-conditioners-guide/ Let me know what you think. ~Irina
Went to the doctor yesterday for what I thought was pink eye and blistering itchy hives all over my scalp, forehead, and left eye and my eyeball is red (where I sweep my bangs over). Doctor asked me what shampoo I used. Monat I answered. She said I am her second patient that has come in to see her with this. I told her I have been using Monat for years. The other patient had too. For the other patient they tried everything to stop the blistering hives, all kinds of treatments for weeks. Nothing worked until they troubleshooted different products she used. When she stopped using Monat, her hives stopped. I really loved Monat until this happened.
If there was a way I could upload a picture I would.
I have been using Monat Shampoo for 3 months. The first month, I used Revive and I liked it for the first couple weeks and then my head started itching and I had a patch under my left eyebrow. So I called Monat and the rep suggested trying the Renew Shampoo so I tried that and used it for a month and then developed more itching, dandruff and red patches. I talked to my market partner and she said , “what color is the shampoo, clear or white?” I said, the first one was clear and the current one is white. She says, “that’s the problem, call Monat” I emailed them and with no questions asked they sent me a new shampoo and masque for my hair. I went back to using Revive and then realized I must be allergic because I was miserable with itching and burning scalp and a rash to my chest, neck and arms. I stopped using it all together and am feeling betrer. I too am disappointed because I liked the shampoo in the beginning and now I’m out $300 and have all of this product that I can’t use. 🙁
Thank you so much for sharing this, Robin! ~Irina
I’ve been using Monat for over a year and have loved it until a few weeks ago. My scalp suddenly started itching like crazy and now have a few sores started from scratching also my back keeps getting a rash for a couple of months now and I’m now thinking it could be from the Monat products. This morning I used another brand shampoo and conditioner it is still itching and hurts in spots but no ways as bad as before. I am going to discontinue use and hope it clears up. Disappointed also because I loved the product and my hair was looking better.
I found this website when googling “I am allergic to Monat”. I had been using it for 6 months and loved. And I developed an itchy scalp all the time, which turned to dandruff. I thought it was in relation to some stress I was going through in life. It eventually turned to blistering sores. It was embarrassing to be itching in public all the time, and gross to have those sores on my scalp. It took almost 3 months to heal (without treatment from a doctor or anything, I thought it was stress related). So I went back to using the Monat products. Two days back to using Monat and my face and scalp itched like crazy, so I stopped using and am still waiting for my scalp to heal again. I’m sorry others have had a reaction too, but glad to know I’m not alone. Reading the description about the allergens and how they aggravate after repeated contact with the allergen explained my situation perfectly.
Are the ingredients underlined in colors that coordinate with the EWG database?
Hi, Jessica: I am not certain what you mean. The post discusses the ingredients and cross-indexes them with the EWG Skin Deep database. Please see the post for further clarification. The colors are simply a visual shorthand for those ingredients that are, in my opinion, safe, of some concern, and of great concern. ~Irina
That answers my question perfectly thank you! I just noticed on EWG that some of the ingredients underlined in red were actually green. Or vice versa so I was wondering why – but I see it’s your opinion not a direct link to what they say! Was just curious thanks.
Keep in mind that if a chemical has no safety data, it is rated 1 and appears green in the EWG database. ~Irina
Yep I know that. But no safety data doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad either. There are so many things to be considered when weighing whether something is safe or not. Concentration, amount, form, type of exposure etc. I’ve done some very thorough research on most of the ingredients in this list as well.
Yes, you are absolutely right. Wow, you have been doing very thorough research. Another thing I consider when an ingredient is not so good if there are better alternatives available. ~Irina
Hello, I had a horrible experience with Tints of Nature Hair Colour. I have used over the counter dyes for over 15 years and never had a reaction. I thought this was organic and I bought it on a whim in the local health food store believing it was this premium product and why not ” I work hard I’m worth it attitude. I used it once October 2016, had a little tingle but thought nothing of it as they use different oils and thought maybe rosemary or peppermint. I used again January 2017 and did not have any indication of any sort of reaction or problem. Life as usual. I had never heard of hair dye reactions before this. Within approximately 2 weeks I became deathly ill with severe flu like symptoms, went to my doctor was prescribed antibiotics and sent home. Within the next week my head was on fire and my hair started coming out in chunks. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was going on and frantically ran from doctor to doctor, back and forth from health food store to health food store looking for relief and answers. No one had any. It was a total nightmare and by the end of 8 weeks I had lost most of my hair and was in excruciating pain. The hair kept falling out for over 5 months. My body went into total shock, I think I was walking dead. My eyes even had lightning bolts, vision blurred, ringing ears, fever, sweats and my head was zinging. Even the hair stopped growing on my body. After many emails to Organic Colouring Systems and many doctor visits who kept sending me home I finally got a reply from Tints of Nature and the director scheduled a call with me. He offered The REP Hair Follicle strengthening System Free to grow my hair back. I was almost bald and had sent them many photo’s over the months. I tried it for 3 months , a strict regiment, everyday with hopes my hair would sprout and follicles would produce. Long story short it’s now been 13 months and I still have a sore scalp and my hair is damaged and so very very thin. I have had months of steroid injections and now I finally gave in to Minoxidil. I am scared to death but doctors are so in tier own world and really have no clue how bad this effected my health. One trip to Vitamin cottage changed my life. I use to use chopsticks on top of my head and now I use a little baby clip. I wonder if the Red Clove or Capixl had anything to do with it not growing and continued hair loss? There is a lot of talk about the ingredients in Monet and I find them similar. I would share photo’s as it was horrifying…especially not having a clue to what was going on. The last Doctor said I would have never reacted to a 24 hour patch test because my reaction was delayed by weeks. He said there must have been high amounts of PPD or another chemical that cause such damage. I am sick over this and now worried about this product I was lead to believe would heal me and grow my hair, so being trustworthy I tried it. Do you know if they are the same ingredients Monet and REP-HAIR? I can’t figure out why I still suffer and have grass hair.
Hi, Loriann: I am so sorry to hear that. There are a few Monat sale reps on this forum and they will probably tell go ahead and use their Monat products. I highly recommend avoiding them or any other shampoo/conditioners with ingredients that potentially may cause an allergic reaction, at least for now, at least until you do a test and find out what chemicals you are allergic to. I highly recommend to use as little as possible on your scalp and let it heal. Even something benign can make it worse. I know some people are even allergic to coconut oil. In my opinion, there are no miracle topical products that grow hair. You need to work with your doctor to heal your immune system and take some vitamins/supplements that strengthen your hair growth from within. Let me know if you have any questions. ~irina
Hi and thank you so much for this review! I have always had curly hair and over the last year It has turned very straight , I’ve read that your hair texture changes over the years but I was wondering if you had a recommendation for a shampoo that’s comparable or I guess I should say better than Monet products , ive never tried Monet because I feel that its overpriced but would love to find a natural product that could bring my curl back . Thanks so much in advance 🙂 Maggie
Hi, Maggie: too many ingredients that coat the hair can weigh down the hair. You can look through this guide: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/2017-natural-shampoos-conditioners-guide/ for a shampoo with a minimum amount of coating ingredients, just enough to prevent frizz and static. The last shampoo has been very popular with people with curly hair. Let me know what you think. ~Irina
I wish I would have found your article sooner. I used Monat for 6 weeks. I’m sure it works for some people, but it only made my hair look stringy, my scalp itched all the time and my hair would fall out in clumps. I quit using it 4 days ago and wouldn’t you know it, my hair stopped falling out… weird coincidence? Either way, I’m done with their products.
Is the Revive the only Monat shampoo with the harmful ingredient? I had been using the IRT shampoo for several months along with the Smoothing shampoo (which is not in their regular line) and never had a problem. I started using the Revive shampoo several weeks ago and my scalp has started itching over the past two weeks. Does Monat’s other shampoos have the same ingredients that cause this itching and hair loss?
I have lost over half of my hair ….my head burns all the time with small periods of relief ? I stopped using this product 7-8 weeks ago and only used 6 times …My hair continues to fall out …Nothing is helping …This is new information for me .I hope I can find an answer before I am completely bald .Thank you .Thank you a thousand times !!!!
Thank you for all answering my worries so clearly. I was asked to try this ‘natural’ product and, while it seemed very nice, I found the list of ingredients impossible to understand. I can now see why it rang alarm bells. I am VERY anti palm oil products and do not think my hair condition is worth the life of an orangutan.
I have thinning hair due to thyroid issues. I have found that using a natural shampoo and conditioner that gets and keeps your scalp healthy will help to regenerate growth because your hair follicles are not plugged up from different products. I use 100% Pure Honey & Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner and have noticed new growth. My scalp no longer is itchy and my hair is soft and shiny. The health of your scalp can make a huge difference.
Irina Great article review, thanks. Yes, I’m a little bias since I use Monat and it works really well for my hair, but I think it’s a little unfair to call out the price when it should be compared to other salon level products. I used to use “all natural brand” Oribe commonly found at salons near me which was almost $50 for the same size bottle.
Let me start off by saying, I used the products for a year and did enjoy how my hair responded. However, do to the overpricing of each product- I decided to cancel my VIP membership. When I could not find the “disenroll” option on my page, I emailed support. This is where I choose to NEVER speak highly of Monat and will never consider becoming a member in the future. I was told in order to cancel my membership I will need to pay a $19 or $25 CANCELLATION fee. This is due to not having 3 flex shipments of $84 each. Now, let me put this into perspective for you. In my year with Monat, I spent a total of $406.81. The total with 3 shipments of only $84 is $252. Since I had one shipment that was only $77.40 and the others only $64 (with my initial order being $109) I do not qualify and MUST pay this cancellation fee. Beware, this company is a money scam! The products are NOT worth the price and the company has added ADDITIONAL costs since I joined. Save yourself the trouble and order from respectable companies who are honest, have great products and require NO membership or hidden cancellation fees.
I got sucker into being a Market Partner (MP) for monat without even trying to products, its seemed to make more sense to be somehow.. with signing up with the VIP i was going to end up spending the same amount as going into a MP within a year (refer to Kyrie post above and youll see the scam in the VIP/flexship)
you have 30 days to return the products for a full refund, so i went ahead they warn you of a detox and it should ‘only’ a week or so, I have always gotten my products from salons so ive always used quality hair products and MY GOD was it awful… I have full long hair, and it make it so sticky and frizzy and actually crunchy. I lost the natural waves in my hair whenever i was using it and it actually made my hair greasier and i had to wash it daily, i normally go 3-4 days without washing it prior… bottom line was i hate hate hated the products and its a huge scam.. I did get my money back however, but the customer service is awful and dont speak english
MP will tell you monat never lost a court case, HA dont let that fool you, they probably settle so they dont even have to go to court, they have an excelling PR/marketing team that hides their dirty work.
When I first tried this product I was told detox would be a month depending on how much build up needed to come out of your hair.. so you were misinformed about detox … secondly if you received your money back just as their guarantee states then it clearly isn’t a scam my friend… I’ve been a customer for over a year , no complaints ! I’ll keeping buying this product , even though it appears more pricy , just as the rep told me it does last a long time , my current bottle I’ve been using for 5 months. So actually cheaper then most brands. And from my understanding the way vip works is that you get a cheaper price by commiting to future orders, but it’s optional you can pay full retail price and not commit, which is what I initially did.
I’ll just say it out right. I’m a Monat Market Partner.
I really appreciate what you are doing on your website. I’m grateful for the factual parts in this post. I’m excited to look into those things more extensively myself to become more familiar with the ingredients that you define as toxic.
There are other things in this post that I’m having difficulty reconciling.
1. I don’t understand why you are going on and on about the price. I noticed that someone in the comments asked you for a recommendation for a product that grows hair. Your link took me directly to Amazon and the price of the 8oz bottle is $41. That’s more than the cost of Revive… I’m confused. Can you clarify?
2. “Long Ingredient List” – Did you make that comment because less ingredients is a sign of a healthier product? If so, I agree. Although, with Monat products 13 of the ingredients are the list of essential oils that make up Rejuvenique Oil. Maybe it would behoove Monat to qualify that in the ingredients by writing Rejuvenique Oil with the 13 oils in parentheses? Would that make the ingredients easier to understand?
3. Monat prelaunched in the UK in February. None of Monat’s products were reformulated to meet European standards. This a should answer the Benzyl Alcohol question. Revive contains 1% or less of that ingredient.
4. I agree that the fragrance ingredient is a problem but not all Monat products contain fragrance. I’m curious, have you called Monat to ask for the fragrance ingredients?
5. Would you be willing to respond with a list of companies you earn commissions from?
6. Rejuvenique Oil – there a few rare essential oils in this mix a couple of them are ancient and do themselves aid in hair regrowth and one helps anchor the hair more firmly into the hair follicle. A couple of the oils cause the new hairs to regrow thicker. They don’t thicken the hair that’s already grown and on the head.
7. When someone asked about Miloxidyl in the comments why didn’t you immediately explain that it’s a pharmacudical drug? It’s incredibly toxic. This is the active ingredient in Nioxin, yet you did not hit this ingredient or product with such vim and vigor that you hit Monat.
8. The reason the comments and reviews were removed from the BBB website was because a federal court in Florida ruled the ones removed to be fallacious or fictitious.
I have more things that I want to understand where you were coming from but am going to leave at this because it’s 2am and I’m tired. 😉
Hi, Leah! Here is where I am coming from. I was contacted by Monat and was informed that their market partners are paid 30% commissions, and I could be one of them. I looked at the ingredients and decided that their products do not adhere to my standards; thus, I decided to forgo the potential income. Then, many of blog readers and clients asked what I thought about Monat; hence, I wrote this post to help them make informed decisions. In a meantime, I like and recommend other shampoos/conditioners and some of them such as Body Deli do not pay me any commissions. I know that people driven by money may have a hard time understanding this, and they may continue wasting their time looking for my ulterior motive, which does not exist. The truth is simple I am honest and I have my standards. You might be interested in learning about my standards here: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/preservatives-your-superpower-to-read-labels/ And yes, I agree with you that benzyl alcohol is far from the worst preservatives. I call it a middle of the road preservative. In my opinion, no shampoo or conditioner can either stop hair loss or promote hair growth. They are rinse-off products, after all. Could you send me a link to the federal court ruling you mentioned? While searching for it, I found that on February 20, 2018 a class action lawsuit against Monat was filed and you can read it here:
https://45ijagbx6du4albwj3e23cj1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/monat-class-action-lawsuit.pdf I genuinely believe that you should figure some other way to make a living. There are a lot of other direct marketing companies that you can partner with. ~Irina
I am a market partner of Monat. You give some great points about Monat. 🙂
I personally love the products and have had great success with them.
Irina, I agree that shampoos and conditioners seem very unlikely to grow new hair. But I have found something that has made a big difference in my hair. I started taking Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate for my bones and found that a bonus is that my hair is growing very fast with new growth sprouting all over my head as well as my nails are growing much faster as well. While my bone health is still my biggest concern, having some new hair growth is a true bonus. Obviously feeding from the inside makes a difference.
My name is Jen and I am a market partner of Monat. I have been a hairstylist for almost 20 years. I am an 18 month long user of Monat and the Revive Shampoo. The shampoo has given me hair growth (noticed when a co-worker did my hair about 2.5 months after using the product—and she is NOT a Monat user or believer). The products give me such volume—-unlike anything else I have ever used before. Everyone wants to trash Monat. Fine, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, have you ever really looked at other shampoos? Keep in mind, I have not used off the shelf pharmacy shampoos in over 20 years. Also, many “professional” brands are now being sold off the shelf in the pharmacy (and some are not the real thing). So, no matter what you are using, be aware. Read labels. Be very cautious if you see your Biolage, Kenra, Sebastian, Redken, or other professional product, somewhere being sold other than a reputable salon. Sometimes that isn’t what it seems.
You also mentioned the expense of Monat. I have had my conditioner of almost an entire year and I wash my hair almost everyday. In 18 months, I am only on my 4th bottle of shampoo. The shampoo is so concentrated that very little is needed. I was never, before Monat, able to use conditioner in my hair. My hair is so fine that any conditioner would flatten my hair and I had to work hard at making it look full.
That is my experience. I use the products in the salon too because I love the way they perform and make the hair feel.
Thank you for your time and I hope you respect my opinion as I have respected yours.
I had recently a similar experience to a few previous readers.
Three women in my family are Monat MPs so obviously I tried the product. I started off with Revive Shampoo and conditioner. Initially, I liked it a lot. My hair felt nice after and did seem to have some additional volume to it.
After several months (I was into my 2nd bottle; wash every other day or so) my scalp began to itch intensely. I’ve never had dry/itchy scalp or dandruff in my life. I developed a small sore on my hairline near my part. When I would scratch my scalp, product built up under my nails. Ew!!! After several days of this not going away, I stopped using the shampoo and went back to an old shampoo I had. The itching stopped.
I decided to give Monat a second chance and ordered the Smoothing shampoo instead of Revive. This didn’t make my scalp itch as much as the Revive, but it still itched to the point where I stopped using it and went back to my old shampoo. I used my old shampoo for 2 weeks and my scalp felt like normal. I didn’t have the volume like I did with Monat, but at least my scalp wasn’t itching and sore.
Not to give up, one of my family member MPs gave me the junior line to try– it’s approved for child use, so it must be gentle, right? I just finished my second day of use and my scalp itched just as badly as it did when I used the Revive shampoo! I found a small sore on my hairline again, near my part. I will not be using ANY Monat shampoo again. I admit I am bummed because I really wanted to like the stuff.
I have no idea what’s causing the itching (I’ve tried THREE Monat shampoos now). I’m glad I did not have severe sores and hair loss like some people experience, but it’s enough for me to discontinue use. My family members do not seem to have issues with it, just me. I’d like to know if/what allergen it is so I don’t buy a shampoo with the ingredient in it.
Hi, Jill: thank you for sharing your experience. It must be not easy to go against what your family believes in. ~Irina
Monat isn’t for everyone. Definitely stop using it.
My husband developed an allergic about 8 months ago. He stopped using Monat and other hygiene products. The allergy didn’t go away, even after two weeks of no Monat. He has an appointment with the allergist soon. He started using the Monat again. I developed allergies in my late 30s. We can develop allergies to all kinds of things…using a product or eating something one week and be allergic to it a month later.
I work with 2 women that sell Monet out of the salon, my boss doesn’t believe in the products and wants them to stop. We have a few clients including the manicurist and myself that are experiencing hair loss. She is upset cause this is going on in her salon. I feel the representatives are either brainwashed cause they prompted with come backs when the product is challenged or the money is so good they are willing to lie about it. I have disconnected use and hopefully my hair starts to grow back.
So I used Monat for a few months and my hair grew super fast and it felt and looked amazing, so I signed up to sell it and so did my sister. Once we got our hands on some bottles and started looking up the ingredients because we are picky about chemicals we use, my sister said the main ingredient is formaldehyde, do you know if this is true? Also Dr. Jennifer Daniels says you can use Fo-ti and small willow root for thinning hair and in about 3 weeks you will see a difference.
Hi, Kerri: I did not see formaldehyde in the Monat shampoos. ~Irina
Most shampoos out there are junk. My personal experience with Monat was me trying to be supportive of a a cousin who’s only goal was to sell this chemical laden product. So I purchased it for my already full and healthy hair, but here we go, my review. The Revive and Renew all smelled like cheap heavy, heavy perfume that lead to constant headaches. At first my hair was shiny (a few days) and appeared lengthy but my soft wavy hair quickly became coarse and very dry. I had breakouts all on my scalp and and neck and my hormones were out of wack for the 3 months I used this shampoo. I tried the Peppermint smelling one since I could handle the scent a little better and felt like my skin on my hands were stripped, scalp itchy, dry and headaches. I have a healthy diet and choose very clean skincare, trying Monat was a breach of the normal. This was a year ago and there was nowhere on the internet that supported any adverse reactions, which I thought was weird since it is obviously cheap garbage with a fancy price tag. The Monat sellers know the in’s and out’s of this ” Wonder Product,” but they know zilch about health except by other means of companies just like theirs ” Some natural ingredients + cheap crappy ingredients = The new acceptable mainstream natural. Sorry no, but I am sure they have enough people buying this junk. Thanks for the post for the Mary Kay of Shampoo.
Thank you for this review Irina. I wish I had seen it prior to my using Monat. A close friend started selling it so I tried some samples. I did not need any “help” for my virgin hair, I only used it to support her. My hair was in great condition, never colored, bleached, treated, nothing, I rarely even used a blow dryer on it! I used Revive Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner (was instructed to rinse it out) for ONE WEEK. First I developed a rash so I stopped immediately, then I got chemical burns, breakage, thinning and bald spots. This was NOT an allergic reaction. I have had allergic reactions to topical products over the years and not one made my hair break off or fall out. This was not caused by any medication or medical conditions, as confirmed by my doctors and blood work coincidentally done four days prior to its use. It was the products, the only change I had made. Here I am six months after stopping Monat and my hair is still falling out. Saw my endocrinologist today and my thyroid levels are still great, nothing else is causing this. Monat came out with a report last week about how they were tested and proven to be hypoallergenic and non-irritating, to me this just proves the fact that their products contain harmful ingredients causing damage to so many people and they can no longer say you just had an allergic reaction to it. Nine class action lawsuits against them should tell you something about the safety of their products, that’s for sure!
Thank you so much, Nancy, for sharing your experience. I am so sorry to hear about your hair loss. What shampoo/conditioner do you use now? ~Irina
Thanks Irina! I am still searching for a decent product to help my scalp/hair recover. So far, I like Hair Food (the sulfate free and gluten free one).
You should really investigate better before writing reviews. First of all, if you haven’t seen a $30 bottle of shampoo, you aren’t qualified to review high end products. I have been selling products upwards of $100 per bottles for 18 years. Monat is superior, concentrated and well worth the price. Especially considering a bottle lasts generally 4 mos. Monat was passed by the EU with no formula changes, so if you had done proper research you could know for certain the percentage of benzyl alcohol is under 1%. Our fragrances are natural, and we use no petrols, in addition to a list of other ingredients Monat does not use in their dedicated facilities. I could tear this article to pieces. Your review is opinion only-you have done no research on Monat the company. They take so many steps like using purified water, they do not boil their products to preserve potency, they source sustainably and are a very ethical, conscientious company.
Hi, Jaime: I sense that you are very angry and frustrated. I know you are NOT looking for advice. All I can hope for is one day you will wake from the spell of Monat and align yourself with a direct marketing business that is less controversial and does not have numerous lawsuits and BBB complaints. You can make money and feel good about it. ~Irina
My goodness. My hairdresser who is an MP has said she has had more than one person who had allergic reactions to this product and told them immediately to stop using the products. This is obviously not for everyone and people should be alerted to that possibility. The good news is that my scalp has finally started healing and I am beginning to see some new growth after many months after stopping Monat. Quit yelling at us.
Having read this I thought it was really enlightening. I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put this article together.
I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and
posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it!
I just found your article online and it was quite informative. My scalp had become insanely itchy about 2 months ago and I had been using the Monat products for about 6 months, so I really didn’t think that it was from that. I stopped using the product for a month and then tried it and after one use my itchy scalp returned, so it was incredibly helpful and informative to read that it’s possible that there can be a reaction over time. I did contact the company and they are willing to credit my account after I return the product.
Monat is a nightmare.
The shampoo and conditioner produced sores on my scalp and other skin it touched. My friend called her up line who said it was the peppermint oil. (I’ve never had a reaction to any oil, including peppermint). Though Monat states they offer a money back guarantee for 30 days, and I notified the seller on day 29, they claim a form was not filed, so no refund.
Here’s the really good part though, when I posted a review about sores, they suggested a contact them so they could make it right. This sounded good. Instead of making it right, they tried to sell me more products and then notified me they were sending about $100.00 worth of stuff and charging my credit card.
Stay away from these people. They are dishonest any way you look at them.
I discovered your site because a friend has been promoting Monat and I was curious about the shampoo ingredients. Thank you for the education!! I too have lost hair on the top of my head (I’m black and my hair looks sort of like George Jefferson from the show “The Jeffersons”) and have been wearing weaves & wigs since 2002. Last year, Jan 2018, I finally said enough, there is no magic pill to rid me of this and it’s time to go natural. Saying that, I now make my own shampoo using coconut milk and Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap, use Apple cider vinegar as my conditioning rinse and 2x a day spray a mixture of the following in my hair: spring water used to soak fenugreek seeds, fresh aloe vera, vegetable glycerine and rosemary essential oil. This has stopped the hair breakage and slowly (very, very slowly) my hair is growing in.
To everyone I say cut the cord to big business regarding your personal hygiene and go back to nature. It really isn’t that hard.
Thank you, Marion, for letting us know. I am so glad that you found a safe solution that works for you! Good job! I hope you had a good weekend! ~Irina
Ever since December 2017, when I started Monat, my scalp started to chunk off in pieces. More hair has fallen out after a year. They have added hazardous ingredients since starting the business in 2014. The FDA has said awful stuff on their report for Monat Factories. Filthy, Dirty, Letting Rejuvabeads and Shampoo sit uncovered overnight in a huge metal container. They do not clean the nozzles in between filling bottles, so, basically shampoo could be in your rejuvabeads and vice versa.
A SED has been threatening to many MP’s under her on her page. Lying about being on S3 supplements by Monat for 3 weeks and showed difference of pictures and before picture was from way over a year ago and deleted it. She has personally attacked me and others via email….bullying. She’s making people sign up for pro back office or you’re booted from her page. If you aren’t selling on her terms, not Monat’s terms, she threatens you and then boots you off the site. Also, her and several other SED’s are flaunting their expensive purchases and doing video hauls of their purchases. Monat had notice of this and never gotten taken care of and deleted off my account the 4 hour phone call. Compliance never gets back to you via email. Now, their dry shampoo actually has changed ingredient and says flammable on bottle, and they say it’s not flammable. They are greedy, don’t make the products with any quality, source their products from cheap areas of the world, and don’t practice what they say. Also, got email saying that MP’s wanted the annual renewal rate to go up to 30 bucks more per month. Where did this come from? They never surveyed us nor asked us nor let us know. The extra money goes towards SED’s coming down to Miami and staying at 500 plus per night resorts on the beach, getting extra behind he scene bonuses, and first class….they say they make decisions for the company. Apparently, one director revealed that they made decision so they can take Directors Retreats to Baha Mar in the Bahamas and for their incentives. That is extremely disturbing. A lot have decided not to renew and selling their extra products through Facebook pages and other places. They are not number 1 haircare company, like they say. BBB has rating as the worst they can get and so many complaints. Customer service is a joke. Also, we have been over taxed and people noticing, and State of FL will be getting all these invoices anonymously and they will be caught and exposed via the news on TV. They have become overly greedy and cheating, taking short cuts, saying stuff that isn’t true. Their warehouse is extremely hot inside and don’t keep track of products and how old they are. They can’t even tell you by the lot number when that product was manufactured. They say 2 years shelf life unopened (could have been sitting in hot warehouse for a yr or already 2) and after opened 1 yr. They say they have scientists that test each batch and are all small batches. The FDA stated large batches. Also, each batch not tested. Also, Monat stated that their scientists have over 50 years of experience. That means they are in late 70’s/early 80’s. They also put out a video saying all lawsuits against them (3) which is really (11) were settled and they won. They have not been settled and proof all over with each law firm. The judges keep changing because Monat is trying to hush it with bribing the courts and judge. They will not be around for that long. Independent dermatologists are as of now testing their products from a third party. Bacteria growth has been found in new opened bottles. There are a lot more plant based companies that sell better shampoo straight from their website. They tell you exactly all what’s in it and explain each ingredient, they are rated A on EWG, and disclose parfume/fragrance. Monat won’t disclose that and can be any of 3,500 toxins that causes cancer, and infertility, and a whole bunch of other harmful issues to your body. Stay away from Monat and do your research. For the SED attacking people, this company won’t be around that much longer, I suggest you be true to yourself and others and stop lying and cheating. You need Jesus in your heart and life and you don’t by all your ethics and greedy and also attacking MP’s via email and that’s beyond bullying and a group of MP’s are pursuing to sue you. You know who you are. There is all the evidence the lawyer needs and it’s a lawyer you’d never be able to win with. Good luck!
I wish I could have read this before buying MONAT … I got this shampoo and I have been using it for two weeks – my head it’s so sensitive that hurts… I have scalp now and it is super itchy ! Horrible, I asked the girl who recommended me this products and told me it is part of the “detox” of my scalp and hair- seriously ? It hurts, I can nearly brush my hair.
Vivi, you have my empathy. So sorry you are login through this!
Stop using it immediately. Drink extra water to help your body detox. The scalp sores are from the shampoo, not because it is pulling toxins out of your scalp. I spoke with an experienced cosmetologist. She advised me that any hair product that makes the scalp hurt is too harsh for your skin.
Hoping you heal quickly.
I was just wondering what you thought about “Function of Beauty”? I’ve seen their shampoo and conditioner all over social media and everyone seems to love it! You take a little hair quiz and they create your very own set of hair care supplies that is supposed to target whatever your problem areas are (thinning hair, loss of shine, dry scalp, etc), but it seems too good to be true. I was just wondering if you’ve looked into this company and their ingredients and had any sort of opinion on weather or not they are safe to use? Thank you in advance!
Hmm… That’s an interesting concept… But at what point do I find out the ingredients? Do you know? ~Irina
I tried the sample sent to me and my scalp is tingling sore and sensitive! My hair itself is drier than ever! I am rehashing my hair in a few mins hoping it helps. I am floored people but this product and it’s expensive!!!
I have used the products for 2.5 years and my hair has never been better. If someone has a reaction it’s likely because they’re allergic to an ingredient and should stop use. Then they can use the 30 day money back guarantee and get their money back. I even use the kids shampoo on my new born from birth to 10 months old and all my kids. We use clean products and this one hasn’t had any adverse affects for us over the years.
You have to find what works for you and I have seen this product change so many people’s lives. From young women regrowing hair (like me) to post chemo patients, and much older adults getting their hair back. It’s the best thing I’ve tried (from main stream shampoo to all natural brands), but each person has to find what works for them.
Suzy, while I am happy you and your children have not had any adverse reactions, please do not discredit someone else’s bad experience with it. An allergic reaction to something is not going to cause chemical burns, breakage, thinning and bald spots. Three of my doctors (PCP, Dermatologist, Endocrinologist) confirmed that the unnatural ingredients in the products are what caused the damage to my healthy, virgin hair after only one week of use. Also, when someone reports an issue with the products, Monat’s sales agents push them to continue use, therefore bypassing the 30-day money back period.
Monat does not regrow hair, nor can you claim that it does as it is an FDA violation. Monat got in trouble for saying that, so they no longer make the false claim. It is one of the worst things a person going through chemo should use too as it contains phytoestrogens that are dangerous for those with hormonal cancers. I would like to point out that you are not supposed to use it on a baby either. Per Monat’s own website, the Jr line is safe for children ages three and over, I have seen horrific damage done from the Jr line on kids.
Tens of thousands of people in the 13 class action lawsuits can attest to the dangers of Monat’s products. Please use caution!
Dear Irina, I am one of those people who used Monat’s products happily for 3 months. With my next order, I experienced an immediate and severe allergic reaction and I don’t have allergies otherwise. My head is covered in red/blotchy scabby blisters, relentless itching, hives (not just on my head), severe dandruff and my hair is falling out at the follicle. I stopped using the product and took Benedryl. The Benedryl helped, but the reaction continues and the itching/burning/dandruff/scabbing is actually getting worse. I’m waiting for a call back from my doctor to see what can be done to save my scalp/hair. I’m furious and scared. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you for exposing Monat for the terrible product it is. Keep up the great work to help consumers know what they are being exposed to. I wish I had read this blog before I ordered the products. If I had, I never would have purchased it.
Hi, Judy: I’m sorry to hear about your hair loss. I hope you will be healed soon and grow back beautiful hair. Keep in touch. ~Irina
I refuse to use anything other than natural products. After engaging stylish looks using Gels et al, I found my hair moving and thinning, rapidly. I reverted to my ‘old poor days’ when I used coconut oil and I had hair that grew lavishly and lushly. Naturally, the process of recovery is slower and wont be the same as in my younger days but my hair looks healthier. I apply it in my sleeping hours.
Case in point, most hair attachments come from places where people use naturals and coconut oil is number1.
This is a really long article. My wife bought this hair treatment system and I’m laying beside her right now with my eyes burning from the perfume that’s listed in the ingredients in this “all natural fragrance free” product. I’m a naturopath and had to search through the list of toxins myself to prove to her that my retinas weren’t reacting to anything natural. Can you suggest a shampoo company that doesn’t mislead customers for the almighty dollar and aids in hair growth?
Hi, there! Thank you for reaching out to I Read Labels for You! Have you checked our website for safe shampoo options? You can do it here: https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/product-category/hair-care-hair-color/ In addition, we have Shampoo and Conditioner Rating List ebooks with about 100 names each that present a safety rating for shampoos and conditioners. We hope this helps!