About Follinique

If you’re thinning or balding, Follinique is a 2% minoxidil topical solution that claims to penetrate your scalp, stimulate and reactivate hair follicles, and even reverse the signs of hair loss. This way, the company promises you’ll be able to start regrowing thicker hair, maintain your hair’s elasticity, and “love your hair again.”

To accomplish this, we’re told you simply need to apply Follinique to your scalp twice daily as part of your regular regimen, and you could experience results in as little as 2 months.

Sure, these benefits sound great, but can you really expect all of this from Follinique? Is it really clinically proven? FDA approved? We’ll take a deep dive into Follinique’s claims here, all aimed at helping you become a professional shopper.

What Causes Hair Loss? Can It Be Reversed?

Although we can all feel self-conscious once we realize we’re losing our hair, the fact of the matter is that 85% of men will have “significantly thinning hair” by the age of 50, while 40% of women could experience something similar. In other words, if you’re losing your hair, one of the first things you should understand is that you’re not alone.

Another important fact to consider is that, while there can be dozens of causes of hair loss, including natural shedding, hormonal changes, grooming habits (such as wearing hair in a ponytail for too long, or damaging locks from styling treatments), stress, medications, and more. In the vast majority of cases though, hair loss is caused by a condition known as androgenetic alopecia.

Here, an androgen called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) “attacks” hair follicles and leads to increasingly short growth cycles. Eventually, the follicle stops producing hair altogether and enters a dormant stage.

Now, although the cause of most hair loss is fairly well understood, there are no permanent cures, and in most cases the condition is not reversible. What about Follinique’s claims to the contrary, though? Does the company provide any evidence to back them up?

What Ingredients Are Found In Follinique? Will They Regrow Hair?

There isn’t a product label shown on the Follinique website, and the only ingredient we’re told about is 2% minoxidil.

Minoxidil was originally developed in the 1950s and was FDA approved in 1979 to treat high blood pressure, since it acts as a vasodilator to widen blood vessels and improve circulation. However, researchers soon found that minoxidil also worked to regrow hair—although exactly how it accomplishes this, without blocking DHT, remains to be seen.

In general, minoxidil comes in 5% (men’s) and 2% (women’s) strengths in a variety of formats, including gels, foams, and liquid drops (Follinique appears to be the latter).

Important note: It needs to be emphasized here that only minoxidil is FDA approved; Follinique is not. Based on some of the wording on their website though, this might not always be clear. Take the picture below as an example:

Screenshot of Follinique's websiteIn one area, the company claims this graph represents minoxidil use, but in another, they claim it represents results achieved using Follinique. In either instance, only minoxidil is FDA approved, while no clinical evidence is available for Follinique.

Exactly how much hair can you regrow with a minoxidil-based product? For males, about 40% experience some hair regrowth after 3-6 months of regular use. Most of this growth occurs toward the central area (vertex) of the scalp, so minoxidil is not usually effective if you’re thinning toward the front of the hairline.

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Minoxidil also seems to work best regrowing small areas of hair loss (no large patches), as well as in younger men who have been losing their hair for less than 5 years. Just remember that as soon as you stop using minoxidil, your hair loss will resume.

Are There Any Potential Side Effects from Using Follinique?

Again, we’re not told about all of the ingredients contained in Follinique, so we can’t fully understand what kinds of side effects you might experience, if any.

The good news is that most users don’t experience any side effects from using the 2% minoxidil found in Follinique. For those who do, it’s usually mild redness or irritation. In more severe cases, some may experience unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body, itching, difficulty breathing, dizziness, hand and feet swelling, and more.

Also, minoxidil is known to cause “shedding,” which occurs when hairs in their telogen (resting) phase suddenly fall out. Until these are replaced by hairs in their anagen (growth) phase, this means minoxidil can temporarily increase your thinning.

How much will you pay for Follinique’s 2% minoxidil solution?

How Much Does Follinique Cost?

The only way to purchase Follinique is through a 14-day trial, where you’ll pay $4.95 to cover S&H.

While this might sound like a great deal, in our experience, these “free” trials often end by charging your credit card some ridiculously high price, often nearing (or exceeding) $100. The problem is that the company doesn’t tell you how much you’ll pay once their trial ends, or if you’ll be enrolled in any kind of recurring shipping program.

On top of this, there wasn’t any contact information listed on the Follinique website, so we couldn’t contact customer service to ensure that you have all the information you need.

All Follinique orders come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. According to their Terms though, the “customer agrees to try the product and evaluate its performance before requesting a refund or cancellation.”

Elsewhere, we’re told that “products [must be] in their original, unopened package” in order to qualify for a refund. So, which is it?

Again, there’s no way to contact the company, but the HighYa team has reviewed hundreds of nutritional supplements over the years, many of which use this same wording. Based on the customer feedback for many of these companies, we think it’s purposely used to ensure you’ll never qualify for a refund.

Related: Everything You Need to Know about Hair Supplements in 5 Easy Steps

Let’s continue talking about customers as we come to a conclusion about Follinique.

Is Follinique Nothing More Than False Hope?

Could Follinique forseeably help regrow your hair? Assuming it contains the level of minoxidil claimed by the manufacturer, and that your thinning/balding is occurring on the vertex of your scalp, then yes; it’s certainly possible.

But given minoxidil’s FDA approved status, it’s less a question of whether or not Follinique will work, but more about whether or not it’s the best use of your money. What do we mean?

Type “2% minoxidil” into any search engine and you’ll quickly find hundreds of different products containing the same active ingredient as Follinique, for as little as $22. You’ll also find many of these same products at retailers and pharmacies near you, which could help save even more by avoiding shipping costs.

On the other hand, we’re not told how much Follinique costs, how many applications you’ll get from each bottle, which company manufactures it, or many other important pieces of information. Based on these facts alone, we’d recommend exploring other options instead of placing an order for Follinique.

Did you just learn that the minoxidil in Follinique might not work based on your balding type? If so, be sure to read How to Choose a Hair Loss Product, Even if You Don’t Know What to Do. Then, before trying anything new, be sure to speak with your doctor!

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10 Customer Reviews for Follinique

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    This company is a scam

    I tried the $5 trial, and when they offered me a second product I clicked no, but they charged me for it anyways.

    When a month later I was billed $136 for another order, I called to cancel and return it. They intentionally hide their contact information. I sent it back as requested and was notified that they'd received it. They only refunded me for one product. When I called their customer service again, the representative told me she couldn't find my account and hung up on me.

    When I called a second time a male told me he thought I had been deleted out of the system and there was nothing else for him to do. They still owed me $75! They DID NOT care. At all. When I asked if there was someone else I could speak with he told me there was no point and was remorseless about the fact they scammed me out of my money. He also hung up on me. It had been three days. They are FRAUDS.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Buyer don't buy or you are out close to $150

    • Alexandria, VA,
    • Jan 23, 2017

    Reading into the fine lines does NOT help you!

    Beware when ordering the "trial." If you don't respond in 14 days, they will hit your account for $149.99, and there are no refunds. NOTHING in the trial guidelines stipulates that you're going to get hit with these charges.

    Buyer BEWARE. In my opinion, it's a rip-off.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Scam, thumbs down to customer care!

    This product is breaking my client's hair. I have been caring for her hair for more than 20 years, and since the use of this product, she has gotten hair lost.

    I called customer care and they don't have any information on whether you can use it with other products. I tell them that less than two weeks after using this product, my client comes in with a small sandwich bag full of hair. Then they guarantee a refund.

    When you call them and they tell you there is no refund, you tell them the reason you want to cancel is because it is causing damage, not growth. The customer service representatives are selling scams, they don't tell you it would over $100, they say try it, buy it. This is false advertisement. They will be hearing from my attorneys.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Customer service and support

    Regis, a member of their customer support team, raised his voice and started talking to me like I was his child, and if that wasn't bad enough, he hung the phone up on me like a child. I used 0 profanity and even politely told him not to get an attitude with me, sir (yes I even called him sir), and he hung up the phone on me. I was only making sure that I didn't get a new shipment before I wanted it, and I get an overbearing man scolding me instead, so I canceled everything.

    The only problem with this product is that someone like this still has a job there, even when this problem has happened before.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Not happy

    I was very unhappy with the order process. On the site I ordered from it says I have to pay $5 to get the product, and if I wanted more I would pay more for future orders. I was not aware this would be ordered for me only a few days later by the company.

    On the box it says I would not see results for at least three weeks, but I have to report back to the company in two so I won't get more of something I can't judge properly.

    I canceled my order, and no I didn't see any results from their product. Don't buy it!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Product and company sucks

    • Birmingham,
    • Jan 1, 2017

    I received a bill for Follinique Advanced Step 2 in the amount of $64.95. There is nothing on the actual site that the product was ordered on, that states the terms and conditions of ordering the 30 day supply paying only for shipping at the time the order is placed. Commonly when you receive a 30 day supply of something you are given 30 days to try. Customers are billed exactly 14 days after orders are placed, but don't know it until the money is taken out of their accounts. I am on the website now watching as you create a sense of urgency as the time clock runs out after 15 minutes only to start all over again for another fifteen minutes and so on and so forth. I am highly agitated and thoroughly disappointed not only in the product but in the company's practices as a whole. It states online to call 888-577-7451 to receive a refund, surprisingly when I called I was told I would not be refunded for charges already made. A rip off for sure. BEWARE!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    When you order this product nowhere is there anything about a 14 day trial that turns into $139. I am so disappointed with this kind of behavior from a business. It's just like stealing. I hope this company is shut down. The customer service reps have such nasty attitudes like you are asking them for their money back instead of your own.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jan 5, 2017

      Barbara

      I just received a second order and I was billed again. I didn't find a return address or a customer service phone number on the original order. How can I cancel this subscription and return the product?

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  • 37 out 41 people found this review helpful

    14 day BS

    Beware ordering the "trial." If you don't respond in 14 days, they will hit your account for $149.99 and there are no refunds. NOTHING in the trial guidelines stipulates that you're going to get hit with these charges. BUYER BEWARE. In my opinion, it's a rip off as I can't even use the stuff as it irritates my scalp.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 58 out 61 people found this review helpful

    A Total Scam. Do Not Fall For It.

    Don't fall for the free trial stuff you see on these sites. Please do yourself a favor and do everyone else a favor and share this. I just got off a call with a Follinique's "customer service associate," if that's what we should call this person, she hung up the phone on me. They charged me almost $200 for the so-called free trial.

    The product made my hair fall even more, and dry, so dry. Dry ends, oh such a mess, terrible.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 63 out 69 people found this review helpful

    NO REFUND

    I tried canceling the shipment itself, couldn't do it so now I'm stuck with this stuff and at a loss. If anyone can help, I'd love some advice! I don't want to sell it to someone else that might have a reaction to this. I can't use this as I have hypothyroidism, not about to have MORE hair loss.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Nov 8, 2016

      Susan Bynog

      The company that represents this product sucks. I can't complain about the product itself because I have not yet tried it. I'm getting the feeling that it's going to perform as well as their "get quick scam" that they just pulled over on me. I'm not happy, and I rated them at zero. I'm most definitely not a happy customer. But thanks for the expensive lesson and unused product. Never again.

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