About Keratin MD
Keratin MD is a 100% natural nutritional supplement that’s claimed to provide you with longer, thicker, supermodel hair in just 21 days.
In order to accomplish this, Keratin MD is claimed to contain a premium formula of clinically proven ingredients, including “enzymes, peptides, antioxidants, and key vitamins,” that work from the inside out to strengthen and nourish the hair follicle, and to naturally boost growth. In fact, Keratin MD is claimed to be clinically proven to produce 83% more growth than untreated hair.
It’s tough waking up every morning knowing that you’ll have to wrangle your hair into compliance, or that you’ll have to carefully style it to cover up the thinning areas. But is Keratin MD the answer to your problems, or just more of a headache?
First, let’s briefly talk about keratin.
What is Keratin?
Keratin is a protein found in skin, hair, and nails, and is what gives these areas their natural elasticity and strength. In fact, keratin is even considered on of the “most important and versatile compounds ever produced in nature.”
Because of this, an online search for “keratin supplements” will reveal hundreds of results, each of which claims to help you look younger, improve the quality and quantity of your hair, and much more.
Despite the supplement’s name though, Keratin MD doesn’t appear to actually contain any keratin. But what ingredients does Keratin MD contain, and are they useful for boosting hair growth?
Is Keratin MD Clinically Proven To Grow Hair?
For the most part, it’s a complete guessing game as to the ingredients contained in Keratin MD. Why? Because the manufacturer didn’t feel it’s important to provide an ingredients list or product label on their website.
As a result, most of what we do know about Keratin MD is pieced together from different sources.
According to text taken from the supplement’s website, it contains “enzymes, peptides, antioxidants, and key vitamins,” which is so vague that it’s essentially useless.
However, based on a picture of the Keratin MD bottle, it appears to contain vitamin C, folic acid, and biotin. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough clinical evidence available showing that oral supplementation of any of these ingredients will improve hair growth or health.
Finally, at the bottom of the Keratin MD website, the manufacturer references 4 different links to support their claims:
- A 2005 study evaluating topically applied niacin in the treatment of female pattern alopecia (hair loss)
- An overview of how nutrition can impact hair loss
- An overview of vitamin H (biotin)
- A 2012 study outlining the efficacy of an oral supplement for the treatment of thinning hair in women
Based on what we know, it doesn’t appear that Keratin MD contains any niacin, and even if it did, it’s an oral supplement—not topical as referenced in the first study.
It’s also well understood that a diet deficient in some key vitamins can lead to hair loss and/or weak hair, so the second link doesn’t provide much value. We already covered biotin above, and the fourth study only references “an oral compound consisting of proteins and glycosaminoglycans of marine origin.”
Unfortunately, no additional details are provided, so there’s no way to know if Keratin MD was the supplement used in the study.
Alright, so it’s unlikely that the ingredients (at least the ones we know about) in Keratin MD probably won’t make your hair grow faster or improve its health, but will they cause any harm?
Keratin MD Side Effects
Despite their ineffectiveness, most users won’t experience any side effects from Keratin MD’s ingredients, although some might experience mild digestive upset and/or headache.
Folic acid is generally fine in daily doses less than 1,000mcg, and biotin in 30mcg doses, although (again) we have no idea how much of each ingredient is contained in Keratin MD, or whether or not this will cause any side effects.
At this point, you might be thinking to yourself: “But if Keratin MD’s ingredients won’t work, what about the before and after pictures showing amazing hair growth results?”
What’s Up with Keratin MD’s Before & After Pictures?
If you saw the picture of the blonde-haired woman on the Keratin MD website, you might have been amazed at how much her hair appeared to grow after just 3 months. But is everything as it seems?
This before and after image featured on the Keratin MD website is not what you can expect to experience. In fact, it’s not even a Keratin MD customer.
In short, no. After performing a reverse image search, we found that this picture appears to be taken from different Pinterest posts, which is advertising hair coloring and has nothing to do with hair growth, hair health, or Keratin MD.
Outside of Keratin MD, are there any other methods you can use for fuller, thicker, healthier hair?
Other Methods of Achieving Supermodel Hair
On average, the hair on your head grows about half an inch per month. And unfortunately, there’s not anything currently available (whether through supplements or prescriptions from your physician) that can speed up this process.
However, the good news is that you can actively help improve the health of your hair, which can boost its shine, strength, thickness, and manageability. This includes eating foods like salmon, Greek yogurt, spinach, etc.; making sure you’re getting the appropriate levels of vitamins, limiting brushing and changing your hairstyle, and much more.
For more tips, we’d recommend typing the phrase “how to achieve healthy hair” or “healthy hair tips” into your favorite search engine.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the company behind Keratin MD.
Who Manufactures Keratin MD?
There wasn’t any additional information online about the company behind Keratin MD at the time of our research.
According to Keratin MD’s Terms, the company’s fulfillment center is based out of Aurora, CO, although when we typed their name into the Better Business Bureau website, it returned a result for another company named CallFlex based out of San Diego, CA.
Unfortunately, the details of the company’s complaints weren’t made available, so there’s no way to know if there’s any association between the two.
Important Note: Despite the lack of information available online for Keratin MD, the supplement manufacturer has no relationship with KeratinMD Laboratories based out of Seattle, WA, other than a similar name.
Keratin MD Pricing & Refund Policy
Once your trial expires, you’ll be charged $87.47 and will also be enrolled in the company’s recurring shipping program. This means you’ll continue receiving a new bottle of Keratin MD once per month, and your credit card will be charged $87.47 each time.
You’ll also be enrolled in TheBestFitClub.com, “a fitness site with hundreds of health and diet articles available for you to enjoy at any time.” However, no price is listed for this subscription, and it’s not made clear if your subscription can be cancelled through Keratin MD, or if you’ll have to contact TheBestFitClub.com.
For more information about this tactic, be sure to read Think That Free Trial is a Good Idea?
Outside of the trial, Keratin MD comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges, although this only applies to unopened and unused product.
In order to request a refund, cancel your trial, or stop your automatic shipments, you’ll need to contact Keratin MD’s customer service department at 888-733-7215.
Keratin MD’s Binding Arbitration
Before moving on, it’s important to note that all orders placed through the Keratin MD website are automatically bound to an arbitration agreement. Among other things, this means you’ll lose your right to a trial by jury or becoming part of a class action lawsuit if you experience any damages from using the supplement.
Can Keratin MD Give You Long, Strong, Supermodel Hair?
The short answer: Probably not.
The detailed answer: Considering the lack of clinical evidence showing Keratin MD’s ingredients will provide any of the claimed benefits (at least the ones we know about), as well as the fact that the manufacturer uses third-party images in an attempt to convince you that these are the results you can expect, it’s our opinion that your money will be better spent on a visit with your physician than on Keratin MD.
17 out 18 people found this review helpful
Do not buy this product! It does not work, they use false advertising and their customer service is extremely awful. One of my items did not get shipped and they were of no help when I called. They even tried to hanged up on me. I would never recommend this product to anyone.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend