What is LaFolie Growth Serum?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff Published on: Sep 7, 2017

LaFolie Growth Serum is designed to specifically target female hair loss and induce hair growth within weeks of regular use, to reduce the effects of thinning hair, split ends, and even pattern baldness for women.

The serum claims to be the ‘most effective treatment for hair growth’ and boasts of having a formula that contains the ‘only FDA-approved ingredient’ that has clinically proven results for creating longer, thicker hair within weeks of treatment.

In this way, the company claims that using LaFolie regularly will increase the blood flow to your scalp and solve the root problems of hair loss and damage.

Does LaFolie live up to its hair-growth claims? Let’s look at the facts.

What Causes Female Hair Loss?

Though it’s often considered a bigger concern for men, WebMD revealed to us that women and children also experience hair loss and hair thinning. Chronic hair thinning is called alopecia, and it tends to affect a quarter of women within their lifetimes, and over half that are older than 50, as mentioned on the LAFOLIE site.

In general, thinning hair and baldness come when hair follicles start to have shorter lifespans than normal, causing them to fall out early. Doctors aren’t sure why this happens, but at any given time the hair on your head is in one of three growth phases:

  • Anagen - two to six years of active hair growth
  • Catagen - two to three-week transitional growth phase
  • Telogen - two to three-month resting phase where your scalp sheds the hair and replaces it with a new one.

When chronic hair loss occurs, a combination of genetic, lifestyle and other factors that disrupt this growth cycle and prevent your hair from being replaced properly are to blame. LaFolie claims to solve these problems, but do the ingredients deliver?

What Ingredients are in LaFolie Growth Serum?

While LaFolie doesn’t provide information about their ingredients online, we reached out to their press department directly and received this ingredients list through email.

  • Vitamin A (as Acetate)
  • Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid)
  • Vitamin E (as DL-Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate)
  • Niacin (as Niacinamide)
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate)
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
  • ECO Blend Daily Complex*
  • Wheat Germ Powder, Horsetail Powder, Coleus Forskoll Extract,
  • Caralluma Powder, Garcinia Cambogia, Green Coffee Bean Extract.

According to our research on the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, and the Natural Medicines Database, all the vitamins (niacin is vitamin B3, and biotin is vitamin H) on this list are relatively standard for health and beauty products, though they aren’t reported to make a significant difference in re-growing hair. Niacin is the exception, as the LaFolie website links to clinical evidence of it making hair look fuller and helping it regrow.

The ECO Blend Daily Complex contains green coffee bean extract, an ingredient that we found on the EWG Cosmetic database is likely to nourish hair through conditioning and strengthening benefits, though these sites didn’t reference any benefits or side effects of the other ingredients when used topically on hair.

Does LaFolie Contain Minoxidil?

In short, we don’t know. At the time of writing, Minoxidil is the only FDA approved treatment for female pattern baldness, so the website seems to claim that LaFolie contains it. However, when we reached out to the company with a series of questions, our question about LaFolie’s active ingredients wasn’t answered.

As the active ingredient in Rogaine, minoxidil is a generic medication commonly used to treat hair loss in men and women. When applied topically, minoxidil is considered by WebMD to be an effective treatment for hair loss.

About 40% of people who use it tend to see a 40 percent hair regrowth after 3-6 months, though the product needs to be used continuously for long-term results.

While most people react well to Minoxidil, we found that it can rarely get absorbed into the skin, after which it can cause adverse side effects like eye irritation, itching, redness, and even unwanted hair growth in other parts of their body.

Are There Clinical Studies on LaFolie?

While there doesn’t seem to be any publically available clinical data on the effectiveness of LaFolie specifically, the product website does link out to three separate clinical studies on hair growth.

The first study looked specifically at the efficacy of two niacin derivatives for female hair loss, and the second and third looked specifically at minoxidil. All three studies found that the ingredients tested were effective in increasing hair growth after regular use for six months to a year.

However, these studies weren’t looking at LaFolie specifically, and instead were testing the active ingredients in the serum. The company doesn’t offer any concrete clinical evidence beyond these ingredients trials to back up their claims that the serum can ‘help regrow hair in a matter of weeks,' or to prove that it is ‘the most effective treatment for hair growth.'

How Much does LaFolie Growth Serum Cost?

To try LaFolie, you must sign up for a thirty-day supply trial on the company’s website. After a shipping cost of $3.97, the order total comes to $6.97.

However, the serum’s fine print reveals that this trial automatically enrolls you in the membership program after 17 days, after which you are billed $89.99 per month for the serum. Despite the trial size supposedly being meant to last for 30 days, the company will charge you for the product at full cost after little more than two weeks.

LaFolie’s refund policy states that you can return your sample within the 18-day trial period for the cost of shipping and handling. To cancel your subscription or contact the company for any reason, they can be reached at 877-245-6172.

What Products are Similar to the LaFolie Growth Serum?

To make a comparison to LaFolie, we looked at two competing hair growth serums: Women’s Rogaine and Ducray Alopexy 2%. Both products rely on minoxidil 2% as their active ingredient and list several dozen positive reviews on their product websites (both have average ratings of about four stars out of five).

Unlike LaFolie, these two serums also have complete ingredients lists on their websites, making it easier to know exactly what they each contain to avoid allergic reactions or other negative side effects.

For a one-month supply, Women’s R Rogaine costs $26.99, and Ducray Alopexy costs $71. In comparison, after the 17-day “trial period,” LaFolie costs $81 per month.

If you’re looking to combat hair loss, WebMD and the American Hair Loss Association tells us that it’s important to start by understanding what’s causing your symptoms. Why? Because hair loss caused by alopecia is the result of an excess of the hormone androgen, while general thinning and loss of sheen might be the result of a nutrient deficiency.

In other words, the right option for you is going to largely depend on what’s causing your hair loss.

And as we outline in How to Choose a Hair Loss Product, other important considerations when making a decision are how advanced your hair loss is, as well as whether you’re looking for a topical, an internal (i.e., prescription), or a surgical solution.

The best way to treat hair loss? Seek out products that get to the source of your problems, meaning that it’s a smart idea to meet with your doctor first. The longer you wait before starting treatment, the harder it can be to regrow your hair, so getting the advice of a medical professional right away is the best way to move forward productively.

Our View: Should You Try the LaFolie Growth Serum for Yourself?

While we haven’t tried this product for ourselves, there are a few things about LaFolie that make us question whether it’s the best choice for combating female hair loss on the market today.

From our research on the product website, it’s not immediately clear what ingredients are in LaFolie, what proportion they are in, or even how you are supposed to use the serum. While the company did answer our requests for an ingredients list, it didn’t include any specific ingredients that are FDA approved for treating female hair loss, as claimed on the product’s website.

Based on our experience researching hundreds of online-only anti-aging products, the fact that the LaFolie website doesn’t list any ingredients and requires customers to sign up for a trial and subscription program gives us pause.

We also weren’t able to find any reviews online about the product from verified customers, so we can’t speak to how well this product has worked for anyone specifically.

If you are struggling with hair loss, we’d recommend you start by speaking with your dermatologist about whether a product like LaFolie will address your specific diagnosis.

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39 Consumer Reviews for LaFolie Growth Serum

Average Consumer Rating: 1.2
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Bottom Line: 5% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Scam!

    This is a scam! The product does not work! They claim no record of your call for cancellations and charge you full price and make up excuses! You don't get to talk to a supervisor, they say they did, and then they apologize and hang up on you!

    Don't buy this product! It's connected to Envy Hair Care, and I'm sure they're a scam also.

    DISAPPOINTED. Epic fail!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Company is a scam

    • Orlando, FL,
    • Apr 26, 2018
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    This company is a pure fraud. They get the access to your account and continue to charge, even when you say no return orders just one to try, even after you cancel the account they continue to charge. And the product that is sent back with an authorization is taken, and the money is not credited.

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

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Snake oil...and terrible customer service

    • Washington, MO,
    • Apr 26, 2018
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    The product that I used twice, as part of a "free trial" burned my scalp. When it was delivered it came with no paperwork stating that it was a short trial (14 days, the ad said 30), and then charged $90 to my credit card. When I saw the charge, I had to contact them three times to get the recurring charge taken off my card. They offer no returns or refunds on their garbage product. I would NEVER even recommend this to my worst enemy. This company and this product are a joke, as well as a scam.

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Misleading information

    SO, I ordered the product with the understanding that the trial you got for a much-discounted price, then if you liked it, you would pay full price next shipment. And the price was for two products. But, you pay the discounted price then get charged full price. Then they ship one product instead of two and charge you the price you paid for the two products with the second shipment. Needless to say, I canceled my ordering, since I cannot afford to pay $89 a month. Good product, too expensive though.

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

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  • 3 out 16 people found this review helpful

    A message for all the whiners

    • Fort Worth, TX,
    • Apr 14, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I had just placed my order tonight. I have read all the reviews of people complaining about the company “stealing your money.” Newsflash: READ the disclosures before clicking the purchase button. No brainer. I am fully aware that they will charge you the $89.99 after 17 days after a monthly subscription because I READ it before clicking submit! I don't feel bad for any of you, LOL. Anyways, my hair doesn't grow fast at all and I'm so excited to try out this product! I will post my results in 30 days.

    Thank you!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Apr 20, 2018

      Ashley Scheel

      When all your hair falls out, I hope you're still as condescending. I received an email for a 30-day trial. I did read all the fine print (as I'm an adult) and understand how the world works. I knew after the first three applications where my scalp burned and itched, that I didn't want it. I called 9 days after receiving the product and got scammed. Then two weeks later, they tried to charge me $89 again. My credit card company refunded the charge as a "SCAM." Quit being a rude jerk. Good day.

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    What a scam

    Free trial my butt. They don't give you enough time to try this product, charge you three separate charges for two products that I ordered (the serum and the vitamins), then within 10 days, charge you the full price, which it is $69.48 and $89.78.

    After using the products, no results at all. My mistake for not reading reviews ahead of time. Their claims are totally false.

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

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Worst products ever - even worst company and customer service

    I ordered the serum, but one day later I forced to consume also the vitamins because without the vitamins, the serum wouldn't work. This happened on a Friday. The following Thursday the serum came to my door, I waited for vitamins that came to my door the following Monday, always waiting to use both together. Until then, 11 passed already.

    I read the instructions and found that in case of skin irritation I should not use the serum, that was my case, so I decided not to use the serum until seeing my dermatologist. In any case, my appointment was in a couple of more days. My dermatologist told me not to use the serum and yes, vitamins are good for me.

    I consumed four vitamins and called for cancellation because the vitamins caused me stomach problems. All fine, until I see a big charge on my credit card. They charged me the full price, arguing that I canceled one day later. I called several times and they always changed the trials period; to 14 days, then to 15 days. Finally, on the website, I found a 17-day trial, but the trial starts at the minute you placed the order. Yes, you don't have a product, but you are considered under a trial! A team of liars and scammers!

    I sent both products back to this company; the serum brand new, NEVER OPENED, and the remaining vitamins because of the stomach problems.

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

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Difficult and unhelpful

    I mistakenly purchased the product not realizing I was apparently signing up for a subscription (read that fine print ladies and gentlemen) that billed me $90.00 after I did not return the product after the initial 15-day free trial, that I also did not realize it was when purchased. Anyway, my mistake made, I proceeded to correct that mistake by calling and inquiring about returning the unopened product, which actually never came out of the box because again, I thought I had plenty of time to try the product, to be greeted over the phone by very rude customer service who was less than helpful. I decided to go a different way when I was informed that none of the information that was given to me could be confirmed with an email to me, so I emailed support and low and behold, they responded with an email confirming my return address and number.

    Now, I have received a confirmation that they have received the returned product a week ago, and as I did not see a refund, I inquired with support again who informed me their processing center still had not confirmed receipt of the product and until then the refund could not be issued. So now I am product-less and refund-less, wondering if I will ever see either again.

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

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  • 15 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Ripped off

    I saw an ad that led me to believe that the product made your hair grow longer fast. I had gotten my hair cut too short and was in a hurry to grow it back. When I received the product it was for balding and thinning hair, so I called and paid for returning the product, and it’s been 6 months and they claim they did not receive it and wanted to send me more product instead. They ended up hanging up before I was finished speaking. They are definitely out to rip people off. They will not refund my money and keep trying to push vitamins and more product on me. Times are tough, and that actually hurt.

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

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  • 13 out 15 people found this review helpful

    False advertising!

    This is a complete waste of time! I was charged $79.78 the very next day after I received my serum. The bottle was busted, and the serum had run out and completely soaked the box, so when I picked it up the bottle just fell out the bottom. I never had the chance to use it the first time. I have called three different times and spoke to three different people. They will not refund the money since it is written on the page, but this is complete crap all the way around! I am very unhappy with this company and will never ever even consider anything else from these people!

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

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Save your money!

    The product is a scam. The advertising is false. In addition to the trial offer of $7.97 plus shipping, I was charged an additional undisclosed amount of $3.97 to ensure shipping. When I called to cancel I was charged an additional $79.97, supposedly because there is a cancellation policy to do so within 14 days. I was unaware. I am very disappointed with the product and policy!

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

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