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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10 Consumer Reviews for LaFolie Growth Serum

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  • Shame on this company

    So I came across an article of Woman's Today on Pinterest. Due to health issues, I have lost half of my hair density and curl. Of course, I was amazed by their experiment and results, and they're also backed by Shark Tank 25%, which is $2.5 million.

    After I think about now, there were some discrepancies with the story and results. Plus, for a magazine, the grammar of the article was horrible. Is this article real?

    Anyways, my impulses to have my gorgeous thick long curly hair back was instantaneous. I followed the link offered in their article, and I bought the trial for serum and Biotin for 15 bucks. I denied the insurance for shipping, which is a different charge and some other thing for 40 bucks. I screenshot my purchase receipt info and went on to Google to see how amazing this product is. WRONG!

    So I went back and typed in their actual website in search and found the trial page, of course, all the way at the bottom are terms, which this is not the page I was directed to through the link. I just about lost it. I called them (877.245.6172.). I told them no way do I want any other charges to be taken. He wouldn't listen until I said my bank account is military and any fraudulent charges will be prosecuted to the fullest. He finally agreed and said my account has been canceled. I received emails shortly after saying my order had been canceled. It's sad that I had to use authority to simply say please do not steal my money.

    Regardless, if there are results, this is not a way to treat your customers, especially as a new company. We are the ones that ultimately keep your way of living afloat, treat us kindly. If I did receive this and my hair had the results it claims, I seriously would pay 20 times 15 bucks to have this. But by manipulating and scamming me, I don't care if I took it one day and my hair grew 2 inches overnight. Just saying.

    If anyone else has gotten manipulated out of their money maybe try the BBB. I've gotten resolution a few times and a full refund. Just beware that this is not what it seems.

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

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  • Is a scam

    My daughter and I tried this and it did not work. The people that write the good reviews are probably fake. I called and canceled the free trial but still got charged for it. Also, my daughter canceled and was charged for the free trial but they continued sending and taking out of my account. When I called, they said they do not refund any money and to have a nice day, and then hung up. Not good customer service, not a good product, and very bad at the free trial money back. All lies.

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

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  • Do NOT order this product

    This offer is a scam! They lure you into buying one item then call and get you to buy something else. If you are allergic, like I am, and miss calling to cancel the order by one day, sorry about your luck.

    They will not offer returns and hang up on you.

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

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  • This is a scam

    I have read the other reviews, and all are what I experienced myself.

    First of all, it is advertised as hair growth, not regrowth, so I am not balding but just intended to get thicker hair quickly. Thankfully I haven’t had my hair fall out yet, but it has done nothing for my growth.

    Also, it said after 17 days if you didn’t call to cancel they would charge you for the next supply (that’s the way it sounded to me anyway), but it is not true. It looks like you get to try it for really cheap, but no, after one week they charge you for the first supply of almost $90.

    That was a scam to me because that isn’t the way they made it sound when I ordered it. Do not use this at all. There are less expensive remedies out there if you want thicker hair, and there are plenty of regrowth items if that's what you need. This place is a complete scam.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Please don’t fall for false advertising

    • Leander, TX,
    • Oct 31, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered it thinking awesome, gorgeous, long hair, right?! Well, unless you’re losing hair, don’t fall for it! It’s only for balding. And if you discontinue use, the hair falls out. I didn’t use it and called to get a refund for the large charge they made to my account, and they hung up on me twice.

    Unless you can afford $90 a month for nothing, don’t fall into their trap like I did. Now I have to change my account and update all my bills, and I have lost too much money.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Buyer beware!

    • San Antonio, TX,
    • Oct 26, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Their ad shows you a serum, but they mailed me pills. My purchase was for the serum as advertised, not pills. I paid the $4.95m, however, I did not receive the product until 9 days later. Here's how they get you! So beware!

    In the fine print, the cancellation time runs from the date of purchase and not your date of receipt. I called the company within the 10 days of my receipt and they put it this way "Too bad, you did not cancel 10 days date of." I did not receive the product until 9 days after my date of purchase, and I had not tried the product. It's not fair, and to make it worse, I had an allergic reaction to the pills and broke out in hives.

    I called and I offered to return the product and their reply "We cannot take it back." How can you cancel what you do not have? They are in total control and can delay the shipment to prevent cancellation especially when you do not receive the product advertised "the serum."

    So buyer beware. I advised this company that I would contact my credit card company and they boasted, "Go ahead, they will still pay us." This is really bold! So buyer beware!

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

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy!

    I did not try the serum myself as I bought it for my mother. But no reputable company hides in the terms and conditions that you will start a monthly subscription of $89.70 and never even send you a confirmation email as a receipt of your subscription.

    I called them and the customer rep that due to company policy he will not be able to give me my money back. Then I informed him that I did not care about the company policy since I was never informed correctly about the monthly subscription, suddenly he was able to return first 30%, then 50%, then 100%.

    This company is a total SCAM. Do not give them your credit card info!

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Horrible!

    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Oct 24, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Total scam. I called, and the service rep totally cut me off. They are so rude and will hang up on you. They offered to refund me $3.00 back. Their product is advertised as hair growth, not regrowth. The box says not to use if there is no history of hair loss and when I told the rep this he kept pushing for me to take advantage of their special offer, I repeatedly told him why I couldn’t use it and then he began being rude.

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

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  • 2 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Not good people

    • Baton Rouge, LA,
    • Oct 16, 2017
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    I wouldn’t trust a product made by such a terrible company. They scam you out of money in the fine print and will hang up on you if you call and ask to speak with a manager. Ingredients aren’t clear as safe. Good people make good products. These people aren’t good, and they just want your money. Awful experience and would never recommend.

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

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  • 9 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Very unhappy customer

    • Chicopee, MA,
    • Oct 10, 2017
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    I am very unhappy with LaFolie hair growth serum. I have been using it for less than two weeks and have found it to be burning my scalp and causing it to be extremely red and flakey.

    I tried to call customer service three times. They were very rude and would not let me speak to a manager. My card was charged $90, which the total amount of the product was never disclosed online. I called on the final day to cancel. They said that it was a day late and I would not be refunded any money. However, according to the website, it states that you have a full 18 days to try the product. I have had it for less than 12 days. I wanted to give the product at least 2 weeks to see if I would notice my scalp improving before I canceled. I have stopped using the product, and my hair is doing better. I should not have had to call so many times to try to resolve this matter just to be hung up on.

    I will not recommend this product to anyone. In fact, I will continue to write bad reviews to let other people know about this product and their customer service. It was truly a terrible experience for me.

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

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