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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  • 24 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Watch out for the nightmare!

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Feb 6, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Just for reading about this product in a Facebook ad, they got my info and they are charging my account $94.00. Don’t do it. This is a total SCAM. I call them and they keep hanging up the phone because they put me on the blacklist. Now I have to fight with the bank for almost $400 I’ve been fraudulently charged.

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

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  • 22 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Big scam!

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Jan 24, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    If you are getting the free trial they are going to charge you $89.00! When I called to return the product because it is a scam, they keep hanging up the phone on me. DONT FALL FOR IT.

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

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  • 22 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Scam!

    Zero stars! TERRIBLE! They don't disclose that they actually will charge you full price for the products which are OUTRAGEOUS and not that fabulous! $160 were charged to my card after I paid them $20 for a "free sample" that was actually a 14-day trial, and then they charge you the full amount in addition to that "free" trial.

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

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  • 21 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Do not purchase unless balding!

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Nov 21, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I saw the "try LaFolie" advertisement on my Facebook feed. It seems like my hair is thinning and I thought to give this product a try based on the picture on their site. I opted for the vitamins and growth serum and paid shipping and handling ($4.97 vitamins and $7.97 growth serum). The follicle serum topical spray, however, is an additional $40. If you don't cancel within the 14 (?) day trial, you will receive a recurring monthly subscription bill (there was NO disclaimer on this and they failed to mention this during the checkout process).

    I wanted to know how to use the products, but they didn't have a detailed description online, so I decided to just try it. The shipping was fast, but when I received it, I couldn't use the growth serum because it says, "Do not use if you have no family history of hair loss." Which I don't (just thin hair). I decided to return it. First by emailing them, but the email address came back as invalid. The next day I call and the first rep I spoke with hung up on me and gave me no solution. I call back and fortunately, she was more helpful when I told her that I didn't appreciate the first person hanging up on me.

    The solution was I can return the $40 follicle serum for a full refund (the one I wanted to return was the growth serum for baldness). OR, they can refund 50% so I won't have to go through the hassle of shipping and waiting 2 weeks to get a refund. I'm choosing to return the $40 follicle serum. I won't be able to use the growth serum (for balding). They could have done a better job in advertising that the growth serum is meant for balding or patchy areas. The trial website was very misleading and lack information on how to use their product. SO if any of these apply to you, then you wouldn't be able to use the growth serum specifically. It says,

    DO NOT USE IF:

    -You have no family history of hair loss

    -Your hair loss is sudden or patchy

    -Your hairless is associated with childbirth

    -You do not know the reason for your hair loss

    -You are under 18 years of age. Do not use on babies and children,

    -Your scalp is red, inflamed, infected, irritated, or painful,

    -You use other medications on the scalp

    I hope this helps!

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

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  • 21 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Scam!

    I was ripped off BAD, and I will NOT be getting a refund! Scam. Do NOT order from this company!

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

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  • 21 out 21 people found this review helpful
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    Poor customer service

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Feb 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I finally got someone to give me a 50% refund without returning the product.

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

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    • Previous review
    • Feb 16, 2018

    These people are scam artists

    I would give this zero stars if I could.

    This company offers you a 14-day trial of a product and doesn't make it clear that they will charge you $90 after that time is up. They wouldn't give me a refund or take the product back even though I never even opened it. The product is advertised as something different than it actually is, and I am now stuck with a $100 bottle of crap that does nothing.

    Good job LaFolie, you fooled me, but I sure hope I can stop you from fooling others! Scam artists made it big!

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Total scam

    • Freeport, IL,
    • Jan 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered one thing from them, and next thing you know, I had another charge for $3.97 for something I had no idea about.

    I never signed up for the $89.00 a month product and that was put on my card.

    It was a total nightmare dealing with these people. The man on the phone argued with me the first time telling me that I had clicked the box that said I had agreed to the monthly hair product. I never did, and if I did, I never received any product except for one, and you have now put two fraudulent charges on my card.

    I had to get a new debit card because I was scared they were going to keep charging me, and the matter with the bank is still open, so I called back today and spoke to the same man that I talked to the first time, and asked to talk to a supervisor and he would not let me!

    Total scam artists! Do NOT order from them!

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

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Scam!

    • Kansas City, MO,
    • Jan 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I saw a story about this product on some website, Teen Vogue or Facebook or something, and decided to pay the $7 for the sample. Two weeks later, they charged my card an extra $90! There are NO emails in my inbox to explain what the charge was, and when I paid for the sample, there was NO explanation that there would be some kind of monthly thing you had to sign up for in order to receive the sample product. There certainly wasn't a price of $90 anywhere! What a rip off!

    Avoid this site, avoid this product! Not worth it. They will randomly charge your card when you're not expecting it!

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

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Nashville, TN,
    • Jan 6, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the trial of this product, never expecting to receive any other "pre-authorized" purchases. All of a sudden an $89 charge appears on my card, and I had signed up to receive their product automatically. They canceled my membership but refused to refund me for the purchase I did not make. Very frustrating and disappointing.

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

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Horrible - do not buy!

    • New Jersey,
    • Dec 7, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is a scam. They charge you for the full product. I returned the product unopened two months ago and have been on the phone with them several times to see where my credit is. The tracking number confirmed delivery a month ago. They hang up with you if you ask for a manager, how is this company allowed to be in business?

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

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  • 17 out 17 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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