FolliPlex is a hair growth formula from AvantGarde Wellness based in the UK that claims it will help men win the fight against hair loss. They promise if you use their products which they say are all natural and clinically proven, FolliPlex will stop hair loss, stimulate new hair growth, thicken existing hair, replenish lost nutrients, and nourish hair from the inside.
Why Am I (Going) Bald?
First of all, baldness due to aging is completely normal and natural; according to ScienceNordic, half of all men in Norway have hair loss after age 50. But why? The main culprit behind male baldness appears to be a decrease in dihydrotestosterone (DHT) a hormone related to testosterone thought to affect hair growth in men. As we age, more DHT is produced, which is thought to bind with receptors on the scalp and change a normal, long hair follicle into a shorter, thinner strand (think of baby hair) resulting in less coverage and making you look bald.
Strangely enough, scientists are still not completely sure DHT is indeed the culprit, and a “cure” for baldness remains one of the world’s most sought-after medicines. Other factors contributing to male baldness can be hereditary, due to stress, or side effects from medications. (If you are experiencing sudden hair loss, you should speak with your doctor.)
How FolliPlex Works
FolliPlex lists its ingredients as: biotin, vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc, and saw palmetto. While these products have been touted for years as helping with hair loss or boosting testosterone, according to established medical authorities like WebMD and the Mayo Clinic, there is insufficient evidence for any of these claims.
FolliPlex comes in both a pill form (Max Hair Growth) and a spray (Pro Serum). The pill appears to be for men that are already bald and want/need to regrow their hair, while the spray “attacks hair loss at the early stages.” Both products’ main claim is to get rid of excess DHT.
FolliPlex lists results of a clinical study on their website, saying 94% of users agreed FolliPlex slowed hair loss, 86% said it regrew hair, and 90% of users were satisfied with the results.
But there are a couple things we should point out: first, they don’t show you the actual study, how many people were involved, or how it was conducted.
Secondly, it appears these are self-reported statistics, meaning not necessarily backed by clinical data. In other words, these statistics are essentially meaningless without further information.
Depending on what country you are ordering from, the costs are slightly different. If you are buying from Australia, one bottle is listed as $74.95 plus $6.95 shipping with discounts for 2 or more bottles purchased at once. (Information on costs for the Pro Serum spray was not listed on the site we visited.)
Whatever country you live in, FolliPlex promises a 100% satisfaction guarantee and you can return the used and unused products within 30 days for a refund.
Bottom Line: Will FolliPlex Help Me With My Bald Head?
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say: it is highly doubtful. There is not evidence provided that any of its ingredients work to regrow hair or prevent hair loss or any testimonials from actual consumers.
Ok, So What CAN I Do About My Bald Head?
First of all, remember, baldness is a SOCIAL condition, not a MEDICAL one. There are plenty of handsome bald men in the world (for example, Sean Connery, Patrick Stewart, you) and people that love you will accept you for who you are.
Ok, sure, blah blah blah. We know that’s not what you want to hear (but we still felt like we should say it).
In the United States (where BrightReviews is based), there are only two “proven” and approved medicines for baldness: minoxidil (sometimes sold as Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia). Both of these products seem to help men regrow small amounts of hair and/or prevent further hair loss; they also have reported side effects such as lower sex drive and they take a long time to work.
It should also be noted that the American Hair Loss Association describes the effectiveness of Rogaine as “extremely modest and ultimately disappointing.” Similarly, an investigation by Harvard Law found the studies that claimed to prove Propecia to be effective to be both extremely small in the number of participants and number of hairs grown.
Finally, we’ll end with one more anecdote on a supposed baldness cure: polysorbate, a naturally occurring enzyme that was all the rage in the 1980s, and sometimes known as the Helsinki Formula because a couple of researchers there conducted an experiment where it seemed to show hair regrowth on mice.
However, the scientists themselves disavowed this conclusion, and subsequent studies failed to prove hair regrowth in humans. In one test, even though their follicle counts showed no change, 27.9% taking polysorbate and even 21.9% of the placebo group said they thought they saw more hair growth.