ProVia from Chamonix is a scalp treatment that the manufacturers claim is all natural and helps with thicker, fuller, stronger hair and has no side effects. ProVia is said to contain 2.5% Procapil, an ingredient they state has been clinically proven to improve hair health and slow down the process or hair loss and thinning.
Why Is My Hair Thinning?
Hair loss is a very common, especially amongst older people. Genetics are responsible for the majority of male pattern baldness (MPB) thought to be due to a buildup of DHT, a byproduct of testosterone, which causes follicles to miniaturize. Other factors like stress or medications can cause hair to thin or fall out. Women can suffer hair loss too (according to an article in the Huffington Post 40% of hair loss sufferers are women) due to hormones, stress, pregnancy, or chemical hair dyes. Generally speaking, if you experience sudden hair loss, you should consult your doctor.
How ProVia Works
ProVia states its main active ingredient is Procapil, a plant-based compound made by a company called Sederma and sold to companies like Chamonix. They point to a fancy brochure by Sederma that contains results from studies it conducted that seem to indicate it helped thicken or regrow hair.
However, there’s a few things we’d like to point out. First, most of the studies were done in a test tube, and the one human study was done on 35 people with alopecia or sudden baldness. And while after 4 months 67% of those using Propacil had hair numbers increase by up to 46%, this was from a solution containing 3% Propacil. ProVia contains 2.5%.
To use ProVia, they instruct you to apply a small amount at night 4-5 times a week and leave it in. You can rinse it out the next day but they say it’s not necessary (and not greasy). They claim it usually takes at least 12 weeks to see a change in your hair thickness and results may vary from person to person.
To get you to try ProVia, they offer a 2-month supply at $149.90 plus $8.95 shipping for a total of $158.85. This includes a bottle of Biotin, said to help with thinning, as well as a ProVia-30 Super Concentrate, which they state is four times the regular version.
After this 2 months, you will be billed another $158.85 and shipped more product. In order to cancel, you must contact them at least one week before shipping.
You can get a refund for your initial order but this does not include the $8.95 shipping and is subject to a 9% re-stocking fee. You are also responsible for paying for return shipping.
(We spoke to a customer service representative who informed us that if you order over the telephone you will not be enrolled in the auto-ship; he also stated that all orders are eligible for the 30-day money back guarantee, not just the initial shipment. He added that all orders include the Biotin and ProVia-30 Super Concentrate.)
Bottom Line: Is ProVia a Scam?
Thinning hair, while completely natural, is a subject of social concern for many men. Women who experience it perhaps have more anxiety about it.
ProVia, however, doesn’t seem to be a solution that’s the solution to MPB or natural hair loss. We say this because its own studies were conducted on sufferers of alopecia, which is very different from MPB.
Around the web, ProVia seems to have a mixed reputation averaging about 3 stars.
If you are insecure about thinning hair and/or baldness we do sympathize but so far there is no “cure” that we have found. (There are prescriptions available for Propecia, but it has side effects like depression and loss of libido.)
Again, if you are experiencing sudden, dramatic hair loss talk to your doctor.
If you are experiencing what 70% of men go through, relax. There are plenty of sexy bald men out there, and you can be one of them, too. The key to being attractive is confidence, not hair.
Let us know your experience with ProVia below!