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Folic Symbol Hair Loss Shampoo – Look at the label

For reasons I can’t fathom, Folic Symbol Hair Loss Shampoo is a beauty best seller on Amazon.  (Folic Symbol – phallic symbol, get it?) Let’s look at the label for their ingredients and their claims.

Let’s start with the bizarre explanation in the comments section for the reviews on Amazon. They claim that their product is so good that it has “caught the eye of one of their competitors” who reported their 5 star reviews as abuse so they would be taken down.  Then, since that tactic doesn’t work any more, “they” have started posting fake 1 star reviews. It’s an interesting conspiracy theory to say the least.

Here are the claims for Folic Symbol:

  • Hair Growth and Loss Prevention Shampoo
  • Best Seller to Stop Thinning
  • Clinically Proven
  • Safer than Minoxidil
  • More Effective Thickener
  • DHT Blocker
  • Thickening Each Hair
  • The label actually says “medical grade!”

It’s amazing to me that they make a comparison to Minoxidil (safer than Minoxidil.) How can they compare the safety of a cosmetic product, which by definition can’t change the physiology of the body, with a proven drug that DOES have an effect on the body? That’s like saying orange juice is safer than chemotherapy – the comparison means nothing! It also implies that the product works like Minoxidil which is false because if it did it would be a drug as well.

Another thing that always makes me question the authority and authenticity of a product is whether or not they properly follow the ingredient labeling laws. If a company isn’t labeling the product correctly then what ELSE aren’t they doing correctly? In this case they list what are apparently the “active” ingredients first followed by the inactive ingredients. This style of labeling is used for drug products which, again, this product is NOT.

Folic Symbol Hair Loss Shampoo ingredients

Ingredient Highlights: Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 FRS-10(TM), Dextran, Equisetum Hiemale Leaf/Stem Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract. Inactive Ingredients: Deionized Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycol Distearate, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide.

Given these technical inconsistencies and inaccuracies, I’m VERY skeptical about this product. So I recommend that you click this link to Hair Growth and Loss Prevention Shampooand then buy anything else! You’ll still be helping the Beauty Brains but you won’t be wasting money on a sketchy product.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • kw June 3, 2014, 1:01 am

    I’m sorry you have a problem with this product. I don’t really understand but I know what I like. No it didn’t grow back my lost hair but it did slow down lose. My hair stays cleaner longer and holds curl longer. Now Amazon no longer carries this product and I can’t find it. Thanks for influencing them to drop my favorite shampoo. K.W.

    • Randy Schueller June 3, 2014, 6:26 am

      @KW: I’m sorry you disagree with our assessment and I’m sorry that you can’t find your favorite product. But I’m thrilled to hear that we have that much influence over Amazon!

  • Ellie September 24, 2016, 9:39 am

    Randy, there is a lot of research and clinical trials to back many of the ingredients listed on the label. I don;t have a hair loss problem but a close relative does and I’ve spent many hours researching and reading the trials. Please pay closer attention before spewing nonsense.

    Kw – there are many products out there with this ingredient profile – just Google Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3 FRS-10(TM) and you will easily find them.

    • Randy Schueller September 24, 2016, 10:13 am

      Hi Ellie. Can you please provide a reference to the clinical trials you mentioned? If there is data showing that this product works I’ll gladly change my mind about it and update the post. Thanks.

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