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Is Ovation Cell Therapy hair care worth the money?

Redrum asks…I keep hearing ads for Ovation Cell Therapy hair care and I wonder if it really works. The radio ads say something like “I can’t believe there are no prescriptions and no medical procedures it just works. My hair is thicker fuller and stronger.” It costs $96 for 3-12 ounce bottles but I’m scared to spend that much. Is it really worth it?

The Beauty Brains respond:

The old adage “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is” is often accurate when it comes to haircare products.

What is Ovation Cell Therapy?

This hair care line, made by DC labs, features a shampoo, conditioner and treatment which retails for about $100.  I believe the product is sold exclusively online through their website Ovationhair.com. I’ve heard these radio ads too and although I don’t have an exact transcript, they say things like the following:

  • No procedures
  • No prescription
  • I can’t believe the results
  • Makes my hair thick and full just from a shampoo

And here’s what they don’t say but what you might logically think:

  • Well there’s no prescription required so it must be comparable to something that does require a prescription otherwise why would they make that comparison?
  • It makes my hair look for and feel thicker, that must mean it’s either improving the hair itself or growing more hair.
  • It contains “cell therapy” which sounds like stem cells and I know stem cells can help fight aging so the product must make my hair grow better.

Does it really grow more hair?

But if you do think these things you’ve come to them yourself – DC labs never says ANYTHING about the product growing hair. In fact, the claims on the website are very straightforward. They say things like the following about their products:

  • “create thicker, longer, stronger, and visibly healthier hair.”
  • “using innovative ingredients and technology to give you healthy, soft, touchable hair.”
  • “makes your hair smoother for less fly-aways, and adds hydration for amazing fullness.”

In the Ingredients section of their website they do mention that Biotinyl-GHK and Oleanolic Acid help with hair growth but they make no direct claims about their products in this regard.

So, despite what you might think from the radio ads, the claims seem pretty typical of other hair care products. (As Randy previously discussed in his article about Folicure, it’s easy for companies to support claims about “thicker, longer hair.”)

The Beauty Brains bottom line

Ovation Cell Therapy hair care products may feel terrific on your hair and if you’ve got a hundred bucks burning a hole in your pocket you should order them right now. But don’t be tricked into spending a lot of money on hair care products that simply imply that they stop hair loss and promote hair growth.

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Kathy January 21, 2015, 2:50 pm

    I tried Ovation Hair Therapy because someone recommended it for thinning hair but within a month, I experienced more hair fall out than usual. It is not worth the $$.

  • Angela March 8, 2015, 1:26 pm

    I have used this for about three months now. I only used the shampoo twice because it is too drying for my damaged dry hair. I use Wen conditioning cleanser first then use the cell therapy treatment. My hair does seem a little thicker and stronger but I don’t like the texture and I find the cell therapy treatment stings my scalp and skin a little. I think that Kerastase Ciment Aunti-Usure (Vita-Cement Topseal) is the best product I’ve used for damaged hair and although its pricey its much less than Ovation.

  • Rochelle March 11, 2015, 6:29 pm

    I too have used Ovation on several occasions. The first time I only bought the cell therapy and it worked miracles on my dry, damaged hair. This second time I ordered the shampoo, conditioner, and cell therapy and am not as happy with results. I have no body or volume. I’m going to discontinue use of the shampoo and condition and see if I can get the same results as I did the first time with just the cell therapy. On a different note, the cell therapy works really well on my children (7 and 4) who have eczema on their scalps. They hated the coconut oil I used to use. This is an easier alternative. It helps detangle my daughter’s hair and my son likes the smell.

  • Linda Brown March 12, 2015, 12:50 pm

    I have used it exclusivly for Agee years. It completely transformed my fine damaged and thinning hair. I love it

    • BB April 19, 2015, 9:04 am

      I looooove the Cell Therapy! I only use the Cell Therapy because the shampoo and conditioner did nothing for my hair. I’ve been using solely the Cell Therapy for about 4 years now and its amaaaaazing! I’m getting compliments now on my long beautiful curly hair! During menopause, my hair lost it’s curl, became thin, and I was losing hair. I was freaking out! My hair stylist mentioned that a couple of her clients are using Ovation Cell Therapy and with great results! So I gave it a try and soooo glad I did.

      TIP: It’s pricey but I only go through 1 bottle in about 4 months. I replace the lid with a thinner nozzle lid. Every other night, I squeeze out a very small amount of the product onto my scalp only, massage it to spread it evenly, loosely tie my hair in a pony tail with a “cloth” hair tie. In the morning I wash my hair. That’s all! As far as shampoo, condition, argon oil etc, I just use what I like. The only product I use from ovation is the Cell Therapy.

      Hope this helps.

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