Follinique Hair Growth Treatment: Is it a Scam? (Proof!)

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Y’all know I’m all about the hair (fake hair, of course), but have you heard about Follinique hair growth treatment?

Hair growth treatments sometimes pique my interest because, you just never know, right?

If I can regrow some of my hair, then I’m all for it. After all, the longer I keep my hair the longer I can wear my toppers.

I’ve never heard of this company, but thanks to some of my lovely eagle-eyed readers, I heard about these AMAZING before and after photos from a hair growth treatment company called Follinique.

Follinique Hair Growth Treatment: The Promise

Follinique hair growth treatment promises to regrow hair and stop hair fall with a 2% minoxidil solution, and you can see results in as early as two months. It also strengthens hair follicles.

It’s like Rogaine or other minoxidil treatments in that you apply the solution twice daily to the top of your head and allow to dry. Then go about your day.

This hair treatment solution also promises to keep your hair lustrous and restore elasticity. Whatever that means.

Sounds great, right?

Follinique Reviews with Before and After photos: Does it work?

I mean, check out this fabulous before and after pic of this lucky gal who regrew all of her hair using Follinique:

Follinique Hair Growth treatment

This company labels me as “Christine”, who regrew all of her hair using Follinique hair growth treatment. I’m 43 years old and a teacher who was “scaring off the school children” with her thinning hair. I found this hair product, won the hair growth treatment lottery, and in a matter of weeks regrew all of my hair.

Amazing!

I contacted them about this heinous review by calling the number on their website, and was put through to a call center that apparently services multiple products.

I spoke with several well-trained and compassionate employees (you sense the sarcasm, I hope?) over the course of several days.

One hung up on me.

Another said their manager would call me back (never happened).

Yet another said they have no proof that those images aren’t mine (huh?).

All said that no supervisor was on duty.

All of them were complete jerks. Truly, the least caring people I have come across in a long time.

I’m aware many call center employees really have no affiliation with the company, and I wouldn’t be surprised if those people knew anything about Follinique (in fact, one of them asked me what product I was even referring to). It did sound like a large customer service center as I could hear many employees talking to customers in the background.

Everyone I spoke to spoke perfect English.

I made a video about my experience with Follinique and their bogus hair growth treatment. I hope you’ll watch and consider sharing in any way that’s possible.

I absolutely despise that they are using my before and after pictures (of me wearing Tressmerize human hair, by the way) to dupe desperate women into buying a hair growth treatment that likely will not give results.

It’s really just shameful.

And for those of you wondering how to prevent this, 99% of my pics on my blog have watermarks with my blog name. But, usually I place them out of the way so that you can focus on the photo. Maybe I need to rethink this practice.

I’m hoping that by writing this blog post and doing a video about this company that it might be found in Google search results for women researching hair loss treatments or real Follinique reviews . There are several Follinique reviews out there (mainly videos) that I have not watched, but I do hope that those doing their research will find out what this company did and quickly reconsider spending up to $60 per month on a treatment that doesn’t work.

Because, if it worked, their website would have REAL before and after photos (their website currently has none). They would also have plenty of real women to use in their advertisements.

UGH!

What do you think about what they did/what they are doing? What action do you think I should take, if any?

If they were using my photos on their website, I’d have a clear course of action. But, because they are using them in their ads, it gets fuzzy.

Note: I may write a few follow up posts about this bogus hair regrowth treatment, but likely won’t email them out. I may also set the “publish” date a few weeks back so they don’t appear at the top of my site (because how many posts does one want to read about Follinique, really?). The goal of any of these subsequent posts is Google domination. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and if anyone wants to read more about the product I’m wearing in the “after” shot, you can read more about Tressmerize human hair in my post “Tressmerize: Gorgeous Human Hair Extensions + Topper“.

54 thoughts on “Follinique Hair Growth Treatment: Is it a Scam? (Proof!)”

  1. Thank you for your lovely website. I am taking the plunge with toppers, made an expensive commitment this morning after (literally) staying up all night reading, and watching videos (most of them hours!). Just wanted to say, if they still have your photo in a bogus review, the context does not matter – you should file a DMCA take down notice with their website provider.

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  2. I would see a lawyer. As long as your image is there, you’re now knowingly, (however I totally know it’s not your own doing), helping them to sell their shit product to innocent, desperate, gullible ladies, who completely believe what they are reading, thus, effectively helping that company. Sorry to be so blunt. I don’t mean it’s your doing in any way or even your responsibility, but it is the harsh truth. โ˜น๏ธ
    It’s a win win for the company, a loss for you and a loss for the balding lady.
    Completely not your fault, completely a ballache to have to deal with these scum, but a no brainer.
    Oh, and I would move the watermark.

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  3. Lauren, I am so pissed about this. I hope that you can force them to remove your pictures. I also hope than no one falls for this junk. The “Christine” story they wrote is just sickening. I am sorry that you have to deal with this.

    I’m happy that you made a video and hopefully those that might be considering the product see it before they waste their money. Btw, what hairpiece were you wearing in the video? It looks great!

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  4. Okay…I am totally horrified that your pictureswere used… But, what are they actually selling??? What are the poor victims putting into their bodies? They’re not ingesting a vitamin that grows their hair back, so it could be stuffed with really toxic crap. Man, there are so many levels of disgusting greed.

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  5. OMG! Can’t believe the cheek of this company using your personal photos. I would go and seek legal advise and see if you can get a free consultation just to see what your legal rights are. Do you have like a local Citizens Advice Bureau that you could contact or anything like that?

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  6. I agree with everyone who says to consult a lawyer. Sue the hell out of them. You can easily prove that they are your pics from your website and that their whole story is bullshit. Sue, sue, sue! Please!

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  7. First, so sorry this has happened to you.
    Second, sue their ass… if you don’t stop them, who will? Think of the younger, inexperienced viewer who will fall prey to this scam.
    Be sure to take pics of site with URL. You need proof… just in case they shut it down.
    This makes my blood boil. Shame on them!

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  8. I’ve never heard of it but I’m guessing that it’s some sort of multilevel marketing thing- an affiliate program? So it might be a lone independent rep using your image? Don’t have a clue as to what to do…maybe watermark your photos more conspicuously so it can’t be cropped out…how upsetting this must be!!

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  9. I am so sorry! I ageee with the rest, consult a lawyer….I think it’s horrible how a company would take advantage and prey upon women suffering from hair loss. Thank you for getting the word out and exposing these horrible people. I pray you will get justice. How frustrating this must be for you!

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  10. This is terrible! I am so glad you are fighting back. I have an idea for giving them a taste of their own medicine…

    Their products are available on Amazon, so you could post a review of each listed product, along with pictures to show everyone the scam they’re running.

    You might also be able to leave comments/reviews on related YouTube videos, and other sites where people are legitimately discussing the product.

    Good luck!

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    • Hi Andrea, I thought about that, but I’m not 100% sure that the seller is Follinique since anyone can sell on Amazon. I’ll have to do some digging. Someone else said this company may be affiliated with another company, too.

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  11. This is disgraceful. To play on the emotions of people who are desperate and be so unkind about hair loss (scaring away children?), and of course ripping off your photos. Keep doing what you are doing with publicity. I hope you’ll receive an apology and settlement offer soon if they have any sense! Otherwise I agree, lawyer up – a one off payment for a consultation could be worth it to find out if you have any options for compensation (if you can’t find someone to give free advice). Your blog is so positive and you give great practical advice about wearing hair. It’s so wrong your images are used to send people down a path that doesn’t offer hope.

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    • It’s completely disgraceful, you are right! I hate that women might see these images (which ARE awesome) and throw away money based on the promise of these results.

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  12. The world of scammers!!! I cannot imagine seeing my picture somewhere like that and a story about me that was so fake. Definitely see a lawyer. I have known people who were approached to do after pictures for a weight loss product because they looked like the before person. Good luck to you Lauren!

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  13. O-M-G. I cannot believe it. I agree with the comments above. You should speak with an attorney, find one who works as the personal injury specialists do, taking your case pro bono. Find a MEAN one!

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  14. When I worked in advertising our agency represented several weight loss accounts. You wouldn’t believe what we had to go through to validate our clients’ testimonials and the accompanying before and after photos. No reputable company would stoop to such underhanded tactics. If the product actually worked, they’d have legitimate before and after photos coming out of their ears. Keep the heat on these scam artists, Lauren. You work too hard to put up with this nonsense!

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  15. This is awful and completely wrong. So sorry you are having to deal with this! I am soooo sick of the hair scams – ugh! On that note however, has anyone tried or heard anything about Monat? It’s all over instagram and my gut is telling me it’s scamming because people are selling it but the testimonies and photos are so enticing!!

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    • Thanks, Kaley, hope you are well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve seen it a lot on Instagram, too…I have yet to meet someone who it’s worked on, however. Seems everyone “knows someone” who has had success.

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  16. Just to add to the comments above, keep copies of eveything- dates, names, screenshots.

    What they’ve done is disgusting. Not only have they used your photos without your consent, they’ve exploited what is a very personal and emotional subject for you.

    It would good to have them stopped to prevent them doing this to someone else.

    Take it all the way. How dare they!

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  17. Hi Lauren,
    You should go after them with a lawyer. They are taking adavantage of people and their anxiety and fear of losing their hair. They can’t use your images without your permission. You have a business and they are stealing photos from you!! I’m so mad about this!!!

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  18. Outrageous!! Contact a lawyer asap. Demand your picture is taken down. Claim damages for your lawyers fees and could you sue for damage to your own brand? I’m not a lawyer, just throwing ideas out there.

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  19. Dishonest and disgusting company! I definitely would engage an attorney for several reasons. The first being they had no right to use your story (trademark?) and definitely did not have your permission to use your photo. Those people you contacted are just phone operators, probably have no idea. Many times they don’t even work in this country. Get a lawyer and sue the hell out of them!

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    • These kids (most sounded very young) were in the U.S., I think – no noticeable accents that you typically find with offshore customer service. The sad thing is that they thought this was a joke. If they can’t help me, they should let me talk to a supervisor who can get in touch with someone who can hear me out. But, nope. Thanks Sandra!!

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  20. This is horrible, but frankly I’m not that surprised, in this world it now seems like anything goes which is unfortunate. I would be really angry if it were me, Isla has a good point, consider a free consultation with a lawyer…

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  21. You already know my answer, lawyer up! I know you said you didn’t want to spend a ton of money on it, but lots of lawyers have free initial consultations. I know for personal injury if the lawyer thinks it’s a good case, they’ll take it for free and take a cut out of whatever you’re awarded. You could always just see if that’s a possibility, and if it is, might as well get some free hair outta it for your troubles! Just my two cents.

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