As a long-term alopecian, I’ve tried several supposed hair loss cures over the years. So I’m always wary of any brand that promises miracle results. Still, I genuinely believe that a holistic approach, which focuses on gut health as well as hair health, can make a real difference.
Which is why I’m becoming more and more in favor of brands that help with both.
Hair La Vie is a haircare and supplement brand that claims to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth through its natural ingredients. Featured in Oprah Magazine and Harper’s Bazzar, the brand has clocked up over 96K likes on Facebook and has a strong, loyal following.
But are all those natural ingredients actually proven in clinical studies to support hair growth? Or are these just clever marketing claims?
In this post, I’ll examine the popular haircare company in more detail: what’s inside Hair La Vie products and how they can help your hair, some complaints and controversies, and a few customer Hair La Vie reviews to help you decide whether it’s worth the hype.
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A newcomer to the hair loss industry, Hair La Vie was founded in 2014 with a supplement for women. Since then, it’s expanded its range of hair treatments, which are still largely aimed at women to help manage postpartum hair loss, hormonal hair loss or a decrease in hair quality as a result of aging.
Unlike many other treatments for hair growth, it wasn’t created by a team of dermatologists or scientists, when one of its founders had experienced hair loss him or herself.
Nope, Hair La Vie was the brainchild of a group of health and wellness entrepreneurs. In short, those who know how to use people’s vulnerabilities to make more money. (Especially seeing as their headquarters are in Los Angeles!)
Sound cynical? Maybe. But their marketing and their big claims are a little too slick, too salesy, for me to really trust this brand. Hopefully this Hair Loss review will help you separate the truth from the gimmick, too.
One thing I can’t argue with is Hair La Vie’s great ingredients list…keep reading to see what’s inside!
Hair La Vie hair products are sulfate free, paraben free and chemical free. They don’t contain additives like sugar, fillers, dyes and preservatives.
This is great news for anyone who already has dry hair or chemically treated hair because sulfates and parabens – common in popular shampoos – can dry out the hair further, causing it to become frizzy, and irritate the scalp. (Which is why I recommend sulfate-free shampoos, instead).
The dense nutrient profile of Hair La Vie means a healthier foundation – so your hair will be less prone to breakage, split ends and damage.
The cruelty free formula differs between their topical products and their hair vitamins but here are some of the top ingredients in Hair La Vie.
Hair La Vie also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B6, plus essential minerals like folate, iron, zinc and iodine to help strengthen hair. As vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be a trigger in hair loss, some people may need additional supplementation.
I haven’t personally used Hair La Vie’s hair care products, so I can’t say for sure. But customer reviews are promising – most of them say that it really did improve their hair health and made it look thicker and stronger.
Many customers mention it stopped shedding in their tracks; others noticed hair growth within quite a short space of time.
There are more negative ones though, who didn’t see any results and what’s more, found it difficult to cancel their order once they got locked into an autoship program. More on that below.
In terms of efficiacy, I’d like to believe that Hair La Vie works. It has several proven ingredients for hair growth – plus it contains more saw palmetto in its formula than in the top hair loss supplement, Nutrafol!
Hair La Vie promises noticeable results within 3 months: it even maps out how that journey will look:
The company makes plenty of big claims on its website – some of which were called out in this Truth in Advertising (TINA) article. As with many supposed hair loss treatments, I’d take their marketing claims with a pinch of salt and don’t expect miracles.
Still, I didn’t find many bad associated side effects, other than complaints around the autoship policy so maybe give it a try (order from Amazon, if that makes you more comfortable) and see if Hair La Vie works for you!
Hair La Vie are so confident in their products that they offer a 90-day guarantee. This is a lot better than the 30-day guarantee offered by many other brands, as results usually take between 2 and 3 months to become visible. Below are some of the most popular products, but you can find more on Hair La Vie’s website. (Through this link, you can get 10% off, too).
A gentle cleanser and liquid hair vitamin, Hair La Vie shampoo includes 19 natural oils, plant extracts, vitamins, proteins and amino acids to restore weak, brittle, or damaged hair and nourish a dry scalp. It also seeks to replenish lost nutrition, without using any harmful SLS, parabens or fillers.
Hair La Vie Shampoo uses marula, coconut, and peppermint oils to revitalize damaged locks and deeply moisturize your hair – without weighing it down. The formula also features tea tree oil as an antioxidant to clear scalp buildup and prevent blocking the hair follicles.
With anti-frizz keratin proteins, silk amino acids and saw palmetto, Hair La Vie shampoo works to boost scalp circulation, reduce hair shedding and keep your existing hair hydrated, soft and strong.
Psst…There’s also a Hair La Vie dry shampoo to absorb oil and impurities, featuring black clay and bamboo to gently cleanse hair and a sheer corn starch formula which disappears after you apply it. Handy for healthy hair on the go!
With deeply moisturizing ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and keratin, this paraben and sulfate free conditioner brings a touch of salon luxury to your locks – without the hefty price tag. Together with the shampoo, it promises to “completely revitalize and rejuvenate your hair”.
With no frizz-causing SLS or parabens, this nourishing treatment is ideal for those with chemically-processed or color-treated hair. It’s effective on all hair types, really: including thin hair, curly hair and straight hair. Like all Hair La Vie products, it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin or an itchy scalp.
Use it as a weekly treatment to replenish your hair’s natural moisture and repair dry, brittle and lackluster hair. With its strengthening formula, you can prevent future damage, too!
Hair La Vie Lash24 is an eyelash serum and primer that you use twice a day: the conditioning PM formula is for putting on your eyelashes in the evenings before bed to encourage growth as you sleep – nifty, right?!
And the lightweight AM formula can be worn during the daytime, under your mascara, if you like, to support healthy lashes and protect against environmental damage.
The treatment includes red clover extract to block DHT and boost thickness, while keratin and biotin add strength and encourage growth. Although the price might seem a little steep, you receive two treatments in one – and a single tube will last two month. As one reviewer mentioned, you can even use it for eyebrow growth. Nice one.
A daily sugar-free drink that supports a healthy gut, promotes clear skin and even helps thicker, healthier hair growth…it’s pretty tasty, too!
Its honeydew-flavored, powdered formula includes Vitamin C to support collagen absorption, Ginger as a natural anti-inflammatory, Collagen to promote skin, nails and hair cell formation, Keratin to strengthen hair further and Prebiotics to support gut health.
With our microbiome being a massive influence on hair loss, it’s great that this elixir includes superfoods like blue spirulina. It’s a wonderful and holistic way to support your hair health…from inside out.
Hair La Vie vitamins help to give your hair the optimal nutritional requirements in order to grow thicker, stronger and healthier.
Suitable for all hair types, they contain 20 natural ingredients to support your immune system, reduce high blood pressure and promote hair growth.
How, exactly? Well, the gluten-free vitamins include a proprietary blend of reishi mushroom to reduce scalp inflammation and boost blood circulation to the scalp, biotin to stimulate keratin production and assist hair follicle growth and amla to further strengthen follicles and minimize hair thinning.
Hair La Vie also makes Revitalizing Hair Blend vitamins, which contain saw palmetto, biotin and collagen. These pills are designed to support faster hair growth in men and women and, like the clinical formula hair supplements, are non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten-free and preservative-free.
According to the positive reviews on Amazon which recommend Hair La Vie, these products are kind to sensitive scalps. One reviewer mentioned she has extremely sensitive skin and that every other shampoo she’s tried gave her sores on her scalp. Whereas Hair La Vie shampoo left her hair and scalp in a healthy condition.
However, another Hair La Vie review mentioned their product arrived from Amazon with the top open and leaking. So to avoid packaging problems or knock-off goods, I’d recommend buying direct from Hair La Vie instead.
Although Hair La View reviews don’t gush about miraculaous hair growth, most do say how the products helped to boost and volumize their previously thinning and dull hair. Some go on to say they noticed their thinning hairline or bald spots filling out again. Great results!
This is what I have been looking for to help smooth out my sometimes frizzy hair after a blowout! I had so many compliments on my hair at work the first day I used it!! Super happy with my purchase. Yay!!!!!
This is a fabulous product. I could tell the difference after 1st use and see a difference in hair renewal/growth within a month. I also take their biotin supplement for hair growth. Amazing!!!
I have very long, fine, straight hair with a greasy scalp and was noticing a little more shedding than normal. I was a little sceptical when I used Hair La Vie for the first time. The shampoo made my hair feel weird, almost waxy. But then I used the conditioner. It evened everything out and my hair felt normal and soft. After blow drying it, I noticed my hair had more volume and was so soft I couldn’t stop running my hands through it. It’s been a month of use – I wash every other day, sometimes every 2 days, and I have noticed fuller hair with more volume. I don’t lose as much in the shower or when brushing.
I been using Lash24 for about a year now and it really works. I have noticed a massive difference in the fullness and length of my lashes, so you have me for life! I love that I don’t need to even think about mascara or anything. Just my lash24! I also use it in spots on my eyebrows where I have slight thinning…works so great!!
– Jennifer H
The main complaints about Hair La Vie are that the products are a little expensive, that the packaging has now changed, which means it’s hard to squeeze out the remaining product and that the shampoo doesn’t lather up very well.
But that’s because Hair La Vie doesn’t contain sulfates or parabens, so that’s a good thing!
You don’t need to use any more of the treatment than you would with your regular shampoo in the hopes of generating more lather – rest assured that all those lovely moisturizing oils are doing their thing.
Hair La Vie makes several health-related claims on its website which have since been disputed; largely because there’s not enough clinical evidence to back up the effects of their products.
The company has also received quite negative feedback around their customer service and autoship policy. On complaintsboard.com, they’ve received several complaints about the brand, as follows:
“Customers have reported various issues including ineffective products, difficulty in cancelling auto-shipments, and poor customer service. Moreover, some consumers experienced unauthorized charges on their credit cards.”
It’s worth noting, the customers who complained all received refunds from Hair La Vie. However, it took some time and it was only after launching official complaints through websites like complaintsboard and trustpilot, that this occurred.
My top-recommended hair supplement, Folexin, gets fantastic customer reviews. Both around the product itself – most people who’ve written to me have been loyal customers for years – and about the brand’s customer service.
Folexin is, in my opinion, a much better supplement to support hair growth. (Another great brand is Viviscal: check out my comparison post between Hair La Vie and Vivisical for more.)
Then you could combine either hair vitamin with my favorite shampoo for thinning hair, Revita!
As Hair La Vie contains only natural ingredients, side effects are minimal. Although some of us can be allergic to botanicals, too – so that’s not to say they’re unheard of.
Plus, if you already have an excess of biotin or minerals like copper or zinc, it’s best to avoid taking extra supplementation containing these ingredients.
Side effects of too much biotin include nausea and skin rashes, while copper toxicity is linked to muscle pain, vomiting and stomach cramps. Excess zinc levels can can gastrointestinal side effects, plus headaches. Not the nicest effects, so always check with your doctor if you’re unsure about your levels.
If you’re still keen to try Hair La Vie after reading the above warning, you can snap up some great deals on their company website. Such as:
You can buy from Amazon, Walmart or the company’s website. I’d recommend the latter, to be sure it’s the real product and also to avail of discounts. Hair La Vie offers shipping throughout the US, usually by UPS First-Class Priority Mail or UPS Surepost. Delivery takes anywhere from 7–10 business days, depending on your location. If you’re based internationally, Hair La Vie can send you products via DHL or another international express service.
Unfortunately, no natural hair loss treatments have been approved by the FDA – only the more chemical-heavy ones like minoxidil and finasteride are, which, by the way, can have some pretty bad side effects.
It’s great if you have thin, dry or damaged hair, if you color or chemically-treat your hair and need to restore it back to health. Maybe it isn’t the best hair growth brand out there but it doesn’t seem to have many bad side effects and it’s quite affordable, too. However, it isn’t suitable for pregnant women as it contains Vitamin A and bamboo stem.
I think Hair La Vie (which, by the way, means “Hair Is Life”) could be a promising way to promote healthy hair growth. And that if you want a way to restore your hair to its former glory, full of vitality and life, Hair La Vie might be meant to be!
It contains proven ingredients to help with the growth process, like saw palmetto, collagen, tocotrienol and ginger – and all those ingredients are natural, with minimal side effects. Saw palmetto extract is present at a maxium-effective dose too, unlike some other shampoos that only contain a trace amount.
However, it’s not the cheapest option out there. And I’d be wary of its auto-renew policy, too – so I’d recommend trying something like Folexin, or perhaps Viviscal, in terms of supplements, and Revita for your hair care products instead
I hope this Hair La Vie review has been helpful! Feel free to share your thoughts about it, or your experiences with any of the above products, in the comments box.
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