Update 2/10/18: I reviewed Monat back in April of 2017. I only washed my hair with the products 2 or 3 times as they were being loaned to me by the rep who requested this review. I didn’t experience any hair loss but I also didn’t use these long enough to know. I assured her that I have thick, virgin hair with few complaints so wouldn’t make for a dramatic before and after but she was ok with that and just wanted to see what I thought.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a great deal of disturbing things with regard to Monat and it’s products. If it is indeed making people’s hair fall out, I truly hope the appropriate parties get involved and pull it from distribution too.
I do not think anyone is lying about their hair loss and I feel so sorry for them.
No one shares unflattering, humiliating photos of their scalp for no reason.
No one is paying women to share their stories and I support them in trying to help one another.
Many of these women initially believed in the products enough to sell them, investing their own time and money into Monat. I have no doubt it was embarrassing and alarming when their hair began to take a turn for the worse.
I’ve had several blog readers and friends let me know that this product damaged their hair. I believe them and I’m so sad that they had to have this experience. I don’t believe your hair, nor your skin goes through a detox. That isn’t a thing. That’s your liver’s job.
That being said, my very limited, original Monat review is as follows.
I haven’t posted a recent photo or video for you to know but I recently cut about 6 inches off my hair. It wasn’t a midlife crisis or anything. I just realized I needed less weight and here we are. Though I really like my hair cut, now I actually have to style my hair more often. This means I have to do something I struggle with called “try”.
I’ve learned a lot about my hair lately as a result, one unfortunate thing being that I have occasional dandruff. You can sometimes see evidence of this in my older videos. I have virgin hair so it’s in pretty good condition but is prone to oiliness and since cutting it, the under layers have gone from wavy to almost curly, making it lay kind of funny. The only thing I’ve found to help remedy my dandruff and oiliness, after trying every natural product, was unfortunately Head & Shoulders. I don’t want to use it; even though it works. It contains sulfates, artificial fragrances, and worst of all, they test on animals, something I’m strictly against.
Therefore, I’m all for trying cleaner products that don’t test on animals, especially if they can help me, and more importantly, others. Dandruff is gross and embarrassing, but you know whats even more embarrassing? Hair thinning and hair loss. I’ve got enough hair for 4 people but I once had Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that resulted in a sizable bald spot right in my hair line. It was alarming and inconvenient. I know many who have lost significant hair volume after having a child or taking certain medications. It affects your self esteem and makes you feel self conscious. There’s a fairly new haircare company that promises to remedy that called MONAT.
My friend Kylika Miller sells MONAT and asked if I wanted to try it out. I’d been hearing a bit about it, and was invited to “wash and wine” events here and there. I really like Kylika and I like supporting other women. I know you guys are always curious about these things people sell so I’m usually happy to try the products and give you the scoop. FYI-I am a not a hair stylist therefore am reviewing these products purely from a consumer point of view. I’d love to know a stylist’s opinion though so if you’ve tried it, please comment!
What I Thought
Ease of Use
I really like the twist top tube packaging style of the Renew Shampoo. The shampoo doesn’t contain sulfates so it doesn’t foam up much but enough to work it in to the scalp easily. The scent is really nice and fresh and what I would categorize as a “green” scent. The shampoo rinses out easily.
After shampooing, I applied the Replenish Masque. It smells nice and fresh too and feels rich without being too thick or heavy. It doesn’t contain silicones which I love because sometimes hair masks just coat your hair to make it feel superficially slippery and smooth but it’s sort of a cheat.
I used the Restore Leave-In Conditioner and brushed it through with my Wet Brush when i got out of the shower. I think I used too much of this so I was worried my hair would feel heavy and greasy but it really didn’t.
I lightly sprayed my hair after styling with the Refinish Control Hairspray and found this to be one of my favorite products. It’s lightweight, smells nice and leaves hair brushable and soft, no stiffness. It keeps that movement but smoothes the hair.
I’ve seen a few comments online say these products are expensive but if compared to many high end brands, I think the price point is pretty average. Plus, I could have definitely used less product than I did so I imagine a little goes a long way since it’s not packed with odd fillers as some products are. You can save by buying sets or being a VIP member too. If you do VIP, the shampoo, conditioner and masque set I tried would break down to $28 each, for example.
Left: Washed with Head & Shoulders, used Kevin Murphy UN.TANGLED Leave-In Conditioner, blow dried. Right: MONAT Balance System, blow dried.
After shampooing, conditioning, and blow drying as usual with my Instyler Turbo Dryer and Wet Brush Speed Dry Brush, I found that my thick, heavy hair laid much better. It seemed sleeker, smoother and more manageable. When I examined my part carefully, I didn’t see any white flakes. Yay! I have good hair to begin with but I especially like how my hair felt from these products, clean, healthy and nice. I’ve been dealing with a lot of annoying static and flyaway lately and I noticed that MONAT eliminated that.
This was taken right after blow drying. Not that you didn’t already know, but I have no makeup on. Someone please brush up those damn eyebrows. Anyways, I think you can tell how nicely my hair is laying. I didn’t straighten it yet it looks as though I did.
- Cruelty free
- Paraben free
- No sulfates
- No silicones
- No pthalates
- No harsh colorants or fragrances
- Products contain multiple natural oils
- Can encourage hair growth
- Lots of lines and options but Kylika would be happy to help you find the best line.
- May be more costly than your current routine
- Sold via independent consultant vs. salons
- One might be more likely to purchase from someone who regularly cuts their hair
- This is petty but it really bothers me that it’s pronounced mo-nay but not spelled Monet.
Do I recommend MONAT?
As someone with already healthy hair with a few complaints, I do. I honestly had a really good experience with it. If I were to purchase MONAT products, I’d choose the shampoo and hairspray and maybe Leave In Conditioner.
Product samples were provided by Kylika Miller on behalf of MONAT. No financial compensation was received and I will not make any compensation for purchases made through links in this post.