What is the Provillus Scam?

By Dana George

  • Overview

    Billions of dollars are spent each year on products that claim to treat hair loss. Sadly, the majority of these goods don't do much more than cost consumers money. Depending on who you talk to, Provillus is one of these products. Though the company may claim that their ingredients have been approved by the FDA to treat hair loss, the actual product has not, putting into question the actual efficacy of Provillus.
  • Identification

    The crux of the Provillus scam involves the actual system, which consists of a topical solution and a bottle of hair nourishment capsules. The solution itself isn't really the issue here, as it is in fact made up of 5 percent Minoxidil, a clinically proven substance shown to re-grow hair. The scam essentially concerns the capsules, which are a mixture of vitamins, minerals and herbs, that have never been approved or endorsed by either the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) or the American Hair Loss Association to treat hair loss.
  • Significance

    The Provillus scam comes into play with the capsules, because you don't necessarily need them. The topical solution is almost exactly like all the other ointments that contain Minoxidil; it's just costing you a great deal more. This means you should get the same results for a fraction of the price by using a generic version of the hair loss drug.


  • Ingredients

    While you already know what's in the topical solution of Provillus, the ingredients of the capsules are still a bit of a mystery. They include a proprietary blend of Vitamin B6, biotin, zinc, saw palmetto, nettle root, pumpkin seed, eleuthero, uva-ursi extract and muira pauma. The makers of Provillus claim that each of these ingredients give the follicles of your hair the nourishment that is needed for healthy growth. None of them have been actually proven to do so. Though it may not hurt you to take this sort of supplement, it really isn't doing anything for you. And you should get the same hair growth results with or without them when using a topical solution containing Minoxidil.
  • Potential

    Does this mean that Provillus is actually a scam? Not necessarily. Since the oral supplement is herbal in nature, it will never be approved by the FDA. These sorts of products never are. But, people have seen benefits to their health by using different herbs and minerals, so it does stand to reason that Provillus could help treat hair loss. Much like any other product, even Minoxidil and Propecia, results will vary from person to person.
  • Considerations

    There is one thing you should always keep in mind when using any sort of hair loss treatment that is giving you results, including Provillus. As of today, there is no cure for male pattern baldness, so you'll need to continue using the product to maintain any hair you have re-grown. As soon as you cease its use, your hairline will go back to what it was prior to the process.
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