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Old 11-25-2008, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Is Provillus a Scam?

Has anyone tried provillus? They claim it is an FDA approved product. Is it dangerous to take?
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:31 PM   #2
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Exclamation Phony Blogs Promote Questionable Hair Loss Products

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Hi Storm,

Below is an AHLA blog article originally published last December.

We all know just how treacherous the internet can be when researching hair loss products and services. Unsuspecting hair loss sufferers have enough trouble trying to navigate through the incredible maze of misinformation presented by hair loss marketers who promote their bogus products and services as “miracle breakthroughs.” Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse, in walks “Balding Tony.” We’re not sure if this guy actually exists, but we can tell you that in our opinion his blog is nothing more than an pathetic attempt to mislead the hair loss consumer into thinking that the questionable product Provillus is some sort of miracle hair growth product.

In his blog “Balding Tony” writes that he has tried just about every hair loss product available including the ONLY two FDA approved products Minoxidil and Propecia. Tony complains about Propecia’s sexual side effects, which actually occur in less than 2% of those who used the drug during clinical trials. He also claimed that Minoxidi was too difficult and messy to use…it just didn’t fit into his lifestyle he writes. We found that funny since the only clinically proven ingredient in Provillus is minoxidil and in order for the Provillus product to work it has to be applied to the scalp exactly like all minoxidil based products.
Balding Tony might be fooling some of the more vulnerable, unsuspecting hair loss consumers online, but he’s certainly not fooling us. Provillus is nothing more than an overpriced dietary supplement along with repackaged generic minoxidil and azelaic acid.

Remember this rule of thumb, no matter what “Balding Tony” says, there are only two products proven to stop the progression of hair loss and to regrow hair, minoxidil and propecia. If an advertised product is not approved by the FDA or does not carry the AHLA certification seal, do not waist your time or money on it…sorry Tony.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:51 PM   #3
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Thumbs down Forget About Provillus!

Hey Storm,

The sad truth is that that the hair loss industry is a 3.5 billion dollar a year business, yet 99% off all products and services being sold to hair loss sufferers are either a complete scam or questionable at best.
It’s important to understand that there have only been two FDA approved medical treatments for hair loss. They are Minoxidil and Propecia (Finasteride).
There is no other product on the market that has been approved by the FDA to treat hair loss!
Provillus claims to be a proprietary blend of herbal, mineral, and vitamin components which include:
Saw Palmetto Berries, Gotu Kola, Nettles, Magnesium, Zinc Sulfate, Siberian Ginseng, Vitamin B-6, Pumpkin Seed Meal, and Mura Puma Root. These are all considered to be nutritional supplements none of which are approved by the Food & Drug Administration for any medical purpose let alone the prevention and treatment of hair loss.
The topical formulation included in with the Provillus package contains the FDA approved drug Minoxidil which can be purchased over the counter at any drug store in the country for a fraction of what Provillus charges vulnerable hair loss consumers. So in short consumers are paying an arm and a leg for generic minoxidil.
There are several companies currently hawking repackaged Minoxidil along with magical dietary supplements as “miracle breakthroughs” in the fight against hair loss.
Here’s simple rule of thumb: If a hair loss product or service is being advertised on late night television, on the radio, in the back of men’s magazines or on the internet, and is not FDA approved or does not carry the American Hair Loss Association certification seal, avoid it!
Provillus itself is NOT FDA approved to our knowledge, and is definitely NOT recommended by The American Hair Loss Association.
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Old 11-25-2008, 02:39 PM   #4
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Angry Does a real product need to mislead the public?

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I was alerted yesterday to the fact that a Provillus affiliated website has ripped off the pictures on my site and reposted them on theirs as before and afters. I am beyond shocked and extremely pissed off. Those images are of a woman who sent them to me and gave me permission to post them. The girl's name is Julie and she is actually wearing a Reprieve Hair System. The site is claiming her name is "Stacy" and are clearly inferring the images are are from the use of Provillus. WRONG!! Next to her stolen images they write "In her case we used Provillus, the only FDA approved hair regrowth product for women on the market and as you can see her results are nothing short of stunning." Stunning indeed, but certainly no credit to Provillus whatsoever.

I won't post a link to the site because I don't even want to give them one site visitor and reward them for their low life acts of deception. I took a snap shot of it and will post it below. The original photos of Julie are on my website here: http://www.womenshairlossproject.com...-before-after/

Here is a snapshot (click on the image to enlarge it) of the provillus site lying to the public:
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And here is where they sole it from on my site:
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If Provillus works so wonderfully why not post REAL photos instead ripping off photos of women who have hair loss and exploiting them for their own financial gain.

Scam seems like a good word for it to me
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:20 PM   #5
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Great, another scam. I can't believe that they would stoop that low to steel that girls photos and claim that she grew her hair back using their crap product. This is really a shame! How is this allowed to go on?
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:37 PM   #6
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Default Provillus company should be shut down!!! For real.

Provillus should be sued and reported to the better business bureau. I am working on it.
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:47 PM   #7
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Default Don't buy, use, refer or think of PROVILLUS!!!

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How many times do you need to hear it? Provillus will damage your hair. I took it and my hair came out in lumpy chunks. I gave it to my mom who has a beatiful short hair to take as dietary supplement. The poor lady's hair started ripping off. I had to take her to her doctor to check her bone density to make sure there is no cancer of any kind. When her test came back, the doctor said she has just introduced something new to her body that is clearly ripping her hair out. It was freaking "hair killer PROVILLUS". This is a woman that her hair hardly breaks or shed on any comb. They came out in chunks in the tub. You cannot imagine the stress this caused. DO NOT BUY PROVILLUS!!!!
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:01 AM   #8
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Yeah. What I don't understand is this thread: http://www.baldtruthtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1392

Kevin Nalts posting a blog. In this blog he advertises for Provillus.


Provillus is just a load of crap. Expensive crap. Unlike propecia this crap is way more effective in...giving you side effects since it's just a bunch of crap thrown together.

Provillus is a scam, and a ripoff. And I bet people go on that Nalts blog and think hey im gonna try this for a few months.

Shesh. Atleast make him remove the blog link on this forums if he doesn't want to remove the ads from his site.

People are just money hungry.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:22 AM   #9
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Default I have tried Provillus for six months

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I have ordered and used Provillus for six months... Since I am from Europe, I only got the pills, which I have to say did not work at all... I have stopped my Rogaine treatment just to see the effects of Provillus and after six months I can say I am disappointed.. Not only I didn't have any improvement, the situation got even worst. I am sharing this with you so you can all know... I guess now we should be looking for stem cell treatments as they will be introduced hopefully in the not so far future.
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:34 AM   #10
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How many times do you need to hear it? Provillus will damage your hair. I took it and my hair came out in lumpy chunks. I gave it to my mom who has a beatiful short hair to take as dietary supplement. The poor lady's hair started ripping off. I had to take her to her doctor to check her bone density to make sure there is no cancer of any kind. When her test came back, the doctor said she has just introduced something new to her body that is clearly ripping her hair out. It was freaking "hair killer PROVILLUS". This is a woman that her hair hardly breaks or shed on any comb. They came out in chunks in the tub. You cannot imagine the stress this caused. DO NOT BUY PROVILLUS!!!!
Isnt Provillus just Saw Palmetto and some vitamins? It works on the basis of Saw Palmettos ability to block the 5AR enzyme which converts testosterone to DHT, obviously no such studies have been done regarding its effectiveness in the treatment of MPB. Its action however is very similiar to that of Proscar, which in turn may take up to 12 months to view the full benefits, that said I believe the product is seriously overpriced as its ingredients can be purchased stand-alone for a fraction of the cost of Provillus.
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