Keranique is advertised as a solution to thinning hair for women. Read our Keranique reviews from editors and readers.
Keranique is a line of products marketed to women as a solution for thicker, fuller hair. It has been advertised online and on television for several years, and has also been featured on the QVC network. The official website is keranique.com, which was registered on April 3, 2009.
The domain getkeranique.com has also been used in advertising in late 2014.
- Phone: 888-237-4131
- Email: [email protected]
- Address: Keranique, PO Box 9300, Jersey City, NJ 07303
- Website: www.keranique.com
Cost and Availability
There are a variety of Keranique products, from shampoos to hair regrowth products. Most of the products found on the Keranique website range from about $20 to $60. The hair regrowth treatment, which is what was originally advertised in 2012 and 2013, costs about $25 for a one months supply (60ml bottle). There are also kits available which contain multiple Keranique products.
Beware of “Free Trial” Auto Ship Program
A free trial of Keranique has been advertised on television, pointing the viewers to getkeranique.com. When we first posted this review on October 2013, it was not possible to order Keranique without going through the free trial first. While this has changed since then, the free trial is still used prominently in ads for the product.
The advertised free trial is $3.95 for a 2-month supply of the product, but if you don’t call to cancel within 30 days, you will be charged full price for the two month supply, which is two payments of $79.95 (30 days and 60 days following receipt of the free trial). You will also be enrolled in their auto-ship program, which sends you a 60-day supply every two months. The cost is $79.95 per month, plus $7.95 shipping per order. The free trial and the terms have not changed from October 2013 to this writing in March 2015.
Keep in mind that you can now bypass the free trial and simply purchase the products you want at keranique.com.
- 3-step program to cleanse, re-grow, and rejuvenate hair
- Kit includes scalp stimulating shampoo, volumizing keratin conditioner, regrowth treatment, amplifying lift spray
- Clinically proven
- Only for women
The screen shot of the official Keranique website taken in October 2013 (below) looks remarkably similar to the “free trial” website in 2014 getkeranique.com:
The television commercial below has been airing through early 2015.
Transcript of the TV commercial above:
“I want my hair to stop falling out.”
“I’m sick of looking at my scalp.”
“I am done with thin, damaged hair!”
“I need my hair back.”
“I want the hair I used to have.”
“I want thick hair. Full volume.”
Ladies, if you want to regrow thicker, fuller hair, we’re about to send you a risk-free trial of Keranique. The Keranique system contains a product with the only FDA approved treatment clinically proven to regrow your hair, effectively fighting hair-loss. This system will give you fuller hair with incredible volume, strength, and thickness. It even prevents breakage and helps repair damaged hair. Women, it’s time to be proud and take back your hair.
For your risk-free trial, call 1-800-691-4802 in the next ten minutes. If lines are busy, please try again, but hurry, supplies are limited. That’s 1-800-691-4802.
Keranique’s Active Ingredient
Although the website states that Keranique includes the “only clinically proven & FDA approved ingredient for hair regrowth created exclusively for women…” the ingredient itself is not easy to find on the website. This mystery ingredient is minoxidil, which was first marketed as Rogaine, and can be found in generic forms sold over the counter in most drug stores.
A three month supply of generic “Minoxidil for Women” at Walgreens, as of December 2014, is $38.99. Compare this to $239.85 for a three month supply of the full Keranique kit, or $74.85 for just the Regrowth Treatment. A three month supply of name-brand Women’s Rogaine is about $49.99.
Minoxidil is typically sold to men in a 5% concentration, and to women in a 2% concentration. Hair loss will resume if minoxidil use is discontinued.
The official website mentions a “4-month user group study with 21 participants” but does not link to the study. However, there are many studies which cite the effectiveness of minoxidil for regrowing hair over the past two decades.
Side Effects of Keranique
The side effects of Keranique are the same as any minoxidil product. These are typically rare, but can include the following: (Source)
- Burning, stinging, or redness at the application site
- Unwanted facial or body hair
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Swelling of hands or feet
- Weight gain
- Difficulty breathing while lying down
If you experience any side effects, call your doctor or pharmacist.
The Google Trends chart below maps out the search popularity for Keranique. The product has had a relatively strong marketing presence since early 2013, and appears to be currently experiencing a peak surge of interest.
There is no doubt that Keranique will work for some women, but there is nothing unique about its active ingredient. The product’s high cost combined with its “free trial auto-shipment” marketing ploy make this a purchase to consider carefully. Fortunately, Keranique products can now be purchased individually without going through a free trial or purchasing in kits, and this may be a preferred option if you want to try the product.
If you want to try a product for thinning hair, you may also want to consider a minoxidil product sold at your local drug store.
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Updated March 17, 2015
Originally published October 2013