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Reviewed and Recommended: Hair By Revitalash

Reviewed by Marta May 7, 2013 15 Comments
Revitalash is the maker of a successful eyelash growth product that, according to most testaments, seems to give the desired results: longer, thicker and darker assets to bat. I have never used it because it contains a prostaglandin analogue, a glaucoma drug that can have some nasty side effects. So too does the company's new product Hair By Revitalash. But I reasoned that my hairline was far enough away from my eyes to take the risk. Three weeks later I can report that Hair By Revitalash worked for me without any side effects.

Hair By Revitalash is a liquid that becomes a foam that can be rubbed into the scalp. Trading on the success of its eyelash product, Hair claims to have many of the same ingredients and is supposed to result in thicker, fuller hair.

The foaming action is a bit weak, deflating rapidly like a day-old cappuccino. Still, it is easy enough to rub into the scalp and there are no messy drips (having said that, I think it would be hard to control application on eyebrows). I tried it on my slightly thinning widow's peak - left side in a face-off against Folligen. I have been using Folligen, a copper peptide formulation, on and off for about a year and it works perfectly well. After three weeks of testing it against Revitalash, I would say that Revitalash performs slightly better. Both encourage new hair growth, but Revitalash produces strands that are a little longer and thicker.

As well as my anecdotal evidence, there are clinical trials to back me up. The prostaglandin is listed in the ingredients as trifluoromethyl dechloro ethylprostenolamide and although I haven't found tests using that particular variant, there is recent research that holds out much promise for the effect of prostaglandins on hair growth in general. Laboratory experiments with latanoprost (another variant on the glaucoma drug theme and also called xalatan) have demonstrated stimulation of hair growth in mice and on the balding scalp of the stumptailed macaque.

There is an important caveat here. I have a pretty good head of hair, aside from a noticeable thinning at each widow's peak. I have been trying to understand how Revitalash works and research suggests that it prolongs the anagen phase in the hair growth cycle. Furthermore, this study concluded: "Correlation with laboratory studies suggests that initiation and completion of latanoprost hair growth effects occur very early in anagen and the likely target is the dermal papilla."

I interpret this to mean that if you may not see results from Revitalash if you start it later in the anagen phase or in another phase in the hair growth cycle (for more on what this means, read our hair growth 101 post) and you'd have to persevere through the next cycle before passing judgement. My second conclusion would be that that this product is only going to help those with thinning hair, not out and out baldies.

My Revitalash vs Folligen trial should also be judged in the context of price. Hair By Revitalash costs $160 and Folligen is less than $20. Revitalash won the face-off but its performance is not, at least for my money, a whole $100 better.

Ingredients in Hair By Revitalash

Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Ginko Biloba Leaf extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propylene Glycol, Swertia Japonica Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Trifluoromethyl Dechloro Ethylprostenolamide, Glycerin Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Chlorphenesin, Biotin, Panthenol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
  • February 1, 2016

    by Mirjam

    Hello, I have a question. My hair is in a bad shape because of blond dying. Here and there my hair is broken and some places thin. Can I use this for new hair? Bcs I read with the mask that its not recomented to use it with colored hair.
    Thank you

  • June 7, 2013

    by Cantrell

    I just had DRAMATIC results from the Revitabrow Advanced - haven't had brows in over,I don't know, 20 years (from permanent makeup & my "Trichotillomania"). . . But they have grown in amazingly staring after 6 weeks!! I am so excited to look in the mirror now every day! What I am afraid of is when I stop using it...?
    So. . . I am wondering if the Hair conditioner works because I just had a traumatic period in my life & lost a LOT of my luxurious REALLY LONG hair & it doesn't look good. I was losing brush fulls of hair each day & am distressed. I want to try the "Hair Advanced" but am not sure. I am now back to being afraid of brushing my hair each day. . . Plus it's EXPENSIVE. Should I try it do you think??

  • September 26, 2009

    by ZC

    I tried Hair by Revitalash for two months and while I was using it, it worked great, no side effects and within 3 weeks my thinning hair started looking fuller and my scalp was not as noticeable. However because it is so expensive I stopped using it and my hair fell off with a vengeance, now I'm thinner on top that I've ever been and I 'm looking for an alternative solution.

  • July 23, 2009

    by admin

    Actually, I kept on using it but found that I developed an allergy and got little blisters on my scalp. Also, over a period of about 10 weeks, Folligen outperformed it quite noticeably.

  • July 23, 2009

    by SW

    hey Marta, any news on this?

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