New York – June 07, 2018
MONAT launched in 2014 as a direct selling company and climbed onto the industry’s Global Top 100 list in just three years, joining giants like Mary Kay and Avon.
MONAT hired Kosmoscience, an independent lab, to test the products to determine whether they could cause hair loss and hair breakage. It’s the same lab that’s been used by other major labels for testing such as Proctor & Gamble and L’Oréal. MacMillan waived his confidentiality agreement so the executive director of Kosmoscience could speak freely with Eyewitness News about the results.
“The results did not indicate any event that could discredit the products investigated,” said Kosmoscience Executive Director Adriano Da Silva Pinheiro.
Below is Pinheiro’s description of the testing:
“Particularly we investigated three important properties:
i. Measuring the substantively of the products in performance improvement to facilitate wet and dry combing, in this test all products met with promises, reduced the energy needed to comb the hair in both conditions wet and dry states.
ii. We also investigate if the products cause the reduction of mechanical property, that is if they are capable of causing the premature breakage; for these tests, it was also verified that the products have no potential to reduce the mechanical property, i.e. maintains the integrity of the fibers.
iii. And finally we investigate the health of the cuticle morphology which is a superficial layer of hair fiber, for this investigation we used a scanning electron microscope of high resolution, in this study it was verified improvement of the uniformity of the cuticles and cementation that means that the cuticles are sealed, thus maintaining the protection of the interior of the fiber.
It is important to mention that all these studies have met the statistical rigor required.”
“We know our products are safe,” MacMillan said.
7 On Your Side Investigates also compared MONAT ingredients to a database ranking common cosmetic ingredients for safety offered by the Environmental Working Group which advocates for human health. The database listed the ingredients at low to moderate risk. 7 On Your Side Investigates then took the product and the findings to Dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Rossi. Dr. Rossi has past experience reviewing haircare products accused of negative side effects.
“The ingredients here are what you would find in many other ingredients that are already on the market,” Dr. Rossi said. “It’s very rare or non-existent to actually see hair loss from that.” Dr. Rossi further explained that many individuals can experience reactions or allergies to haircare products, most often because of the fragrances used, but that that only makes the product a bad choice for the individual not for the general population. “Even though someone may be allergic to a certain type of ingredient, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it would cause hair loss,” Dr. Rossi said.
While Rossi said he saw nothing alarming with the ingredients in MONAT, he advised people who experience unwanted side effects to discontinue use and see a doctor.
“We’re a company that cares, and as such, having great, efficacious, safe, naturally-based products is a key element to what we do. Doing everything we can to continue to create new products and to continue to look at the products we have is so integral to the opportunity that we would never shy away from that. It’s foundational to who we are.”
-Stuart MacMillan, President of MONAT Global.