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What is Avacor?
The Avacor® brand name is now owned by an investment group called Avacor Products LLC. On January 1, 2009, they purchased the assets of Global Vision Products, Inc. Since the acquisition, Avacor Products LLC has been working to rebuild the reputation of the Avacor product name. Let’s take a look at the new Avacor.
Avacor is now a line of hair care products intended to clean, condition, and re-grow hair. The new product line consists of 2 Avacor Physicians Formulation® (one for men and one for women), a supplement called Nutricap, 2 shampoos, a hair thickener, and a styling gel.
These products are bundled into several different “supply packages” for 3, 6, and 12 months but let’s look at the individual products.
Avacor’s Physicians Formulation®
The 2 Avacor Physicians Formulations are topical products that contain Minoxidil, the only FDA approved topical ingredient proven to re-grow hair. The formulation for men contains 5% Minoxidil and the women’s formula contains 2% Minoxidil. Both formulas come with a few warnings:
- Do not use if you do not know the reason for your hair loss.
- May be harmful if used when pregnant or breast-feeding
- For external use only. If swallowed, get medical help or contact Poison Control Center right away.
- 60% alcohol content makes this product flammable: Keep away from fire or flame
- Do not use if you have no family history of hair loss
- Do not use if your hair loss is sudden and/or patchy
- Do not use if your hair loss is associated with childbirth
- Do not use if you are under 18 years of age. Do not use on babies or children
- Do not use if your scalp is red, inflamed, infected, irritated or painful
- Do not use if you use other medicines on the scalp
- If you have heart disease, ask your doctor about using this product.
- Avoid contact with the eyes. In case of accidental contact, rinse the area with large amounts of cool tap water.
Stop use and ask a doctor if you experience any of the following:
- chest pain
- rapid heartbeat
- sudden, unexplained weight gain occurs
- your hands or feet swell
- scalp irritation or redness
- unwanted facial hair growth
- you do not see hair regrowth in 4 months
The Avacor’s Physicians Formulation® is for use only on the scalp, not for other parts of the body.
This product may not work for you if your degree of hair loss is different than that shown on the side of their carton.
Some people have experienced changes in hair color and/or texture while using this product.
According to the Avacor website, you may need to use this product 2 times a day for at least 4 months before you see results.
In clinical studies of mostly white women aged 18-45 years with mild to moderate degrees of hair loss, two applications daily of 2% minoxidil topical solution produced the following results.
19% of women reported moderate hair regrowth after 8 months of use.
40% had minimal regrowth of hair.
Avacor® All Natural Nutricap
The All Natural Nutricap is a supplement intended to foster and maintain healthy hair follicles. They do note that “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.” The ingredients in the All Natural Nutricap are saw palmetto, keratin, resveratol, bilberry and ginkgo biloba.
Avacor® Styling Gel
The ingredients in Avacor® Styling Gel are: Allantoin, Carbomer, Citral, Citronellol, Diazolidinyl Urea, D-Limonene, Fragrance, Geraniol, Hydroxy Citronellal, Linalool, Nonoxynol-10, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, PVP, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, VP/VA Copolymer, and water.
Avacor® Thickening Shampoo
The ingredients in Avacor® Thickening Shampoo are: Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Ammonium Chloride, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Benzophenone-4, Blue 1, Cetyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, D-Limonene, External Violet 2, Fragrence, Geranium Maculatum Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Methylparaben, Panthenol, PEG-45M, Polysorbate 20, Propylparaben, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, and water.
Avacor® Volumizing Conditioner
The ingredients in Avacor® Volumizing Conditioner are: Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, D-Limonene, Fragrance, Linalool, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Stearyl Alcohol, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, and water.
Boost! Hair Thickening Serum
The ingredients in Boost are: Burdock (Arctium Lappa) Extract, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Dimethyl Copolyol, DMDM Hydantoin, Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum) Extract, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate, Glycol Stearate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Ivy (Hedera Helix) Extract, Methyl Paraben, Panthenol, Panthenyl Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, PEG-12 Stearate, Propyl Paraben, Propylene Glycol, PVP/VA Copolymer, Stearalkonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol (and) Cetrimonium Bromide, Tetrasodium EDTA, and water.
Scalp Detoxifying Shampoo
The Scalp Detoxifying Shampoo is intended to detoxify and cleans your scalp. The ingredients are: Citric acid, Cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, Diazolinidyl urea, Disodium Propylen Glycol, Methylparaben, PEG 150, PEG 80, Polysorbate 80, Propylparaben, Quaternium 15, Sodium trideceth sulfate, and water.
The Avacor 90-Day Guarantee
Some Avacor products are covered by a 90-day satisfaction money back guarantee, which does not include shipping and handling. The guarantee applies only when purchasing 3-months or more supply of Avacor for Men or Avacor for Women. There are a few other hoops you have to jump through in order to get a refund. The first hoop is that you have to call 866-948-4127 for a return authorization number within 90 days from the date that you receive the product.
Please Note: If you return the product within the first 60 days, there is no refund. You have to wait until the third month and then you are limited to 10 business days from the day that you get your return authorization number to send the product back, at your expense of course. The return package must include all unused products. Individual products are not guaranteed, only the multi-product packages are covered.
Make sure you understand this: If you experience side effects anytime within the first 60 days, you have to wait until the third month to return the product, if you want a refund, even if your symptoms occur within the first few days.
Possible side effects include chest pain, rapid heart beat, faintness, dizziness, suddenly unexplained weight gain, water retention, skin redness, and irritation.
While we aren’t thrilled with their guarantee, Avacor Products LLC appears to be committed to improving the brand name’s reputation and customer service. It will be interesting to see what kind of feedback the new Avacor brings. Read user feedback about the new Avacor.
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