4. Jessica Deetz
I'm not sure if she is part of the MONAT lawsuit, but Jessica Deetz as in many of the TV stories and articles online. She posted some of the most damaging photos in the hate group, which were spread around on Facebook.
It's one thing for an adult to suffer from hair loss, but when it happens to a child from a baby shampoo, that's terrible, right?
And it looked really bad:
I would freak out if my daughter lost all her hair like that. Any mother would. It's understandable.
However, I did some digging on Deetz's Facebook page and found some interesting things.
Deetz claimed on Facebook that her daughter's hair fell out after 4 months of using the MONAT Junior Line.
She claimed this happened around late January/early February of 2018. So that would mean she had been using MONAT hair products on her daughter since September or October of 2017.
Now look at the photo below. Take a look at what the little girl is wearing in the top left and middle photos.
You can see she has on pajamas in the top left photo, and she's holding something that's hot pink. Also notice the orange shirt in the middle photo. Also the top right — looks like reindeers on her shirt which would probably be worn at Christmas time.
Now take a look at the next photo posted on her Facebook, and look at the date it was posted. December 11, 2017. I thought this was supposed to be a “before MONAT” photo?
Here's another one posted on December 9, 2017:
How are these “before MONAT” pictures if she had been using MONAT since September or October?
I guess it could be an honest mistake, but I thought it was odd. If I were posting a “before” photo, I would use a photo of her BEFORE she starting using the product.
I continued to dig and found something even more suspicious…
Tonsilitis & Psoriasis?
Deetz posted this update on Facebook on February 6th, 2018:
Notice she says her daughter had her tonsils taken out. She is referring to this photo below, at the children's hospital.
So her daughter had her tonsils out — a tonsillectomy — around December 11th, 2018.
According to the Healthline website, tonsillectomies are a recommended treatment for tonsillitis:
So Jessica Deetz's little girl had tonsillitis.
What Is Tonsillitis?
Google says tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads at the back of the throat. It is a medical condition caused by a viral infection.
Is There a Connection to Psoriasis?
According to researchers, there seems to be a connection between tonsillitis and psoriasis.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation:
“The psoriasis-tonsillitis connection starts with immune cells, known as T cells, which can move from the tonsils into the skin.
‘The prevailing theory is that repeated bouts of streptococcal throat infection can lead to activation of T cells within the tonsils,' said Dr. Andrew Johnston, a researcher at the University of Michigan who studies the link between psoriasis and streptococcal infection. ‘These T cells can enter the circulation and home to the skin, where they can initiate skin lesions.'”
The reason I looked into this is because I saw a video Deetz posted online of her daughter's hair loss.
I showed the video to a friend of mine, a former hair stylist, whose son had also had psoriasis guttate.
My friend said the way the little girl's scalp looked was very similar to the way her son's scalp looked when he had the condition.
Does Psoriasis Cause Hair Loss?
According to Healthline, psoriasis on the scalp can cause hair loss:
I'm not a doctor and I can't diagnose diseases so I can't know what happened here.
However, it's clear that Jessica Deetz's little girl had a medical condition (tonsillitis) that very likely could have been connected to psoriasis, which is known to cause hair loss.
5. Ashley McNight (Miller)
Ashley McNight (now Miller on Facebook) was featured in a BuzzFeed story about MONAT.
She claimed that MONAT gave her “an extremely itchy scalp” as well as “dandruff” and “leakage and sores” all over her head.
The photos below were posted in an article on Buzzfeed.
Sure looks scary! And if I were reading that Buzzfeed article, I probably wouldn't want to buy MONAT shampoo, for fear the same thing could happen to me.
What was especially interesting to me about the Buzzfeed article was the comments section. Check out these comments by Buzzfeed reader “Austin Elizabeth Leone”.
As someone who struggles with seborrheic dermatitis, Leone speculates that Ashley Miller was possibly experiencing the same symptoms and suggests that she see a dermatologist and get treated with medication.
As you can see in the final screenshot above, Amber Kovach, another Buzzfeed reader who also suffers from seborrheic dermatitis agrees with Austin Elizabeth Leone's comments.
Kovach says she has mixed results with different shampoo brands — some make her seborrheic dermatitis better for a while and some make it worse. She also says she loses “handfuls of hair” every time she showers as a result of her condition.
Austin Elizabeth Leone's comment in the second to last screenshot is right on the money.
“I also think that these women will have trouble alleging damage to them by the company without going to a dermatologist to show that they don't have a condition that looks exactly like the symptoms that they have. Monat's first move will probably be to secure a dermatologist as an expert witness who will try to discredit them by suggesting that they have seborrheic dermatitis.”
What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?
Seborrheic dermatitis is a form of eczema. It is a yeast-based fungal infection similar to Athlete's foot or jock itch.
According to the National Eczema Foundation, seborrheic dermatitis can be triggered by a variety of things, including:
- Hormonal changes or illness
- Harsh detergents, solvents, chemicals and soaps
- Cold, dry weather
- Medications such as psoralen, interferon and lithium
I don't see shampoo on that list. Do you?
In fact, in that same article, the treatment recommended for seborrheic dermatitis is actually shampoo (medicated anti-fungal shampoo):
“Guidelines for treating seborrheic dermatitis include: Alternate between using your regular shampoo and a medicated dandruff shampoo. If you are African American, wash with the medicated shampoo once weekly. Taper off as your symptoms improve.”
Bottom line: Ashley McNight/Miller had or has some sort of medical condition, probably a fungal infection, and she should see a doctor or dermatologist and get medication.
Looking at those five cases, it's pretty obvious there are a lot of things going on with these women besides just shampoo.
Clearly they have suffered and I feel sorry for them. However, it seems very unfair to sue a company, alleging that the products cause damage, when there are many other factors that could have caused the damage.
If you have a medical condition, and you start using a new personal care product, it seems like a real stretch to blame the product for your symptoms.
I am also highly suspicious of the way these women were courted and egged on by the reporters and the hairdressers who were sued for defamation. The whole thing stinks if you ask me.