7. Status of the MONAT Class Action Lawsuit
So, what is the status of the MONAT class action lawsuit?
There were 11 class action lawsuits filed last year — from February through July of 2018 (scroll up to see section 1 of this blog post for the full list of lawsuits).
These lawsuits are currently being merged into one “Multidistrict Litigation” class action lawsuit.
From what I have heard from my sources, I believe they are in “discovery” which means they are collecting information about the different plaintiffs and their cases.
Lawsuits take a long time… and from what I read online on the different legal websites, this one looks to be slated for next year (2020).
That's part of the reason I wanted to write this blog post. Instead of waiting to hear the outcome (which is going to take another year), I wanted to lay out the evidence so that consumers can learn the real story.
Needless to say, I'm very confident MONAT will win this impending class action lawsuit based on two things:
- The precedents set by the four women settling in the defamation lawsuits. If there had been any validity to their claims, based on factual evidence, why did they settle?
- There are so many medical issues among the plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit, as I outlined in the last section. It will be very tough for these women to prove the shampoo was what caused their hair loss and damage.
8. The Online Attacks Continue
Meanwhile, the libelous attacks against MONAT are continuing online. Not a week goes by that I don't hear about people making defamatory claims.
Just this past week I witnessed two different “dumpster fires” in comment threads on Facebook.
What is very interesting to me is many of these women who are bashing MONAT online are selling competitive products.
Not only that, but they typically do not disclose that they are being compensated by the competing companies.
Let's take a look at some of their comments… and connect the dots…
Prose Shampoo Reps Trashing MONAT
Prose is a hair care company that is competing with MONAT. And yes, they pay their reps commissions. Just like MONAT.
Here is a woman, Jahaza Spooner Duncan, trashing MONAT, saying it makes people's hair fall out and damaging their hormones.
She seems to like to trash multiple companies as you can see from this next post… I use a lot of these products and I have friends who sell them, so I disagree with her.
Spooner Duncan claims she “doesn't want to hurt anyone selling MONAT” (yeah, right – look at all the people she just trashed in the post above…)
She goes on to say she got “huge welts” and “horrible bumps” from MONAT.
You can see in the screenshot below, she is recommending Prose shampoo and offering free coupons.
However, she doesn't disclose that she gets paid by Prose. This is actually an FTC violation.
Here's another comment posted by Angela Avery, a friend of Jahaza Spooner Duncan's. She's claiming she got bald spots from using MONAT.
Avery is a hair stylist at Ulta Beauty, according to her Facebook profile.
Apparently she is also a Prose hair care rep, which she does not disclose in her comments. This I found out by digging through her Facebook posts.
It's really not cool when people aren't upfront about what they promote. I also really don't like it when people bash other companies.
Other Shampoo Reps Trashing MONAT
This week in another private group for natural moms, I saw women trashing MONAT. I hid the names on the following comments because these were posted in a private group.
The original poster posted in the group asking if people in the group knew if MONAT was safe. She seemed like she didn't know anything about it and had never used it and even signed her post with a friendly, “Thanks in advance (TIA)!”
But the friendliness vanished and the claws came out when one of the members of the group innocently said they liked MONAT.
The original poster revealed that she had “open sores” and “miscarriages” from using MONAT.
Weird, huh? Why post about MONAT like you know nothing about it and then admit that you think it caused damage?
Other posters in the group chimed in with similar comments:
When confronted and directly asked if the ladies posting were reps for the competitive product, they hit back at the person defending MONAT:
Not only are these types of Facebook posts defamatory, but they are deceptive as well.
I can't stand it when people trash competitive products in an effort to promote their products. If your product is so good, lead with it. Why trash other people and the products they represent?
The only thing worse than that is when people do it and don't disclose the fact that they are doing it. Just so tacky and unprofessional.
I could go on.
I have screenshots of almost the exact same types of posts from multiple threads from reps of other companies. Just on and on and on. Like I said, I see it constantly.
But I'll stop here because I'm just sick of posting about it. I think I've made my point. If someone is trashing a brand online, and they are a rep for a competitor and they don't disclose it, you obviously can't trust them.
9. Are There Ingredients in MONAT That Could Cause Hair Loss or Breakage?
There is NOTHING in MONAT products that would cause hair loss or breakage. I actually wrote a couple articles on my blog in which I went into great detail about all the ingredients.
Here are those 2 articles:
MONAT Review: Why I Switched to MONAT Hair Products
Are MONAT Ingredients Safe? (MONAT Hair Products Review)
I even have a spreadsheet in the first one that lists all the ingredients and charts them as they are ranked on the Skin Deep website.
If you or someone you know believes MONAT damaged their hair, I challenge you to find ONE ingredient in any MONAT product that causes breakage or hair loss. As you can see in my articles above, I have been through the ingredients with a fine tooth comb. There is nothing in these products that would cause hair to break or fall out.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Lots of different things. Hair loss can be caused by medical conditions, hormonal disorders, stress, and many other things.
What Causes Hair Breakage?
Again, lots of things. Chemical processing (bleaching, coloring, etc.), heat tools, stress, poor diet.
Silicones Act Like a Band-Aid
Now, here's something interesting you probably don't know… Most modern shampoos and hair products contain silicones, gums and waxes that leave a build up on your hair strands and on your scalp.
Don't believe me? Watch this video:
MONAT products are free of silicones, gums, and waxes. Why does MONAT avoid these ingredients? Because these ingredients clog pores and block hair follicles which in time can lead to hair loss.
This is why sometimes when people switch from hair products full of silicones to MONAT, and they continue to excessively damage their hair with chemical processing and/or heat tools, they can experience breakage.
But it's not the MONAT products causing the damage. It's the excessive chemical processing and heat tools that are set too high. And this could happen to anyone switching to a more natural hair product that is silicone-free.
This is why we MONAT reps always tell our customers to “turn down the heat tools.”
Too Much Protein Can Also Cause Breakage
Another thing that can cause breakage in hair strands is overuse of hair care products that contain protein.
These ingredients include:
- Hydrolyzed collagen
- Wheat protein
- Quinoa protein
- Soy protein
- Rice protein
- Silk protein
- Oat flour
- Amino acids
There's nothing wrong with using hair care products that contain protein. But overuse of these products can cause breakage of the hair strands.
If you use too much protein and don't use enough moisturizing products, that is the problem.
Here's a good article to read to learn more about how too much protein can cause breakage.
Can You Name One Ingredient in MONAT That Causes Breakage or Hair Loss?
I have researched hair care ingredients of multiple brands extensively… and I can't find anything in MONAT products that would cause breakage or hair loss.
Yes, MONAT does have some products that contain protein, such as the Replenish Masque, but the instructions say to use it once or twice a week. We also recommend that people follow that masque with one of the conditioners (that's why it's sold with the leave in conditioner in the set).
Again, I challenge you to find ONE ingredient in MONAT products that cause breakage or hair loss.
If anyone wants to try to prove their case, please comment below.
10. But Aren't Some People Having Bad Reactions to MONAT?
Yes. Some people do legitimately have bad reactions to MONAT. But it is a very small percentage.
I have a friend who is allergic to essential oils. She tried MONAT but had a bad reaction. Probably due to the essential oils. She told me she can't use any products with essential oils.
Does this mean MONAT is harmful? No, it does not.
Some people have bad reactions to bread because they are gluten intolerant. Does that make bread toxic? Should these people sue the bread companies?
There are other people who can't eat peanuts — people who will literally die from eating peanuts.
Does this mean bread and peanuts are harmful to human health?
Of course not. Humans have been thriving on wheat and nuts for thousands of years. Yes, a small percentage of people cannot tolerate gluten — but it's only about 1% of the population.
Does this mean anyone who manufactures, promotes or sells peanut butter and bread are evil and bad — and that we should ban them from continuing?
Again, absolutely not. The idea is simply ridiculous.
11. Conclusion: Are MONAT Products Harmful or Dangerous?
Are these MONAT class action lawsuits warranted? Should customers be wary of MONAT products?
Let's look at the facts:
MONAT currently has over 1 million happy customers.
Furthermore, MONAT has a 30-day money back guarantee. Less than 1% of MONAT customers return the products (Source).
A tiny percentage of people were in a hate group on Facebook… At its peak that group had about 20,000 members. 20,000 out of 1,000,000 is 2%. That is an extremely small fraction! (And again, many of these people were added to the group by admins.)
So yes, there are some people MONAT didn't work for. But it's a tiny, tiny percentage. We're talking about less than 1%.
While a very tiny fraction of people may have an allergic reaction (which is true of any personal care product or food), there is no evidence that MONAT is harmful to any meaningful amount of people.
Bottom line: The people who are suing MONAT over allegations of negative reactions will have a very tough time proving that it's the shampoo — and not the drugs they are taking, or the or medical treatments they are undergoing, or preexisting medical conditions they have, or damage they are doing to their own hair via heat tools and chemical processing.
In other words, the things people were saying in the hate group were NOT TRUE.
So are MONAT products dangerous or harmful to human health? Are MONAT hair products causing people's hair to fall out or break?
There's simply no evidence of that.
Share Your Thoughts Below About the MONAT Lawsuits
Have you had a good experience or bad experience with MONAT? Do you think class action lawsuits and defamation lawsuits are a good thing or a bad thing? Would you ever sue someone? Please share your thoughts in the comments.