My Honest Review of Monat Haircare (And Why You May Not Love It Like I Do)

monat haircare product review

The first time I used Monat I hated it. Really. I gave up on it after one use. Luckily a friend of mine had started using it months before me and she was able to encourage me despite my initial hesitations. I’ve kept this a secret for a few months because I don’t know that you’ll love these products the way I do.

That said, on the off chance you’re feeling like you’ve tried everything else to grow your hair’s length, thickness and strength, then this post might just be for you. Read on to hear more about my experience and why I look forward to washing my hair more than I ever have.

I consider myself a hair care connoisseur, but not only because I’ve tried SO MANY products over the years. I am an odd duck and like to READ about hair. I know- what a way to spend a Friday night. I know more about this stuff than one person should- so I know how to spot products that are completely full of hot air.

So many prestige products that come highly recommended are filled with silicones and other nonsense that just mask hair problems, which is why I wanted to try something TOTALLY new. You know how picky I am and I tend to be the odd man out with products too. I have tried some of the most popular lines in the blogging world and hated them. (and not been shy about saying so) So I’m going to cut to the chase. This stuff WORKS. The difference in my hair, especially the thickness, in ONE MONTH of using Monat blew my mind. And YOU’VE been noticing too. See for yourself.  

monat haircare review before and after photos

True Story: When I washed with this stuff I was shell-shocked. My hair felt AWFUL. Until I dried it. Once I did I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It looked STYLED- not just dried- and I used ZERO styling products.

Over the next month or two I started seeing subtle changes that made my skeptical mind wonder. My HAIRLINE seemed fuller- my HAIR seemed fuller- and I was obsessed with how it felt. So many of the testimonials I have seen are from new moms who had major hair loss and needed something to fix it pronto. I see now why they rave about these products. I have NEW hair growth and my hair is starting to look the way it did in high school.

Biggest Hair Improvements With Monat

  1. Strength and resilience
  2. Thickness and growth
  3. Shine

This is my progress with the EXCLUSIVE use of Monat products only for two months- I also had a two inch trim in between this time.

monat haircare review before and after photos

So why do I think you may not like it?

I’ve got three reasons:

1. Because IT IS A PROCESS. These products are not ones that change your hair overnight. In fact- you may actually hate your hair in the beginning. I did. Some people go through a detox, some don’t. You have got to stick with it in order to see results- and it takes patience. That said, once you start seeing changes- that might be reason enough to stick with it.

2. I’ll spare you the technical talk but Monat is an actual science– and you need to find what works for your hair the way you would for your skin. It’s trial and error and I can see why people wouldn’t want to venture on to that kind of journey. For me though, I was at the end of my rope.
3. Lastly, the cost looks scary at first. It costs the same as prestige hair care like Oribe, but you need less products. Because I need less products, I wound up spending less in the end. All I use is shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, and repair oil. I don’t need a single styling product, which has saved me a boatload. Plus they run sales ALL THE TIME. I did some math for myself before I ordered because I wanted to see the numbers before I ordered. 

Monat pricing compared to other haircare systems

I added up the hair products I was using- less the various deep conditioners and incidental other things I would buy. The total was $178, and that’s a low-ball. The system of Monat is less than that- and I got my first system on sale. In the end- I am saving money, and my hair looks a million times better. 

monat haircare review before and after photos

Just in case you’re still here and awake- and because you may be looking for some guidance and honest feedback- I’ve gone ahead and reviewed the only products I think you’ll need as a starting point to try this line. Keeping in mind though that what works for me might not work for you at all. Kind of like skincare or makeup. 

I have ONE RULE for using Monat. Don’t stop until it’s dry. I’ll explain.

Top Monat Picks:

Volume shampoo:  This is the volume shampoo and it’s the most universal line they have. If you aren’t sure where to start, this would be the place. 

In the beginning of using Monat there is a detox. When you wash your hair it is going to feel horrifically bad. Matted. Knotted. Just awful. Then you put the conditioner in and magic happens. When you get out of the shower and try to brush through it- again- nightmare. DO NOT QUIT. You will be convinced this is the worst hair experience you’ve ever had. UNTIL YOU DRY IT. Don’t stop until it’s dry because once it is- you won’t believe your eyes- or your hair. Your hair will be light, shiny and look like you have a million products in it- when you don’t.

Renew Shampoo: After you clarify your hair with the volume line your second wash should be with a shampoo that will add moisture. Renew does just that. Adding this into my routine took my hair health to another level. 

IRT Conditioner: As mentioned above, your hair will be pretty knotty in the beginning. This conditioner makes that so much more manageable. You need a small amount and then you will be able to comb through like a champ. It also helps thicken your hair immensely! 

Rejuvenique Oil: Most “repairing” hair care products are filled with silicones that mask damage and repair nothing at all. This oil is different. It’s the kind of product I’ve been looking for over the course of years. This is how your hair will transform. Weekly oil treatments. It feels like an expensive buy- but it will last you! Once you use it- you won’t want to be without it again. Also- the bottle is so big it will last for over a year- easily. I use ONE DROP per day as a finisher. Your hair has NEVER felt better than after using this stuff. 

Damage Repair Bond-Fortifying Hair Leave-in Crème– the one styling product you NEED. This is because Monat strips hair of buildup so you NEED heat protection more than ever. In addition to this protecting from heat- this cream has bonding agents to stop hair from breaking and splitting- helping it to grow long and strong. You only need a pea-sized amount. One bottle will last you over six months. 

Truthfully- this is all you need, but I did also invest in the conditioning dry shampoo (best I’ve used- and it’s not toxic like all the rest!) and also the texturizing spray for when I take blog pictures.

I wanted to write this post because I get a lot of questions about my hair and my favorite products quite often. I wanted to have a place to send people when I answer with a line they have never heard of. I don’t plan on talking about it much, being as I’m not looking to convince anyone of anything. I’m just happy using these products and wanted to be honest when answering others’ questions. 

​If you should decide you want to try it for yourself of course you are more than welcome to do that here. I’m always around to answer questions and to help guide you to the right products for you as best I can. 

If you need help deciding on which products to get, you can either email me, or download my buying guide below! Once you’re on the list I will send helpful tips, tricks and sales your way! 

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  1. Lou wrote:

    Why is your x-mas tree still up on February 16th? Also, which month did you have the miraculous 2” growth, that you chose to chop off before taking the photo? One would assume you’d want to display such magnificent growth., it would help with advertisement.

    Posted 12.16.19 Reply
    • Deb from Sunsets and Stilettos wrote:

      Hi Lou- thanks for writing. I actually leave my Christmas tree up through winter (less the ornaments) since it has a nice wintery feel and makes my house feel extra cozy. It’s the little things… There was no “miraculous two inch growth” that you mentioned- just that I cut off two inches of hair in the course of time in between the pictures posted. Feel free to peruse my other more current posts to see my hair’s progress since I am still using Monat exclusively. Best, Deb

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  2. Dr.Chelsia wrote:

    Good write – monat hair care

    Posted 12.19.19 Reply
    • Deb from Sunsets and Stilettos wrote:

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Posted 1.1.20 Reply
  3. Sarah Mac wrote:

    I just started monat but I am losing hair. I used the volume shampoo, first the growth shampoo but not fully and I barely use the conditioner as my hair is thin and already oil. However, my hair has never been shedding so bad. I am so worried. Do I use the conditioner more and try just one product full or stop? I have the the oil product too, I used wayyy more than one drop? is that it? I am literally losing it as I tried these products because my hair has always been thin. Please help and if I do have to stop using if you think, what other shampoo can I try? I have to shower every other day cause my hair gets so oily fast. Please help

    Posted 5.5.20 Reply
    • Deb from Sunsets and Stilettos wrote:

      Hi! I would definitely reach out to the person you signed up with since they know your hair best! I lose the same amount of hair I always have my whole life- never changed. That said different seasons, times of stress cause me to lose more/less. I would use your products as it states to on the bottle. It took my hair about a month to adjust and it’s been amazing ever since. Best wishes to you!

      Posted 5.5.20 Reply
  4. Cris wrote:

    Hi! So your first wash usually it’s Revive shampoo, then after rinsing, second wash is Renew Shampoo?

    Posted 8.19.22 Reply
    • Deb from Sunsets & Stilettos wrote:

      That’s one of my go-to combinations! xo

      Posted 9.5.22 Reply
  5. Teresa wrote:

    Hi I’ve been using monat but my hair was looking rough any suggestions it looked Friday dry

    Posted 9.26.22 Reply
    • Deb from Sunsets & Stilettos wrote:

      My guess is you weren’t using the right formulas for your hair! Plus oil treatments are a must. Your rep would likely know your hair even better than me- so start there! xo

      Posted 9.29.22 Reply