By Audrey Siva­sothy, author of The Sci­ence of Black Hair: A Com­pre­hen­sive Guide to Tex­tured Hair Care

Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py is a pop­u­lar hair care sys­tem that has a strong adver­tis­ing pres­ence all over the air­waves. Each ad fea­tures a hand­ful of wom­en rav­ing about Ova­tion Cell Therapy’s abil­i­ty to grow their hair thick­er, stronger, faster, and longer. But are the­se claims true? Does Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py work? For two months, I’ve used and reviewed the fol­low­ing Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py prod­ucts: Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py, Ova­tion Col­or Ther­a­py Sham­poo & Ova­tion Cre­me Rin­se.

The Products

The Ova­tion Col­or Ther­a­py Sham­poo is a fra­grant, cool blue col­ored sham­po for­mu­lat­ed for col­or-treat­ed hair, which means supe­ri­or con­di­tion­ing for any hair type. The­se types of for­mu­las work real­ly well for chem­i­cal­ly relaxed hair which often suf­fers from the same types of poros­i­ty and pro­tein loss issues that col­ored hair faces.

The Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py is the heart of the sys­tem and is often where the sys­tem draws occa­sion­al crit­i­cism for its claims to “accel­er­ate hair growth and reduce break­age and hair loss.”

The Ova­tion Cre­me Rin­se is a creamy, light weight con­di­tion­er for­mu­la that does an excel­lent job of smooth­ing and detan­gling the hair.

Before I start­ed using the Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py (OCT) Sys­tem, I clar­i­fied my hair with Pan­tene Puri­ty Clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo to remove any old and lin­ger­ing pro­duct residue. I used the sys­tem in the rec­om­mend­ed order: the Ova­tion Sham­poo, the Cell Ther­a­py, and the Cre­me Rin­se. For the first 3 weeks I used the sys­tem exclu­sive­ly, save for a dai­ly mois­tur­iz­er and oil.

Though the sys­tem offers great mois­tur­iz­ing sup­port, it is pri­mar­i­ly a strength­en­ing sys­tem. This means that with each use, the system’s hair ruggedi­z­ing qual­i­ties even­tu­al­ly began to out­weigh the hair’s nat­u­ral elas­tic­i­ty. The result? Pro­tein over­load. My hair began to feel tougher than I liked and begin to show some ear­ly signs of pro­tein over­load break­age. I quick­ly rotat­ed in some heavy duty mois­tur­iz­ing prod­ucts (Ken­ra) to bal­ance the OCT’s high pro­tein pro­file. This mois­ture infu­sion imme­di­ate­ly got my hair under con­trol. My sug­ges­tion is to use the Ova­tion in con­junc­tion with a more mois­tur­iz­ing sys­tem to bal­ance its supe­ri­or hair strength­en­ing and thick­en­ing attrib­ut­es to avoid hair break­age.

It’s impor­tant to always take note of the strength­en­ing vs. elas­ti­ciz­ing nature of your prod­ucts to avoid unnec­es­sary break­age, and once I worked the OCT into a basic bal­anced reg­i­men my results were very, very good. The prod­ucts detan­gled my hair very well, and my hair felt soft and strong long after it dried which can be the deal break­er for con­di­tion­ers. They’ll leave your hair feel­ing nice and slip­pery (while wet) and then crunchy and hard when dried! Not Ova­tion!

Stronger hair?

Yes. If stronger hair is your goal, then you’ll def­i­nite­ly find it with Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py. Used togeth­er, the sham­poo, con­di­tion­er, and cre­me rin­se will infuse your hair with strength you nev­er imag­ined.

Thicker Hair

Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py thick­ened my strands on the first use. I could feel the tex­ture of my hair improv­ing with the pro­duct as I used it over the weeks. It is very sim­i­lar to most pro­tein rich con­di­tion­ing sys­tems that deposit large pro­teins on the cuti­cle and give the feel­ing of thick­er shafts.

Longer Hair?

The jury is still out on this one. The exact mech­a­nism by which Ova­tion “length­ens” the hair is still unknown. I have not noticed any accel­er­at­ed hair growth dur­ing my 2 months of use.


The major obsta­cle for wide­spread use of this sys­tem is its pro­hib­i­tive price. Though the sam­ples I received were free, I could not help notic­ing the invoice for the prod­ucts list­ing the price I would have paid on the gen­er­al con­sumer mar­ket. The price for the 12oz sham­poo and cre­me rin­se each cost about as much liter sizes of my favorite salon sham­poo and con­di­tion­ers. The treat­ment, the Cell Ther­a­py, pro­vid­ed the most stick­er shock. For cur­rent pric­ing of the Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py sys­tem please vis­it: http://www.ovationhair.com, and check out the Ova­tion Store.

Ladies, have you tried Ova­tion Cell Ther­a­py? How did it work out?

Audrey Siva­sothy is a Hous­ton-based free­lance writer, health sci­en­tist and author of The Sci­ence of Black Hair: A Com­pre­hen­sive Guide to Tex­tured Hair Care (avail­able on Amazon.com & Barnes&Noble.com).

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BGWLH Can you repost this blog? I would love to hear recent results from ladies who used this pro­duct (ova­tion cell ther­a­py) Thank you

I’ve been using Ova­tion for 3 months now and have been mea­sur­ing my hair week­ly to see if my hair is grow­ing any faster. for the first 2 months my hair was grow­ing an inch a mon­th. (some­times a lit­tle more) which is pret­ty fast because on aver­age it takes 2 months for hair to grow an inch.  In this last mon­th my hair has been grow­ing about 1/2 an inch a week. (give or take a lit­tle) there­fore my hair had grown about 2 inch­es last mon­th. Since I’ve start­ed using Ova­tion, my hair has grown a total 5 inch­es… Read more »

It’s been 2 years since you try Ova­tion. Are you still using it? What’s your assess­ment?

Misanena Scott

Can I get a coupon please

Neema Liggins

Ova­tion has def­i­nite­ly strength­en my hair and has help it to grow. I’ve used it for about 9 months and my hair has grown about 5–6 inch­es. When I stopped using it for just a lit­tle bit, my hair tex­ture start­ed to change and my hair did not grow as much. I absolute­ly love it and will con­tin­ue to use it.