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).

For more insight from The Sci­ence of Black Hair— relaxed, nat­ur­al or in between, vis­it us on the web atwww.blackhairscience.com and on face­book & twit­ter.

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40 Comments on "Does Ovation Cell Therapy Live Up to the Hype?"

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Ova­tion helped a bit after the big chop (gained 1 1/2 in)but you real­ly need extra mois­ture or new and old growth will break off eas­i­ly. I do a deep con­di­tion­er every week­end

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.

Misanena Scott

Can I get a coupon please


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

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 in… Read more »

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


This para­graph is real­ly a pleas­ant one it helps new web peo­ple,
who are wish­ing for blog­ging.

Yasuko Giblin

I am real­ly enjoy­ing the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any inter­net brows­er com­pat­i­bil­i­ty issues? A small num­ber of my blog read­ers have com­plained about my web­site not work­ing cor­rect­ly in Explor­er but looks great in Safari. Do you have any solu­tions to help fix this prob­lem?


I been using Ova­tion for a few weeks. I love the prod­uct so far. My hair at first felt stiff due to the pro­tein infu­sion but I reduced my oth­er use of oth­er pro­tein ker­atin prod­ucts. My hair is thick­er, boun­cy, and new growth is appear­ing. My goal is to reduce break­age. Right now my hair looks health­i­er than it ever has. I rec­om­mend


O.C.T. was a com­plete waste of my mon­ey. It didn’t do jack for me!!! $100 bucks down the frig­gin drain!

What’s with the Hen­na? Where can I pur­chase it?


I use Nutress Hair prod­ucts and they are a much more afford­able replace­ment for the same effects as ova­tion ther­a­py. The Nutress pro­tein pack and stop break prod­ucts has made my hair so strong and? healthy, with­out the risk and cost of ova­tion cell ther­a­py. Check them out!


I have used ova­tion for over a year and I LOVE it!!! I have actu­al­ly got­ten the oppo­site result then the review­er received. My hair is soft­er with lit­tle to no break­age. Yea it costs $100 for the sys­tem but it lasts for 3 months and I wash my hair almost every oth­er day. A long with wash­ing it every­day I also curl it EVERY day and when peo­ple see my hair they tell me how healthy it look.

I think any­one that is think­ing about get­ting the prod­uct should try it out for them­selves because for me it works!!

I also have been using Ova­tion for a while and I absolute­ly LOVE IT. I only use Ova­tion prod­ucts because I want­ed to see the results based on just their prod­uct. My hair is so much stronger, thick­er, soft­er and health­i­er and no more breakage(I no longer have to clean my brush once a month). When black women lose their hair from leav­ing perms in too long, hot comb­ing and col­or­ing, it’s a dev­as­tat­ing thing when you real­ize you can’t get it back. Ova­tion changes that. I buy two sets a year and I know for a fact that I’ve… Read more »

omg!!! the price is ridiculous…lol…oh well guess i’ll have to stick with the cho­les­terol and pro­tein treat­ments…


What Ken­ra prod­ucts did you use to help with elas­tic­i­ty? I just ordered the Ova­tion sys­tem to test it out, wait­ing for it to arrive, but I don’t want the over­load pro­tein prob­lem you had with it.


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Thank you so much! The adver­tise­ments for this are ALL OVER the air­waves in Hous­ton. I have been so curi­ous but my bud­get won’t allow me to try it. It sounds like a good prod­uct for those who can afford the invest­ment and work out the protein/moisture bal­ance. But unfor­tu­nate­ly, I can not afford and I’m hav­ing trou­ble bal­anc­ing with the reg­i­men I have now!

I start­ed using this prod­uct due to hair loss. I didn’t use it because I want­ed longer hair. That’s what peo­ple need to real­ize, its for peo­ple with hair issues, such as mine. I had hair down to my back and it start­ed thin­ning. I also had a quar­ter sized bald spot. I had no clue why and still don’t know why. I think it may be called alope­cia area­ta. I tried EVERYTHING. I heard about Ova­tion, got it, been using it for almost a month now, and it has WORKED for me. Some say its expen­sive, but my self-esteem… Read more »
I am hav­ing bald spots on the front of my head and its real­ly embarass­ing :( . I have lost hair after my son was born . I can see how my hair has thinned and spots where there is no growth any­more . I am using the Ave­da invati sys­tem but not seing much results in the last 4 months . I would like to hear a frank opin­ion from some­one about this prod­uct . Also I spoke to some­one and she said I could have some hor­mon­al issue die to which i have this con­di­tion. Please help .… Read more »

Inter­est­ing. I’ve nev­er heard of it until now. I looked it up and because of the price…I guess I’ll nev­er try it lol.


Hmmm. So of course the mar­ket­ing is mis­lead­ing… stronger hair leads to more length reten­tion not nec­ces­sar­i­ly accel­er­ate growth.

I’m glad to hear it does work & strength­en for some. I’ll stick to my Jher­ri Red­ding and Nexxus pro­tein treat­ments for now because the price is a bit high. But not as bad as I thought (about $35 a bot­tle if you get the 3 piece set). As a super fine coil club mem­ber, I may try this one day — the 365 day guar­an­tee is pret­ty appeal­ing, the ingre­di­ents are great (no sul­paht­es or parabens, wow), and the tes­ti­mo­ni­als are good.


If it tru­ly worked, wouldn’t every­one with “thin­ner” hair jump on the band­wag­on in order to achieve the thick­er, longer, stronger hair that every­one wants? It was my under­stand­ing that the thick­ness of your hair is com­plete­ly hered­i­tary and you dont have con­trol over regard­less of how many prod­ucts, vit­a­mins, etc you use.

I agree with most com­ments… “If it sounds too good to be true, it prob­a­bly is.” Well they include vit­a­mins that will like­ly make my hair grow in longer,healther, etc. When I was 17, I had a long-last­ing fever of 106 degrees and, after it sub­sided, I noticed my hair was falling out! The fever had stunned my hair roots. My Dr. told me to take TWO Cen­trum vit­a­mins dai­ly and that my hair would grow out beau­ti­ful­ly!! And IT DID!!! Doc knew every­thing!! This Ova­tion is pret­ty good so far. Ya neeed to run cold water on your hair… Read more »

I have tried Ova­tion, and I loved it. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I just couldn’t con­tin­ue with the prod­ucts due to price. It is very effec­tive prod­uct for Black/African-American hair


I would love to try this out on locs. How can i get sam­ples of it??

Chicago Chica

I have some under my counter. I pur­chased in sev­er­al years ago when I was relaxed, and jumped on that band­wag­on. I haven’t used it in over three years. I think that it’s time to get rid of it.


can I have it? I loove the stuff.


I will nev­er know how ova­tion works.…… because I will nev­er pay that ridicu­lous price.


I think if you stick to basic hair care com­mon sense you will be OK. Like many oth­ers I have jumped on many mir­a­cle cure band wag­ons, none of them helped me. Since fol­low­ing the advice of YouTube gurus like Kim­may, brOnze­qt, Chary-Jay my hair has grown health­i­er and retained length so I’ll give this one a miss.


EXACTLY!! I will give this prod­uct a stand­ing ova­tion as I walk right past it. The prices that com­pa­nies sell the prod­ucts based on unre­al­is­tic claims are mind bog­gling. The thick­ness of your strands are based on genet­ics.


I agree whole­heart­ed­ly. If you avoid doing things to break and weak­en your hair to begin with, then there is no need for expen­sive hair prod­ucts that prob­a­bly don’t work. Pro­tec­tive styling, heat avoid­ance, gen­tle han­dling, and low manip­u­la­tion go a long way — and they are free! Hen­na doesn’t work for every­one, and for some it is more trou­ble than it’s worth.


I have used it and I love it. Unfor­tu­nate­ly Ova­tion does not ship inter­na­tion­al­ly any­more, but when I come to the US, I will get some more. Very pleased prod­uct.


I’m guess­ing that it “works” by help­ing you retain more length. Am I right? How long did it take for you to see results?


I think hen­na strength­ens the hair strands just fine. Or could I be wrong?


ITA. Hen­na def­i­nite­ly strength­ens the hair strands.


where would one go to pur­chase Hen­na?


I’ve been buy­ing my hen­na late­ly from http://www.hennasooq.com/. They have great sham­poo bars too.


hen­na does strength­en your hair! I would rather spend $7–9 on a pound of hen­na.