My Review: Keeps For Hair Loss (2019) – Scam Or Legit?

My Review: Keeps For Hair Loss (2019) - Scam Or Legit?

 

It’s time to review Keeps for hair loss – a bunch of products designed to help men dealing with hair loss.

Honestly, Keeps looks excellent overall:

  • offers FDA approved products
  • all of them have many studies behind
  • slightly better prices (than its competitors)

But is it all as good as it seems? You might find some unsatisfied customers, at one point.

So could Keeps be a scam?

Well, I tried to dig deep into its products – so here’s the truth I found out.

Note: This review is based on my opinion + research on Keeps.

 

So Let’s Get To The Review

Full Name: Keeps Hair Loss Products

Options: They have 2 products mixed up in 3 offers:

  1. Finasteride (for receding hairline)
  2. Minoxidil (for crown thinning)
  3. Finasteride + Minoxidil (for general hair loss)

Best Actual Prices: From $10 to $25 per month

Cheapest Place To Buy: Keeps’ official website

Designed For: Male pattern hair loss – it can help with:

  • general or local thinning
  • growing thicker hair
  • decreasing the number of hairs lost per day

Keep in mind that none of Keeps’ products can grow new hairs on a bald scalp.

My Rating: 8 out of 10 – Best brand supplier for Finasteride + Minoxidil.

Worth Buying?: Yes – if you’re interested in these 2 products.

Compared to other suppliers, Keeps is professional and has lower prices than some competitors.

However – if you want to avoid the nasty side effects of these products, I recommend this supplement instead.

 

What I Liked About It

  • Offers quality products with actual studies behind
  • Ingredients are FDA approved
  • Many positive reviews available online
  • Lower prices than some competing brands (Hims)

 

What I Didn’t Like About It

  • Many side effects (especially Finasteride)
  • Products must be used for the rest of your life to maintain the results
  • Minoxidil needs to be applied twice a day
  • Both need several months to start working
  • Prices are higher than in local pharmacies (for Finasteride)

 

 


What Is Keeps Hair? A Quick Overview


Shortly – it’s a brand focused on finding a solution for male hair loss.

For this purpose, it offers 2 products (that are already famous):

  1. Finasteride (1 mg)
  2. Minoxidil (5%)

According to its official website – you have to follow 3 steps:

  1. Choose your treatment plan
  2. Set it and receive the order every 3 months
  3. Track your hair progress

Now – Keeps isn’t the only brand selling these products under a personalized offer.

There are also at least 2 (the ones I know about).

So is Keeps any better? Actually – it only offers these 2 products (while the others offer more).

To be honest, Keeps is better from certain points of view:

  1. Overall prices are a bit lower.
  2. Big discounts for buying more monthly supplies (but only for the first buy).
  3. Great staff and refund policies.

And even though the company is legit – the products themselves have some major downsides.

This includes the high number of side effects and the fact that they have to be used forever, once started.

So considering these reasons, I personally don’t think they are the best option for male hair loss.

But now that you know the main things about Keeps, it’s time to analyze it closer.

 


#1 – Ingredients (8 out of 10)


In terms of formula – Keeps’ products stick to the classic:

  • both contain FDA approved substances
  • each is focused on 1 ingredient (Finasteride or Minoxidil)
  • there are several studies on each of the 2 ingredients

Basically – these products don’t bring anything new.

But that’s not the biggest issue.

Instead – due to the substances they contain, they have to be used for the rest of your life (if you want to maintain the results).

Now – let’s take a closer look at each of these 2 products:

1. Finasteride (1 mg)

It’s a 5α-reductase inhibitor with serious benefits for male hair loss:

  1. Can decrease and prevent hair thinning.
  2. Effective against Androgenetic Alopecia. [1]
  3. Does not regrow new hairs (on bald scalps).

However – this is far from a hair loss solution.

According to FDA, it can cause some serious side effects – especially sexual ones. [2]

So despite having some good results, its effect comes with a price (in certain men, not in all).

2. Minoxidil (5%)

This substance is a vasodilator – so it can help with hair growth:

  1. Increases scalp/follicle blood flow. [3]
  2. Reduces hair loss and thinning. [4]
  3. Can prevent an early baldness (especially in men). [5]

Now – unlike Finasteride, Minoxidil works for both men and women.

The only difference is that products designed for women tend to use the 2% version – while the male ones have a 5% concentration. [6]

Also, unlike Finasteride – Minoxidil’s side effects are more rare (and minor).

However – the biggest downsides are that:

  • it needs about 4 months to start working
  • hair falls out if you stop using it

Conclusion

Keeps’ products don’t bring in anything new – but they contain classic ingredients.

Like herbs (that I personally prefer instead), Minoxidil and Finasteride also have strong effects.

But unlike herbs – they have 3 big problems:

  1. Major side effects (Finasteride)
  2. A slower effect (Minoxidil)
  3. Must be used for the rest of your life (Both)

So basically – once you start using them, you have to continue the treatment forever (despite the downsides).

Otherwise, your hair will start falling out again (sometimes even worse than before).

That’s why I’m not a personal fan of these 2 drugs.

 

 


#2 – Smell & Texture (8 out of 10)


Basically – these look like regular Finasteride and Minoxidil, nothing new.

But if you never used any of them before – here’s a quick overview.

1. Finasteride

You can only find this product as pills (orange tablets):

  • small to average dimensions
  • no gelatin cover
  • might be a bit hard to swallow (at first)
  • no smell

Basically – tablets are way harder to take than gelatin pills.

But Finasteride doesn’t comes as large tablets – so swallowing shouldn’t be a big issues.

As long as you take them with enough water, you shouldn’t worry too much.

2. Minoxidil

This ingredient comes in 2 forms:

  • solution
  • foam

Now – the solution tends to be a few dollars cheaper, but there’s no big difference.

Other than that, they both have the same smell. It’s only the texture that is different:

  • foam is easier to use (in my opinion)
  • solution tends to run out faster
  • it’s also a bit harder to apply (since it’s liquid)
  • in some cases, it can make your hair greasier faster

So my advice is to go for the foam, if you afford paying about extra $5.

 


#3 – How To Use Them (8 out of 10)


Here’s what you should know about their schedule.

1. Finasteride

All products based on this ingredient have the same schedule (whether they’re called Keeps, Propecia, etc.):

  1. You need to take 1 pill per day.
  2. It’s recommended to take it at about the same hour.
  3. Make sure to take it whole (without crushing it).
  4. Drink enough water to swallow it easily.

I would also add that taking the pill after eating is safer.

In this way – you can avoid any stomach cramps that are possible.

2. Minoxidil

In my opinion – it takes way more time to use it, compared to Finasteride:

  1. Both solution and foam need to be applied 2 times a day.
  2. Make sure your hair and scalp is dry.
  3. You need about 1 ml solution every time.
  4. For the foam, half a capful every time should be enough.
  5. Spread the solution/foam using your fingers.
  6. Massage for a few seconds.
  7. Wash your hand but do not rinse the product from your scalp.
  8. Make sure you don’t wash your hair in the next 2-3 hours.

So if you ask me, the biggest downside is that you need to use it twice a day.

Besides – it takes a bit of times until it dries out (especially if you use the solution).

So you should keep this in mind before going for Minoxidil.

Once you start using it – you will have to do it for the rest of your life. At least if you want to maintain the results.

 


#4 – Results (8 out of 10)


As much as I wanted, I could not use any of Keeps’ products.

Since they were only designed for men – there was no way they could work for me.

Plus, my hair loss was rather general as not as severe as in male pattern hair loss.

So as I couldn’t test out these products myself – I tried to look for other users’ opinions.

Note: I only considered authentic reviews, not promotional ones.

1. What People Say

First of all – I did not look at reviews for all products containing Finasteride/Minoxidil.

As there are lots of brands selling this kind of products – it wouldn’t have been fair.

Instead, I only checked out the reviews about Keeps:

  1. Most users say it’s really effective for hair loss.
  2. Others claims it helps more than other brands (which is weird).
  3. Some praise the helpful staff.
  4. There are also a few unsatisfied customers.

So overall – it has 4.1 out of 5 stars on HighYa (no Amazon page). 

These numbers are pretty good, if you ask me.

So in case you wondered if Keeps was a scam – these reviews are enough to see that it’s not.

2. Biggest Complaints

As I said – I found pretty few negative reviews on Keeps.

And out of those I found, most were related to:

  1. Shipping/delivery issues.
  2. Company’s refuse to refund them in special situations.
  3. The same effect as if you bought from other brands.

Now – regarding company and delivery problems, they are quite usual with every brand.

Someone will receive a wrong order at once point, another one will not receive the order and so on.

However, these situations are under 1%.

On the other hand – the last complaint is completely accurate:

  • Minoxidil/Finasteride have the same results no matter where you buy them from
  • If you bought them from another brand, they should work the same

Since there’s the exact same formula – this should make sense.

However, Keeps is a bit cheaper than its competitors (Hims is the best example) – so price isn’t really its weak point.


Conclusion

According to most reviews I found – Keeps’ products really work.

However, there’s one thing you should keep in mind:

  1. Once you start using these products, you have to use them forever.
  2. Otherwise, your hair will fall out just like before.
  3. So make sure you will afford the monthly price (for the rest of your life).

In order to avoid this issues (and other side effects) – I usually recommend another product for male hair loss.

It’s based on herbal extracts so its effect doesn’t disappear if you give it up.

Considering it’s not that expensive – I think it’s a better option for many men.

 

 


#5 – Price (7 out of 10)


This isn’t the best thing about Keeps – but it’s surely not a downside either.

So here’s what you should know about its expenses.

1. The Exact Price

Here are the costs for Finasteride alone: 

  1. It costs $25 per month.
  2. In order to be approved, you must have an online consultation. 
  3. This is free for the first time, then it costs $5.
  4. If you want to buy a 3 months supply, it costs $50 (for the first time).
  5. Starting from the second time, a 3 months supply costs $75.

Now let’s go to Minoxidil treatment:

  1. It costs $10 per month (solution) or $15 (foam).
  2. For a 3 months supply, it costs $20 (for the first time).
  3. Afterwards, it costs $30-$35 per 3 months supply.

In case you want to order both – here are the prices:

  1. The kit costs $35 or $40 per month (depending on the form of Minoxidil).
  2. For a 3 months supply, it’s $70-$75 for the first time.
  3. Afterwards, it costs $105.

To be honest – these prices aren’t amazing, but they’re not huge either.

If you buy the 3 months supply, there’s a discount – however, that’s only for the first buy.

Starting from the second time, you pay as much as if you bought each supply alone.

So this could be a downside.

2. Pharmacy Prices

Compared to real-life prices, buying these products online is pricier:

  1. Finasteride is sometimes covered by insurance (partially).
  2. For this reason, it’s cheaper than $25 per bottle.
  3. On the other hand, Minoxidil costs about the same.
  4. However, you can find it on Amazon (from other brands).
  5. If you buy more bottles at once, you might get a lower price than in Keeps (but not always).

Basically – if you don’t mind getting a doctor appointment and talking about your problem, I recommend buying these products from your pharmacy.

The price is usually better (especially for Finasteride).

But if you want to avoid seeing your specialist – Keeps is a pretty good choice.

Compared to similar brands, its prices are a bit lower. 

So out of those companies selling Minoxidil and Finasteride – Keeps probably has the best costs.

But compared to a pharmacy, it’s still more expensive (which is completely normal).

 


#6 – Where To Find Them (7 out of 10)


Keeps’ products are only available on its official website.

However – you can also find both Finasteride and Minoxidil in other places:

  1. Your local pharmacy (best price for Finasteride – but only with prescription)
  2. Amazon (Minoxidil only)
  3. Ebay
  4. Walmart
  5. Other supplement websites like Lucky Vitamins, iHerb, etc.

Except pharmacies – prices are about the same on Keeps and the other retailers.

There might be variations, but it depends from time to time.

That’s why you should check all retailers before placing your order (especially if you want the lowest price).

So all in all, both products are quite easy to find – but not as Keeps products.

In this case, you can only get them from the company’s official website.

 


#7 – FAQs


Up next, I will try to answer the top questions about Keeps’products.

Note: I might repeat something I already mentioned, but it’s easier to spot here.

1. How often should you use them?

According to the label – you should take one pill of Finasteride per day.

As for Minoxidil, it’s necessary to apply it twice daily.

2. How long lasts one bottle?

Keeps’ website sells each bottle as a monthly supply.

So from what I know, both products are meant to last one month.

3. Can I take it with other drugs?

Only your doctor can answer this question.

But as Finasteride needs a prescription – your doctor will ask you if you take other drugs and give you the best option.

As for Minoxidil, it’s quite safe to use (since it’s a topical product).

4. Are there any side effects?

Unfortunately – there are a lot of secondary reactions.

In fact, that’s one of the worst things about these products:

  1. Finasteride can cause sexual side effects.
  2. Minoxidil mostly causes local ones.
  3. The last ones include itching, scalp irritation, etc.
  4. Both products cause hair loss and thinning if they are stopped.
  5. So they must be used for the rest of your life, once started,
5. How fast should I notice a change?

This isn’t the strongest point of these products.

Minoxidil requires about 4 months before it starts working (which is a lot).

As for Finasteride – there’s no fixed period.

However, it needs about 3 months to show a change – so it’s still a long period.

 

 


#8 – Final Conclusions


Here’s how I would sum up my opinion on Keeps’ products (in 3 ideas).

1. Best Price Among Brands

Out of companies selling Minoxidil and Finasteride – Keeps has about the lowest costs:

  • doctor consultation is free (first time)
  • discount if you buy a 3 months supply

However – these prices are so low if you’re a first time customer.

Once you start buying from the constantly, they don’t seem as good anymore (ironically).

But either way – compared to brands like Hims or Roman, Keeps is slightly cheaper.

2. Dangerous Side Effects

That’s the sad truth about Finasteride (not so much about Minoxidil):

  • cause side effects quite often
  • affects sexual drive/performance in men

Though Minoxidil causes mostly local side effects, it has a mutual point with Finasteride.

They both cause massive hair loss and reverse symptoms if ever stopped.

So be ready to use them for the rest of your life, once you begin them.

3. Take Enough Time

None of Keeps’ products works very fast:

  • Minoxidil needs about 4 months to start working
  • Finasteride is only one month faster

So compared to certain herbal supplements – these products are surprisingly slower.

That’s why I don’t recommend them if you need a quick result.

They might work faster for one – but if the label says 4 months, I doubt it works faster too often.

 


My Verdict – Is Keeps Hair A Scam?


Short answer: Certainly not – the company and its products are 100% legit.

In fact, it’s my #1 recommended brand in a few cases:

  1. You want to buy Finasteride without consulting an actual doctor.
  2. You need to get Finasteride + Minoxidil together.
  3. Lastly, you want a subscription for these 2 products from a legit company.

Compared to other brands that sell Finasteride and Minoxidil – Keeps is a better choice:

  • slightly lower products
  • discounts for the first time buyers
  • free doctor consultation (first time)
  • cheap $5 fee afterwards (once a year usually)

Now – if you want to get the lowest price for these 2 products, I recommend going for your local drugstore.

As long as you have a prescription, Finasteride can be covered by insurance (so it’s cheaper).

Minoxidil has about the same price, though.

So do I recommend Keeps? Yes and No.

YES – because the company is trustworthy and its products work on the long term.

NO – because the products have serious side effects and have to be used for the rest of your life.

I personally recommend a herbal supplement designed for male hair loss instead:

  • based on natural DHT blockers
  • doesn’t cause any major side effect
  • no prescription needed
  • doesn’t have to be used for the rest of your life

Obviously – it’s your own decision. But if you want to avoid the side effects and reverse symptoms – I definitely recommend this alternative.

best male hairloss supplement

References:

1 – https://www.sciencedirect.com/-science/S0022202X15529357

2 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pmc/articles/PMC3481923/

3 – https://clinicaltrials.gov/-ct2/show/NCT00151515

4 – https://www.jaad.org/-article/S0190-9622(03)03692-2

5 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pubmed/2073205

6 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pubmed/12196747

8 thoughts on “My Review: Keeps For Hair Loss (2019) – Scam Or Legit?

  1. Hi! I’m using Minoxidil for half a year for my early baldness. I have thinner hair on top of my head, it’s like a circle getting thinner in the middle. I have a friend who recommended this product and I’m hoping for the best, I feel like there’s already a small change but maybe it’s just an illusion. Still I started noticing some thinning in my front hairline, so I would be interested in starting Finasteride as well. I know you need a prescription for it but I don’t have an insurance so I don’t want to see a doctor, it’s going to cost me a lot of money. I saw that Keeps offers a free consultation so that’s great news to me but I also saw that the second one is going to cost. My question is: do you have to take a consultation every time you order Finasteride (every 3 months from what I understood)? Or how often is it required? Couldn’t find this anywhere…

    1. Hi Adam, thanks for sharing your thoughts about Keeps. 

      To give you a short answer, the consultation for Finasteride is required about once a year. So if you had the free consultation in September 2019 they will allow you to order every 3 months without requesting you to have the doctor’s consent again. That will happen until September 2020, because that’s when the prescription will expire. 

      So then you will have to take another consultation, and this time you will have to pay. Anyway, it’s $5 so it’s not a lot. So basically, a Finasteride prescription after consultation is available for 1 year. You can order the product in the meantime, without having to go through another consultation until 1 year after the previous one.

      As far as I know, that’s the policy that Keeps follows.

      So in my opinion, it’s the best place to get a prescription for Finasteride because their procedure is very simple. Their specialists get back to you very soon and most cases are approved, which doesn’t happen with other from their competitors (like Hims). 

      I really hope this answers your questions.

  2. I’m a Keeps customer for over a year now and I get my supply of Minoxidil and Finasteride every 3 months. I’m seriously satisfied with their service, I don’t have to check into my doc’s office every couple of months. Staff is nice and I never ran into issues with them. I was with Hims before that but at one point an order never arrived and they refused to refund me, even though they knew I never got it. I never had this issue with Keeps so far but hopefully it never comes up. Thanks for your honest review, Keeps really rocks!

    1. Hello John, thanks a lot for sharing your experience with Keeps. As I never tried the products, any customer’s feedback is really helpful for me and for my readers. So thanks again.

      As for Hims, I know those kind of order problems are quite common. I actually found many similar complaints all over the Internet, people were either not receiving the order or they were charged automatically (for auto-shipping, which they couldn’t cancel). That’s why some people say Hims is a scam – which I both agree and disagree. Their products are good and effective, but the real struggle is actually receiving them. And if you want Finasteride, the hardest part is being approved (reviews say many people aren’t approved even though they would normally qualify).

      In case you’re interested, I made a direct comparison review between Keeps and Hims. Obviously, I picked Keeps as the winner – because in my opinion, it has way better offers and services.

  3. Hello Olly and thank you so much for your review! My dermatologist suggested that I start using Finasteride with Minoxidil to combat my thinning hair (all men from my family went half bald by the age of 40 so I’m trying to prevent that). I’ve read a lot about these 2 drugs and I was hesitant because of 2 things: 1) there are men complaining of side effects on every website I entered and 2) apparently hair gets worse if you quit any of the drugs.

    I read the same things on your website and you’re surely more of a specialist than all those men on forums, so it’s clearly a fact.

    So currently I’m in between: I would go for Finasteride and Minoxidil, but I am still afraid about not being able to comply with the treatment and end up going bald even faster than I am supposed to.

    I have also read about a product called Profollica, some men say it’s an excellent alternative. Have you ever heard of it? If not, could you have a look at it and tell me what you think about it? I would mean a lot to me, I’m really desperate.

    1. Hi Anthony, sorry to hear about your issues. But I’m glad to see you did your research, so you know a lot of things many men aren’t aware of. So let’s take them by turn:

      1. Finasteride and Minoxidil do cause side effects, but they don’t appear in everyone. The per cent is much higher compared to natural supplements/products, but there are enough men not dealing with any side effects.

      Minoxidil mostly caused local problems, like rashes, irritation, etc. So these are surely not that scary. The real problem lies behind Finasteride, which is known to cause sexual side effects and headaches. But once again, these issues don’t appear in everyone.

      Now – let’s say you start using Finasteride and develop nasty side effects. In this case, the best choice is to stop the treatment immediately. You’re probably worried that your hair will be affected by the sudden change, but that won’t happen.

      Basically, Minoxidil and Finasteride usually affect the hair they have helped growing or not falling out. They need about 4 months for this to happen (both start working after at least 4 months). So you would need to take them 4 months (or even more) for them to affect your hair. Side effects usually appear in the first 2 weeks, if any.

      This means you would have more than 3 months to stop the treatment without getting any damage in your hair.

      That’s why you can try Finasteride and Minoxidil without any worries. In case you really get some side effects, you have enough time to stop them until they affect your hair.

      Out of the companies selling these products with subscriptions, Keeps is by far the best. They have the best price and offers and the highest number of positive reviews (which means a lot). So I definitely recommend them compared to others (take a look at Hims to see the difference).

      2. Regarding Profollica, I actually know this supplement really well. I haven’t tried it myself, since it’s a product designed for male baldness. But it’s one of my top choices as an alternative to Finasteride/Minoxidil.

      It has some pretty good ingredients, very rare side effects and most importantly – some clinical evidence behind, which tells a lot (few supplements have that). It is a bit pricey, but that’s because you can only buy the 2 products together. So each costs about $30, which isn’t that much.

      Now – if you want try Profollica before the classic treatment (Minoxidil/Finasteride), I would definitely recommend that. Just make sure that you can afford this supplement, as it’s not the cheapest one ever, just like I said. I think you’re a great candidate, since your hair is only in the thinning phase (not in the balding one).

      So if you ask me, Profollica should help you. But so should Minoxidil and Finasteride, so it’s completely up to you what exactly you choose.

      Please let me know how it goes in the future and whether your hair gets better or not. I really hope this helps!

  4. Hello! I have crown thinning that is starting to get noticed already. 🙁 I am trying my best to avoid this.

    Recently I checked several male subscription websites and decided on Keeps. My question is: should I use both Minoxidil and Finasteride? You say that Minoxidil works for crown baldness, which is what I have. But if I also took Finasteride, would it fix my thinning better and faster? My hairline looks quite normal so far but it might start to recede in the future. Could taking Finasteride from now on prevent this? Thanks for taking the time to answer.

    1. Hello Jonathan, sorry to hear about your thinning. This is quite a common problem in men and it’s usually followed by early baldness. So it’s good that you’re trying to do something about it now and prevent going bald (when you couldn’t do much anymore).

      First of all – Keeps is probably the best subscription brand for Minoxidil/Finasteride. Regarding to your questions – I don’t think it’s necessary to start Finasteride now. Let me explain.

      As you already seem to know, your hair problem could be improved with Minoxidil. This product is designed for crown thinning, which you have. On the other hand, Finasteride is designed for receding hairlines on paper – but it also works quite well for all sorts of male pattern baldness.

      However, the problem lies in their side effects. Compared to supplements, Minoxidil and Finasteride cause side effects very often. Minoxidil is responsible for itching, rashes and even scalp allergies – so mostly topical side effects. On the other hand, Finasteride is a lot more dangerous because it causes general side effects (sexual problems, headaches that don’t go away, severe nausea, etc.).

      Now – these side effects don’t appear to everyone. But there are enough men complaining about them. And the worst part is that some claim the symptoms never got better even after they stopped taking Finasteride. That’s why it’s not a product I usually recommend, unless the user really wants it.

      And there’s one more thing. Finasteride can only be bought with a medical prescription. This means you will either have to see your doctor or have an online consultation with one of their specialists. So if you want to use it for another problem than it’s designed for (crown thinning in your case), you might not be given a prescription. Anyway, Keeps seems to be a lot more flexible at this chapter compared to other retailers.

      To conclude – I personally think you should only use Minoxidil for the moment. In case your hairline starts to recede, you can have a medical consultation online and see if you receive a prescription for it. But at this point, there’s no reason to start using it. It’s way too dangerous and the side effects might be a lot more severe than the effect itself.

      In case you still want a supplement for prevention, I recommend you a natural one (based on herbs). My #1 choice is called Profollica and it’s probably the best supplement for male hair loss/thinning. It works for both crown and hairline problems and it doesn’t have any usual side effects (since it’s based on herbal extracts). I found so many positive opinions on it, so it’s definitely a quality product.

      So I hope my answer helped you decide on what is better for you at this point. Any other question you have, just let me know.

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