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February 15, 2008

Beauty Bites: Can a Pill Make You Gorgeous?

pierre michel rephair pill in a paper candy cup

Pierre Michel RepHair

Photo Credit: Jeff Westbrook/Studio D

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THE PILL: Pierre Michel RepHair

THE CLAIM: AC-11, a proprietary extract of Uncaria tomentosa (the cat's-claw plant from the rain forest), repairs damaged DNA in hair cells to reduce dryness, thinning, and breakage while increasing shine and thickness.

COST: $24 for a 30-day supply

GLASSMAN SAYS: "Oral supplements can only affect the new hair growing in. Hair ends are old and dead, so applying a treatment would be better for dry, split ends. And while cat's claw is anti-inflammatory and anticarcinogenic, there's not enough research to show any benefits for hair."

MC EDITORS' VERDICT: Our tester's mane felt thicker and fuller after one week and held up to multiple blowdrying and flat-ironing sessions without drying out. After three weeks, she started noticing new growth along her hairline and received at least one compliment a day about how healthy her hair looked.

BOTTOM LINE: ****1/2

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