Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Hair Growth - Megatek (animal products)

Q: This question comes from Courtney, 'I have been wondering about growth aides for a very long time. I was wondering if you would mind doing a future post about using MN (miconazole nitrate) and megatek.'

A: I have previously done a post on hair growth aids, essentially saying that according to research, nothing can make your hair grow faster. Ultimately hair growth is guided by genetics, so short of tampering with DNA, there is really not much that you can do. Read the article here

I do want though to highlight that megatek is an animal product and it is not regulated by the same rules that human products have to go through (see article here). Ingredient labelling is not as strict meaning that they can label in any order and do not necessarily have to list all the ingredients (or any at all).

For example the pet label which is supposed to be the same as the equine (horse) label actually has different ingredients listed in a different order. I approached the manufacturer about this and was advised,

"The Equine and Pet Mega-Tek (16oz) Labels are identical. The (2oz) Pet Mega-Tek label is the same it just has different trademark names for some of the ingredients."

This actually is not true at all. There are specific ingredients that are actually listed which are NOT the same. See the highlighted ingredients and NOTE the different order

Pet label ingredients: Deionized water, stearalkonium chloride, glyceryl stearate, cetearyl alcohol, peg 40 castor oil, cetrimonium chloride, hydrolyzed keratin protein,tocopheryl acetate, DMDM hydantoin, methylparaben ,propylparaben, tetrasodium EDTA, fragrance.

Equine (Horse) label ingredients:  Deionized water, hydrolyzed keratin protein, stearalkonium chloride, glyceryl stearate, peg 100 stearate, marine protein, peg 40, panthenol, dimethicone copolyol, magnesium citrate, Allantoin, amino acids, methylparaben, Mucopolysaccharides, propylparaben, imidazolidinyl urea, fragrance.

As for the product itself, looking at the ingredients (whichever list you believe), megatek is simply a hair conditioner.

Final thoughts: Exercise caution if you decide to purchase an animal product for human use.


  1. Thank you for this! I was trying to figure out what in Megatek "made hair grow". Now i decided I will not be purchases this and stick to my normal hair routine.

  2. Hair grows as long as your breathing! Why are people SOOOO desperate that they would do anything to change that? What happened to good 'ol patience? Long hair cannot be obtained the microwave version.This age of instant gratification really saddens me!

  3. Yes, clearly desperate. Nice judgement.

  4. You may want to call and talk to the mfg directly 1-800-526-7469 and discuss this, as I just got off the phone concerning the same issue, (although we are using it AS DIRECTED for animals) and have sold the product for 15 years. It is strictly a labeling issue, They confirmed this several times, The product has NOT changed since it was first made, and said they would be happy to discuss this with anyone who has concerns
    please call them at 1-800-526-7469

    1. I called and spoke with them also. I was speaking with a man who said that he'd been with the company for over 20 years. He told me the same thing about the ingredients not being any different but that they had to change the order of the ingredients (hydrolyzed keratin protein is now much lower on the list). I asked him if that means that there is a lesser amount of it and he said yes, but it's still effective. He also told me that Mega Tek does not have any parabens (wax) in it. Well my bottle shows that it does have parabens in it (propylparaben). I still use it, but I don't apply it on my scalp or roots. It makes my hair look GREAT and it's VERY strong.


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