If you’re anything like me, one of the last things you want to do is inadvertently buy something from a multi-level marketing company.
This is why I’ve compiled this list of pyramid scheme hair products, so you know which companies you should avoid purchasing from.
It’s one thing to support your friends and loved ones with their small business (I’m all for that) but it’s another thing to support a pyramid scheme.
But sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether the haircare products someone is promoting online are from a multi-level marketing company or not, which is where this list comes in.
And as a side note – these companies may not fit under the legal definition of “pyramid scheme” but that’s the vernacular that is used by people who want to avoid network marketing/MLM companies, so that’s the term I’ve used here. Additionally, “MLM schemes are structurally akin to pyramid schemes.” (1)
- 11 Pyramid Scheme Hair Products to Avoid
- 1. Monat
- 2. Nu Skin
- 3. Melaleuca
- 4. Avon
- 5. Modere
- 6. Arbonne
- 7. Amway
- 8. Farmasi
- 9. Jeunesse
- 10. Poofy Organics
- 11. Simple Man
11 Pyramid Scheme Hair Products to Avoid
Monat tops the list because their primary products are haircare and because social media is flooded with Monat.
Monat’s method of sales is network marketing through its thousands of market partners. If you don’t want to buy from an MLM company, avoid Monat.
Related: Is Monat a Pyramid Scheme?
2. Nu Skin
Nu Skin has been around for much longer than Monat (since 1984) and sells a variety of personal care products, including shampoo, conditioner, and various hair treatments. Nu Skin is an MLM.
Melaleuca is a “Wellness Company” that sells a large variety of wellness products including shampoo and conditioner. Like all the companies on this list, they sell via network marketing.
Avon has been around forever (since 1886 to be precise) and doesn’t really need an introduction/explanation. Suffice to say that yes, Avon is an MLM company and yes, they sell hair products.
Modere is another “Wellness Company” that sells a range of products, including hair products. You can go straight to their website to order (you don’t need to find a consultant) but they are still an MLM company.
Related: Is Modere a Pyramid Scheme?
Arbonne isn’t known specifically for their hair products like Monat is, but they do sell them and they are an MLM.
Amway is one of the first companies that come to mind when someone says “Multi-Level Marketing.” Amway sells basically everything including – you guessed it – hair products.
Farmasi is known for its skincare and makeup, but like many of the MLM companies on this list, they also sell hair products.
Jeunesse, the MLM that acquired MonaVie, another MLM that went into foreclosure, sells a variety of personal care products including hair products.
10. Poofy Organics
Poofy Organics aren’t as well-known as the other companies on this list, but despite claiming that they “do things a bit differently” they are still employing the MLM method to sell their products, which include hair products.
11. Simple Man
Most MLM companies target women as their primary demographic but Simple Man targets – surprise! – men. Simple Man is now under the Simple Corp Global banner and includes “Simply Hers” but they are still an MLM company.
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1. They have you in a cultish grip: the women losing thousands to online beauty schemes. Amelia Tate. 1 June 2019. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/jun/01/online-beauty-schemes-selling-social-media-younique-arbonne