Can Copper Peptides in Hair Loss Products Really Help?

This page completes my review of hair loss products containing copper peptides, and reveals what happened when I tried using one of them myself.

Obviously it’s very important to make the right decision about which type of hair loss product you use. So perhaps my own experience will help you if you’re thinking about using either of the two main copper peptide product lines: Folligen or Tricomin.

First of all, I should point out that, for almost all the reviews in this website, I have not tried the products myself.

That’s because I managed to stop my hair loss using my own methods.

However, I have tried one of the copper peptide products reviewed in this section, although not quite in the way you might think…

Why Did I Try Copper Peptides?

As just mentioned, I used my own methods to successfully stop the hair loss I suffered and stimulate natural hair regrowth. And because they seemed to completely solve the problem for me, there was no way I was going to stop using them and try something else.

But my methods don't address eyebrow hair loss.

So, the reason why I tried copper peptides was actually for hair loss of my eyebrows, not my scalp.

I should also say that this eyebrow hair loss developed slowly over several years. So it had been with me for quite some time. And with such a long-term (chronic) condition, it was probably not going to be easy to reverse this condition. However, I was curious as to whether copper peptides could help, so decided to try them as an experiment.

Which Products Did I Use?

Copper peptide products by Folligen

I decided to use Folligen.

Initially, I tried Folligen spray. This is a dark blue/green water-based product. I chose it because, with just 11 ingredients, I figured it would contain a higher concentration of copper peptides than the Folligen cream and lotion products (which have well over 20 ingredients each).

However, I quickly realized that, being water-based, it was very "liquid" and runny, obviously!

And that was a problem because water can easily run off without really getting absorbed very well (if at all).

So I then got hold of some emu oil* and mixed the two together to create a pale green cream (as you can see from the photo above).

* Emu oil has also been said to help hair grow for some people and get absorbed by the skin really well. So I thought it should act as a very good carrier for the copper I wanted to deliver to my eyebrow follicles.

I then applied this mixture diligently twice a day for over a year.

So How Did I Get On?

Eyebrow hair loss before and after photos

Well, as you can see from the photos, not very well!

I'm afraid Folligen spray did not help at all. And, having tried it for so long, I considered this to be a fair test. One in which copper peptides seemed to fail.

Perhaps a different product would have helped? I don’t know.

And perhaps this also just goes to show that you really need to treat the underlying cause (suspect low thyroid gland activity in the case of my eyebrows) and not just the symptom (hair loss).

Important note about "before and after" photos:

Back when my scalp hair loss was really starting to develop, I was very careful to hide it from the world. And this meant that there was no way I wanted any photo to be taken of me which revealed I was starting to lose my hair. So, taking before and after photos of my scalp hair loss was the last thing I wanted to do!

But, eyebrow hair loss is a different matter altogether. You can't "comb over" your eyebrows!

And I wasn’t going to use eyebrow pencils or cosmetic hair loss concealers either.

In any case, I wasn’t really that bothered by a small amount (i.e., outer third) of eyebrow hair loss anyway. So I decided to go ahead and take the before and after photos of my eyebrows that you can see above.


Summary

From my own experience of Folligen spray, I have to say that using copper peptides to treat (eyebrow) hair loss does not work.

But, I would also say that, since scientific trials have shown that the mineral copper can help hair growth, hair color and scalp health, perhaps I did benefit in some way without actually realizing it.

It should also be noted that I only tried one product line (Folligen) and not the other (Tricomin).

Tricomin did pass an FDA Phase II trial (which gave results comparable to Rogaine containing 2% minoxidil). But, the financial burden of a Phase III trial (which, if successful, would have won FDA approval to treat hair loss) was too high. And for that reason, Tricomin is promoted solely as a cosmetic product.

So, what you make of all this is up to you.

But, I hope this review will help you decide whether or not you want to try using copper peptides for your own hair loss.

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