By Paul Taylor
Can Tricomin Therapy Spray or Folligen Spray really benefit hair growth and help tackle hair loss?
Are there any side effects from the copper peptides they contain?
And are these two products basically the same?
If you’re thinking about trying one of these hair loss products, this review will help with the answers. However, also bear in mind that sprays are not the only products these two companies make:
Folligen products include: Folligen Therapy Solution Spray, cream, lotion, shampoo and conditioner (all of which were reviewed on the previous page).
Tricomin products include:
But the main product type common to both is the spray, so that’s what this review focuses on.
Copper is particularly useful to the body when it’s attached to amino acids. These are called copper peptides, and Tricomin (or "Tricomin Clinical" as the company is now called) incorporates these within all its products in its "Triamino Copper Complex".
If you’ve read the previous page, then you’ll know that copper peptides also form the basis of Folligen products, many of which contain "GHK-copper". This is a naturally occurring copper-binding tripeptide. Basically, the "GHK" is short for glycyl-l-histidyl-l-lysine which means it involves glycine, L-histidine and L-lysine to help deliver copper to the body.
The three amino acids used in Tricomin Therapy Spray are L-alanine, L-histidine and L-lysine. So there does appear to be a slight difference.
However, whilst the amino acid combination might vary, the aim of both product lines
is the same: to efficiently deliver copper peptides to the scalp
Here’s a list of the many ways in which copper is said to be able to benefit hair growth and therein, may be able to help tackle hair loss:
Copper peptides can be used by both men and women and should be without side effects.
But there can still be issues:
There have been some cases from Folligen spray users where blond hair has turned green. For that reason, "Folligen for Blondes" was introduced. This product is a lotion (i.e., not a spray) and uses tin peptides instead of copper peptides.
Tricomin spray is blue, so whether or not blond hair will turn green (or blue) I don’t know. But as far as I’m aware, there have been no such reports.
And, who knows, maybe blond hair turning green might even be an indication of product strength?
Copper toxicity could be an issue if you use these types of product long-term, and more copper accumulates in your body than you need.
This, however, does assume that the copper peptide products are absorbed well. And this is an issue that has been raised - there are concerns as to whether or not they can penetrate the skin barrier adequately.
Obviously you want there to be good absorbency otherwise the product will be ineffective. But, high levels of copper can deplete zinc levels (and vice versa). So it's very important to ensure that your zinc levels remain in balance if you're going to regularly put copper into your body.
Note: white marks on three or more fingernails is often said to indicate a zinc deficiency (see photo below).
Neither website mentions the quantity of copper peptides their products have. But, in any case, it's probably absorbency that matters most - both sprays aim to deliver copper peptides to the scalp efficiently, and there have been positive reviews from customers of both products to back this up.
At approx $13 per fluid ounce, Tricomin spray is a lot more pricey than the Folligen spray (best deal approx $4 per fluid ounce).
The inclusion of copper peptides attached to either amino acids (Tricomin spray) or soy proteins (Folligen spray) suggests that these products should be considered natural-based and well absorbed. And copper does seem to be a mineral that’s involved with healthy hair growth.
So perhaps it might be worth trying one of these two brands in the hope that it can help in at least one of the many possible ways listed on this page.
As for which (if any) product to choose, please read the next page before you decide.
This page 2 of 3.Read final page? What happened when I tried copper peptides?
Read previous page? Folligen review.
(1) The following study involves Tricomin's copper peptides with L-alanyl, L-histidyl and L-lysine: The effect of tripeptide-copper complex on human hair growth in vitro. Pyo HK, Yoo HG, et al. Arch Pharm Res. 2007 Jul;30(7):834-9. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17703734
(2) The following study involves Folligen's copper peptides with glycine, L-histidine and L-lysine: The human tri-peptide GHK and tissue remodeling. Pickart L. J Biomater Sci Polym Ed. 2008;19(8):969-88. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18644225
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