Product: Tricomin Clinical Follicle Energy Spray, 6oz.
Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com third-party sellers, below retail
The Tricomin product line is made by Pharma cosmetics, a global skin and health medical technology company. The Tricomin products include a shampoo, a conditioner, and a spray treatment.
This review will focus only on the spray. However, all three of these products contain the same signature ingredients, so much of what this review says is applicable to the Tricomin shampoo and the conditioner.
What is Tricomin Spray?
Let’s get it straight form the source. This is what the maker’s website says:
A potent vitalizing and leave-in conditioning spray for men and women to address the signs of thinning and damaged hair. This exceptional spray can be used on wet or dry hair for anytime convenience. Follicle Energy Spray enriches the scalp with clinically tested and proven Triamino Copper Complex™ plus a unique blend of essential amino acids, minerals and body-building agents.
So, Tricomin spray is a leave-in treatment for men and women, to be used on both wet and dry hair.
Judging by the name, the copper content is the big selling point. This is a new one for our blog – we haven’t reviewed any hair loss treatments using copper, just yet. Let’s take a closer look.
Copper: Hair loss solution or gimmick?
Copper is one of those things that shows up time and time again in healthcare products. You see it in bracelets, bandaids, and medical equipment. In this spirit, the Tricomin Spray’s claim to fame is a solution of copper, combined with several amino acids, the Triamino Copper Complex™. But can copper help stop hair loss?
This is what the makers claim Tricomin does:
Provid[es] precise delivery of copper to the dermal papilla at the base of hair follicles, where it can support the cells responsible for production of collagen and other fortifying proteins.
What is the science?
Hair loss is absolutely influenced by some trace element and mineral deficiencies (especially zinc), but it’s not clear that copper is one of these causes. There are two main conflicting studies.
First, a 2007 study of 97 men and women showed a relationship between copper deficiency in both genders with higher androgens and lower estrogens and androgenic alopecia. The copper deficiency was more notable in the female patients.
However, a larger and more recent 2013 study of 312 men and women with hair loss measured copper deficiencies and found no reduction in the copper blood levels between patients with hair loss compared to the patients without hair loss.
Copper is a necessary trace element, and we usually get enough of it in our diets. Copper definitely has some demonstrated anti-bacterial properties, but it’s unclear that spraying it on our scalp will help us stop losing hair. Based on the conflicting results of these two studies, the issue should be further investigated.
What else is in Tricomin Spray?
Looking at the ingredients list, we see all of this stuff:
Water (Aqua), SD Alcohol 40B (Alcohol Denat.), Nonoxynol-10, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-11, Polysorbate 60, Alanine/Histidine/Lysine Polypeptide Copper HCI, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Dimethyl Lauramine Isostearate, Linoleamidopropyl Ethyl Dimonium Ethosulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzethoneum Chloride, Menthol, FD&C Blue No1.
I’m not going to go into each one of these, but about half are chemical stabilizers and thickeners, and half are preservatives. The stabilizers and thickeners therefore give the hair the appearance of being bulkier, and the preservatives keep the solution viable.
The Blue No. 1 is an FD- approved dye, but in my humble opinion, it is best to avoid any artificial dyes or fragrances that serve no purpose.
The signature ingredient, “Alanine/Histidine/Lysine Polypeptide Copper HCI” is technically classified as a “conditioning agent”. None of the other ingredients on this list are known agents of hair growth.
How do you use Tricomin?
Spray Tricomin onto your scalp twice a day and massage in with your fingertips. The makers say you should use it for 6 months to see the full effects.
What do people say about it?
At the moment of this review, Tricomin spray has a 3.7/5 star review on Amazon.com, from a total of 87 reviews. Half of these are 5 star reviews, and over 20% are 1 star reviews. So…this product is VERY polarizing!
Fans of Tricomin say that it works, period. Here’s a noteworthy positive review, from someone who has used the product for many years:
Most people who like Tricomin use it in conjunction with other products, such as Rogaine. The above reviewer is one of few fans of Tricomin who I found who uses it alone. Because so many people use it in conjunction with other treatments, it’s hard to isolate what exactly this product contributes that others do not.
As for negative reviews: people who dislike Tricomin all complain about the price. It is quite expensive, at ~$70/6 oz, and 2 sprays/day needed.
For others, the product simply didn’t work, and in some cases it appeared to make everything worse. Here’s another example:
Others, particularly African American reviewers, commented that the product irritated their scalps and caused massive itching. Many reviewers noted a change in the texture of their hair, specifically that it became more brittle and difficult to style.
Tricomin has been on the market for a long time, almost 20 years. Its fans and foes are split in equal camps.
But do I recommend it? No. I personally find the conflicting scientific evidence to be a negative. I’m open to being shown otherwise by future studies unmasking the truth about copper and hair loss. If this research surfaces, I will update this review.
Until then, my #1 recommendation remains the same: spend your time and money on proven, tested chemical treatments like Rogaine for hair loss.
Any experiences with Tricomin products, good or bad? Any thoughts or questions? As always, I welcome and look forward to your feedback.