Updated: Dec 11, 2020
According to recent research (1), hair loss is becoming more prevalent at an early age. Whether it be from societal standards, increased stress, pollution, poor diet, or other reasons, it seems that more people are losing their hair.
More people with hair loss means more potential customers for the developers of hair loss treatments.
Although there are proven effective treatments like finasteride, minoxidil, and low-level laser therapy (LLLT), there are many different reasons why people may choose alternative treatments such as cost, side effects, and anything in-between. Unfortunately, many of these “treatments” are developed without much research in mind and often seek to take advantage of vulnerable people looking for a solution to their problem.
In this article, we are going to be looking at a brand called Tricomin, which has developed a line of treatments that they claim can help hair loss.
Ultimately we will look at each of Tricomin’s three products, breaking down how the ingredients will affect your hair, to determine whether or not Tricomin could be a viable solution for you.
What is Tricomin?
Tricomin is not a treatment itself, but rather a brand that has created different hair loss treatments. It is owned by a parent company called Photomedex which specializes in dermatology and medical technology.
Again, currently Tricomin offers three different hair loss products: densifying shampoo, reinforcing conditioner, and energy spray, all of which we will talk about in depth later in this article.
All of Tricomin’s products are focused more on the scalp. The brands clinical philosophy is “treat the scalp with the same dedication as skincare an hair vitality is sure to follow”, it’s pretty easy to see the connection to Photomedex there.
What makes Tricomin interesting is that they have more credibility than most other hair loss brands, even though they are still relatively unrecognized as so. This is because their patented copper peptide blend underwent FDA trials.
In fact, it made it to phase 2 studies, which is impressive considering how rigorous FDA trials often are. In these phase 2 studies, Tricomin was tested on 36 men who applied it topically, twice daily for 6 months. Besides the other already FDA approved treatments (minoxidil, finasteride, and LLLT) Tricomin is the only other treatment that was shown to have stimulated hair growth in phase 2 trials.
Interestingly enough, the phase 3 trials, and subsequent FDA approval, were not pursued by Tricomin. Whether this is due to poor results, lack of funding, or some other reason is up for speculation, but it leaves the hair loss community both hopeful and skeptical at the same time.
If Tricomin were to release a statement saying why they didn’t move forward with the phase 3 trials it could help clear up much of the fogginess around it. Unfortunately, until that happens the best thing that we can do is look at the research surrounding the ingredients that they have included in their different products to help determine their (potential) effectiveness.
Taking a closer look at Tricomin’s treatments
Before we further investigate each of the three treatments that Tricomin offers, we need to look at the ingredients that are common amongst all of them: their patented Triamino Copper Complex.
Tricomin repeatedly states that the Triamino Copper Complex contains a “peptide blend of copper and amino acids” and regards it as the main vehicle by which their treatments work to help hair loss. Let’s take a look at the research surrounding copper peptides.
A copper peptide is the element copper combined with three amino acids that are linked together, which constitute it as a peptide. In one study (2) the tripeptide GHK-Cu was evaluated. It was found that it has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and would healing properties, meaning that it can protect your hair from damage caused by inflammation or oxidative stress, both of which can worsen hair loss. The researchers also discovered that it helped stimulate blood vessel growth. This is important because blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles that they use to grow, and low blood flow is associated with hair loss (3).
Another study (4) evaluated all of the various regenerative properties of the GHK-Cu peptide. The researchers established that GHK-Cu is able to reduce inflammation and free radical damage whilst also increasing hair growth and thickness by enlarging the hair follicle. So, similarly to the previous study, by protecting your hair from damage, GHK-Cu may be able to help optimize your scalp health so that hair can grow in a healthy environment.
As for the hair growth, how effective GHK-Cu is at enlarging the follicle has not been investigated in depth. The fact that we know it works, but not how well, should warrant more studies.
So, based on the current research it seems that there is certainly something to be said for Tricomin’s Triamino Copper Complex. The data supports that it may be able to protect your hair from damage and create a healthy scalp environment for hair growth, and may even promote growth on its own to some degree.
But the Triamino Complex is not the only ingredient in Tricomin’s products. In order to really gauge how helpful they will be for hair loss you need to take a closer look at some of the other ingredients.
The first of Tricomin’s products on the list is the densifying shampoo.
Tricomins densifying shampoo claims to be able to do as the name suggests: help create denser hair. But, while the Triamino Complex may be able to help with that, some of the other ingredients will do quite the opposite.
Yes, the shampoo contains several ingredients (apart from the complex) that may be beneficial to hair loss sufferers, but it also has ingredients that are known to be harmful including: fragrances, synthetic colors, dimethicone, and cocamidopropyl betaine.
Unfortunately, these chemicals can all affect the hair and scalp negatively which may not only counteract the positive benefits of the complex, but can also worsen the condition of the hair which may lead to hair loss worsening.
Would I recommend this? Probably not. There are shampoos that contain all natural ingredients that were made more specifically with hair loss in mind. My personal favorite and the one that I use is called Lipogaine, but there are several other viable options as well. Learn all about how to pick a good hair loss shampoo here.
Next up is the reinforcing conditioner.
Just like the shampoo, it contains the Triamino Complex, which, if paired with all natural hair-loss-friendly ingredients, would likely have a positivity effect on hair loss. But again Tricomin opted to include many of the same harmful ingredients in the conditioner, many of which can damage your hair and scale and possibly even cause hair loss to worsen.
If you are someone who is losing their hair, not only do you want to avoid these chemicals, but you certainly don’t want to exacerbate the problem by adding another product that contains them.
Would I recommend this? No. Get a hair loss friendly shampoo that won’t strip your hair if tis natural oils and potentially worsen hair loss, and certainly don’t double down on the harmful chemicals.
The last product the Tricomin offers is their energy spray.
Same harmful chemicals, same problem.
It seems that Tricomin didn’t quite design their products with the informed hair loss sufferer in mind.
Would I recommend this? No. There are other products that contain copper peptides without all the harmful chemicals. When you are trying to overcome hair loss you need to avoid as many harmful things as you possibly can in order to give your hair the best fighting chance. Using this spray would not be doing so.
Tricomin’s products are well… a swing and a miss.
As we discovered, the Triamino Copper Complex has some solid evidence to back it and would likely be effective on its own, or combined with natural ingredients. But instead Tricomin opted for the easy route including harmful chemicals in all three of their products, which, for someone who is serious about trying to overcome hair loss, is a big no-no.
There are other, better options for treatments that will allow you to reap the potential benefits of copper peptides without damaging your hair and scalp.