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Does Tricomin Work? My 2019 Review

The Tricomin product line is made by Pharma cosmetics, a global skin and health medical technology company.

The Tricomin hair loss products line includes 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 Tricomin’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 Behind Copper for Hair Loss?

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 It?

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.

Spray Tricomin onto your scalp twice a day and massage in with your fingertips. The company says you should use Tricomin for 6 months to see the full effects.

What Do People Say About the Results?

At the moment of this review, Tricomin spray has a 3.7 out of 5 star review on Amazon.com, from a total of 87 reviews at the time of this blog post. Half of these are 5 star reviews, and over 20% are 1 star reviews. So …Tricomin is VERY polarizing!

The Good

Fans of Tricomin say that it works, period.

One noteworthy positive review, from someone who has used the product for over 10 years, said that after 8-12 months Tricomin really begins to work, and she noticed a change in the diameter of the shaft of her hair.

A young woman with strong, healthy hair

This reviewer did, however, stop using Tricomin for 6 months after that and noticed her hair line receding at her temples at that time.

Most people who like Tricomin use it in conjunction with other products, such as Rogaine. The above reviewer I mentioned of few fans of Tricomin who I found who uses just it, and nothing else.

Because so many people use it in conjunction with other treatments, it’s hard to isolate what exactly Tricomin contributes to hair loss prevention that other products, being used at the same time, do not.

The Bad

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. Some even said it made more hair fall out!

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.

Overall: Tricomin Is a Gamble

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 Tricomin? Not enthusiastically. 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 recommendations remain the same:

  • Spend your time and money on proven, tested chemical treatments like Rogaine for hair loss.
  • To protect and strengthen existing hair that might simply be fine or brittle, use research-supported caffeine shampoo and natural, herbal treatment sprays.
  • And, to address the causes of your hair loss from the inside out, commit to a routine of bone broth or hydrolyzed collagen and a high quality biotin supplement, or go whole hog and invest in a specific hair loss supplement like Nutrafol.

22 thoughts on “Does Tricomin Work? My 2019 Review”

  1. Hello, Penelope.
    Thanks for your straight talk about Tricomin where you mention the pros and the cons of this product.
    I think that the best thing that someone can do is to use a product from the outside and the inside to overcome hair loss. Thanks for your honest recommendation not to use this product.

  2. Thankyou for your honest review, its so hard sometimes not to jump on the first new product you see that can help with hair loss. My husband has just about tried every product out there, we must have spent a fortune on different products, but so far nothing has really worked. I have not actually seen the Tricomin before this.Thanks again for your helpful article. Joanne

  3. Hello Penelope!

    I really liked your honest opinion about Tricomin and the fact that you didn’t sugarcoat its cons. I have seen it in some other sites and i’m not gonna lie, buying it crossed my mind, but now i think i will try Regaine to see if it has any results! Thank you!

  4. Very interesting review, Penelope, and very controversial product, I have to say. A product, however, that, like you, I would not feel much confident in purchasing.
    I too find it too expensive to start off with. There is then the matter of the conflicting studies on the benefit of copper for your scalp and follicles, which you bring to light. And then blame the skeptic side in me, but I have been trying products for many years, and never succeeding in having hair regrow where it has already gone. Now, I know that is not the claim made by this product, but in time I have built a natural disbelief in any hair loss related product that makes claims of miracles. So, for me I’m afraid it’s going to be a no.
    Maybe you can advise on any products aiming to regrow the rather than hair loss prevention?
    Thank you.

  5. Hi Penelope! Just stumbled upon this post. Never heard of the spray (thought hair loss prevention was only a thing for balding guys haha), but your review was very informative! I am certainly going to show your blog to my girlfriend, as she has a problem with hair loss and has been looking for a solution. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the feedback, and for sending your girlfriend to the blog! Hair loss prevention is very much also a concern for women, we’re just better at hiding it than you guys!

  7. Great review Penelope, I enjoyed reading your hard hitting honest review about Tricomin.

    I suppose with the positive and negative reviews, it’s all about personal preference and how it reacts for different people.

    For it being such a long standing product I’d say it must have a few followers haha.

    Will recommend your site in the future.

    Thank you!

  8. Thanks for the feedback, Jeremy! And yeah, we all have our opinions of these products, and not all of them are gonna be positive sad to say. It’s important to keep review sites honest with the brutal truth!

  9. I found this review very helpful and informative. I have never heard copper being used in cosmetics and hair loss treatment. I liked thefact that you are being very honest in your review. I know where I can go and get solutions if my friend , family or myself have hair loss problems in the future. Thank you for sharing!

  10. hahah, yes not everything is going to get a glowing review from me, the most important thing I can do is put out accurate information and honest analysis. thanks for reading!

  11. Interesting to read about the conflicting studies regarding the copper effect. It is good to do some research before spending money on questionable products. Thanks for this honest review!

  12. Thanks for reading! I agree, it’s not clear that Tricomin is good stuff because of the conflicting information about copper. I haven’t used it personally just yet, but I think it’s important that this info is out there, hence the research and review.

  13. Thank you so much for providing us with such a great information. I didn’t knew that hair and copper a related to be honest, thank you for letting us k ow. When I will think about hair treatment as I am experiencing hair fall, I will contact you for consultation and for product recommendation for sure.

  14. Thank you so much Penelope for sharing a great product again. You are an expert and explain every bit really nicely and in an understandable way. It’s great to know that much detail about tricomin, I have heard about it before but never knew about spray. I am definitely going to try this…

  15. Thanks for reading, and come back and let us know how Tricomin spray works out for you! I’m still on the fence about the value of the copper as an ingredient but I’d love to hear more about other people’s experiences.

  16. This review is interesting. I would love to be able to use a leave-in spray, however, there are a few things to look at here. The product is expensive which is scary, and I mean really expensive but you have reviews that say it works. However, it takes months to work and I means 8- 12 so would you hang in there that long. I do appreciate your honesty because you truly help me to feel more confident in reading your reviews.

  17. Thank you for reading. yeah, I’m hesitant to give this product a whirl just because of the price and my suspicion about copper. Always happy to get feedback from readers about whether this sounds like a good one, or not , and especially from people who’ve used it for good or bad.

  18. Hi Joanne, thanks for the comment, and I hear you on the fortune spent. People are so troubled by hair loss that they will spend anything to try anything. Please allow me to steer you toward some real solutions, like Rogaine and Ultrax caffeine shampoo. And, of course, supplements to heal the hair loss from the inside. best of luck on your journey.

  19. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Giulia! I recommend Rogaine for Women Foam for re-growing hair. In this instance, the science wins!

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