Since hair loss treatments for women seem to be ineffective and/or irritating to the scalp (see my verdicts on Rogaine and Jan Marini), I am always on the look out for a breakthrough.

Copper peptides may, yet again, come to the rescue. The theory is that minoxidil (the key ingredient in Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia) only marginally restore hair health; the most common result is sparse, fine hair regrowth. Copper peptides, on the other hand, are supposed to increase the size of the hair follicle and the hair itself.

Plus copper peptides soothe and counteract the scalp irritation often experienced with minoxidil. This means that you can use a cocktail of both for a double whammy.

The recommended procedure is:

1. Start skin repair/hair growth with copper peptides. Examples are Skin Biology's Folligen and Tricomin and Graftcyte from Pro-Cyte.

2. Add in minoxidil. Start with 2% and build up to 5%. If there is irritation from the 5% solution, use only the folligen until the scalp is heeled and then try again.

Some dermatologists recommend Retin-A as a hair growth stimulant that can also be used in conjunction with copper peptides. Irritation is highly likely though.