Folligen is a copper peptide treatment for helping hair grow - whether thinning or aging hair on the head, sparse eyelashes or moth-eaten eyebrows. The great thing is that it works and it comes at a great price ($18.69). The bad news is that it is a rather alarming turquoise color and Skin Biology (the maker of it) doesn't provide any instructions (or even list of ingredients on the bottle).
I get letters all the time from readers who have bought it at the TIA store
, essentially saying now what? So, this is your Folligen go to post. Using Folligen for head hair is fairly straightforward. Just rub it in to the scalp - either all over or just where needed. No it does not stain your hair or make your skin turquoise. It does, however, rub in much more easily if the skin is damp so the best time to use it is after washing and before drying the hair. Skin Biology recommends using it every three or four days at first to ensure it doesn't irritate. As you build up a tolerance, you can increase it to every other day and then every day over a period of, say, 10 days. I didn't have any problems with it and was able to use it every other day from the get go.
Folligen works a treat on eyelashes and brows and we made a video to show the best way to apply it.
How does it work:
Copper’s ability to assist in hair growth was discovered when it was noticed that the hair follicles around treated wounds were exceptionally large. It seems to work on the follicle in two ways: increasing follicle cell proliferation increased follicle size; and copper also decreases programmed follicle cell death, which results in smaller follicles. More on copper peptides and hair growth
Ingredients in Folligen cream:
Purified water, squalane, octyl palmitate, PEG-100 stearate (glycerol stearate + PEG-100 stearate), cetyl alcohol, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), stearic acid, saw palmetto oil, allantoin, polypropylene glycol, diazolinydinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, herbal fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, ergocalciferol
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