I have always enjoyed a rather thick head of hair, but have noticed of late it may not be as lush in the crown area. Needless to say this has caused me a great deal of concern, so I was happy for the opportunity to try Reluma’s Men’s Hair Complex, compliments of TIA. Formulated with their trademark Human Adult Stem Cell technology, it also contains Minoxidil (at 3%) which has been proven effective in hair loss for many. Before I began use I visited their website to see what results I might expect and here’s an excerpt:
“Invitra Hair Complex is a proprietary formula derived from Invitrx Therapeutic’s adult stem cell and wound healing technology. Invitra replaces what has been lost due to aging and replenishes the essenial growth factors and cytokines in the hair follicle, stimulating growth as well as reducing and preventing further hair loss.”
This was an easy to use product that didn’t require any major change in my regular daily routine – directions are to apply 1-2 pumps evenly to the entire scalp twice daily. Encased in an airless pump, the light amber color liquid is fragrance free and non-oily.
I shampoo on a daily basis, so I applied the product after towel drying then continued with my regular routine. I also applied it each night about 30 minutes prior to bedtime. (When applied to a dry scalp at night, it dried in the same time as if water were applied.) Since the product has the same consistency as water, it didn’t alter the way I usually style my hair or the way it behaved. I would categorize my scalp in the “normal” range – it’s neither overly dry nor oily and I don’t have any problems with dandruff. Using the product didn’t change this either way and I also didn’t experience any breakouts or itching during my use. This is 30ml/1.1 oz ($61.50) and using twice daily it has lasted for a month and two days.
I’ve often read that it’s normal to shed about 100 hairs daily, but it is also important to know that your hair also experiences changes as explained below:
At any given time, hairs are in various stages of growth. The hair growth cycle can be divided into 3 phases:
Anagen - this is the phase of active growth. A new hair is formed which pushes the old club hair up the follicle and eventually out. During this phase the hair grows about 1 cm every 28 days. On the human scalp, the anagen phase of each hair follicle lasts for about 2 to 6 years.
Catagen - this phase marks the follicular regression and at any given point 3% of hairs on the scalp are in this phase. This phase lasts approximately 2-3 weeks.
Telogen –this is a resting phase and 10-15% of all scalp hairs are in the telogen phase. This phase normally lasts for about 3 months.
Every single hair follicle goes through these three stages of hair growth. Noticeable hair thinning or baldness is partly a result of a short anagen phase and a particularly long telogen phase, which eventually leads to the shutting down of hair follicles completely which marks the end of their growth cycle. (See also our post on how hair, eyelashes and eyebrows grow)
Although I’m not sure exactly which phase my hair is currently in, I think it’s of value to realize that each person will go through these stages of growth and loss. I can say I did notice a change while I used the Reluma, namely the amount of hair shedding. It took a couple of weeks before I began to notice, but at that point forward, I started to see a decrease in the amount of hair shed. I believe that I began with the ‘normal’ amount of hair shedding but since I saw that amount noticeably decrease while using the Reluma, I think it has had a positive effect. As for regrowth, it’s a bit hard to tell, but I can’t say that I see any noticeable difference at this point, but it also has not gotten worse. That said, I do think seeing less hair shedding is enough to give this a thumbs up.
Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Water, Minoxidil Sulfate 3%, Cellulose Gum, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate-20.