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I was fortunate to receive a full sized tester of the Reluma Hair Complex for Men ($65) which gave me good reason to hold off this review for at least 6 weeks to give it a real go. The verdict? It works but a little inconveniencing.
The hair complex is a slightly viscous yellow liquid that smells a bit unpleasant (think a very mild barnyard smell) that definitely can be smelt on the hair afterwards. Especially with the required two applications per day, even your pillow case ends up smelling somewhat like it. A very small amount about 3/4-1 full pump is all that is needed to cover the scalp though those with more/ thick hair may need more as it tends to smear on surrounding hairs rather than the scalp. I also found that I couldn't go for more than 3 applications before being compelled to wash my hair as the product seems to promote a bit of an oily and eventually smelly scalp.
The hair complex contains Reluma's signature ingredient: human adipose derived stem cell conditioned media, which is supposedly the powerhouse of the product along with a 3% concentration of minoxidil (also in Rogaine). Reluma's conditioned media has received much rave from the TIA community for it's nutritive and regenerative powers. This, coupled with minoxidil which is a vasodilator used on the scalp to help hair growth makes for a no fuss combo. However, it is unknown how minoxidil actually helps hair growth other than increase blood flow to the scalp and although side effects are rare, I would worry about long term use. Minoxidil also is not used for sudden loss of hair/ baldness and receding hair lines so perhaps it plays a more supporting role i.e. helps get nutrients to the scalp. Reluma does unfortunately, include phenoxyethanol but if maintaining a very healthy head of hair is important to you then this probably isn't much of a problem for you.
During testing I focused on a very subtle small hairless spot caused by serious bruising when I fell on that part of the head as a child. Unfortunately even now, there is still is no hair growth in that area. However, I did notice a major decrease in shedding from week two onwards. This decrease in shedding improved as the weeks moved on until the last week where I caught the flu and didn't apply it at all for an entire week. The amount of shedding returned to normal and returning to the twice a day regimen did not cause the amount of hair shed to 'bounce back' to when I was applying it consistently. After about 5 weeks I definitely noticed the hair becoming much thicker (almost as if I had more) and I would occasionally catch a small piece of hair about a quarter of an inch which I assumed was hair that had grown as a result of the product. Thus, Reluma's Hair Complex for Men definitely works and is worth the purchase in my opinion considering how little is used per application (I still have a little less than half left over) but requires commitment and a little more maintenance.
Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Minoxidil Sulfate 3%, Deionized Water, Cellulose, Gum, Lactic Acid, Phenoxylethanol, Polysorbate-20, Fragrance.