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ReLuma Original Hair – Reviewed and Recommended

Reviewed by Junko May 11, 2011 32 Comments


Fragrance free, simple application


Debatable evidence surrounding Minoxidil
A low maintenance way to encourage hair growth and reduce shedding

I sat down to write this review and it shocked me to realize that I'd been using ReLuma's Original Hair ($65 in the shop) for 12 weeks now! What this means is that ReLuma's Original Hair is so simple and easy to use that it's become a mindless part of my morning routine. Secondly, it means a 1 oz. bottle of this hair serum used once a day along the hairline, will last about 8 weeks. My 12 weeks of use equals 8 weeks because for 10 weeks I've used ReLuma on only half of my hairline, with a VIP test hair cream on the other half.

ReLuma has three hair growth products in their range. Mark reviewed the Complex for Men, and Marta reviewed the Complex for Women, who's the third product for? Well, apparently ReLuma's non-gender specific Original Hair formula is for people who don't need or want to use Minoxidil Sulfate on their head. The ingredients in Original Hair are similar to the gender specific formula's, except that it does NOT contain Minoxidil Sulfate (3% Mens, 2% Womens). Just like the Men's Complex there's no fragrance, which whittles down the ingredient list in Original Hair to just 6 ingredients. ReLuma put fragrance into the Women's Complex to make it girly I suppose.

There's no way I could tackle writing about the science and theories behind why and how Minoxidil works, but I do want to highlight that the Women's and Men's Complex's use's Minoxidil Sulfate and not Minoxidil. Minoxidil Sulfate is the sulfated metabolite of Minoxidil, which in a study, (whether the study is viable or not is debated) by UpJohn decades ago on neonatal mice showed it 14x's more potent than Minoxidil without increased side effects. Anyone knowledgeable about the differences between Minoxidil and Minoxidil Sulfate, or having used both, please feel proud to share what you know by posting a comment.

Let's get back to what I do know, which is, ReLuma's Original Hair formula without Minoxidil Sulfate, did grow hair for me. I'd say the same as Marta in her review of the Women's Complex that it took some time, but so did Osmotics FNS Follicle Nutrient Serum when I used it. I love the serum thin texture of Original Hair, which is the reason why it's so pleasant and easy to use. I part my hair, aim, squirt, rub, and it absorbs completely without any residue. Such a breeze that I hadn't recognized the passing of 12 weeks.


Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Cellulose Gum, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate-20, Water

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  • December 4, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Marina, my hair really started to thin four years ago, but now I would call it fairly abundant. It takes a bit of time and dedication to find the right products that work for you. I recommend choosing your shampoo carefully as well. Nutra-Lift's Nutrient shampoo ( is helpful and so is emu oil.

  • December 4, 2011

    by Marina

    Sorry, that should read hair signals

  • December 4, 2011

    by Marina

    Thank you! I use skin signals in the evening. I'm hoping adding Reluma in the morning would be a good idea. I'm so glad I found this website. I don't feel so alone anymore, my friends all have abundant hair ( like I used to) and just can't relate to the obsession.

  • December 4, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Marina, I use the ReLuma original without minoxidil (as I am allergic to minoxidil). This is a lightweight gel that absorbs easily. I do find that it interferes less with one's 'do' if you rub it into a damp scalp (after shower) and then dry/style hair.

  • December 4, 2011

    by Marina

    I can't decide between the original Reluma and the one for women. Can you discuss any texture differences? What I dislike about minoxidil is the stiff hair look; plus I look as though I threw sand in my scalp. Which one won't interfere with hair styling and is geared towards androgenic alopecia ? Thank you

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