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Scalp Med for hair growth is overpriced minoxidil

Reviewed by Marta October 15, 2009 0 Comments

The one thing I will say about Scalp Med, the hair growth product set that is being advertised and informercialed all over the place, is that it is much clearer about the trial program than OOKISA, the hair thickening system. OOKISA makes you search amongst the terms and conditions to find out that the free trial isn't really free. Scalp Med tells you right at the point of buying:

"Your credit card will be billed for the first payment of $14.95 plus $4.95 S&H when your product is shipped. If you do not return your Scalp Med 60-Day Supply within 45 days, you will be billed $159.80 to the credit card used today." And you will then be billed $79.80 every month thereafter.

What's in Scalp Med?

Unfortunately, their upfront policy doesn't extend to telling us what is in Scalp Med. After a lot of rummaging, I think I have found the ingredients list for Scalp Med's women's version and it is deeply unimpressive.  It is basically minoxidil, the hair growth ingredient that is in Rogaine. You can buy a three-month supply of Rogaine from Walgreen's for $39.99.

Of the other ingredients, saw palmetto (sabal serrulata) does have a research pedigree suggesting it can help with hair growth. However, it might not be much good here as it helps male pattern baldness. Cystine is an amino acid and because its structure and function resembles that of hair, it’s classified as a Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF). As an NMF, it helps keep the intercellular structure of the hair intact, protects it from breakage and binds moisture to the shaft. Beta-sitosterol is found in rice bran and is often taken as a supplement to support hair growth. However, I haven't been able to find any research to back this up; same thing for biotin.

Active Ingredient in Scalp Med:

Minoxidil 2%

Inactive Ingredients in Scalp Med:

Alcohol, Propylene, Purified water, Deionized water, Glycerol, Polysorbate-80, Retinol, Sabal Serrulata, Beta-sitosterol, Panthenol, Cystine, Biotin, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben

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