Tricovel from Guiliani S.p.A. is a supplement for women that they claim is designed to combat telogen effluvium, or temporary hair loss. Tricovel is said to contain Biogenia, which they claim gives energy to the hair bulb cells, prolonging its growth cycle and resulting in increased strength and volume.
What is telogen effluvium and how does it affect hair loss?
Hair grows on our bodies in 3 stages: anagen, catogen, and telogen.
Anagen is considered the growth phase, which can last from 2 to 6 years. The longer it is in this phase, the longer your hair will grow.
Next, in the catogen stage, the hair follicle shrinks to 1/6 its size, allowing for renewal; this process usually lasts about 2 weeks.
Finally, in the telogen phase, the hair follicle is shed and the hair goes dormant for 1-4 months. After this time a new strand grows in its place.
In “normal” stages, 85% of hair on your head is in the anagen phase and you lose 80-100 hairs per day. If you have telogen effluvium, the telogen phase is elongated, sometimes up to a year, resulting in thinning or balding in either men or women.
Telogen effluvium is said to be the #2 cause of hair loss, yet according to WebMD it is a poorly defined condition with very little research about it. (Tricovel states telogen effluvium is due to an unbalanced diet, sun exposure, stress, seasonal changes, pregnancy, childbirth, or medications.)
This type of temporary hair loss is very different from androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness, which develops over time and is not affected by taking Tricovel.
What’s in Tricovel that will help me regrow and rejuvenate my hair?
Tricovel states it contains Biogenia, a patented formula said to stimulate the hair bulb, prolong the growth phase, and protect the hair from free radicals that are created due to poor diet, stress, smoke, and pollution.
Tricovel also includes: Biotin, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and copper.
What’s the proof Tricovel works for hair?
Tricovel claims that a study shows a 20.2% increase in hair growth, a 57.8% increase of hair shaft diameter, and a 75.7% decrease of hair loss. However, it should be noted that this was only one test on just 60 people experiencing temporary hair loss. (Read more about clinical trials and how to understand them here!)
Tricovel boasts it’s the #1 selling hair loss treatment in Europe and is doctor and pharmacist recommended, but more specific information is not supplied.
How much do they charge for Tricovel hair loss pills?
Tricovel sells a 30-day supply for $29.95 plus $8.95 shipping and handling for a total of $38.70. Tricovel recommends using their product for 60-days and promises the results will continue even if you stop.
Customer service told us when you receive your bottle of Tricovel in the mail, it will contain a form that you send in for another 30-day supply at the same price. After second order, they state you can then call them and set up an auto-ship program if you like.
Tricovel comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, but this does not include the $8.95 shipping or what it costs you to send it back.
Bottom Line: Is Tricovel a good way to help me stop hair loss and regrow hair?
Possibly, but not likely. First of all, remember Tricovel is said to only treat telogen effluvium, which is a hair loss problem science doesn’t understand very well. If you take Tricovel, it could act as a placebo to reduce your stress, which could result in the resuming of your normal hair cycle.
Tricovel contains biotin, a popular ingredient in many hair loss supplements, only helps people with brittle hair or nails that have a biotin deficiency, which is very rare. Too much biotin may cause irritation to the skin.
If you are experiencing sudden hair loss, you should speak to your doctor first.
Most doctors recommend a change in diet rather than taking a supplement to increase vitamin and nutrients in your body. Eat foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids (e.g. salmon), zinc (oysters), biotin/protein (eggs), and iron (beef, grains and cereals).
Generally speaking, the 13 essential vitamins we need for healthy hair are:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B7
- Vitamin B9
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
For a list of recommended doses and foods, check out this handy chart from UC Irvine.
There are also some important lifestyle changes you can do to reduce hair loss, like quitting smoking and reducing stress levels through yoga, stretching, or meditation.
You can also consider being a little nicer to your hair by not excessively dyeing, crimping, or blow-drying it so much.
For more information, we suggest reading Vitamin B and Hair Growth from Healthline.
We hope this helps you understand what Tricovel offers for hair loss and helps you make an informed decision about it. Let us know your experience below!