GraftCyte Post Surgical Shampoo is formulated for hair transplant patients after their surgery. It promotes the uses of copper micronutrient complex to provide a healthy scalp environment for both donor and recipients of hair transplant procedures. The claim to fame of GraftCyte Post Surgical shampoo is that it will “help control crusting and enhance the healing of the recipient and donor sites.”
GraftCyte Post Surgical shampoo is made by Tricomin. However, the Tricomin website mentions several hair products, but makes no mention at all of GraftCyte Pro Surgical shampoo. On top of that, when I clicked on the website to learn more about “the company behind Tricomin, I was taken to a website that discussed Procyte® Skin & Hair Products. The funny part is that website is owned by PhotoMedex, whose About page lists them as the parent company of Procyte, but doesn’t mention Tricomin or GraftCyte at all. It seems to me that if a product is as good as Tricomin claims GraftCyte Post Surgical shampoo is they would mention it.
Ingredients in GraftCyte Post Surgical Shampoo
Purified Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Vera Gel, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Prezatide Copper Acetate, Propylparaben, FD&C blue #1. May contain polysorbate 20.
Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate: Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate is a mild detergent cleansing agent.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: another detergent cleansing agent. It is considered gentle and effective
Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe Vera Gel is known to help speed healing of skin, but there is no scientific evidence that it does anything specific to prevent hair loss or aid in hair re-growth.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: One of the more gentle surfactants (detergents) used in skin-care products.
Citric Acid: Extract derived from citrus and used primarily to adjust the pH of products to prevent them from being too alkaline
Diazolidinyl Urea: Formaldehyde-releasing preservative, which is further defined as a common type of preservative found in cosmetics.
Methylparaben: One of a group of parabens, which are cosmetic preservatives. Parabens have possibly been linked to breast cancer, but further study is needed to be sure. No known connection has been proven yet.
Prezatide Copper Acetate: peptide naturally found in human skin and tissue, GHK (glycyl-L-histidyl-L-lysine), binds copper molecules, allowing them to arrive in an active state where needed. This peptide is now chemically synthesized in the laboratory.
Propylparaben: This is another preservative, See: methyparaben
May contain polysorbate 20: A polysorbate which is a large group of ingredients most often derived from lauric acid, which is derived from coconuts. Polysorbates function as emulsifiers and have mild surfactant properties
I don’t know about you, but from what I can see, GraftCyte Post Surgical Shampoo contains a lot of detergents and preservatives and a copper peptide that is in such a small amount that it is listed just before the artificial coloring in the ingredients.
Disclosure of Ingredients
I was unable to determine if there was a disclosure of ingredients on the product or the packaging.
The website didn’t even list the product, until you clicked on the “Want to know more about the company behind Tricomin” button. Even then, once I found GraphCyte Post Surgical Shampoo it gives little more than a bare bones description of the product. The PhotoMedex cite did not list any testimonials for the product.
GraphCyte Post Surgical Shampoo sells for $15.90 for four oz… Shipping from the various websites costs upwards of $4.10.
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee listed on the shopping cart page of a distributor of GraphCyte Post Surgical shampoo. However, there was nothing on the Tricomin site regarding this product at all and no mention of a guarantee on the PhotoMedex site.
In conclusion, I can only determine that GraphCyte Post Surgical Shampoo is a sufficient shampoo since it contains several detergents. Testimonials found suggest the product is average. The famed Copper Peptide theory doesn’t seem to really apply here as it is listed nearly last on the ingredients list. The company doesn’t seem to feel any passion toward either promoting or guaranteeing the product. In fact, the listed brand, Tricomin, doesn’t even ‘fess up to owning the product on their site. I would suggest saving your money. You can buy a shampoo that is simply detergent for about three bucks at any discount store, so why spend $20 (including shipping) or more for a product that seems to do nothing more than clean your hair.