I originially wrote this post in 2020. It is now updated due to the arrival of various new hair growth products containing one or more of: Redensyl, Capixyl, Procapil and Baicapil.
Of the hundreds of natural hair loss products and peptides, only several dozen are well known. Among these, there are four whose names end in “yl” or “il” that I have heard mentioned a few times recently. These four are:
- Redensyl™ is a trademark of Givaudan (Switzerland) that is produced by subsidiary Induchem.
- Capixyl™ is a trademark of Lucas Meyer Cosmetics (IFF — US).
- Procapil™ is a trademark of Sederma (Croda — France).
- Baicapil™ is a trademark of Provital (Spain).
Update July 6, 2022: There is a great new product from Ifra called Minimalist Hair Growth Actives 18%. On Amazon it says it was first released in August 2021. We finally have a hair loss treatment that contains all four of the trademarked ingredients that I mentioned above.
Edit: Thanks to “Yoda” for pointing out that there is also a second product that contains all four peptides. It is made by “The Ordinary” and is called “Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density“. Note that the ingredients do not list any of these four peptides, but the company site mentions them under the “Technology” section. They classify all four as “technologies present” in the formula. A bit strange.
This Minimalist hair growth product contains 5% Capixyl, 3% Redensyl, 3% Procapil and 4% Baicapil. It also contains 3% Anagain. For a sum total of 18%. AnaGain™ is based on organic pea sprouts and made by Mibelle Group (Switzerland).
According to the manufacturer Ifra, all these ingredients are directly obtained from their respective manufacturers. The advantages of each ingredient per the product insert are as follows:
- Capixyl modulated dihydrotestostaerone (DHT).
- Redensyl promoted hair growth by reactivating hair follicle stem cells.
- Procapil strengthens the hair follicle and its anchoring.
- Baicapil extends the anagen growth phase of the hair cycle.
- Anagein reduces hair loss by “inducing dermal papilla cells”.
I am skeptical about some of these claims. However, combining all these ingredients into one product seems very interesting. Taken individually, I would not expect much from any of these peptide based products. Individually, they cannot be as effective as either of the two FDA approved hair loss drugs on the market: Finasteride and Minoxidil.
Note that a peptide is a short chain of amino acids. Make sure to read my detailed post on amino acids and hair growth.
Redensyl, Capixyl and Procapil Combination
It seems like there are a growing number of compounded products on the market that include more than one of these four ingredients. I list some of these “combo” products later in this post. You can get both serums and hair loss shampoos containing these combination ingredients.
Last month, a reader e-mailed me a link to a 2019 Turkish study that analyzed Redensyl plus Capixyl plus Procapil (“RCP”) combination topical hair loss treatment. The surprising conclusion was that it grew more hair in users than topical 5% Minoxidil. One of the before and after photos with clear new hair growth is pasted below.
Note that this “RCP” product is currently reserved by the Turkish Patent Institute under the name “Procare”. In the above mentioned study, the description of making this combination product seems relatively simple.
On Amazon, laser hair growth device manufacturer iRestore makes a Redensyl based Anti-Hair Loss Serum. Average reviews currently stand at 3.8/5 based on 320 ratings. However, very few of those have any before and after photos.
Redensyl stimulates stem cells and human fibroblasts from the dermal papilla to increase scalp hair growth. While Redensyl is side effect free, it is not officially approved to treat hair loss like Finasteride and Minoxidil.
Redensyl is made of a combination of natural botanical ingredients and plant extracts. It also contains Dihydroquercetin Glucoside (DHQG) and Epigallocatechin Gallate Glucoside (EGCG2). The latter has anti-inflammatory properties via the reduction of IL-8 release by keratinocytes. Redensyl is often described as a hair galvanizer that acts at the cellular level.
Many people find the synergistic effects of using Redensyl in combination with Minoxidil beneficial to hair growth.
Capixyl is a biomimetic signal peptide complex (acetyl tetrapeptide-3) that is combined with a red clover extract rich in Biochanin A. Red clover is known as trifolium pratense, which has proven hair growth and hair density increase benefits. It does this via the inhibition of 5-α-reductase activity; reduction of inflammation and cytokines; and stimulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) protein synthesis in the hair follicle vicinity.
Note that GroMd makes a shampoo and conditioner that includes both Redensyl and Capixyl. It also contains Hairgenyl, which is a peptide-rich yeast extract isolated from azalea flowers.
Procapil contains three plant-derived substances:
- Oleanolic acid, which is extracted from olive leaves. It inhibits 5α1 and 5α2 reductase enzymes, thereby reducing dihydrotestosterone (DHT) related hair loss.
- Apigenin, a flavonoid extracted from citrus peel. Aids in vasolidation and increases blood flow to the hair roots.
- Glycinehistidine-lysine peptides, which boost pro-matrix
metalloproteinase activity. This in turn benefits the metabolic
requirements of hair follicles.
One very popular product that contains both Procapil and Redensyl is Australian made BondiBoost HG shampoo. It is sulfate and paraben free and made for both women and men. It is also vegan and cruelty-free,
Further reading: Reduction of Hair-loss: Matrikines and plant molecules to the rescue.
Baicapil Joins the Club
A lesser known but still popular product is Baicapil. It contains a combination of three key botanical ingredients: Scutellaria baicalensis, soy sprouts and wheat sprouts. Scutellaria baicalensis contains Baicalin, an important ingredient in traditional Chinese herbal medicine. Baicalin is thought to increase hair growth via increasing canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling and activating dermal papilla cells.
- On Amazon, there is a super expensive product called “More Hair Naturally 9: Advanced Stem Cell Therapy For Thinning Hair”. It contains clinical strength Biacapil, Redensyl and Capixyl. It also contains mountain ginseng root, bamboo sprouts and stem cells from adult human fat cells.
- Also available on Amazon is United Pure’s Hair Growth Support serum and shampoo line. It contains Redensyl, Baicapil and Capixyl.
- Update: Reader George found an interesting hair regenerator serum product from Spain-based Redenhair. It contains 3% Redensyl, 3% Procapil and 2% Capixyl.
- Update: Reader Tim pointed out that RevivHair Max Hair Stimulating Serum contains: Redensyl 5%; Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, the active peptide in Capixyl; and Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, the key peptide in Procapil. Moreover, it also contains Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 (keratin stimulating peptide), often used to make eyebrows and eyelashes thicker.
Interestingly, reader “Toccata” posted the below comment on this blog in January 2019:
“A few posts ago, John Doe mentioned a company — More Hair Naturally — selling a ferociously expensive, all natural, topical treatment. I noticed it shared a lot of the same ingredients as another topical I bought last year. The difference being I paid $17CAD for 60ml and they are charging $125US! for 50ml.
The topical I bought is: Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density.
It was a whimsical purchase that I thought would be for an occasional ‘whatever’ application. But now that I’ve looked closer at the actual studies of the ingredients, I might give this a legitimate daily 12 month trial run. I also microneedle and use Minoxidil so I won’t be able to make a reliable judge on its actual efficacy.”
I assume that Toccata did not see any miracle results with this potion, but nonetheless quite interesting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions about Redensyl, Procapil and Capixyl.
Does Redensyl regrow hair?
Redensyl can regrow up to 10 percent of hair per some reviews and studies. Moreover, it can increase hair density and thickness significantly. It sends more hair follicles into the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.
What are the ingredients in Redensyl?
Redensyl is made of a combination of natural botanical ingredients and plant extracts. It also contains Dihydroquercetin Glucoside (DHQG) and Epigallocatechin Gallate Glucoside (EGCG2).
What is Procapil?
Procapil contains three plant-derived substances: Oleanolic acid, which is extracted from olive leaves and inhibits the 5α1 and 5α2 reductase enzymes; Apigenin, a flavonoid extracted from citrus peel that aids in vasolidation and increases blood flow to the hair roots; and Glycinehistidine-lysine peptides, which boost pro-matrix metalloproteinase activity. This in turn benefits the metabolic requirements of hair follicles.
What is Capixyl and does it grow hair?
Capixyl is a biomimetic signal peptide complex (acetyl tetrapeptide-3) that is combined with a red clover extract rich in Biochanin A. Red clover is known as trifolium pratense, which has proven hair growth and hair density increase benefits.