Full ingredients list
- alcohol denat.
- undaria pinnatifida extract
- asparagopsis armata extract
- kelp sulfated oligosaccharides
- hydrolyzed yeast protein
- propylene glycol
- potassium sorbate
- imidazolidinyl urea
- ppg-1-peg-9 lauryl glycol ether
- glycyrrhetinic acid
- peg-40 hydrogenated castor oil
- pyridoxine hcl
- sodium benzoate
- parfum (fragrance)
- hexyl cinnamal
- butylphenyl methylpropional
There are only three ingredients in this product that are known to have some positive effect on scalp hair growth: castor oil, niacin and biotin.
Foltene contains Castor oil, which is a potent source of Ricinoleic acid, which has been shown to increase the prostaglandin PGE2 when applied to the scalp. PGE2 has been strongly linked with increased hair growth.
In one double-blinded placebo-controlled study, female patients with hair loss were given niacin to apply to their scalps. The researchers reported “a statistically significant increase in hair fullness”.
In 18 cases reported in publications uploaded to Pubmed, biotin was found to improve hair loss. In all 18 cases:
Patients receiving biotin supplementation had an underlying pathology for poor hair or nail growth
Foltene may have a mild beneficial effect on hair growth through its use of Ricinoleic acid, biotin and niacin. However, in my view, you would see greater results using pure castor oil as a carrier with niacin and biotin mixed into the solution. This would provide greater concentrations of the active ingredients, more in keeping with the studies that showed positive results from the application of those ingredients.
No results have been posted for Foltene as yet. If you have results to report, please post them below.