Peptides are naturally-occuring amino acids that help in the proper functioning of the body. Some peptides promote weight loss, better sleep and faster wound healing. Other peptides help in restoring the vitality of skin, nails and hair. GHK-Cu (copper peptide) is known to affect hair growth. In this post, you’ll learn how copper peptides encourage hair growth and why they may help in your hair restoration efforts.
What is GHK-Cu?
GHK-Cu was first discovered in 1973 and since then, it has been used as a powerful regenerative ingredient in many skin and hair products. When it comes to hair growth, copper peptides help in several ways.
Copper peptides block a hormone called DHT that inhibits hair growth. DHT or dihydrotestosterone is a byproduct of testosterone and it is known to inhibit hair growth. An enzyme called 5-alpha reductase converts testosterone into DHT. Copper peptides block the action of this enzyme, therefore blocking the transformation of testosterone into DHT.
Copper peptides also stimulate blood flow to the scalp. Our body needs oxygen to thrive, and the hair is no different. Copper peptides produce new cells from previous cells, therefore increasing oxygen levels in the hair.
Not only do copper peptides help in the growth of hair, they also make your existing hair thicker and fuller by increasing follicle size. Copper peptides increase collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin promote fat production in the scalp, which in turn helps in hair growth. A study done by the Yale University showed that more fat cells in the scalp could significantly increase hair growth and strengthen hair follicles.
Finally, copper peptides trigger and extend the growth phase of the hair. The hair is always in one of three stages – anagen (growth phase), catagen (transition phase) or telogen (resting phase). The growth phase lasts 3-5 years. Copper peptides trigger and extend the anagen phase, causing hair to grow where it previously stopped growing.
Is GHK-Cu right for you?
Hair restoration may involve different modalities – from scalp micropigmentation , to surgery, and PRP therapy. Speak to your doctor about the use of peptide therapy for your hair restoration needs.