Copper Gluconate for Hair as a Vital Element in Divi's Scalp Serum
Whether you are struggling with hair loss or want to improve your scalp health, using the right ingredients on your hair and scalp is essential. Copper gluconate is an effective ingredient that can benefit your hair’s present and future.
If you're like many people, the words "copper gluconate" probably don't ring any bells. What is this ingredient, and how does it work within the body? Why did we include copper gluconate as one of the essential ingredients in Divi’s Scalp Serum?
Read on to learn everything you need to know about the benefits of copper gluconate for your scalp and hair as a critical element of Divi's nourishing Scalp Serum.
What Is Copper Gluconate?
Copper gluconate is a copper salt of D-gluconic acid, which is an organic compound that is the oxidation product of glucose. Gluconic acid is a chelator (bonding ions and molecules to metal ions). Gluconic acid occurs naturally in plants and is abundant in honey and wine. Commercial producers manufacture it through a fungal fermentation process for use in food products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals as buffer salts.
In its raw form, copper gluconate is a powder with a blue-green hue. This ingredient is popular in skincare and hair care products, as it helps deliver copper to the skin when applied topically. Using topical products with copper gluconate can enhance your body's ability to absorb copper, allowing you to experience more benefits from this mineral.
The combination of copper and gluconic acid increases the bioavailability of the trace element copper in the body. Copper's bioavailability refers to the substance's easy absorption into the body so it can begin producing benefits.
Copper is a mineral we need to stay healthy. Our bodies use copper for a range of functions, such as our immune systems, nervous systems, blood vessels, connective tissues and energy production. Copper can also provide many health benefits for the skin, hair and scalp.
What Does Copper Gluconate Do in the Body?
Our bodies use copper in numerous ways. First, copper has potent biocidal properties that can destroy harmful organisms. Secondly, copper contributes to numerous physiological and metabolic functions that keep almost all tissues in the human body functioning. It also plays a role in forming new blood vessels (angiogenesis) to deliver blood and oxygen to different parts of the body.
In the skin, copper helps synthesize and stabilize proteins such as collagen in the extracellular matrix (ECM), a network of proteins and molecules supporting the cells and bodily tissue. One of the most significant effects of copper on hair and skin health is its role in forming collagen, one of the major structural components of the extracellular matrix.
In the skin and scalp, copper does the following:
- Stimulates the proliferation of dermal fibroblasts, cells in the skin's dermis layer that generate connective tissue and enable the skin to recover from injury
- Regulates the fibroblasts' production of collagen and elastin fiber components
- Stimulates heat shock protein 47 (hsp-47), a chaperone protein for collagen formation
- Stabilizes the skin's extracellular matrix by increasing crosslinking of collagen and elastin
- Serves as a cofactor of superoxide dismutase, an antioxidant enzyme in the skin
- Inhibits cellular oxidative effects such as membrane damage and lipid peroxidation
- Serves as a cofactor of tyrosinase, a melanin enzyme responsible for skin and hair pigmentation
Copper gluconate is a type of copper salt. Copper salts produce several effects within the body, including assisting the formation of peptide bonds. Copper peptides are involved in several processes promoting hair and scalp health. For example, Divi's Scalp Serum also contains the ingredient copper tripeptide-1 to promote scalp health. Research suggests using products with copper gluconate can help these peptides bond.
Transdermal Absorption Through the Scalp
When you apply serums to your scalp, the ingredients in those serums enter your body through transdermal absorption – absorption across the skin.
Once your skin absorbs a product, it enters your bloodstream, where it can be carried to other parts of the body and begin producing benefits. Studies show that hair follicles provide an effective pathway for localized drug delivery. This research suggests that applying a serum to your scalp may increase its absorption into the body.
Applying copper gluconate and other effective ingredients for hair health directly to the scalp is one of the most effective means of absorbing them into the body. Once copper gluconate is in the body, it can begin producing benefits.
The Benefits of Copper Gluconate for Your Hair and Scalp
Copper gluconate helps improve the bioavailability of copper in your body, giving your body access to more copper. Copper gluconate and the mineral form of copper can produce several benefits for your hair and scalp.
Stimulating Hair Growth
One of copper's most significant benefits for your hair is its ability to stimulate hair growth. Copper is a trace element, and research has shown that trace element deficiencies can cause several problems for your skin and hair. Hair loss and pigmentary changes are both examples of clinical manifestations of trace element deficiencies.
As a result, using an ingredient that aids copper absorption – such as copper gluconate – can potentially reverse these effects and stimulate hair growth. You may see faster hair growth when using a hair product with copper gluconate. If you have experienced hair thinning, reversing your copper deficiency may also revive your hair follicles.
Reducing Hair Graying from Copper Deficiency
Doctors often prescribe copper gluconate as a treatment for copper deficiencies. While many people do not take in enough copper through diet alone, experiencing a true copper deficiency is rare. However, because copper plays a role in melanin formation, low copper levels can cause prematurely graying hair. This link between copper and hair graying suggests that copper gluconate could help in reducing hair graying due to a copper deficiency.
Helping to Maintain the Structure of the Hair Shaft
Copper also plays an essential role in maintaining the structure of the hair shaft, which is the visible portion of the hair extending out of the skin. The overall health and structure of this shaft contribute to the appearance of your hair and its strength against breakage. Research suggests the presence of copper in the hair follicle may influence the formation of the hair fiber shaft. As a result, using a copper gluconate serum should indirectly promote hair shaft strength and structure.
Synthesizing and Stabilizing Collagen
Copper is involved in synthesizing several skin proteins in the extracellular matrix, including collagen. Collagen can improve your hair in a few different ways. Collagen consists mainly of three amino acids: proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline. Proline is one of the main components in keratin, a protein that strengthens hair and enhances its appearance.
Next, collagen can fight damage to your hair follicles caused by free radicals, which are harmful compounds resulting from stress, pollutants and environmental contaminants. These compounds damage the hair follicles, but research suggests that collagen can act as an antioxidant to fight free radicals.
Collagen can also reverse age-related hair thinning. Your body tends to produce less collagen as you age, which may be one reason your hair becomes thinner over time. However, supplementing collagen production with copper can prevent hair thinning and reverse these effects.
Synthesizing and Stabilizing Elastin
Elastin is another skin protein in the extracellular matrix. Using a scalp serum with copper gluconate can aid the synthesis of elastin, producing a few effects on your hair health.
For example, research suggests hair follicles depend on elastin fibers to function correctly. The hair follicles are in the reticular dermis, a layer near the bottom of the skin surrounded by a net-like structure of elastin and collagen fibers, which support the skin's structure and elasticity.
Elastin deficiencies are also associated with Menkes Syndrome, a condition that causes brittle hair. Increasing elastin synthesis can reverse the symptoms associated with Menkes Syndrome and strengthen the hair.
Increasing Follicle Size
Topical application of copper gluconate to hair follicles stimulates copper peptide bond formation. Copper peptides produce several benefits for scalp and hair health, including follicular enlargement – increasing the size of the hair follicles. A 1993 study found that a copper-binding peptide, PC1031, produced follicular enlargement on the skin of fuzzy rats. Further research in 2007 states a copper peptide can also promote the growth of human hair follicles. Your hair follicle size can impact the fullness and thickness of your hair.
How To Apply Copper Gluconate to Your Scalp Using Divi's Scalp Serum
The best way to apply copper gluconate to the scalp is in combination with other nutrients through Divi's Scalp Serum, which contains an optimal dose of copper gluconate and many other clean ingredients promoting hair growth and scalp health. Once a day, apply 3/4 of a dropper of our Scalp Serum to the entire scalp, then massage the serum into the scalp and leave it. This allows the copper gluconate-infused serum to penetrate the scalp, enhancing transdermal absorption.
Side Effects of Copper Gluconate for Hair
Divi's Scalp Serum contains a scientifically formulated, dermatologist-tested dosage of copper gluconate, making side effects incredibly rare. You can feel confident using our Scalp Serum, but if you do have any concerns or hesitations, we recommend patch testing or consulting your physician.
Other Ingredients to Promote Hair and Scalp Health
The science-backed ingredients you apply to your hair and scalp in combination with copper gluconate as part of Divi's Scalp Serum will play an essential role in your overall hair health. Our scientific research team at Divi crafted our Scalp Serum with a clinical blend of clean ingredients, each targeting hair and scalp health differently but working in synergy to create the ideal scalp care product. Our serum contains optimal dosages of each component. 100% of participants in a recent study reported that it left their scalps feeling clean, refreshed and nourished.
Along with a proprietary blend of amino acids, some of the other essential ingredients in the Divi formula that promote hair and scalp health include:
- Copper tripeptide-1: A peptide string that supports elastin and collagen production, stimulates hair follicles, and helps your hair maintain its color
- Peppermint oil: A botanical ingredient that can promote follicle growth during the anagen phase and soothe scalp irritation
- Green tea leaf extract: A botanical extract that can inhibit the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), one of the primary causes of hair loss
- Rosemary leaf extract: An herbal ingredient that promotes cellular generation, which studies have shown to be as effective as the hair-growth product Minoxidil
- Tea tree oil: An antimicrobial botanical oil that can reduce scalp inflammation and promote hair growth
- Caffeine: A substance that can prevent hair loss from androgenic alopecia
- Eucalyptus oil: A botanical extract that can stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth
- Menthol: A vasodilator that enhances oxygen-rich blood flow to the follicles and soothes scalp irritation
Try Copper Gluconate as an Element in Divi's Scalp Serum for Healthy Hair Growth
Copper gluconate for hair delivers essential copper to your cells, providing numerous benefits for hair and scalp health. Divi's Scalp Serum combines an optimal dose of copper gluconate as part of a suite of science-backed, plant-based (vegan) ingredients to treat and alleviate symptoms associated with hair loss, nourish hair follicles to promote growth, and provide nutrition to the scalp.
Divi’s team wants your hair to prosper, which is why we’ve made our Scalp Serum. Buy a bottle today to begin your path to healthier scalp and a better future for your hair.