The Roman brand is one you have possibly not heard about. Though there are many brands selling hair loss treatments that are more popular, popularity doesn’t always equal a great product. So, brands like Roman that are not as well known are still worth looking into.
What Is The Roman Brand?
The Roman brand is technically Ro Man, sometimes being shortened to Ro. This brand was founded by three men: Zachariah Reitano, Saman Rahmanian, and Rob Schutz. In the tab on the Roman website that tells how they were founded, they begin by stating that they are patients too.
All three men struggled with some type of health problem. They also fought with the healthcare system, finding what medications they needed, and having to put their dreams on hold because of lack of funds and energy.
They founded Roman so that they could help men like them get high-quality, affordable healthcare without all the trouble they had to go through. Their plan in making the Roman brand is to give patients control of their care.
Their dream is to help people quickly and affordably get the healthcare they need. More than that, Roman strives for transparency, stating they don’t ask people to blindly trust them.
They show you all the prices before you put anything in your cart, the benefits and risks of their products, and they also show on their site where their drugs are sourced. Roman also sends you an email before they ship your monthly subscription so you can make changes. This is better than most other companies that send you an email when it is already on its way.
Though Roman is a brand that specifically targets men, women can use their products. They offer products for:
- Sexual Health
- Hair and Skin
- Daily Health
In one tab, they list everything they have products to treat. This list is: acne, allergies, anxiety, cold sores, dandruff, depression, eczema, erectile dysfunction, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), genital herpes, hair loss, hot flashes, photoaging, premature ejaculation, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), short lashes, tobacco use, vaginal dryness, and weight management.
Roman’s Hair Loss Products
When you go to the Roman website to look at their hair loss products, you will find these are split up. There are two treatments solely for hair loss, a shampoo for dandruff (a known contributor to hair loss), and a hair support supplement. Each product covers one cause of hair loss.
The hair supplement you can buy without an online visit, but the other two Roman products are prescription grade. Therefore, you must go through an online appointment with one of their on-call doctors who can prescribe the Roman product of interest.
You may only need one of these Roman hair loss treatments to get hair growth. You may also be best suited by using all three at once to achieve maximum hair regrowth. Let’s examine each Roman hair loss product individually.
The Roman Hair Loss Treatments
Roman has two hair loss treatments: minoxidil and finasteride. They also offer both treatments together in one package. The minoxidil is a topical solution that is a 5% minoxidil concentration. It comes in a dropper for easy application.
The finasteride comes in 1mg for male pattern baldness and 5mg for other things like benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This is in tablet form and works by blocking DHT from forming, whereas the minoxidil prevents the DHT from blocking your hair follicles by increasing blood flow.
The most common minoxidil side effects are irritation and itching of the scalp where the medication is applied, swelling, and redness. The most common finasteride side effects are sexual dysfunction, lower serum prostate-specific antigens (PSA), and an increased risk of certain prostate cancers.
In the safety information, Roman specifically states that finasteride is not approved for use in women. Moreover, pregnant women should not even handle finasteride.
The Roman Dandruff Shampoo
As previously mentioned, their dandruff shampoo is strong enough to need a prescription. The exact formula prescribed for you will depend slightly on what their doctor thinks you need, as there are different options available.
Unfortunately, Roman doesn’t tell you what these options are, but they do share some of the ingredients that might be included. Some of the more common ones are zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, glycerin, and a shampoo base.
The dandruff shampoo may also have natural ingredients like tea tree oil, peppermint oil, and calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B5). However, the main active ingredient in almost all the Roman Dandruff shampoos is ciclopirox, which is an antifungal agent. Roman says your blend should start working in one to two weeks.
The Roman Hair Support Supplement
This hair supplement states that it is a men’s dietary supplement and that you are supposed to take three capsules a day. It is a blend of fifteen ingredients, but the only ones listed are saw palmetto, reishi mushrooms, biotin, and a collagen support blend.
Roman says this blend is doctor-formulated to nourish your scalp and hair to support existing hair growth. However, some of these ingredients help with hair regrowth in addition to that support. The saw palmetto has promising results in studies combating male pattern baldness as well.
A Concern Or Two
Though the Roman brand is supposedly all about transparency, they fail at being transparent with their ingredients. The hair loss treatments are straightforward, but the dandruff shampoo and the hair supplement do not have ingredients listed anywhere on their website.
Roman does list some of the ingredients, but further research is required to find the rest. Since their dandruff shampoo is prescription grade, it is sold nowhere else that I could see. Therefore, I wasn’t able to find the other ingredients.
In this search, what I did discover was that Roman has hair products that they don’t sell on their website. These include a Roman Revive Shampoo and a Roman Restore Conditioner.
It is unclear if the hair supplement also sold on sites like Amazon is the same or not. On their site, they sell it in either a pouch or a small plastic container; on Amazon, it is sold in a regular vitamin bottle.
Additionally, the minoxidil and finasteride each have a list of potential side effects that they can cause. Though Roman is very open about what some of the more common ones are, they don’t list all of them. No side effects are listed for the Roman shampoo, for example, even though it has a prescription-grade ingredient.
A quick search reveals some of the side effects of their main shampoo ingredient and tells you to inform your doctor if you have:
- Itching at the application site
- Blistering/swelling/oozing at the application site
- Severe dizziness
- Trouble breathing
Those last two side effects can be particularly serious and, again, do not include less common side effects.
Roman’s two main hair loss treatments are not unique. There are at least half a dozen other brands that have their own minoxidil and a few others that offer finasteride.
Though the other products Roman offers seem to be more unique, there is also no way of knowing how similar it is to products offered by other brands without knowing what all the ingredients are.
Finally, it is worth noting that the hair loss treatments Roman offers are almost all geared toward men. The only exception seems to be their shampoo. This being the case, Roman is not a brand I would recommend for women with hair loss, though the shampoo and vitamins are ones I see as worth trying for men.