Are you affected by hair loss? Do you suffer from thinning hair in certain areas? This problem is known worldwide, not only for men. Many women of all ages also suffer from hair loss.
Those affected try to avoid this condition with various methods and often seek refuge with over-the-counter shampoos. Sulfate-free, gel-forming, dry, 2-in-1. There are numerous alternatives. At present, shampoos that contain caffeine are a preferred product for people who suffer from hair loss.
But do caffeine shampoos really help against hair loss? What are its hair growth properties and can you benefit from a long-term solution for thinning hair?
What are the causes of hair loss?
Hair loss does not happen by chance. The cause is usually genetic predisposition or nutrient deficiencies. Sometimes hair loss is a symptom of an even more serious illness. It may take some time to identify the actual reason for the problem.
Unfortunately, many affected individuals neglect to seek advice from a specialist and jump to quick “solutions” and waste their money on mass-produced cosmetics that ultimately only take up space on their shelves. Male-pattern baldness is the most commonly affected type of hair loss in male individuals.
The hormone dihydrotestosterone is the trigger for this condition. The hair follicles on the upper part of the head and the hairline are particularly sensitive to DHT, which causes the “shutdown” of the hair follicles.
In women, testosterone levels are 20 times lower than in men. Hair loss in women usually has other causes. The effect of testosterone on women usually becomes more noticeable with aging and the reduction of estrogen levels.
For this reason, women experience more hair loss from the age of 40 onwards. Other triggers include stress, malnutrition, or treatment with certain medications. The symptoms can worsen if the shampoo contains salicylic acid.
Does caffeine stimulate hair growth?
A study demonstrates that this substance can act as a stimulator for hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia by suppressing testosterone. It resulted in faster wavelength and wider hair roots.
In addition, it has been found that a caffeine treatment for the scalp extends the active hair growth phase and facilitates cell proliferation for both men and women.
Furthermore, this stimulant is widely used in the cosmetics industry due to its ability to promote blood flow to the hair follicles and increase the rate of hair growth.
How effective are caffeine shampoos against hair loss?
Caffeine shampoos such as Alpecin have become popular for promoting hair growth through caffeine extract.
However, there is no clinical evidence that these products successfully prevent hair loss. The effectiveness of such shampoos is based only on anecdotes and online reviews.
This means that the effectiveness of these shampoos can only be supported by the fact that caffeine is directly absorbed when topically applied. According to a study, it can penetrate the body faster through hair follicles and can be detected only 5 minutes after application.
This means that a caffeine shampoo can have an effect if it remains on the scalp for a few minutes. However, the effectiveness of a caffeine shampoo varies from person to person. If the cause of your hair loss is due to vitamin deficiency or hormonal changes, it is very likely that it will not improve your condition.
Do caffeine shampoos have side effects?
Using shampoos with caffeine is very safe. Rarely, side effects such as redness, a burning sensation, or itching may occur on the scalp.
Start a test on a small area of skin if you have sensitive skin to see if any adverse reactions occur. This product may not be the best for you if you have dry and brittle strands, as it can lead to dry hair.
Some users may also notice tanning after 2-3 weeks of using caffeine shampoos. That is why people with healthy hair should be cautious before using them.
Does caffeine shampoo affect blood pressure?
In theory, yes. The caffeine included in cosmetic products is absorbed through the skin and increases blood pressure. However, the amount of caffeine that penetrates the body is very low.
In addition, you would have to leave the shampoo on your scalp for hours to get as much caffeine as a small cup of coffee. The shampoo is safe for people with high blood pressure because it is only applied to the scalp for 2-3 minutes.
More and more you can see shampoos containing caffeine on the shelves of markets. No wonder, as a few studies have succeeded in proving the effectiveness of caffeine for hair growth and its other benefits for hair and scalp.
However, this does not mean that you should buy one as soon as possible. Hair loss differs in many factors. The right treatment lies in the underlying cause of thinning hair.
You may need to opt for medication treatment if your hair loss is not temporary. Hair transplants are also proven solutions, especially for people who suffer from DHT-related hair loss. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation on hair loss treatment methods. We can advise you on whether you are a good candidate for a hair transplant!