In your search for a cure for your hair loss, you’re going to come across thousands of different products all claiming to help you regain your healthy, long locks. The majority of these contain caffeine and can be found practically anywhere from the internet to your local supermarket.
Compared to other hair loss treatments, these products are extremely affordable, so it’s not surprising they’re the first thing many women turn to for a quick fix. So do caffeine hair loss products really work or are they a waste of money?
Caffeine can stimulate hair growth
There is actually scientific evidence to suggest that caffeine does help to treat hair loss. One piece of research that’s been published in the International Journal of Dermatology showed that after several studies, results showed caffeine solutions helped to stimulate new hair growth. It’s also thought that caffeine protects the hair follicles from damage caused by hormones.
So does that mean if you drink more coffee it will slow down hair loss? Unfortunately not! According to scientists, you’d need to drink around 60 cups of coffee each day to benefit from the hair restoration properties of caffeine. Instead, it needs to be applied directly to the scalp and left for a few minutes to ensure it properly absorbs into the skin. Caffeine-based shampoos could therefore logically work. However, it can be difficult to establish just how effective these caffeine-based hair loss products are as most don’t mention how much caffeine they contain.
Are caffeine hair loss products right for you?
Whilst some caffeine hair loss products have been proven to show good results, they aren’t going to be effective at treating moderate to severe hair loss.
Like treatments such as Minoxidil, these types of products need to be used as early as possible in order to be effective. They’re only suitable for women suffering from androgenetic alopecia (female pattern baldness). Before trying them out, book an appointment with your doctor to identify the exact cause of your hair loss. If it is medically related, no amount of caffeine is going to help.
If you are suffering from mild androgenetic alopecia, it is possible for hair loss products to provide some improvement. However, you need to be extremely careful and read through as many reviews as you can before choosing products such as a caffeine-based shampoo. That way, you’ll get to see exactly which ones have been successful for other women.
Overall, hair loss products can work provided they contain enough caffeine and a female hair loss expert can offer invaluable advice. They’re also most effective when used alongside other treatments such as Minoxidil. However, if your hair loss is quite severe, you’ll likely need a more permanent treatment such as scalp micropigmentation.