Caffeine shampoos have been around for some time – from brands like Alpecin shampoo, Plantur 39 and many more – all targeting the hair loss market – but does caffeine really help hair growth and stop hair loss, or is this just another fad in the market? What do the reviews say?
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The Alpecin shampoo – was designed by a german company, which took Europe by storm, thanks to their big advertising budget – but since then, many caffeine shampoo companies have sprung out in this market – we have collected reviews, and conducted our own studies to review various caffeine shampoos and this post is to present these findings.
From the studies we have seen, and the video embedded above – it seems they did not take into consideration that caffeine actually blocks circulation – especially when consumed internally – the study they conducted was in vitro – meaning it was not carried out on actual human scalp – it was done on a hair which is growing outside the body, in a glass container – this means all stress factors, like inflammation, hormones, insulin levels are all taken out of the picture – and these are huge factors which we know today, that affect hair growth.
How effective is Caffeine Shampoo for actual Hair growth?
From studies conducted by various organizations – including pharmaceutical companies – the results are not promising for actual hair growth – but it seems that there is some evidence that it will make your hair shaft appear to be larger for a temporary amount of time – around 12 hours or so after washing – and this is most likely the selling point of these types of products.
In terms of actual hair growth, the results are shown below – collected from third party sources as well as in-house experiments by our foundation.
As you can see – caffeine shampoos, be it alpecin shampoo, or Plantur 39 shampoo, or any other type of caffeine shampoo – the results are very minimal – the only method out there that helped users get results, is a regime as explained below – Important: Many users of Taoist soap follow a regime designed by the medical team at Taoist soap, which is given after sales via support to help get the best results for each individual – this is one of the biggest reasons for their success – no one ingredient or product is a cure – nor do they claim it as such – the key in natural healing is following a regime to resolve the misalignment causing it – and this is more complicated in some people.
From what we can see – it targets inflammation instead of trying to grow hair, it stops inflammation which is the root cause of hair loss – even if your hair is falling due to high DHT levels as a man or women, you are still getting hair loss because of inflammation that is caused by the DHT or any hormone imbalance – even genetic related (which is often never explained to you by doctors) – evidence can be found here.
The Taoist soap – reviewed above – does not contain any caffeine in it, nor minoxidil – and is designed for the skin and scalp – the idea is, that if your scalp is healthy, your hair will be healthy. Does this mean this is a cure to hair loss?
No and Yes – yes you can help hair growth, and halt further hair loss by carrying out a few things daily depending on each individual person (lifestyle and genetics differ, that’s why a regime is the best way to get results) – for many people, a regime is highly recommended – however it seems results vary on each individual (because hormones, insulin, eating habits differ) – an example of a regime would be, taking supplements like collagen, doing a scalp massage regularly and, for short term (3-6 months or until condition improves) taking a stinging nettle supplement too (do not take this long term).
Regime for Hair Growth
Anti-Inflammation diet: The food that feeds inflammation is sugar – in this instance, sugar is defined as anything that is carbohydrates (like bread, pasta etc), natural sugar (like fruits), artificial sugar (like processed sugar) and artificial sweeteners (even if they have no sugar in them, they create an insulin response because they taste sweet) – all these feed inflammation – so the first step is to reduce or eliminate them from your diet – this is a temporary diet, although can be done for up to a year and a half for most severe cases.
The other step that is urgently required is, is to increase lean beef intake – not chicken, not lamb, but beef – why beef? it is the fastest way to absorb protein and collagen to your body, to repair the hormone system in the body (yes you will look years younger if you do this) – it is very tough for the first 3-7 days – but after that, it is more of creating the habit to get into this regime.
Scalp Massage: Did you know that the capillaries in the scalp are so thin, that only 1 blood cell can go in at a time – this also means that blockages are easier to happen as you grow older – this also means fatty foods will increase the likelihood of these blockages – this also means inflammation on that specific area is prone to increase there, which means hair loss.
A 15 minute whole head and neck scalp massage will help take care of this – washing hair with cold water will also help keep inflammation down (especially when your scalp skin hurts, or feels inflamed).
Other Information on Scalp care and Growing Healthy Hair besides shampoos or products
Can Caffeine shampoo increase scalp inflammation?
There is another problem with caffeine shampoos – it is that they contain fragrances as well as the fact caffeine contracts blood vessels – this combination will suggest that caffeine shampoos can actually increase hair loss in the long term – even though short term, it may artificially make your hair look thicker – hence the reason they failed in our tests and review on the chart above – including many youtube videos where people have talked about it drying their hair – this is a bad sign for a liquid shampoo to do, as it may increase scalp calcification.
What is Scalp Calcification?
Scalp calcification is the hardening of scalp, and having calcium deposits on the scalp – this occurs from long term inflammation – and there is still a way to reverse this, although not widely talked about as not many have published research into this – but if you have this, please do not go near Caffeine shampoos as they will only increase the rate of scalp calcification.
Cure to Scalp calcification?
The cure is to scalp massage, stop intake of fats and sugars, and oiling your scalp with a good hair growth oil.
Shampoo for Scalp Calcification?
You cannot use a Caffeine shampoo – so you need to use a fragrance free shampoo which has no essential oils, or added fragrances – you can combine this with using the Taoist soap, which over time, will help breakdown the calcification – but scalp massage is essential in this kind of case.
If it still doesn’t – then add a vinegar rinse to the end of each shower – the video below talks about it very thoroughly – although it is simply talking about scalp care, remember that a healthy scalp, means healthy thick hair growth.
Hair thinning for women and men is tricky – but it is curable in the sense by doing a regime and combination of good hair growth products – maintenance is possible.
Please note that there is no one solution that fits all – it has never been done in medical history – and the simple answer is, because there are many reasons why a condition can appear – be it hair loss or flu – the reason behind it is different for each person – however the items and methods recommended above will surely bring results in terms of healthy hair growth and stopping of hair thinning – but please consult with a doctor first, as some patients with liver problems or other conditions may need to adjust regimes to match with their condition – for example, a Kidney patient cannot eat so much beef protein, and will need to minimise and consult with a doctor on how they can do this to a safe level.