Many of us reach for a cup of coffee or tea to jump-start the morning or get us through the day. The caffeine combats drowsiness, increases alertness, and energizes the body. Did you know that your hair may benefit from a morning cuppa, too?
Researchers found that caffeine may be effective in treating hair loss. At Mane Image Hair Restoration Center, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of safe, effective treatments. In this post, we'll explore caffeine as a hair loss treatment to find out if it's safe and if it really works. Keep reading to learn more.
Is Caffeine a Cure for Hair Loss?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for hair loss. Advancements in science and technology have given rise to an emergence of products and treatments on the market today that are effective in slowing hair loss or promoting new hair growth, and caffeine appears to be one of them.
Researchers have found that caffeine can be effective in stimulating hair growth as well as suppressing androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also known as male-pattern baldness. Caffeine is effective because it neutralizes the effects of DHT, a powerful male hormone that occurs as a byproduct of testosterone. Hair follicles weaken, shrink, and die when exposed to DHT.
One study found that hair follicles that were exposed to caffeine grew faster and experienced continued growth, even when exposed to DHT. The follicles that were exposed to caffeine showed lengthening of the shaft, indicating that caffeine promotes hair growth as well.
Should You Use Caffeine for Hair Loss?
Before you try drinking more caffeine to stimulate hair growth, you should know that drinking more caffeine is not effective in treating hair loss. You would have to drink approximately 40 to 50 cups of coffee each day in order for the caffeine to reach your hair follicles. This is enough caffeine to cause heart failure.
The most practical way for caffeine to be effective against hair loss is to apply it directly to your scalp so that hair follicles can be penetrated by the caffeine. There are a variety of shampoos on the market that contain caffeine and have been said to help with male pattern baldness.
It is important to note that caffeine can be absorbed through the skin and scalp, so you should practice caution when applying any product that contains caffeine to your body. Over-consuming caffeine can be dangerous, resulting in illness or even fatality.
What If You've Already Lost Your Hair?
Caffeine does not reverse the effects of hair loss, because it is only effective in cases where the hair root is still alive. In cases where the balding has already occurred, caffeine would not be of any help, because the root dies when the hair falls out.
That's why prevention and diagnosis at an early age is so important. It is recommended that you start using the shampoo as early as possible in order to keep the hair root healthy and active, producing the most results. Hair loss can be reduced by as much as 20 percent in cases where a shampoo containing concentrated caffeine is used.
If you are losing more than 50-100 hairs per day, you could be at risk of losing your hair. Contact your local hair loss specialist, as they are able to recommend solutions that work best for your hair loss situation.
A Safe Alternative
Mane Image Hair provides safe, effective hair loss solutions and prevention services for men and women in Northwest Indiana. We offer a full range of non-surgical, cosmetic, and surgical solutions to help men and women get their hair back, all of which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Mane Image Hair has been helping men and women in regain their confidence since 1987. If you would like to learn more about our services, contact us to schedule a free consultation today.