Studies have found that caffeine can boost hair growth and prevent alopecia or male pattern baldness. Caffeine does this by preventing testosterone from suppressing hair shaft production, penetrating through hair follicles and improving barrier function, among other things.
Everybody loves a head full of hair. It’s no surprise then that the market is flooded with various oils and shampoos offering different technologies and formulae for quick and luscious hair growth. The latest one doing the rounds is caffeine shampoos. While there haven’t been many studies about the effect of caffeine on hair, some evidence does suggest that this stimulant also manages to stimulate hair growth, especially in men.
Caffeine Prevents Hair Loss And Helps Hair Growth
Ever heard of androgenetic alopecia or simply alopecia? Also called male-pattern baldness, it is a scalp condition more common among men than women. Here, hair is lost in a definite pattern, beginning above the temples. Caffeine is found to be a good remedy for this.
A study shows that caffeine works against alopecia at many levels, especially in men:
- Inhibits phosphodiesterase, an enzyme that plays a crucial role in alopecia.
- Reduces transepidermal water loss and increases the barrier function of the skin.
- Penetrates well through follicles and can actively promote hair growth.1
- It works against the suppression of hair shaft production by testosterone in male hair follicles.2
How To Use Caffeine On Hair?
Now that we are convinced that caffeine can support hair growth, the next obvious question would be: how do we use it? Well, a caffeine-based shampoo would be the first and the easiest way. But if you do not trust the chemicals in commercially available shampoos and are looking at more natural ways to do it, there are certain ways to do it. These ways are not scientifically proven but are supported well enough with positive user reviews. Since the most easily available caffeine source is coffee, here are some ways to use it for hair growth.
Coffee Hair Mask
Coffee can also be used on hair as a hair mask. Use a tablespoon of honey and olive oil each then add two teaspoons of coffee powder. Make a smooth paste then apply to the hair. Leave it on for about half an hour then rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
Coffee Hair Rinse
Coffee hair rinse enhances the texture and the color of your hair. Brew coffee, as usual, ensuring it boils, let the solution cool then use it as a final rinse for your hair after washing it. The result will be silky and smooth and will also help to slow or stop shedding.
Coffee oil increases blood circulation in the scalp and stimulates the roots of the hair. The phytosterols in the oil promote moisture retention and absorption. The darker the beans the more the benefits they offer. Make sure you use it regularly for better results.
For this, you need to blend 2 cups of your favorite oil (coconut/olive/almond) with a ¼th cup of roasted whole coffee bean until they are blended. This needs to be cooked over low heat for about 6–8 hours, making sure it doesn’t burn. After that, strain the oil enough number of times to remove the beans completely.
Store the mixture in a cool, dark place. The oil can be used on the scalp, added to your shampoo or even added to the water of your final rinse.
After shampooing the hair, rinse it completely then gently squeeze excess water from hair. Pour brewed cool coffee into hair using a plastic container to catch the drippings. Continue pouring the coffee through the hair until all the drippings cease.
Allow sitting on hair for five minutes. You can then add your desired leave-in conditioner and wrap your hair for half an hour for it to absorb the ingredients. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water then cool water as a final rinse. Style as you like.
A word of caution though. Regular use of coffee on the hair can alter the color of your hair strands. While black, dark brown, and gray hair strands could turn darker, even a shade of orange, the lighter shades of hair like light brown or blond could turn darker. You should be okay with that. And also a whiff of coffee following you everywhere.
1. Bansal, Manish, Kajal Manchanda, and Shyam Sunder Pandey. “Role of caffeine in the management of androgenetic alopecia.” International journal of trichology 4, no. 3 (2012): 185.
2. Fischer, T. W., E. Herczeg‐Lisztes, W. Funk, D. Zillikens, Tamás Bíró, and R. Paus. “Differential effects of caffeine on hair shaft elongation, matrix, and outer root sheath keratinocyte proliferation, and transforming growth factor‐β2/insulin‐like growth factor‐1‐mediated regulation of the hair cycle in male and female human hair follicles in vitro.” British Journal of Dermatology 171, no. 5 (2014): 1031-1043.
3. Curejoy Editorial Team