In today’s self conscious society it’s understandable why the multi-billion dollar hair restoration industry is bloated with ‘miracle’ lotions and sprays backed by little or no scientific evidence.
In most cases, baldness is caused when hair follicles are exposed to too much DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a by-product of testosterone. Excessive circulation of DHT in the blood causes the hair follicles to shrink, thinning the hair, and eventually they stop producing hair. Some studies show that caffeine may stimulate the growth of the tiny follicles in the scalp. Published in the International Journal of Dermatology (2007), the study discovered that caffeine can stimulate hair-growth by blocking damage to the hair follicles, potentially slowing the rate of hair-loss and extending the life cycle of hair.
Not so fast. According to an article in the Daily Mail, scientists estimate up to 60 cups a day would be needed for significant amounts to reach follicles in the scalp.
A more effective approach would be a caffeine-rich shampoo-like solution. Many companies have already produced caffeinated shampoo solutions that are rubbed on the scalp.
Do It Yourself
A post on GreenLifePages offers the following do-it-yourself caffeine shampoo recipe:
“This growth treatment requires caffeine powder – you mix four teaspoons of it in eight ounces of shampoo. Basically, you can use this every day and you’ll see some serious growth. You can also mix the caffeine powder in a spray bottle with eight ounces of water, and spritz it on 10-15 minutes before showering. Don’t use this treatment more than once a day, and if you start getting headaches, you’re using too much shampoo or spritz.”
It goes without saying that determining the cause of balding is a vital step in deciding on the proper treatment. A doctor should be consulted first.