Caffeine and Hair Growth
A Brief Look at DHT
Dihydrotestosterone also known as DHT, is a hormone that is derived from testosterone. This particular hormone is known for its contribution to hair loss, more specifically androgenic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness). When DHT reaches the hair follicles it actually shrinks them, making it progressively more difficult for the hairs to grow; this process is known as miniaturization. When miniaturization takes place it not only makes it more difficult for hair to grow, but when it does, it tends to grow for shorter periods and becomes finer and thinner.
Although DHT can be a huge culprit of hair loss, there are ingredients you can use to prevent it from reaching your hair follicles. Some of these DHT blocking ingredients include minoxidil, ketoconazole and even caffeine. According to a study issued in the 2007 International Journal of Dermatology, caffeine can actually increase hair growth between 33-39.4%.
How to get Caffeine to Your Follicles
While the study performed by German researches concluded that caffeine can benefit hair growth by a significant amount, it is important to note how to get caffeine to your hair follicles in the most practical and safest way. In order to achieve hair growth by blocking DHT with caffeine, you aren’t going to want to do it by ingesting loads of coffee and other caffeinated foods and beverages. Studies have shown that in order for an ample amount of caffeine to reach your hair follicles for hair growth, one would have to consume about 60 cups of coffee a day.
We all know that consuming 60 cups of coffee a day could end in disaster, so instead of consuming caffeine, apply it topically to your scalp. There are plenty of hair loss shampoos that are formulated with caffeine that will safely block the DHT and awaken your hair follicles for healthy hair growth. If hair growth is your ultimate goal, you will also want to look for other beneficial ingredients like ketoconazole andcopper peptides.
How to use Shampoo with Caffeine
When applying the shampoo to your hair, make sure to massage it into your scalp thoroughly. This will not only ensure that the shampoo covers all areas of the scalp, but it will also help improve the circulation within the scalp, which has also been shown to help with hair growth. Additionally, once the hair loss shampoo is massaged into all areas of the scalp, make sure to leave it on the skin for about 3-5 minutes before rinsing. Leaving the shampoo on the scalp for a few minutes will give the caffeine and the other DHT blocking ingredients time to be able to absorb deep within the follicle.