The 'German engineering for hair' has taken the hair industry by surprise with the introduction of Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo.
Dr. Wolff, the supposed inventor of caffeine shampoos, has claimed through his experiments that it simulates hair growth - but is applying caffeine to your hair just an old wives tale marketed really well?
Time and time again large commercial brands claim they have 'the' product for hair, and many people go out and buy it. But to understand whether it works or not we need to look at
what it actually does to the hair.
As you probably already know, DHT can be a major cause of hair loss due to the fact it can cause inflammation in the scalp. This
inflammation causes hair to thin and fall out but of course the cause of inflammation need not be from DHT alone.
Theoretically, caffeine shampoo is said to be absorbed in the scalp which in turn
constricts blood vessels partially reducing inflammation.
How well this works in practise is questionable due to the nature of the experiments used to prove this.
If you google the paper which covered the experiment Alpecin did, you will find two major flaws in it.
Firstly, it is an
in vitro experiment meaning it was carried out in a test tube environment.
It didn't take into account any of the
human hormones present in the scalp or control for
environmental conditions in the hair.
Secondly, the hair follicles were submerged in caffeine for
15 minutes which is much longer than any of us keep shampoo in our hair for.
Therefore, the results are from conclusive and unreliable in determining whether it can stimulate hair growth.
User feedback has shown that it has worked for some, however these results have been short-lived.
Caffeine may partly reduce inflammation by constricting blood flow thereby temporarily halting hair loss, but it
also means that
hair follicles are deprived of blood which provides oxygen and vitamins essential for thehealth of your hair.
If blood circulation is restricted for long enough, hair will naturally just fall out or become incredibly thin and weak.
This is one reason why there are so many negative reviews for Alpecin - there are
too many unwanted side effects which ruin the texture and vitality of your hair.
So overall, alpecin caffeine shampoo has seemed to work for a few but at the cost of thin, dry hair which falls out faster when use has stopped. Most of the hype is thanks to good marketing but very little in terms of solid results.
The solution therefore lies in
increasing blood circulation and reducing inflammation simultaneously.
Are there any products which help do this? What about natural alternatives?
One solution is using the
Taoist Soap. This soap is designed for anyone wishing to revitalise their hair back to it's original state. It not only helps soothe the inflammation to immediately reduce hair loss but also causes
vasodilation of the blood vessels meaning there is greater blood flow.
Since the hair follicles are being supplied with a greater source of oxygen and vitamins for
building protein structures in the hair, hair
thickness are both improved.
But the key difference in function between the Taoist Soap and the caffeine shampoo is that it allows your body to help heal itself rather than rely on the product meaning usage can be reduced and eventually
stopped without losing the benefits.
User feedback has also been positive with
no side effects at all because the soap is made from
100% natural elements which are even
There are also techniques which can be used alongside the soap to speed up the progress.
One such technique is the
Although it alone cannot combat inflammation, it can i
ncrease blood circulation if you spend only 15 minutes a day. Regular scalp massage dramatically affects hair thickness and you will notice a drop in the number of hairs falling everyday.
Does Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo Work?
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25 June 2014
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