Hair loss can have a dramatic effect on self-esteem. Losing the look of long, thick tresses is inevitable for many with age. However, with the right haircare products, a balanced diet, and the right cut, you can revive flat, thin hair. One hair product that’s been discussed in recent years with thinning hair is caffeine-infused shampoo. This hair loss treatment was designed to stimulate hair growth using caffeine extract.
We reached out to a professional hair stylist about what caffeine-infused shampoo is and if it can actually boost hair volume and regrowth. Read on for tips, suggestions, and insight from Gabrielle White, a board-certified beautician, hair stylist, cosmetologist, and co-founder of Dash Stylist.
Caffeine-infused shampoos are hair care products that claim to treat hair loss. They contain caffeine that is usually derived from natural sources (like coffee or tea!) as one of their main active ingredients. The caffeine is then typically added to the shampoo in a concentrated form.
“The idea behind these shampoos is that caffeine can help hair growth and reduce hair loss. Caffeine is thought to stimulate blood circulation to the scalp, which can improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles,” White explains. “It is also believed to block the effects of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that is associated with hair loss.”
Caffeine, she says, is believed to stimulate blood circulation. In shampoo form, it can penetrate the skin and hair follicles. “Some studies,” White notes, “have suggested that caffeine may promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp and stimulating the hair follicles. However, these studies have typically been small and have not always used rigorous scientific methods.”
“One study published in the International Journal of Trichology in 2013 evaluated the effectiveness