Can Caffeine-Infused Shampoo Boost Hair Regrowth? We Asked Hair Stylists.

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

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

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The One Common Hair Care Mistake Hair Stylists Say Cause Thinning Hair

While genetics, aging, and stress can be among the biggest culprits responsible for thinning hair, you could be doing things on your very own at home that make the problem worse or could lead to future thinning. Specifically, the one common hair care mistake that hair stylists warn cause thinning hair is tight hairstyles that pull out hair follicles. To learn more, we spoke with Jean Lopez, the co-founder of LilyHair. Read on to discover why tight hairstyles exacerbate thinning hair and for hair-loss-friendly styles you can use instead!

Tight hairstyles

The hair care mistake;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “biggest hair care mistake that Lopez says leads to thinning hair is the excessive style of tight ponytails or hairdos. “Your hairline and hair can be severely damaged by tight ponytails,” Lopez explains. “It can yank out a lot of hair, making your hair thin. The use of heating equipment is analogous to washing with steam water. Every hair is to be left vulnerable to damage because the natural oils have been removed. It causes the hair follicles to open, causing further irritation.” In fact, there’s actually a medical term for this type of hair loss: traction alopecia.

So, while a sleek ponytail, cornrows, or tightly pulled updo can look great, the constant pulling may eventually lead to hair loss. In time, the continuous pulling can damage your hair follicles. And, if you damage your hair follicles excessively, your hair cannot grow back, so you develop permanent hair loss. Yikes!

One way you can fight this is to avoid frequently wearing hairstyles that pull on your hair. Every once in a while is OK, but you want to avoid wearing a tightly pulled hairstyle every single day or else you’ll start to notice strands of your hair break or

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