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In this video we discuss caffeine and hair loss – is it as effective as Rogaine? Find out how caffeine works on hair, learn about the studies that have shown it’s effectiveness, and get the answers to your questions about caffeine and hair loss when you watch the full video!
Caffeine and hair loss. Guys this is such an exciting and promising area of research for men who are battling hair loss. In the past decade the number and quality of scientific papers dealing with this topic has simply exploded. I will give you the big picture, the overview of this research in this video, and then in the end I’m going to tell you about our recommended caffeine-containing product.
Alright. So let’s get straight into it. The first studies started with the basics: caffeine absorption by the hair follicle. It was found early on that a two minute application of a caffeine-containing shampoo was sufficient for caffeine to be absorbed into the hair follicle.
Furthermore caffeine molecule absorption through the follicle was quicker and more efficient compared to absorption via the epidermal layer of the skin. Caffeine only takes two minutes to be absorbed by the hair follicle, and five minutes for blood levels to rise. But caffeine absorbed through the epidermal layer of the skin is slower, taking up to 20 minutes to show up in the blood.
The first studies examining the actual link between caffeine and hair growth were in vitro, using hair follicles from scalp biopsies of men with male pattern baldness. In vitro means that rather than examining the effects of caffeine on real live balding men, the researchers took these men’s hair follicles and experimented with them in test tubes in the lab.
The substances researchers experimented with were testosterone and caffeine. Predictably,
testosterone suppressed hair follicle growth in vitro. Nothing new here – if you are a regular viewer of this channel you will probably know that Dihydrotestosterone or DHT, a metabolite of testosterone, is the primary molecule implicated in male pattern hair loss. But the caffeine part of this study gave the real interesting results: low concentrations of caffeine when applied together with the testosterone counteracted the effects of the testosterone. And when treated with caffeine alone, without any testosterone, the hair follicles demonstrated increased growth in vitro.
Following this, one of the first studies on actual human patients was done in Italy, where a group offorty men used a caffeine-containing-lotion for 4 months.
After 4 months the researchers found an average 15% reduction in hair loss, as determined by the hair pull test. This is where you gently pull on a small strand of a patient’s hair and count the number of hairs that fall of. When asked, fully 80% of participants reported they had perceived a reduction in the intensity of their hair loss.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.