Caffeine and Hair Growth

Recently, I've been doing some research on hair growth and stumbled across some really interesting information.

Apparently, there have been several studies done regarding the use of caffeine to promote hair growth in men that are losing their hair due to male pattern baldness.

The research showed that caffeine did promote hair growth in several hair biopsies using different levels of caffeine. The growth increase ranged from 33 % to up to 40+%. To find out a bit more about the study you can read more here.

Anyway, for the next three months I'm going to try to include brewed organic coffee in with my co-wash to see if there is any improvement in my hair growth.

Has any one else heard of this or tried it? It sounds really promising.
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That's interesting and since I drink Coffee regularly (threw a straw) thats good to know. On the other hand I notice too much coffee seems to shrink the bust area.


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Wow. That's interesting....

Maybe I'll mix my cleansing herbs with tea.

Thanks Onyx.
That's interesting and since I drink Coffee regularly (threw a straw) thats good to know. On the other hand I notice too much coffee seems to shrink the bust area.
Originally Posted by Cammyb
The scientist actually found that you would need to drink up to 60 cups of coffee a day in order to have enough caffeine in your system to reach your scalp. This is if you try to do it internally, but they say you can apply it externally - in the study they put the caffeine in shampoo, and as long as it was on the scalp for at least 2 minutes they showed the caffeine did get into the scalp.

I'm going to add it to my co-washes and see what happens.
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Wow. That's interesting....

Maybe I'll mix my cleansing herbs with tea.

Thanks Onyx.
Originally Posted by sunshine75
Yeah - good idea! I hadn't even thought of teaI was only thinking coffee, but tea is a good option too.
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Hmm, OnyxCabelo, this is really interesting. I'm usually skeptical about growth enhancers because I was always of the mindset that there was little--if anything--that you could do to speed up the growth process. But I'll believe this, because when has a European ever led us brownfolk wrong?
Here are my thoughts:
  1. So...can I just add caffeine powder to my cowash conditioner? What is the benefit of using brewed coffee or tea? Maybe there are added benefits to doing it that way...
  2. The researchers said that 2 minutes of contact on the hair was enough for the caffeine to be absorbed into the scalp and have an effect...but in the original trial, he left the follicle in the caffeine-concentrated petrie dish for a full 8 days to get that 33-40% growth increase. So, maybe using caffeine in DTs would be better/faster?
I'm going to add caffeine to my cowash conditioner and start using it in DTs. In fact, I'm gonna start tonight! I don't know yet what the ratio(s) will be, but I'll experiment and report back with updates.
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I'm leery of this. There are lots of coffee addicts out there and I know some of the are bald. Plus the negative effects of caffeine outweight the positives IMO.
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more power to you coffee lovers
i'd rather get my caffeine from chocolate

don't forget, there is coffee oil and coffee butter too

I've used the coffee essential oil from here:
http://essentialoils.org/shop/oil/3043
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Hmm, OnyxCabelo, this is really interesting. I'm usually skeptical about growth enhancers because I was always of the mindset that there was little--if anything--that you could do to speed up the growth process. But I'll believe this, because when has a European ever led us brownfolk wrong?
Here are my thoughts:
  1. So...can I just add caffeine powder to my cowash conditioner? What is the benefit of using brewed coffee or tea? Maybe there are added benefits to doing it that way...

    You know, I didn't even realize that caffeine powder is available. If I can get my hands on some, I think I would rather use the powder - seems like it would be easier to mix with my co-wash. However, for those who would rather not spend the cash or the extra effort to track down caffeine powder - the coffee or tea seems like a good alternative.
  2. The researchers said that 2 minutes of contact on the hair was enough for the caffeine to be absorbed into the scalp and have an effect...but in the original trial, he left the follicle in the caffeine-concentrated petrie dish for a full 8 days to get that 33-40% growth increase.

    Dr. Fischer was reported to say, " Hair follicles that were treated with caffeine showed a highly significant growth rate at 24 hours, and still further growth at 8 days".

    It seems that even contact for shorter periods of time are beneficial. I think you're right, if you can let it sit for a while, seems that the benefits will be even better. So adding it to deep treatments sounds like a good idea.

    So, maybe using caffeine in DTs would be better/faster?
I'm going to add caffeine to my cowash conditioner and start using it in DTs. In fact, I'm gonna start tonight! I don't know yet what the ratio(s) will be, but I'll experiment and report back with updates.
Originally Posted by CheveuxSauvage
Yes, please let us know!!!
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Last edited by OnyxCabelo; 07-26-2009 at 10:02 AM. Reason: typo
I'm leery of this. There are lots of coffee addicts out there and I know some of the are bald. Plus the negative effects of caffeine outweight the positives IMO.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
I wonder though if the same results come from putting the coffee or tea on the scalp versus taking it internally. When you are placing it on the scalp you applying a relatively small amount to the top of you head versus drinking cup after cup of coffee. As the study shows - 60 cups of coffee to get this kind of caffeine to the scalp is nuts - I would never do that nor suggest anyone else try it.
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more power to you coffee lovers
i'd rather get my caffeine from chocolate

don't forget, there is coffee oil and coffee butter too

I've used the coffee essential oil from here:
http://essentialoils.org/shop/oil/3043
Originally Posted by hippychic
OMG - Yes!! Chocolate!!! *sigh* I can't eat it - I can only dream about it.

Yes, SBB mentioned the coffee butter, so that might be a good option too. I was looking at the coffee oil too - that might be concentrated enough, but I don't know.

As CheveuxSauvage suggested - there is also the caffeine powder.
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Last edited by OnyxCabelo; 07-26-2009 at 10:11 AM. Reason: typo
I saw this title and I was intrigued - I've heard of using coffee or tea in hair to make it darker, but I've never heard of caffeine stimulating the scalp. VERY interesting...I might have to try a little coffee butter of some kind in my co-wash.

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more power to you coffee lovers
i'd rather get my caffeine from chocolate

don't forget, there is coffee oil and coffee butter too

I've used the coffee essential oil from here:
http://essentialoils.org/shop/oil/3043
Originally Posted by hippychic
OMG - Yes!! Chocolate!!! *sigh* I can't eat it - I can only dream about it.

Yes, SBB mentioned the coffee butter, so that might be a good option too. I was looking at the coffee oil too - that might be concentrated enough, but I don't know.

As CheveuxSauvage suggested - there is also the caffeine powder.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
OC - the coffee oil is really strong. You'd only need a little.
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I've been poking around trying to figure out how much powder to add to my cowashes/DTs. There are a few caffeine shampoos that are out, the more popular of which is called Alpecin. The concentration of caffeine in Alpecin is 2% I think, but I keep seeing different info...

Anyway, a lot of sources say that too much caffeine is not good for the hair's general health, but I don't know what exactly constitutes "too much".
So I thought maybe I could use it as a scalp treatment instead of using it on all of my hair. Maybe mix the caffeine powder with some liquid base and apply it much like a hot oil treatment...?

Hmm...Thoughts?

ETA: Coffee oil, eh? Hippychic, how did you like it?
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Last edited by CheveuxSauvage; 07-26-2009 at 10:28 AM.
I've been poking around trying to figure out how much powder to add to my cowashes/DTs. There are a few caffeine shampoos that are out, the more popular of which is called Alpecin. The concentration of caffeine in Alpecin is 2% I think, but I keep seeing different info...

Anyway, a lot of sources say that too much caffeine is not good for the hair's general health, but I don't know what exactly constitutes "too much".
So I thought maybe I could use it as a scalp treatment instead of using it on all of my hair. Maybe mix the caffeine powder with some liquid base and apply it much like a hot oil treatment...?

Hmm...Thoughts?

ETA: Coffee oil, eh? Hippychic, how did you like it?
Originally Posted by CheveuxSauvage
I liked it (the scent)
It's weird... I like the scent of coffee but not the taste.
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i tried it a few weeks ago after reading the same article. and it made my hair feel really hard and brittle. i guess maybe like almost all growth aids ive researched, you should only put it on your scalp.
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There was a thread about this on LHCF. I used black tea instead of coffee. I don't know if I got any good growth, but when I detangled my shedding decreased dramatically! Normally I'll lose quite a few strands while detangling, but I'd literally have only two strands in the comb after I did a black tea rinse.
OMG! Two negatives - wow - perhaps I need to rethink this. Hmmm...

@katherinelovesevryone - What did you do exactly?

@Libra08- I'll try to find the thread on LHCF. How often did you use the tea and for how long? Did you massage it into your scalp or rinse it all over your hair, just really curious.
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But I'll believe this, because when has a European ever led us brownfolk wrong?
Originally Posted by CheveuxSauvage
OMG! Two negatives - wow - perhaps I need to rethink this. Hmmm...

@katherinelovesevryone - What did you do exactly?

@Libra08- I'll try to find the thread on LHCF. How often did you use the tea and for how long? Did you massage it into your scalp or rinse it all over your hair, just really curious.
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
I just poured it all over my hair, did my normal shower routine, and then rinsed. I did for about a month, but then I started hennaing. I add black tea to my henna anyway so I stopped doing black tea rinses. Make sure you do it before you DC or you might have hard, brittle hair.

ETA: Found links for you and make sure you use tea with caffeine, not the decaf. I believe it works with any tea just as long as it's caffeinated.

Tea rinse: http://www.longhaircareforum.com/for...d.php?t=312901

Coffee: http://www.longhaircareforum.com/for...d.php?t=303531

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