Caffeine and Hair Loss:
Research recently published in the International Journal of Dermatology has shown that caffeine is a stimulant for human hair growth. The study had taken biopsies from the scalps of 14 people in the early stages of hair loss. They exposed the hair follicles to different levels of caffeine and found that hair follicles exposed to the caffeine showed growth. Unfortunately, the scientists found that the amount of caffeine needed to reach the follicles in the scalp would be approximately 60 cups per day! (DO NOT TRY THIS AS THIS IS DEADLY.) Instead of drinking it, try rubbing a caffeine-rich solution into your scalp. Be careful though, as caffeine can be absorbed through the skin into your bloodstream.
How Does It Work?
Caffeine works by targeting DHT, the hormone that is responsible for hair loss. Caffeine causes the hair cells to produce more ATP (the energy in our cells) and helps keep the hair follicle in an active growth phase. Caffeine has also been shown to stimulate hair shaft elongation, as well as stimulate the hair’s keratinocytes, which are responsible for hair growth.
Try Your Own DIY Coffee Oil Hair Mask:
1/2 cup of dark roast coffee
2 oz. Jojoba Oil
2 oz. Avocado Oil
4 oz. Coconut Oil
Place ingredients in a crock pot at low heat for approximately 6-8 hours, stirring once per hour. Using a cheesecloth, strain the coffee oil. You can add other essential oils, like peppermint, licorice, lavender or rosemary. Massage your scalp with the coffee oil, let sit for a few minutes and rinse out in the shower.