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April 27, 2016

Caffeinated Shampoo Enhances Hair Growth

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Who knew?

Not moi until I read about it in yesterday's Wall Street Journal story by Laura Johannes.

From the article:

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Many men struggle with baldness and wonder about new treatments. Some shampoos and lotions contain caffeine and promise to help keep hair thick and full. How does the evidence stack up?

A 2014 study found that caffeine has a "potent" effect in growing hair in laboratory conditions. But real-world tests of the efficacy of caffeine-containing shampoos and lotions are rare, and those that have been done show a modest effect.

The laboratory work sounds "really promising. But in terms of clinical application we're not there yet," says Tina Alster, a clinical professor of dermatology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

In the 2014 study published in British Journal of Dermatology, a team of academic researchers found that small concentrations of caffeine, applied to hair follicles extracted from human males and grown in a lab, counteracted the effects of testosterone, stimulating hair growth and prolonging the time the hair follicles remained in their growth phase. The study found the caffeine also had a beneficial effect on female hair growth, but only when used in an even more diluted form than was used for male hair follicles.

Caffeine-containing products that hit the U.S. market in recent years include Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner and Hair Surge.

Neither company has published studies on the products, but Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1 has been tested in studies published in 2010 and 2013 in the Journal of Applied Cosmetology.

There was "a little bit" of hair regrowth seen in the studies, "but it does not mean your hair will grow like when you were 20 years old," says dermatologist Leonard Celleno, a researcher at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome.

Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH plans to begin selling Alpecin shampoo in the U.S. this summer, says Theresa Ladleif, product manager [for the German company].

While the Alpecin products are designed for men, they can be used by women, particularly after menopause when hormone balance begins to change, she adds.

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You can too!

While you wait impatiently for Alpecin shampoo to appear in the States in a few months, you can try the available Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner ($3.77 for 12 ounces) or Hair Surge ($43.99 for eight ounces).

In no time at all you'll be Neanderthal-like.

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