Caffeine: A Cure for Baldness?

caffeine and baldness

Caffeine may help balding men and women regrow some hair.

Research published in the International Journal of Dermatology concludes that caffeine is “a stimulator of human hair growth

Hair restoration is a multi-billion dollar industry and this research could eventually lead to safer, more effective cures for baldness.

Caffeine and Baldness Research

The researchers who worked on this project were T. W. Fischer MD, U. C. Hipler PhD andP. Elsner MD.

  • They took biopsies from the scalps of 14 men in the early stages of hair loss.
  • They then exposed the hair follicles to solutions containing different levels of caffeine.
  • They also exposed some of the follicles to DHT, the hormone responsible for hair loss.
  • After 8 days, even the hair follicles exposed to the DHT showed growth.
  • Growth was greatest in follicles that were placed in solutions of caffeine only.

See the full journal abstract here.

How Much Caffeine Are We Talking About?

Before you brew yet another cup of coffee, unfortunately, a few extra cups of coffee aren’t going to do much.

Scientists estimate up to 60 cups a day would be needed for significant amounts to reach follicles in the scalp. (via Daily Mail)

So that’s only about 6000mg of caffeine, which might regrow your hair after stopping your heart.¬†

Instead of drinking it – it seems you need to rub a caffeine-rich solution into the scalp.

Fortunately there are some caffeinated shampoos on the market.

caffeinated shampoo for baldness

Caffeinated Shampoos

  1. Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo
  2. Organix Awakening Shampoo & Conditioner
  3. Wash With Joe
  4. Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo
  5. Dr Wolff Plantur 39 Phyto Caffeine Shampoo 

A person could also easily make their own caffeinated shampoo by adding liquid caffeine into his/her favorite shampoo.

Just be careful because caffeine will absorb through the skin and into the bloodstream.

It looks like with all caffeinated shampoos, you must leave them in your hair for a couple of minutes in order for the caffeine to be absorbed into the scalp.

Whether or not these caffeinated shampoos have enough caffeine in them to cure baldness is unknown. We could not find any mention of how much caffeine they actually contain.

It looks like caffeine may indeed help with baldness, but more research will be needed as well as more fine tuned products that seek to utilize the research more effectively.

Have you used caffeinated shampoos to treat baldness? Do they work?

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  • Dr.Nuke

    What’s wrong with being bald? I shave my head with a razor quite frequently.

  • ICanholdMyCaffeineCanYou?

    Dr nuke; some people dont like to admit that theyre aging or such.

    lol i wonder what happens if ur kid accidentally eat your caffeine shampoo

  • Dr.Nuke

    I was just being ironic…

    Heck with eating the shampoo…usuing those caffeinated soaps is probably enough. According to the information available, you might be able to caffeine suicide on those. There was about 1.2 grams or so of caffeine per bar, so it would only take….

  • Laura

    Bald heads are just ew. Take if from a girl. Thankyou

  • wampus

    Awww too late for me. Some scientist needs to say that caffeine makes your hair grow back…he would get rich and i would…ummm…probably still be bald.

  • Matt

    Thanks for like the encouragement i’m like so like doing this like yah. arrrg

  • James

    We are lagging behind on so many serious health issues that range from lethal diseases to alopecia while we waste previous time and resources waging wars. How pathetic!!!

  • Susan

    I rubbed some caffeine hair growth promoter into my hair this afternoon and I think I put too much in. It is 3.40 in the morning and I am still wide awake. I drink decaffeinated coffee and tea so am not used to it. Beware!

  • samusa20

    bring 400 ml shampoo and nescafe red mug with caffeine open the shampoo and add 1 teaspoon of coffee dont add more you will be anxiety

    shake the bottle well

    use it

    to use it put it on your hair for 2 minutes

    you can also bring little shampoo and add little coffee 1 teaspoon or less and store in bottle

  • ppTheMart

    Hey Laura, so is being a bitch.

  • Deborah

    Personally, I love bald-headed guys (as long as the head skin is smooth and healthy without unsightly patches.

  • BaldheadedFoo

    We bald-headed guys aren’t looking for a cure, unless someone can invent a way to get us cleaner and smoother!

  • jameSizAFAG

    Then why take time to reply here and be a bother? go derp somewhere else fag

  • Deepak

    Occasionally drinking coffee or coke feel hair density increase some. Much quantity no good results.

  • Joe Dynamo

    The way that caffeine increases your circulation can be applied to hair growth. When massaged directly into your scalp, caffeine can stimulate the hair follicles to speed up growth.Let brewed coffee chill, and pour it into a spray bottle for easy use. While in the shower, spray the coffee onto roots as an after-cleansing scalp treatment, and allow it to sit for as long as possible. Rinse your hair, and use products as usual. You will likely notice less shedding and increased hair growth with regular use.

  • This is why Regenepure shampoos contain caffeine. Here is an article on caffeine and hair loss from Regenepure:

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  • Scott Hoffman

    Regenepure hair loss shampoo with Ketoconazole also has caffiene. Great product.

  • ranasinghe

    what are the ingredients(like zinc,biotin) of regrowth hair ?please help me.

  • Wes

    Should I use my anti hairloss conditioner before after or along with the coffee spray?

Last Modified: September 11, 2014