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Study result by Dr. Fischer suggests that topical application of Caffeine leads to a significant hair growth by stimulating existing hair follicles

caffeine and hair lossThere are quite a number of natural/medical ingredients out there that have been tested for effectiveness in relation to hair loss. One of the interesting findings was about caffeine and hair loss. In this review, we will talk about shampoos that have caffeine in them, including Alpecin Caffeine shampoo.

Before, we jump into any specific shampoo with caffeine, let’s talk about the research part first.

Research about Caffeine for Hair Growth

There was a study done for testing the effectiveness of caffeine in hair follicles.

The participants were men who have Androgenetic Alopecia, the most common hair loss pattern appearing in both men and women.

The researchers performed a biopsy of hair follicles from the participants’ scalp and cultivated them in an environment where the follicles were exposed to testosterone and caffeine. The result showed that when caffeine was present, it had stimulating effects to hair follicles, which led to hair growth.

What Caffeine Shampoo works the best?

Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo Reviews

Like most major hair loss companies, Alpecin has patented their shampoo formula. According to Alpecin’s official website, caffeine (the active ingredient), penetrates the scalp and goes directly into follicles.

The company clearly states that for the caffeine in shampoo to have a direct result on the scalp, you need to leave the liquid applied for 120 seconds (2 minutes).

alpecin caffeine shampoo reviewsClick here to see Alpecin C1 Hair Energizer shampoo ingredients:

Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-2, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Chloride, Caffeine, Panthenol, Parfum, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Menthol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-7, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Zinc PCA, Niacinamide, Limonene, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben

Alpecin is a reputable brand and their product looks promising. But I noticed SLS is listed as one of the ingredients, which makes me a little concerned. If their focus is to make a hair growth product for people who are experiencing hair loss, it would’ve been better if the company took the additional step and removed all harsh chemicals from the recipe.

Other Caffeine Hair Loss Shampoo Recommendation

Here is another recommendation if you are looking for caffeinated shampoo: Ultrax Labs Hair Surge Stimulating Shampoo

The Hair Surge shampoo also includes caffeine as one of their main active ingredients. Additionally, it has saw palmetto (a natural DHT inhibiting herb) and Ketoconazole (FDA approved medical compound used for killing fungal growth from the scalp).

Basically, Hair Surge Caffeine shampoo by Ultrax Labs is an advanced version of Alpecin with one exception: price (it costs approximately $44). The Hair Surge Caffeine shampoo has a lot of positive customer reviews. Many users say that their hair looks visibly thicker and that it helped control excessive hair fallout.

Similar to Alpecin, if you decide to try this shampoo, make sure you leave it on your scalp for 2 minutes for maximum caffeine absorption.

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