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Things you Didn’t know About Caffeine Shampoos

alpecin-shampoo-review-things-you-did-not-knowThere is a lot of talk on caffeine shampoos, such as the alpecin shampoo, plantur 39 shampoo and even the alpecin liquid version – but do they really grow hair because of the caffeine in them?

Caffeine is known to constrict blood flow, so this was surprising that someone stated that caffeine can do this to hair growth – and when looked more closely – if applied topically, caffeine will actually do the opposite of hair growth – if anything, it will increase hair thinning if you are already suffering from it!

I know it sounds ridiculous – but read this article here, as well as do a google search, and you will find scholarly articles and documents proving this – that caffeine restricts blood flow.

So how are these shampoo’s being sold online as hair growth products?

These shampoos do not actually help hair growth – but are filled with fatty substances that inflate the hair shaft, making it appear thicker as long as the shampoo is used regularly – this means more business for the shampoo company, but no real results for the end user, if they are hoping to get real results, that is.

If it’s not your thing to grow thicker hair, and you are happier to just have this temporary effect, then these types of shampoos are fine – although they may cause further inflammation and may make current hair situation worse, over time (over 1-3 year use).

If you are interested in actually thickening hair – looking for a product right away, is silly – you need to look internally – what went wrong; because clearly one of these aspects have a problem and need work on – as follows:

– Circulation: This includes circulation to your scalp, vessels in your scalp and around it, and the general body and organs. Even reduced organ circulation will cause hair loss – as toxicity build up will result in inflammation increase in the scalp – a fix for this is, cardio everyday, and scalp massage everyday.

– Hormone: You may be addicted to sugars, which are keeping hormones imbalanced, and preventing thicker hair from even forming – reducing all sugars, including natural, as well as carbs and fat (which are also classified as sugar in this case) and going on a lean meat protein diet with leafy greens, will help hormone detox and balance itself out. You will also look years younger than you can imagine if done for 2 weeks.

– Emotional Stability: Here is most people go wrong today and is most under-rated. Emotions affect hormones, and hormones will then imbalance, and affect the body, and the way you look, including hair and skin. There is a fix for this, and it’s a combination of exercise as well as meditation of 30 minutes a day. Meditation helps reset the thought framework of the mind, and you just have to sit there and breath, and try to not linger any thoughts too long – its actually work, and not necessarily relaxing – as it looks – although afterwards you will feel more balanced and relaxed – done for long enough, you will see real results on your face and hair and emotional stability.

After you have dealt with the above – you should consider buying products to support your goals – we have rated the top hair growth products on our homepage here.

How does Caffeine Affect Hair Growth?

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Caffeine and Hair Growth – How are they related, externally and when taken internally? 

Some people are claiming that caffeine can increase hair growth by a whopping 30% – including hair thickening as well as rate and speed of hair growth – but this study was conducted by only two companies – both whom are selling a caffeine shampoo (Alpecin and Plantur shampoo) – so they have financial interest in the results of the study, making the study already very questionable.

On a scientific level – the study was not conducted on hairs that are on the human skin – the hair were actually in a petri dish kind of environment – known as vitro – this means that hormones and insulin and other stress and food factors cannot affect the hair growth negatively on that hair – and that the hair when taken out of such an environment is placed in another stable environment like the petri dish – it WILL grow thicker and longer faster!

So the study is flawed – using a caffeine based shampoo will not help increase your hair growth or thicken hair growth – have a look at our top 10 hair growth shampoos that we have rated on our home page based on reviews, scientific results and medical groups who have taken part in the studies.

Video below by a person reviewing Alpecin Caffeine shampoo also explains this:

How to Choose Hair Thickening Products for your Hair Type

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When trying to pick the right hair thickening product for your hair type, it is important to consider the following points:

There are really only two main types of hair thickening products – artificial hair thickeners, which are used when you just want to do something to your hair to make it look thicker, but not actually try to resolve the underlying problem of hair problems (such as hair loss or thinning hair in men or women).

The second type is actual hair thickening products – designed to work at your hair follicles, pushing for new thicker hair growth. At this point, it is important to understand it does not matter what race you are, as I know some people search for African American Hair thickening products, and this is really not needed, as all hair types have the same hair follicles that need that extra boost or an anti inflammatory product to help it push for  new thicker hair growth.

So when you know what methodology you want on approaching increasing your hair thickness – you can pick the right products – we here normally focus on products that help you naturally thicken your hair, rather than artificially enhance hair (like most shampoos do).

The best natural hair thickening products for all hair types are as follows:

1. Taoist Soap for the scalp and skin (Found only online, but they deliver worldwide) – note there may be an additional charge for shipping if you are not in the UK.

2. Zeavive Cream – This is a cream that boosts the scalp and hair follicles on the scalp to renew. It is often used as an anti-wrinkle cream (no it does not grow hair on the face) – but it is so effective on tonifying the scalp, and allowing thicker hair growth to occur when applied topically on the affected areas or just all over the scalp region in very tiny amounts. Highly recommended.

3. Coconut Oil – This is very useful to use especially if you have an itchy scalp. Only use once a week. Massaging it into your scalp for 30 minutes at least, and leaving it on for 2-3 hours – or you can massage it into your scalp before sleeping, and wash it off in the morning; this is ideal as coconut oil is very light and often soothes the itches and inflammation in combination with the Taoist Soap mentioned above.

Are these products enough to see hair growth in men and women?

Natural methods of thickening hair are tricky to answer by just using a product or two – a change in lifestyle has a major effect on your body (including your hair) as well as using an effective product to help you get there.

For example – if you carry out eating a lot of sugar, and vegetable oil fried foods, how can you expect to stop hair loss? Those foods are the prime causes of inflammation, and inflammation is the root cause of hair loss in men and women – because hormones can cause the inflammation, stress can cause it, and so can anxiety, as well as food – so learn and change your lifestyle, and you will surely see a great difference in not only hair thickness, but just your entire life and being happy in general.

How Good is Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo

Shampoo Alpecin Caffeine shampoos like the Alpecin shampoo as well as Plantur 39 are being heavily advertised and are available by many stores and online websites – how good are they for hair problems? 

Well, the benefits of the Alpecin shampoo are as follows:

Instant hair thickening feeling (this is due to oils and fat based ingredients) – but it does not actually thicken hair for real, only a temporary effect – some people like this, as they do not want to make the effort of naturally thickening their hair.

The one main benefit of the Alpecin shampoo is that it makes you feel like you have cleaned your hair – but this is not true, as you know, spreading fat over your hair, makes it look shiny and neat, but this causes inflammation over long term, and this also causes hair thinning – so shampoos that have temporary thickening effects (especially those volume shampoo and conditioners) are not ideal for people naturally trying to thicken their hair.

 So, What Does Caffeine Shampoo Made to Do?

Basically – the studies done behind caffeine based shampoos are done by the companies selling the shampoo – but they are heavily flawed because they do the experiment on hair that is in a test tube, and not inside the body – the problem with this is that hair thinning or hair loss occurs because of hormones, DHT, diet and other stress factors that cause the inflammation, which then causes hair to fall – but if you simply remove the hair onto a test tube, then it will surely grow better as it is not affected by the previous problems.

So is there no shampoo that helps with hair growth or stopping hair loss?

We constantly review various hair products, including hair growth shampoos – and have the ones that work listed here – the top hair product that works to naturally help hair problems is called the Taoist soap.

That said – you don’t have to buy any hair products to help stop hair loss – just improve three basic things, and work on it everyday:

– Diet: Work to increase natural, organic foods in your life. If you don’t eat enough red meat, and you have a very skinny built, then increase this – but make sure it is sourced from organic farms where the animals are grass fed (this enhances the quality and taste of the meat).

Stop eating sugar intense foods – these cause inflammation, which actually is the root cause of most diseases, let alone hair loss.

– Exercise: Workout everyday for at least 40-45 minutes. This does not mean that if you vacuumed the house or done chores or walked home from the train station equals exercise – this means, you take extra time out of your normal day, and do body weight exercises, yoga and even jogging – exercise helps balance the hormones and keep them at healthy levels.

– Scalp massage: Massage your scalp at least 30 minutes a day (ideally watch a movie or a drama series on tv, so time goes faster). This is extremely important if you want to stop hair loss at a serious level, and help regrow hair.


Can Drinking too much Caffeine Affect Hair Loss?

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Can caffeine have a positive or negative effect on hair growth for men and women who are having hair thinning problems?

This is a common question asked today in various forums online and offline, and is rarely answered in completeness.

Caffeine taken in high and frequent dosages can have a negative impact on hair because it over-stimulates the adrenal glands which then cause an imbalance in the blood (hormonally as well as Insulin) which then causes problems on hair growth.

It is a myth that caffeine can help boost hair growth – especially when taken orally; but funny enough, there are caffeine based shampoos that have been created which have done in-house studies apparently proving that adding caffeine to the scalp helps hair growth – this too is a myth, because the in-house study conducted the experiment in a test tube environment which was not inside the human body – the whole point of the experiment should have been how caffeine interacts with hormones and other blood balances in the body, but it failed to look into this in appropriate detail – hence this experiment is completely flawed, but still proves that hormone imbalances have a direct effect on the hair and hair loss/growth.

In Eastern medical thinking, it is believed that the blood is responsible for hair issues – this is true if you look at what blood contains, and this includes hormones as well as insulin – not only that, but if circulation is poor, blood cannot reach appropriately to the areas where it is needed – in the scalp – this causes inflammation because of poor circulation, as well as old hormone sitting in the scalp which is not being circulated, causing inflammation – this is the process of hair falling out.

To stop this process, one has to act on various levels to stop the hair falling out – one, is to massage your scalp, and two is to stop inflammation at the root level, by using something like the Taoist Handmade soap directly on the scalp and leaving it on for at least 3 minutes at a time – daily use might not be needed, but this depends on person to person – the other thing is the diet and exercise factors which need to be looked in – sugar and carbs must be cut down greatly, and if you are overweight, you must start to lose your weight to help this healing process to accelerate – its proven that less calories reverses biological aging, which is a beautiful phenomenon.

It is safe to say that the pharmaceutical industry does not want this information out in the open because the hair loss products created by them will be greatly affected – as all of them are meant to be taken for life, and even then, they most likely do not work in regrowing the hair in the scalp – which is not real healing in the first place.

That said, there are scientists genuinely trying to find cures for the bald who might want to invest a lot of money in hair re-growth, from stem cell research to carefully crafted chemicals that will boost hair growth – but the time for these are not now, as we do not have such pharmaceutical products – it is better to take the natural approach by changing your entire lifestyle and approaching this in a more positive way – as renewal of the body is always possible, as long as the body is alive (because your cells are constantly replicating to keep the current situation as it is).