Use Caffeine for Hair Loss

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 08/31/2023

If you’re like millions of Americans, you’re dealing with some form of hair loss. It’s a prevalent concern for many - and a particularly frustrating one since it can be difficult to find products or treatments that really make a difference.

One thing that has proven effective against hair loss? Caffeine.

In this article, I will discuss:


The Basics of Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common concern for men and women

Hair loss can affect just your scalp or your whole body. There are many possible reasons for hair loss:

  • It can be hereditary
  • It can be due to hormonal changes, like those caused by childbirth, menopause, or thyroid problems
  • Many medical conditions can contribute, including hormonal conditions, alopecia, and trichotillomania
  • Medications - like those used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout, and high blood pressure - can cause hair loss

While hair loss can happen to both men and women, it is typically more common in men. The most common type of hair loss is known as male pattern baldness.

Overall, hair loss can appear gradually or all at once, and there are varying symptoms depending on the underlying cause. These can include:

  • Gradual thinning hair on the top of the head
  • Circular or patchy bald spots
  • Sudden loosening of hair
  • Full-body hair loss
  • Patches of scaling that spread over the scalp

One Cause of Hair Loss: Low Testosterone

Low testosterone can contribute to hair loss

One of the most common reasons why you might see older men or even women with hair loss has to do with free testosterone going down. When you get older, testosterone decreases between 30-60%.

In men, this decrease in testosterone can lead to hypogonadism and other problems, including:

  • A lack of muscle growth
  • A lack of strength
  • Reduced bone mass
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lowered sex drive
  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased energy
  • Lower muscle mass

If you know someone that has these testosterone concerns, you may want to talk to them about zinc. Zinc is very important in helping to regulate testosterone, and you can learn more about it here.


How Caffeine Can Combat Hair Loss

Now, I’m not saying that you should pour a cup of coffee on your head. What I am saying is that there’s a really interesting bit of research on the effects of caffeine on:

  • Countering the suppression of a hormone called DHT
  • Stimulating hair follicle growth
  • Allowing for faster hair growth

And I think that it’s worth considering. Let’s dive into the details:

Countering the Suppression of DHT

DHT is a very powerful form of testosterone, and it’s known that high levels of DHT can cause hair loss.

To counter this, a lot of people take an enzyme inhibitor that will reduce DHT. It’s called 5α-reductase inhibitor, and you can take it in drug form or in a natural form. Overall, this enzyme will actually block high DHT levels so you won’t lose your hair.

Caffeine works similarly: it will also counter the suppressive action of DHT similarly to the 5α-reductase inhibitor. In this way, it’ll stop DHT from causing hair loss.

Stimulate Growth

Caffeine is also known to stimulate blood circulation, which can stimulate the roots and cause a healthier hair growth cycle.

This improved blood circulation, in the big picture, will allow hair to grow healthier, faster, and stronger.

Allow For Faster Growth

DHT doesn’t just cause hair loss. It also prevents vitamins, proteins, and minerals from helping your hair follicles grow. By blocking DHT, caffeine can also encourage these nutrients to return, thereby stimulating more healthy growth directly from the hair follicles.

In this way, it can actually encourage faster hair growth, with some studies showing that it can increase the speed of growth and the length of hair.


So How Do You Apply Caffeine to the Scalp?

There are actually caffeine shampoos. You can find them online and give them a try - and there’s actually some interesting research to back them up.

If you haven’t seen any of my other videos on hair loss, you can find them here:

Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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