Sunday, April 12, 2009

Drinking Coffee for Faster Hair Growth?

New scientific research has shown that caffeine could potentially boost your hair growth, or at least stunt hair loss. The inclusion of caffeine in shampoo may help fight the onset of male pattern baldness.

Caffeine helped regulates testosterone levels, one of the main causes of baldness and hereditary hair loss. The hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is thought to destroy hair follicles and thus causes hair loss or pattern baldness. When treated with the addition of caffeine, hair follicles gained strength and the hair regrowth rate increased 77%.

Baldness affects 50% of men 50 years old and this condition has created a huge market for anti-hair loss products. By the time men reach 80 years of age, baldness affects 78% of men. This explains why comb-overs are so prevalent in older men in an effort to conceal their hair loss. But who do they think they are fooling? Comb-overs can be spotted from a mile away.

Wigs or toupees are a bit more effective than a comb-over, but make sure to use quality products and skillful application, otherwise, a toupee might look like a disorganized piece of fur draped over your head (see Marv Alberts or Donald Trump). We don’t have any examples for quality wig/toupee wear because they look like real hair and thus we have no basis for suspecting wig/toupee use.

Personally, if I were going bald, I’d just shave my head and embrace baldness. Why fight a losing battle? All these anti-hair loss products aren’t 100% effective. Embracing baldness saves you time and money. Going bald is a fact of life and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you can enjoy life again. It’s just a fact of life.

Sudden hair loss, however, is cause for concern. There may be an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated right away. See your doctor immediately if you lose hair in clumps while you sleep or while you shower. This type of hair loss doesn’t define typical baldness and requires a medical diagnosis.

The scientific experiments that linked caffeine to restoring faster hair growth was conducted in 2007. So the fact that we haven’t seen any significant advances in hair loss therapy suggests that the experiment went nowhere. Plus, these caffeine experiments have only been conducted in the lab so far and are not conclusive yet. So don’t go ingesting 10 cups of coffee yet to try and get your hair growth rate increased!

1 comment:

  1. Great info, drink coffee and leave smoking you can see difference in months, hair loss is one of the most one major problem caused by smoking