Caffeine Hair Loss CURE? – 3 WAYS To Use Caffeine To Regrow Hair!

Caffeine has been proven to help hair grow

Have you ever wondered whether caffeine can lead to hair loss? Well, a lot of research has been done on the topic and the results suggest the exact opposite: caffeine can actually help to reduce hereditary alopecia.

What is Caffeine?

Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline stimulant that belongs to a group of naturally occurring alkaloids of the methylxanthine class. It is mostly found in coffee, tea, kola nuts and cacao beans.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, caffeine is used in both prescription and over-the-counter medicines to treat drowsiness, tiredness and is also known to work well alongside pain relievers.

For these reasons, caffeine is very popular among people across all age sets and chances are you have consumed it frequently.

How Caffeine Can Benefit Your Hair

1. It helps to suppress DHT

Research has revealed that caffeine is an effective suppressant of androgenetic alopecia (AGA), commonly known as male pattern baldness.

In one in vitro study, scalp biopsy samples from patients suffering from AGA were cultivated with different concentrations of testosterone and/or caffeine for a period of 120-192 hours.

Addition of caffeine in amounts as small as 0.001% were found to counteract the suppressive effects of testosterone on hair growth, with higher shaft elongation achieved compared to the control group.

2. It stimulates hair growth

Caffeine stimulates hair growth. According to research results published in the US National library of medicine, it stimulates hair shafts and helps them grow faster, by suppressing the effects of DHT, a substance known to slow down hair growth.

The study involved dissection of male and female scalps in an artificial environment and the caffeine was applied topically. Interestingly, women’s hair shafts were found to be more responsive and sensitive to caffeine compared to those of males.

3. It can be absorbed through the scalp

Caffeine can be absorbed through the scalp! Amazing, right?

This has led to production of caffeinated shampoos, especially when you consider that follicular drug administration is a prerequisite for effective treatment of several scalp conditions that cause hair to fall out.

According to a study, caffeine penetration and absorption through the scalp takes only 2 minutes.

It can also improve the vitality of your hair. Research by the International Journal of Dermatology in 2007 indicated that topical treatment with caffeine extended the hair life cycle by 33%.

What Amount of Caffeine is Healthy for Your Hair?

Scientists estimate that you’d have to consume about 60 cups of coffee (the main source of caffeine) for you to ensure that the amount reaching the hair follicles is significant.

However, that would be a detriment to your body and would put you at risk of a heart attack. It is also known to be addictive: if you take more than two cups a day, you might experience headaches, anxiety or even depression.

So, instead of taking caffeine in the form of drinks, a caffeine-rich solution rubbed on your scalp would be the best treatment for your hair. Luckily, there are caffeinated shampoos out there that you can readily buy.

Moreover, you can make your own coffee oil shampoo at home.

A Simple Coffee Oil Shampoo

Coffee grounds can be dried and infused into oil which can be rubbed on the scalp either directly or when combined with pre-made shampoo treatments and leave-in conditioners.


  • 3 ounces of green or roasted whole coffee beans
  • 3 cups of Coconut oil


  • Pour the coconut oil into a small glass crock pot
  • Add the 3 ounces of coffee beans
  • Cover the beans and the oil and cook for approximately 5-6 hours over a slow heat. Regular checks might be necessary to ensure the oil and the beans do not burn up. Be sure to stir the mixture every half hour or so.
  • When the mixture is cooked, turn off the crock pot and use a paper coffee filter to strain the oil and remove the beans, which can now be disposed.
  • Pour the oil into a clean container, ready for use.
  • Apply the oil directly to the scalp, either on its own or combined with shampoo and leave it for 5-8 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with plenty of cold water.


There is overwhelming evidence that strongly suggests caffeine is a good natural product for your hair.

Besides helping you to fight off scalp conditions like androgenetic alopecia, caffeine can help grow your hair quickly and also improve its vitality.

Its ability to penetrate the scalp pretty easily makes it a good addition to your favorite hair shampoo.

  • Jamie says:

    Hi Will – it seems that liquid caffeine is available on a couple of places on the internet. ( and… Would you recommend the use of these as a more potent / efficient alternative to the classic coffee? Have you researched this much?

  • Mike Dean says:

    You can buy liquid caffeine on the market. Is there any you would recommend as a more effective form from coffee?

    • Will Hartfield says:

      I haven’t tried enough different products to recommend one, but make sure you look at the ingredients and that there are no additional chemicals added to the product.

      • Mike Dean says:

        The ingredients in liquid caffeine claim to be 100% pure caffeine.. Would this be worth a shot, or could it have adverse effects?

        • Will Hartfield says:

          You would definately need to make sure you dilute it down using a carrier oil. You could try emu oil or magnesium oil instead.

        • Will Hartfield says:

          You would definitely need to make sure you dilute it down using a carrier oil. You could try emu oil or magnesium oil instead.

  • Debra May Robinson says:

    I will try that. Do I really need the coconut oil, or will it work with maybe egg white, for example?

    • Will Hartfield says:

      I wouldn’t recommend egg white – that seems a bit messy. But if you try it and get good results then please let us know. Thanks Debra.

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