Hair loss isn’t a necessary evil of ageing. There are things that can help restore your luscious mane. One drink has even been shown to stimulate hair growth.
A laboratory experiment found that one substance – found in a popular drink – helped to block the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in male hair follicles.
Medical News Today states that the male sex hormone, DHT, plays a role in male pattern hair loss.
The androgen hormone is believed to be a major factor for hair loss at the temples and the crown of the head.
The study found that caffeine – found in coffee – helped block the effects of DHT in male hair follicles.
Caffeine also stimulated the hair follicles, resulting in longer and wider hair roots.
And it prolonged the anagen duration in the hair growth cycle, explained below.
To understand how hair loss happens, it’s helpful to know the three stages of hair growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen.
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Anagen is the growth phase – the longer it lasts, the longer the hair grows. The catagen stage typically lasts two weeks, and it’s where the hair follicles renew themselves.
Telogen is the resting phase, where hair follicles remain dormant for up to four months.
Then the cycle continues. Bear in mind that each strand of hair will go through this cycle individually.
And when the anagen phase begins again, the existing hair is pushed out of the pore by the new growth and naturally sheds.
Male pattern baldness occurs when the hair follicles slowly become miniaturised, the anagen phase is reduced and the telogen phase increases.
Over time, the anagen phase becomes so short that the new hairs don’t even peek through the surface of the skin.
Moreover, as the follicles become smaller, the shaft of the hair becomes thinner with each cycle of growth.
Coffee hair care
For those noticing their locks don’t grow as long as they used to, or the hair is seemingly thinner, this is the coffee hair care treatment for you.
You’ll need three things: two to four cups of brewed, completely cool coffee, a spray or applicator bottle and a plastic shower cap.
Pour the cooled, brewed coffee in the applicator bottle, then wash and condition your hair as normal.
While the hair is still wet, liberally spray the hair with the coffee, then massage the coffee into your hair and scalp for a few minutes.
Massaging the head and scalp encourages blood (with its oxygen and nutrients) to replenish the hair follicles.
Apply the shower cap, and leave the coffee to sit on your hair and scalp for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, rinse the coffee from your hair using lukewarm water and pat your hair dry.
Bear in mind that coffee stains the colour of the hair, so it’s a good fix for grey hairs.
However, it may not be the best option for light blond or red heads. It would be much better suited for dark blond, brown and black hair.