A freshly brewed cup of coffee is sure to perk us up and give us that much more motivation to face the rest of the hectic day; it’s a staple in our morning routines.
There’s been a renewed buzz around caffeine, however, and it’s this: caffeine isn’t just a must-have at the breakfast table, it’s also becoming a mainstay in the shower!
Caffeine shampoos are, to our hair loss troubles, what coffee is to our sleepy days – at least, that’s the chatter. Essentially, the energising ingredient is said to stimulate the scalp and help reduce hair loss, which is why TikTokers are even mixing coffee powder into their regular shampoos as a DIY hack for strengthening their strands.
Even though there isn’t wide enough research to prove that caffeine shampoos are effective for hair loss, there are studies that show caffeine-containing shampoos helping to reduce hair fall.
Caffeine is also believed to boost hair growth and volume in addition to reducing hair loss; it’s no wonder the ingredient so often shows up in volumising, thickening, and hair loss hair products.
The coffee addict in us can’t decide whether we’re ready to have another caffeinated product become something we can’t live without in our daily routines.
Still, trending caffeine shampoos are heralded to work, so we’d start with our round-up of the best caffeine shampoos for hair loss!
Best caffeine shampoos for hair loss
Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo
A product synonymous with caffeine shampoos, the Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo is a made-in-Germany shampoo that’s known for stimulating hair follicles and potentially increasing hair growth.
The brand promises that in just two minutes, caffeine “travels along” the hair shaft and works its magic. Free from silicones, this caffeine shampoo doesn’t cause hair to look floppy or limp, but, rather, supports the hair’s structure.
It’s why men choose the Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo to make their daily styling much more of a breeze.
Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo retails for RM34 at Watsons, and RM25.29 on Shopee.
Briogeo Destined for Density Caffeine + Biotin Density Shampoo
Energise your scalp with the Briogeo Destined for Density Caffeine + Biotin Density Shampoo, a product spiked with a special energy complex to boost blood flow to your hair follicles.
Made with caffeine and green coffee oil, the energy complex powerfully stimulates the scalp as well as fights against free radical damage with its antioxidant properties. Part of the mix is also biotin, a water-soluble B vitamin essential for strong, healthy hair.
By encouraging circulation and providing the hair follicle with the hair-essential nutrients, this caffeine shampoo for hair loss will grant you more voluminous, healthier hair before you know it.
Briogeo Destined for Density Caffeine + Biotin Density Shampoo retails for RM155 on Sephora.
Plantur 21 #longhair Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo
If you’ve been waiting ages for your short hair to grow out, it’s worth giving Plantur 21 #longhair Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo a shot.
Besides scalp-stimulating caffeine, this shampoo also brims with good-for-hair ingredients like biotin, zinc, and magnesium so that your hair stays healthy and growing. Magnesium, for instance, is essential for protein production in the body and key to healthy hair growth.
Plantur 21 #longhair Nutri-Caffeine Shampoo retails for RM44.78 on Dr. Wolff. Shop here.
Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Shampoo
Those with fine hair, turn to Grow Gorgeous’ Intense Thickening Shampoo to give your mane a voluminous boost!
The caffeine shampoo is formulated with skincare hero ingredient niacinamide to strengthen the scalp’s natural barrier and keep it moisturised. Caffeine, alongside biotin, stimulates the roots to encourage the growth of thicker, healthier strands.
Your damaged hair will also reap the benefits of rice protein – think, shine and volume – and amino acids, which are a key component in hair.
Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Shampoo retails for RM30 on Shopee.
Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo
Any hair product from Oribe brings a touch of luxury to the bathroom, so if you’re ready to treat your hair to the ultimate pampering, this caffeine shampoo for hair loss is your best bet.
The Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo is made with the brand’s signature complex – watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower – to protect the hair from oxidative stress, as well as the brand’s bio-restorative complex, which strengthens the hair from the root.
Formulated with caffeine, biotin, and niacinamide, the bio-restorative complex targets the scalp to promote hair growth; it also fortifies the hair’s length for shinier, silky-smooth strands.
Not forgetting, this shampoo’s suitable for coloured hair, allowing you to maintain a salon-fresh mane for as long as possible.
Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo retails for RM245 at KENS Apothecary.
AVEDA Invati Advanced™ Exfoliating Shampoo Light
Scalp health and hair health come hand in hand, which is why the AVEDA Invati Advanced™ Exfoliating Shampoo Light is an exfoliating formula that’s ideal for helping you to achieve healthier strands.
This caffeine shampoo is known for its exfoliating powers: salicylic acid derived from wintergreen sloughs away dead cells, impurities, and build-up to grant you a fresher scalp after each wash.
Brimming with invigorating ginseng, turmeric, and, of course, caffeine, this shampoo also stimulates the scalp and reduces hair loss. Your scalp is left feeling clean, and your hair light and airy – and customers can vouch for that.
AVEDA Invati Advanced™ Exfoliating Shampoo Light retails for RM630 (one litre) on Sephora.
Percy & Reed Give Me Strength Strengthening Shampoo
Caffeine isn’t the only ingredient that’s working its hair-loss-preventing magic in this caffeine shampoo!
The Percy & Reed Give Me Strength Strengthening Shampoo is also fortified with sweet white lupine, which boosts blood circulation and the scalp and inhibits a hormone that’s responsible for androgenic alopecia – also known as pattern hair loss in males and females.
To prevent snapping at the hair’s length, the shampoo brims with wheat proteins, amino acids, and hydrating ingredients, all of which nourish and strengthen the strands.
Plus, the caffeine shampoo’s aromatic essential oil blend of geranium, orange, rosemary, and grapefruit is sure to elevate your ritual each time you step into the shower.
Percy & Reed Give Me Strength Strengthening Shampoo retails for RM137 on Sephora.
Petal Fresh Hair ResQ Ultimate Thickening Shampoo
Thicker, stronger strands are yours to have when you use Petal Fresh Hair ResQ Ultimate Thickening Shampoo!
This caffeine shampoo doesn’t just target hair loss at the roots by stimulating the hair follicles, it also taps on a biotin-B complex to thicken thin and weak strands.
A refreshing blend of organic peppermint, rosemary, and green tea extracts also thoroughly cleanses the scalp of its impurities, so you enjoy a luxurious shampooing session each day and night.
Petal Fresh Hair ResQ Ultimate Thickening Shampoo retails for RM28.90 on Shopee.
Terez & Honor Caffeine Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo
Caffeine might show up as one ingredient in the long list on the back of other volumising shampoos, but in Terez & Honor Caffeine Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo, caffeine takes centre stage.
Caffeine in this shampoo helps to suppress DHT, a hair loss hormone, to reduce hair loss over time. It also works alongside natural ingredients acacia, Chinese knotweed, and black sesame seeds to moisturise and pave the way for shiny, luscious strands.
Terez & Honor Caffeine Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo retails for S$51.61 (approximately RM171) on Amazon.
Kundal Natural Caffeine Hair Care+ Shampoo
If you’re worried about your hair smelling like coffee, don’t. The Kundal Natural Caffeine Hair Care+ Shampoo boasts a baby powder scent that’s especially comforting when you’re winding down before bedtime.
Korean brand Kundal’s Natural Caffeine Hair Care+ Shampoo is spiked with caffeine to energise the scalp, block hair loss hormone DHT, and reduce hair thinning.
The caffeine shampoo is also infused with over 25 botanical extracts to strip the scalp of excess oils whilst nourishing it, so your roots feel their freshest all the time.
Kundal Natural Caffeine Hair Care+ Shampoo retails for RM112.63 on Shopee.
Klorane Strengthening Shampoo with Quinine and Edelweiss
Those with weak, thinning hair will benefit from the Klorane Strengthening Shampoo with Quinine and Edelweiss, a caffeine shampoo that strengthens the hair and prevents breakage, thus, reducing hair fall.
Quinne bark extract, organic edelweiss, and caffeine boost blood circulation at the scalp to ensure that the follicles receive more nutrients and oxygen essential for hair growth. The shampoo’s vitamin B complex also steps in to supplement hair follicles with the key nutrients needed for healthy hair!
Klorane Strengthening Shampoo with Quinine and Edelweiss retails for RM41.30 instead of RM59 on Lazada.
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