by Cas­san­dre of

tjs cold brew coffee

“My hair is thin­ning.” My hus­band said (in his love­ly British accent) as he stood in front of the bath­room mir­ror.

Yes, it was now appar­ent. My hub­by, just a year shy of 30, was already los­ing his hair.

Andro­genic alope­cia strikes both males and females and is a reflec­tion of a hor­mon­al imbal­ance that enables Dihy­drotestos­terone (DHT) to kill your hair fol­li­cles.

Tra­di­tion­al­ly, over-the-counter minox­i­dil (Rogaine) is pre­scribed for both men and women as a hair fol­li­cle stim­u­lant. How­ev­er, being inter­est­ed in the pos­si­bil­i­ty of find­ing home reme­dies, I jumped on the oppor­tu­ni­ty to research some solu­tions.

Here is my major find­ing: Caf­feine helps halt hair loss.

An arti­cle pub­lished in the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Der­ma­tol­ogy called, “ Effect of caf­feine and testos­terone on the pro­lif­er­a­tion of human hair fol­li­cles in vit­ro,” says that caf­feine exposed hair fol­li­cles showed signs of growth in peo­ple with andro­genic alope­cia.

On that note, I decid­ed to top­i­cal­ly incor­po­rate some cof­fee (since it nat­u­ral­ly con­tains caf­feine) into my hubby’s regime and make some cof­fee oil and cof­fee rinse to use every day.

I head­ed on over to Trad­er Joes and bought the big size dark roast cof­fee beans and their cold brew cof­fee con­cen­trate to make a super potent and yum­my cof­fee oil and cof­fee rinse.

TJ's Joe's Dark Coffee

Cof­fee Oil Recipe:

1 cup of dark roast cof­fee

4oz Cold-pressed Jojo­ba Oil

4oz Olive Oil

8oz Vir­gin Coconut Oil

-Place all the ingre­di­ents into a small crock pot and heat at a very low heat (between 100–200 degrees Fahren­heit) for about 8 hours.

-Stir every hour to pre­vent set­tling.

-The oil will get super dark and you’ll begin to smell the cof­fee.

-Once the time is up, use a cheese­cloth to drain the cof­fee oil once it has cooled down.

-You can also add growth stim­u­lat­ing essen­tial oils like rose­mary, laven­der and pep­per­mint at about 6–12 drops per oz for a more potent mix.

-Place in a glass con­tain­er.

I have my hus­band use this every night and show­er it out in the morn­ings.

Cof­fee Rinse 

1oz water

7oz Trad­er Joe’s Cof­fee con­cen­trate

-Mix these ingre­di­ents togeth­er.

-Use after every hair wash to help stim­u­late fol­li­cle growth.

My hus­band has been doing this for weeks now, but I hon­est­ly don’t notice a dif­fer­ence in his hair loss. A cou­ple of fac­tors come in to play here: growth phas­es are dif­fer­ent for every­one and I prob­a­bly need to up the amount of caf­feine by pos­si­bly adding more con­cen­trat­ed pow­ders in the rinse.

I’m look­ing for­ward to fur­ther exper­i­men­ta­tion, but in the mean time we’re both lov­ing the lux­u­ri­ous­ness of my home­made con­coc­tions, espe­cial­ly the cof­fee oil.

Would you be will­ing to use cof­fee top­i­cal­ly to recharge your hair growth, even if you don’t have a thin­ning hair issue? What are your tips for hair regrowth if you’ve suf­fered from andro­genic alope­cia? 


Cas­san­dre Bec­cai: Just anoth­er nat­u­ral­ista play­ing by my own rules!


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18 Comments on "How I’m Using Caffeine to Combat Hair Thinning and Alopecia"

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I make a black tea scalp spritz with the fol­low­ing ingre­di­ents: 1/2 cup water 1 bag of black tea fresh rose­mary leaves (rake leaves from 2–3 sticks) 1 tsp of dried laven­der 1 tsp dried horse­tail leaves 1 tsp dried net­tle leaves Direc­tions: com­bine the tea bag and herbs in a heat safe con­tain­er; boil the water and pour it over the mix­ture and cov­er. Let sit for 2–4 hrs then strain. i add a few drops of tea tree and rose­mary essen­tial oils for a preser­v­a­tive (option­al). Put it in a spray bot­tle and leave it in the fridge.  That amount… Read more »

doesn’t the cof­fee col­or and smell get all over the bed­sheets?

Dis­claimer: I am not a med­ical pro­fes­sion­al. My boyfriend suf­fers from alope­cia, he devel­ops a bald spot on the left side of his head when he’s stressed. Usu­al­ly he has to get shots in the area at his dermatologist’s office to regrow his hair. The last time it hap­pened i told him that I want­ed to help regrow his hair through a nat­ur­al approach, so I pre­pared the fol­low­ing mix: cas­tor oil, vit­a­min e oil, a cap full of sweet almond oil, 2 drops of 100% argan oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil. He put it on the… Read more »

I have andro­ge­net­ic alope­cia and have had good results with Rogaine and prope­cia. I have also used spirono­lac­tone in the past — which worked but made me dizzy

Okay, now to admit my own crazy schemes Last year this time, I did some­thing stu­pid to my hair and it broke in sev­er­al places. Broke right off at the scalp. It was awful and a huge prob­lem because the rest of my hair was already past the top of my soul­ders. Also, because my hair doesn’t shrink much when well con­di­tioned you could real­ly see the miss­ing patch­es. Point of the long nar­ra­tive is, the result was a vis­i­ble extreme dif­fer­ence in hair length and den­si­ty in cer­tain areas of my head. Even as my hair was grow­ing back it… Read more »

Caf­feine as a hair care is some­thing bril­liant idea to come with. It helps to get the best hair col­or and also lot more ben­e­fits which you had exper­i­ment­ed with. Great tip yeaar!!

Michelle F.

Girl you crazy *but in a good way ;)* Per­son­al­ly, as a recov­er­ing cof­fee addict, that brew wasn’t going to mixed with any­thing once I see it or worse yet opened the jar and smelled it. But, since I like chal­lenges (and andro­genic alope­cia does seem promi­nent on my father’s side of the fam­i­ly), I’ll buy a sur­gi­cal mask to put over my nose and mouth, try your recipe, and give it a shot.


Cool beans! I may give this a try! Please keep us updat­ed Cass =) 

BTW, I adore your YouTube chan­nel and have rocked many of your hair­styles=) You’re a TRUE beau­ty inside and out!


I’ve used cof­fee extracts in my home­mad hair and body prod­ucts. I fig­ure it can’t hurt. The trick with top­i­cal caf­feine for stim­u­la­tion is it needs to be applied con­tin­u­ous­ly. I find I only get results with 20+ hour expo­sure.

So pleased

A cowork­er insists that she and oth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers have had great results with rose­mary tea rinse. Grant­ed they pret­ty much wash their hair every morn­ing then rinse out their hair with the tea. If I decide to try it,I’ll put it in a spray bot­tle and use it light­ly on the scalp.


Some­thing to con­sid­er:

Tea rins­es also con­tain caf­feine…
If the tea is bit­ter its acidic…
Acidic rins­es are the per­fect pH for hair since hair and scalp are also acidic (about 4–6 pH).…
Tea rins­es also adds antiox­i­dants to the scalp…

It also leaves the hair soft. Mix with aloe vera juice for added boost.

Am not talk­ing about green tea, green tea is more alkaline,I mean reg­u­lar ole Orange & Black Pekoe tea for $2 at your local gro­cer.

JamRock Baby

some before and after pho­tos are need­ed?? and would help to demon­strate the effec­tive­ness of the caf­feine


The author said “I hon­est­ly don’t notice a dif­fer­ence in his hair loss”, so it seems like it hasn’t been very effec­tive so far.


Right. Which makes this “arti­cle” com­plete­ly use­less.


Have you seen the recent study from Yale , where a guy who was being treat­ed for his severe alope­cia (alope­cia uni­ver­salis) regrew hair with an arthri­tis drug. I’m hope­ful about this (con­vert­ing it to a top­i­cal cream or some­thing) because my fiance is los­ing his hair as well and i know it upsets him.

In the mean­time-update us on your hubby’s progress.


I used cof­fee on my hair once when I was doing a hen­na dye. It went straight into my blood stream and made me feel very sick. I won’t be doing it again in a hur­ry.


My first guess is, he’s prob­a­bly got the good ole male pat­tern bald­ness in his fam­i­ly? That’s why his hair won’t regrow. lol Now while I’m sure cof­fee CAN POSSIBLY stim­u­late hair regrowth in nor­mal, healthy hair follicles,that cof­fee con­coc­tion prob­a­bly wouldn’t work on him, because of his pos­si­ble male pat­tern bald­ness genetics.…which coin­ci­den­tal­ly, comes from the mother’s side. He’d have to check to see if bald­ness runs in men on his mom’s side of the fam­i­ly.
Oth­er than that, it’s a ter­ri­bly cute sto­ry! The prob­lem is, the title is ter­ri­bly mis­lead­ing.


Hmm, thats inter­est­ing, who would have thunk it?