Caffeinated Shampoo

The Wall Street Journal reports that one of the latest things in hair care is caffeinated shampoo. The buzz is that the caffeine stimulates hair growth, though too much caffeine might have the opposite effect.

Add this to the list of caffeinated products we've reported on here at WU. We now have (in addition to the shampoo) caffeinated peanut butter, inhaler, body spray, and soap.
     Posted By: Alex - Wed May 04, 2016
     Category: Drugs | Hair and Hairstyling

This stuff will either sooth a bad hair day or give you a serious case of the frizzies if over used.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/04/16 at 10:12 AM
Don't forget the caffeinated suppositories. You may not have mentioned them, Alex, but Chuck has reported them.
Posted by mjb on 05/04/16 at 12:41 PM
In 1988, the Sun tabloid publicized a baldness cure discovered by Swiss farmer Gerhardt Flit. The cure? Bat milk. It cost $3500 per ounce.

I wonder what became of that?
Posted by KDP on 05/04/16 at 04:00 PM
The marketing guy was bat-shit crazy and blew all the company's money.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 05/04/16 at 11:40 PM
The buzz is that the caffeine stimulates hair growth, but don't drink it. Remember the shampoo made with real beer? Now, spin that around to the jewelry store which is currently advertising its new Chocolate Diamonds. But there's no disclaimer THERE about not eating it. Weird.
Posted by Greg on 05/05/16 at 05:53 AM
Oh, shampoo with beer is old hat. Or old hair. I don't think this is new, either. Some people get extremely vain about their hair - women about it being "luscious and shiny", men about having any at all - and will spend silly amounts on silly products, and have done for ages. Beer and eggs are the centuries-old, normal ones, but caffeine isn't even in the top ten of weird shampoo ingredients. How about zinc ions? Chalk? Wheat proteins (good luck with your gluten allergy)? Hemp oil? Placenta?

And the most amusing part of it all: none of them work except to add an easily rubbed-off surface sheen, because as soon as your hair grows out of your head, it's as dead as a doornail. Only the root is alive, and none of your fancy shampoo has the slightest influence on it. Unless you're drinking it, which is not recommended. To keep your hair healthy, keep its roots healthy; to keep your hair roots healthy, keep yourself healthy. All you need to do to the part that grows outside your body is simply wash it - the simplest shampoo will do - once a week, or twice if your hair is really greasy.
Posted by Richard Bos on 05/05/16 at 07:20 AM
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