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Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo
Date: 23/09/11, updated on 23/09/11 (2270 review reads)
Disadvantages: Fragrance if your a woman!
Since having it initially cut I haven't had it cut and now its more bob length and I actually like it. Easy to keep looking nice and still in good condition I don't want my hair long again and other people can stuff it lol.
However as I was upset at the shortness of my hair (I didn't even have enough hair left to pin it up or put it in a ponytail or anything!) I investigated into getting hair extensions but again I didn't have enough hair to bond them to either as the back was really layered and shaven! I then looked on the internet at 'miracle' grow products that I knew in my heart would simply empty my purse but not stick hairs to my head when I spotted an advert for this product on the tv saying it was sold at Boots. The advert was directed at men but from what I could see of the bottle it didn't say it was for men so I tool a look at it on Amazon and ordered me a bottle thinking that I easily spend a fiver on a shampoo usually so what the heck really...it couldn't hurt!
The bottle the shampoo comes in is rather masculine looking really with a grey and red theme going on, on the plastic and a red flip-top opening to the top of it concealing a small hole. On the font of the bottle and in red, white and orange writing we are told that it is 'Dr-Wolff-Research' Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo 'Stimulates hair roots during washing' and that it is patented skin activator 'Pat.Nr.EP139261B1' C1 Reduces hair loss and that it is of course a hair energizer. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and the size is stated which in this case is 250ml and contact details for DR Kurt Wolff (the manufacturer of the product) are given. The bottle to the back centre of it has a really handy finger indention point for ease of handling and its none slip due to that section having little round plastic pieces raised to it!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back of The Bottle:
'Strengthens weakened hair roots. Prevents hair loss'.
The shampoo that stimulates hair growth directly at the roots.
A daily hair wash with C1 immediately provides the hair roots with the activating ingredients. Alpecin caffeine is very well detectable after being left on for as little as 120 seconds. If left on for longer, more caffeine will be absorbed into the scalp.
Recommendation: Leave on the scalp for 2 minutes - from application to rinse. This shampoo does not contain any conditioning agents so your hair will immediately have more grip.
The Shampoo Itself:
To use this shampoo you do so as you would any shampoo basically. Wet/damp hair and use a smallish blob of the blue coloured thick gel like looking shampoo. A little of this lathers up into big thick white bubbles fast so really you don't need very much of this per application at all. I always (to make sure my hair is really clean), shampoo, rinse and repeat with this shampoo and leave it on my hair for two minutes per time before rinsing and repeating and finally rinsing it out.
The fragrance of this is rather masculine however it is fresh and I find that although rather fragrant when in use the fragrance doesn't linger on my hair above an hour anyway. I'd describe the fragrance as ocean fresh with a hint of like an aftershave overtone to it which would be great for the fellas lol. I do think that this product is directed at men with the the fragrance of this and the packaging colouring however as I mentioned earlier there is nothing at all to say women shouldn't be using it!
You are not meant to use a conditioner with this and I don't. I don't find that I miss not using if after this though I really thought that I would. Again though I'm sure if you wanted to use some conditioner of some kind it wouldn't hurt the process as the caffeine gets into hair and scalp and is absorbed anyway!
This is easy to rinse out, leaves my hair smelling fresh and then thats it...I can style and so on as I want to.
Does It Work?:
This is a huge question. First of all lets talk about what I know this product does for me. It cleans my hair and scalp though doesn't agitate it. It has kept my greasy roots at bay for longer (I'm not using conditioner anymore which probably helps that too!) and my hair feels stronger, does have more grip to it and isn't so flyaway or frizzy any more and has a natural shine to it. All round just as a shampoo I'd use this as I think its great at cleansing my hair and leaving it feeling great.
The big question though is does it make hair stronger, thicker, less prone to damage and does it grow faster. Well in my humble opinion....yes I believe that it does totally oddly enough, and believe me I never thought I'd be able to say that and thought this product would be a complete gimmick!
I suffer from alot of hair loss due to an eating disorder combined with a thyroid issue. I sit in a rocking chair with cream covers on it and had to vacuum it daily because my hair used to leave itself all over the headrest section. Not anymore! I used to have to unblock my bath plug after showering and bathing daily too...not anymore! I don't even have to empty my hairbrush out as much or anything and that is the most noticeable thing about my hair. It feels and looks stronger and it even looks and feels thicker!
My hair isn't snapping and/or breaking off all the time, my hair has a natural gloss which means I no longer have to buy spray on shine stuff which is saving me loads of money and like I mentioned earlier my hair isn't as prone to greasy roots and/or patches either and where as I used to have to wash my hair every day no matter the shampoo and conditioner I used....... now I could easily not wash my hair for four days if I didn't want to however this shampoo is meant for daily use and daily I use it!
Does It Make The Hair Grow?:
Once again I'm shocked at what I'm about to say. Because my hair was so very short when cut I never noticed any hair growth. I'm surprised to say that prior to using this product I dyed my hair bright red and within just 7 days of using this my roots were completely on show and hair appeared to have grown by about half an inch! Now whether that would haven happened anyway and I only noticed it because of dying my hair I don't know but after that week, two weeks on my hair is in a bob and the back of my hair (which was shaved!) now can be put into a small ponytail with the rest of my hair!
Believe me I'm not someone easily conned into parting with my cash. However this isn't only great at stimulating hair growth but just great for giving stronger healthier hair in general. This could be great for men suffering bald patches or thinning of the hair. It certainly has been a find for me and I highly recommend this to anyone at all who just wants healthier hair!
Me, I love it and it gets full marks and beyond!
Expect to pay about £5.35 in all good chemists such as Boots and I paid about that on Amazon too!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Summary: Brilliant...I love it!