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Last year I had my hair styled and I was slightly concerned when I looked in the mirror. There was nothing wrong with the hairstyle that I had chosen but good gosh, I could see right through to my scalp! EEK! This was obviously a huge worry to me and I walked around wearing a very strange hat that I found in the deepest, darkest corner of a cupboard until it grew back slightly. Once my hair was slightly more publically acceptable I wandered to Tesco to pick up a bottle of this 'Alpecin Caffiene Shampoo', manufactured by Dr Wolff-Research.... I thought that It had to be worth a try but I had my doubts as to whether it would work as my hair was thinned by acne medication rather than the normal male pattern baldness. I paid roughly £4.50 for this in Tesco which initially seemed rather expensive until I started using the shampoo and realised how far a bottle goes.
~~~ What is 'Alpecin Shampoo?' ~~~
Alpecin is a Shampoo made in Germany that contains a patented skin activator with caffeine to aid with hair growth and health. It stimulates hair growth at the roots to energise the hair and to prevent hair loss. Although it is not stated on the bottle I think that this shampoo is mainly aimed at men with pattern baldness and general thinning of the hair as it seems to be a big problem in the man world, this does not mean that women cannot use this product though! Anyone with thinning hair can enjoy the energising effects of this caffeine shampoo - The formula is known as C1.
~~~ Using the shampoo ~~~
The shampoo comes in a very manly shaped and styled bottle that is very easy to hold, it is not slippery in the hand which prevents the usual hassle of dropping the bottle in the shower. The cap is easy to open and it feels very strong with a slight pull needed to remove the pop top after you have read the instructions on the back obviously. The recommendation is to massage into the hair and scalp and leave on the scalp for 2 minutes for the caffeine to be absorbed to experience the maximum results, there is no conditioner in this product which creates more grip after washing and I find that no conditioner is required after rinsing.
I tend to leave this product on for a tad longer than they recommend on the back of the bottle. I read on the bottle that the longer you leave this on the scalp the more caffeine that will be absorbed, this is pretty much written on the back of the bottle so I cannot see there being any health problems if you leave it longer. I leave it on for the whole time that I stand in the shower which is a good 20 minutes and I quite enjoy the tingling feeling that I get from using this shampoo - hence why I don't wash it off for a while ;) Once I'm ready to wash the shampoo off I find that it comes out easily and that conditioner is not at all needed after washing. The first time that I used this shampoo was rather horrific and I remember having one of the worst hair days of my life - luckily after a second wash with the same shampoo my hair was once again easy to style and almost back to normal.
~~~ How long does it last? And various other information ~~~
I find that with daily use the shampoo lasts me roughly 3 weeks, I only have to use a small amount to cover my whole head as the shampoo lathers up lovely and it covers my whole head with ease. I use a blob about the same size as a pound coin but I could probably get away with a bit less however I want to get the full effects from this caffeine stuff. The lather is fantastic and it feels very rich which I reckon is good on the scalp and makes the whole caffeine massaging technique that I found on the internet a lot easier to do. Once washed off my hair feels fantastic and it is very manageable.
My favorite thing about this shampoo is the delightful smell that it gives off during use; I can only explain it as a red-bull sort of smell and I can only relate to the scent as caffeine. Maybe I'm addicted to caffeine as I cannot go a day without sniffing this stuff whenever I venture into the bathroom as the smell is so divine. I find that the scent fills the bathroom and I can clearly smell it a long while after my shower. The shampoo is blue in colour which is rather strange for a shampoo, it's almost and electric blue colour but the lather soon turns white when you rub it in. I have noticed that the product can stain the white shower bottom if it falls straight from the bottle and dries onto the shower tray, this is easily removable with a slight scrubbing but I recommend you to be careful if you have a fancy bath or something.
~~~ Results..... Does it work? ~~~
Now I must admit that I was very skeptical at first, I have used this shampoo for about 3 months now and I have started to notice a difference. My hair appears to be thicker in the mirror and it feels thicker when I run my hands through it. I have since had a slightly shorter than normal hairstyle and I cannot see through to my scalp any more thank goodness! I used to experience quite a few hairs dropping out throughout the day in work and of course the dreaded awakening in the morning on a white pillow case seeing it covered with hair... Not good - I can quite honestly say that I have not noticed any hairs dropping out throughout the day after using this shampoo and my pillows are now still white in the morning! My hair looks generally healthier and my scalp feels exactly the same as before except for it being slightly tingly throughout the day - must be the caffeine!
~~~ My overall opinion ~~~
I must say that I am generally impressed with this shampoo and I was wrong to have ever doubted its effectiveness, after all it is made by true scientists! The lather that it creates is fantastic and it is a very high quality feeling shampoo during use, I no longer have to use conditioner which I guess pays for this shampoo over and over again every month. I have used this for 3 months straight and I will not consider stopping.....