Capsaicin for Hair Growth

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Capsaicin is a chemical compound that increases the insulin-like growth factor, known as IGF. It is found in cayenne peppers and plays a vital role in hair growth.

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Stimulate Circulation

When cayenne pepper comes into contact with your skin, it will cause redness and irritation because blood is attracted to the site where the cayenne touched your skin. Similarly, if cayenne pepper is applied to your scalp and hair, this will increase blood circulation to your scalp, prompting hair growth.

Make Your Own Liniment

The Stop Hair Loss Now website recommends making your own cayenne liniment. To do this, steep the cayenne in 70 per cent alcohol for 10 or 14 days. Filter the cayenne mixture and then put the remains, or liniment, into a labelled bottle. Massage your scalp with the liniment to nourish your hair and scalp.


Women who have gone bald as a result of alopecia areata took part in a test given by the University of Minnesota's Dermatology Department. They applied capsaicin cream to their bald heads for three weeks, and saw vellus hair growth by the end of the third week. Vellus hairs are fine, light colours hairs that grow on our body.

What Happens

VR1 or transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 receptor (TRPV1) is activated by capaisin. TRPV1 plays an important role in hair growth control.

Capsaicin Combined with Isoflavone

Medical News Today reports that Kenji Okajima, an assistant professor at the Kumamoto University's Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, discovered that a combination of capsaicin and isoflavone, which is found in soybeans, helped to restore eyebrow and head hair that had fallen out as the result of stress.

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