Don’t panic about hair loss
Ever since Dr. Kurt Wolff Research discovered the benefits of the active ingredient caffeine, the topic of female hair loss has been widely discussed. We talked to German caffeine expert Dr. A. Klenk.
Why does hair loss in women often start after menopause?
Dr. Klenk: Before menopause, hair roots are protected by high levels of female hormones (estrogen). After menopause, estrogen levels will decline and the impact of male hormones (testosterone) will increase. The consequences: Hair grows thinner and falls out prematurely, the scalp becomes more visible and the hairline recedes. These undesirable symptoms are typical in women over the age of 40 and are a cause for concern.
What can a caffeine shampoo do against hair loss?
Dr. Klenk: It contains an active ingredient complex that protects the hair roots from premature exhaustion of hair growth – called phyto-caffeine. This has been developed by Dr. Kurt Wolff Research in collaboration with German dermatological clinics.
Can you explain this?
Dr. Klenk: During hair washing, this phyto-caffeine penetrates the hair follicle very quickly (120 seconds of residence time) to reach the hair root, where its protective effect unfolds.*
Does this work?
Dr. Klenk: Yes, caffeine is a highly effective substance. In Plantur 39, caffeine is dosed to protect the hair roots from premature exhaustion when applied on a daily basis. This
When should you begin using Plantur 39?
Dr. Klenk: If you notice that you are losing more hair than usual – on your pillow, during hair wash- ing or combing – it is not too late. However, it is easier for your hair roots to cope with the problem if you start protective action early. By menopause at the latest, protection from hair loss should be a part of the daily hair care routine.
Available at Clicks, Dis-Chem and leading independent pharmacies. *Follicular Penetration of Topically Applied Caffeine via a Shampoo Formulation; N. Otberg, A. Teichmann, J. Lademann, U. Rasuljev, R. Sinkgraven, W. Sterry; Published Skin Pharmacol Physiol 2007;20:195–198
Dr. A. Klenk, head of the laboratory of Dr. Kurt Wolff Research, is one of the leading experts in his field.