If there is one thing we have learned from TikTok it’s that anything and everything can be made into a trend.
One new trend, however, may just be the strangest we’ve yet seen, and it’s even had doctors come out in opposition to it.
The trend encourages users to crush up birth control pills and apply the powder to their hair instead of taking them orally for hormonal reasons or as a form of birth control.
Rest assured, they are not trying to use the pills for birth control through their hair follicles, rather they think the estrogen in the pills will stimulate hair growth and strength.
TikTok user @uwubrat started the trend back in July, sharing a video of her grinding the pills into dust and adding them to her shampoo.
The video racked up a jaw-dropping 8.7 million views and sparked plenty of copycats, though doctors have now come out to warn that there is little to no evidence the trick works.
She did upload a follow-up video one month later, claiming her hair had grown and shared a before and after, however it appears the hair growth is just the normal amount for a one month period.
Expert says trend ‘won’t work’
One expert told The Daily Mail it simply ‘won’t work’.
"The viral trend for adding hormonal contraceptives to shampoo in a bid to make hair grow longer won’t work," Dr. Shirin Lakhani explained. “Hormonal contraceptives are not designed to be absorbed transdermally and the skin is an otherwise impermeable barrier.”
In other words, the pill isn’t designed to be absorbed through the skin and won’t work that way.
That hasn’t stopped plenty of people from giving the trend a go themselves however, some even agreeing that in their experience it showed results.
“This is ridiculous,” one user wrote. “I'll be trying it immediately.”
“Done this in the past and I highly recommend,” another said.
Others argued it was a waste of the contraceptives, which are not subsidised or free in the US.
“Don’t you need to like, take those?’ one wondered.
“My $85 pill said nooo,” someone else joked.
“Me panicking bc that’s $200 in my world,” another wrote.
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