Coffee and hair

Coffee and hair: can you use coffee in your hair care routine?

The short answer is yes. There are a lot of ingredients in your kitchen, that can also be used in beauty care. I suppose the most famous one is putting cucumber on your eyes. Using olive oil in beauty care is also well known, but I think when I say coffee, most of us think about starting the days and not about beauty or hair care. It’s the caffeine that gives a lot of us the morning kick and the same ingredient stimulates hair growth, too. Coffee is said to have some effect also on hair colour, so it’s better to use it only if you have brown or darker hair. Blondies or light red haired should choose something else. So, have you ever tried coffee in hair care?

A cup with saucer, filled with coffee beans that can be used in hair care.

What can be the benefits of using coffee in your hair care routine?

  • Improves the texture of your hair.
  • Makes your hair shiny.
  • Cleans your scalp.
  • Supports hair growth and reduce hair loss.
  • Stimulates the roots and strengthens your hair.
  • Extends hair life.
  • A good option in case of itchy scalp and dandruff.
  • Helps to maintain PH balance.
  • Removes build-up from your hair and make your hair soft.

How to use coffee in hair care?

  • Rinse with it: Make a strong coffee and pour the cool drink on your towel-dry hair and scalp after hair wash. Massage your scalp for a few minutes to stimulate hair follicles, then use a shower cap . Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse well.
  • Make a hair mask: Mix coffee ground with natural oils. You can choose coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil or olive oil. Coffee can clean your scalp, stimulate your hair follicles and support hair growth, while natural oils can moisturize and hydrate your hair.
  • Use a coffee scrub: Simply use the cool, brewed coffee ground on your scalp for a few minutes to exfoliate your skin. Rinse your hair well after.

Coffee grounds. They can be used for a har mask with natural oils.

What to be careful about?

  • If you use shampoo after coffee, some ingredients of shampoo (sulfates) may wash away the benefits.
  • Coffee can stain fabrics and some other surfaces, so watch out where your hair is dripping. Don’t wear any clothing you really love.
  • Don’t use it for blond or light hair. It may look dirty after.

Hair mask with natural oils:

If you have shorter or thinner hair, use 1 tablespoon ground coffee and 1 tablespoon natural oil. Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or argan oil. For long hair use 2 tablespoons.

Put the coffee into a bowl and add the oil. Mix well and aply it on your hair and scalp. Massage the mixture for a few minutes. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and rinse well.

Follow this link if you want to use some other ingredients to make a hair mask at home.

If you feel these procedures are too slow and time consuming for you, you can try a hair care product with caffeine. They may also be very effective of course and convenient. Though, I don’t think that’s the same. For me, the value of such home-made remedies is the fact, that you know what you put on your skin or hair. You can avoid chemicals and all those added ingredients, like preservatives, colourings and many others. Some people put dried coffee ground into their normal shampoo, but it’s probably not the same effective, because of sulfates.

Read more about Health benefits and risks of drinking coffee.

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  1. Brit90


    I used to put the dry coffee in my shampoo. It was good, because I used special shampoo with no sulfates. I liked it, but now I don’t use it anymore. I changed hair colour and now I’m blond. I didn’t want to stop using coffee, so I tried it only on the roots, but I really didn’t like the way it looked after. For dark hair, yes. It’s absolutely good.

  2. Celia


    The first time I tried coffee as a hair mask was really strange. I didn’t like anything like this, not only coffee. Oils, egg or anything on my hair, grrr… but times are changing and so we are. A while ago I had problems with itchy scalp. First only on the 2nd day aftrer hair wash, but later my skin was itchy even on the same day of hair wash, so I read about it and made some changes. Since then I prefer using naturals… and choose products without sulfates and parabens. Coffee is good for hair and it’s always there when I need it ,cos I love it anyway.

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