by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org
Coffee is what gets me going in the morning but this amazing beverage should not just be limited to your morning Joe. Yes, coffee has excellent benefits for your skin and hair and since almost everyone has some in their home, it is easily accessible and ideal for DIY recipes. From hair rinses to scalp exfoliates, coffee is the gem you never realized you had or needed for healthy hair.
Grown in around eighty countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and south and Central America, coffee comes from the coffee tree which is a tropical evergreen shrub and the two most commercially important species grown are the Coffea Arabica and Coffea canephora. Coffee has numerous benefits from helping with depression to liver disease, coffee has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cellulite properties which are all ideal for perfecting skincare.
Coffee also has caffeine, a white crystalline powder that is a naturally occurring stimulant, and is excellent for penetrating the hair follicles and stimulating them. Caffeine can also add a natural sheen to hair but many use it to help in slowing down hair loss while speeding up hair growth with hair follicle stimulation.
Rejuvenate Your Hair & Scalp With Coffee
Coffee can be used as a scalp exfoliate, a hair scrub and a hair rinse with each helping by stimulating hair growth. The exfoliate properties help to remove dead skin cells, dirt, dandruff, oil and even product build-up which can clog your scalp’s pores. Here are some DIY recipes for all three that will change your hair and coffee game drastically for the better.
Condish + Coffee Scalp Scrub
Simply add some coffee grounds to your favorite deep conditioner to the point of feeling the grounds and mix. Apply the mixture to the scalp using circular motions while leaving on scalp for five to ten minutes. Rinse off and wash hair with shampoo before styling as usual.
Coffee Scalp Scrub
4 tbsp. of favorite carrier oil (coconut or olive preferred)
6 tbsp. very fine coffee grounds (previously brewed is fine)
A few drops of tea tree oil
Mix all the ingredients well and store in an airtight container at room temperature or store in fridge. Scoop out enough to apply to scalp and massage for five to ten minutes before rinsing well and washing hair with shampoo. This is an excellent recipe for a face scrub too.
Coffee Hair Scrub
2 tsp. of coffee grounds
2 tsp. raw honey
2 tsp. of olive oil
This DIY recipe is great for reviving dry, dull hair. Mix all three ingredients well and apply to strands and scalp. Make sure all strands are covered and massage into scalp in circular motion for a few minutes. Rinse well and shampoo before styling as usual.
Simple Coffee Hair Rinse
Simply brew some strong coffee and allow to cool. Shampoo hair as usual and take the cool coffee and pour over your head. You can use a big bowl under your head to capture the excess and re dump over your head again for added coverage. Place hair in shower cap and let sit for up to an hour. Rinse out with warm water and allow to air dry or style as usual. This will help darken hair (may not be ideal for lighter-colored women), add shine and help strengthen your strands.
If you just want the exfoliating effects of coffee for regular cleansing and conditioning, simply add some grounds to your shampoo or deep conditioner bottles to boost your products ability to exfoliate and aid in hair growth. I know I talk about coffee A LOT, but it needs to be a regular in your beauty regimen because it's so simple to use, inexpensive and has a host of amazing benefits.
Which DIY mentioned are you going to try?