By Sabrina Perkins of seriouslynatural.org
Coffee is what gets me going in the morning, but this amazing beverage shouldn’t 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, it’s the gem you never realized you had or needed for healthy hair and scalp!
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 Coffee Arabica and Coffea canephora. It has numerous benefits, from helping with depression to liver disease and has antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and anti-cellulite properties which are all ideal for perfecting skincare.
Coffee also has caffeine, and this white crystalline powder is excellent for penetrating the hair follicles and stimulating them. Caffeine adds a natural sheen to hair but many use it to help in slowing down hair loss while speeding up hair growth due to follicle stimulation. This is why a coffee scrub is so amazing for hair growth.
Coffee can be used as a scalp exfoliate, a 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 that will drastically change your hair game for the better.
Condish + Coffee Scrub
Simply add some grounds to your favorite deep conditioner and mix. Apply the scrub mixture to scalp using gentle circular motions (with finger pads, not nails) while leaving on the scalp for five to ten minutes. Rinse clean 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 the 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 pour the cool coffee over your head. You can use a big bowl under your head to capture the excess and reapply it 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 process will help darken hair, add shine and help strengthen your strands.
If you just want the exfoliating effects of a scrub for regular cleansing and conditioning, add some grounds to your shampoo or deep conditioner bottles to boost your products’ ability to 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 coffee hair treatment will you be trying?! Tell us below!
Sabrina Perkins is an author and beauty blogger of two successful blogs, seriouslynatural.org and naturalhairforbeginners.com. A natural hair expert with over 10 years in the field, her newest book, Natural Hair For Beginners – A Beginners Guide To Going Natural Successfully! has received rave reviews and breaks down the basics of natural hair and how to keep it healthy.
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