Here's what coffee actually does to your hair

By Kristen Underwood — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

What does coffee do to your hair?

Dear hair,

While it may seem my goal in life is to travel the color wheel and take you along for the ride (does anyone even know their true color anymore?), draw the moisture right out of you with my blow-dryer and flat iron, throw you in a messy bun on a daily basis, constantly twirl your ends and sweep my fingers through the strands so they lay just so, you’re pretty darn good to me. While the belief that laugh lines are a sign of a life well-lived, the belief that a great day starts with good hair stands just as tall.

Love, Kristen

How many times have you woken up feeling like your hair went on an adventure last night and you weren’t invited? It seems it had a little too much fun and you’re left to pick up the pieces. What if I told you there was a pick-me-up that could knock out two birds with one stone; a secret that could bring both you and your hair back to life repeatedly every morning? The answer is coffee. Coffee is always the answer.

Here’s where the magic happens:

  1. Caffeine prevents hair loss.

Some people totally rock a receding hairline, but it's not everyone's ideal hairstyle. This is a result of weak hair follicles which affects the growth cycle of the hair. Wash your hair with brewed coffee twice a week to restore your mop.  

  • Caffeine stimulates hair follicles
  • Triggers stronger growth
  • Overflowing with antioxidants
  1. Caffeine improves hair texture.

Coffee strengthens your strands from within, resulting in overall better quality and texture. When applied to hair directly, caffeine is absorbed by the follicles giving a noticeably different appearance. 

  • Softer-looking hair
  • Shinier hair
  • Adds body to your hair
  1. Improves scalp circulation.

Coffee grounds are a great alternative to a hair mask. Rub them in thoroughly for improved circulation and reap more benefits than that alone.

  • Get rid of dead skin cells
  • Keep scalp clean and fresh
  • Once dead skin is gone, new cells will push out thicker, stronger hair
  1. Coffee can enhance and darken your hair color.

Washing your hair with coffee will darken your color. This is more ideal for brunettes or someone looking to cover up some stubborn, stray grays. For pregnant women, it’s arguably the best solution of all. Steer clear if you’re a blonde or a red-head, unless you want to risk rocking muddy-looking hair. There’s a few reasons why washing hair with coffee is popular:

  • No harsh chemicals
  • Less expensive than the salon
  • More time-effective
  • Simple
  1. Coffee improves the overall glow of your hair.

Do you want your hair to shine bright like a diamond? Rinsing your hair with coffee can help you out.

  • Coffee tends to have a lower pH than water
  • Lower pH causes cuticles to remain flat
  • Flat cuticles reflect more light

If you wear your hair as a safety blanket and drink your coffee for other people’s safety, this method could be your savior. Don’t be greedy, caffeinate your hair, too. After all, if you treat it well, it will always be there for you.  

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