Color Your Hair with Coffee

Written by Alexis


Recently, my morning Joe has had quite the ego boost. He’s been praised for helping to prevent Parkinson’s, for reducing the risks of colon cancer, liver cirrhosis, and gallstones, and has even gotten credit for being able to stop a headache, boost a mood, and prevent cavities! And while I’m a bit concerned with Joe’s head getting a bit too big for a standard-sized mug, there is one more benefit I just can’t keep to myself: Joe may also be able to replace your regular visit to a colorist! (If you’re going brown, anyway.)

Apparently, (and my favorite colorist, Michael Angelo, at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor won’t be thrilled to hear this!), black coffee can actually be used to cover grey, boost mousy browns, and enhance warm red and brown highlights without a trip to the pricey salon. So, before you make an expensive visit to your colorist, try this all-natural remedy instead:

Start by filling a bowl with coffee (the darker the brew, the more dramatic the results). My pick is Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s Gombe Reserve Coffee – not because I’m a fancy coffee-connoisseur or anything, but because drinking (or coloring your hair with) Green Mountain Coffee Roaster’s Gombe Reserve Coffee also helps preserve the habitat of Chimpanzees through their collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute! After letting the coffee cool to a comfortable room temperature, let your hair soak in the bowl for 15 minutes. Use your hands to remove the excess water (don’t use a towel, it will absorb too much of the coffee) and pin your hair up for an additional 15 minutes. Finish by rinsing and styling as usual.

Need a coloring and conditioning fix? You can mix 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and a cup of brewed coffee with your regular leave-in-conditioner and let it sit covered on your hair for 1 hour before rinsing.

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Still can’t get enough of Joe, coffee, or caffeine? Apparently models sometimes rub coffee grounds on their skin to appear tighter and firmer. For a more glamorous version, though, Cleanse makes a “Latte for your Botte” scrub and bath butter in one ($28 for 12 oz jar) with organic coffee, sugar, and coffee butter to polish, firm, and nourish your skin. Plus, you’ll smell like a fabulous coffee cake – making Joe not the only thing in the morning worth ravishing.

Disclosure: All products were provided for review. No monetary compensation was received for this review. All opinions belong to the author.

About the author


a twenty-something West Villager with her Masters from Columbia. She has an unhealthy obsession with ripped jeans (which she wears even when conventionally inappropriate), wishes Christmas decorations stayed up year-round (even though she is Jewish), and is in desperate pursuit of thick Brook-Shields-like eyebrows (which she was genetically denied). She loves anything with horses, is addicted to pilates, and could wander around Sephora for hours.

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