While it may sound like something that no sane person would do during the age of chemically-rich hair dye, using coffee to dye your hair is possible, and it is a practice which is still undertaken all over the world, no matter how freely available hair coloring is.
That same black coffee that you drink every morning really can be used to change your hair color, and it has the ability to give your hair as much of a lift as it gives you before work, while being 100% natural and wonderfully chemically free.
Coloring With Coffee: More Staining Than Dyeing
Completing your hair color with coffee is more like staining than an actual dyeing process, and it is likely to fade within several days, especially if you’re washing your hair regularly. Thankfully though, you can give your hair a coffee dye once a week to maintain the color, no matter how much you’re washing it, since it simply isn’t going to damage your hair.
Bringing out brown and red highlights in particular, as well as effectively darkening hair which is going grey, coffee hair dye works brilliantly to give some new life to any color which is fading out of your control. As long as you manage to avoid using some of the harsher products which are often sold as hair treatment products and use a gentler, higher quality caring product instead, you’ll be able to minimize the fading of your natural color and your coffee stain shade.
How To Dye Your Hair With A Pot Of Coffee
Obviously, the first thing you need to do is make a pot of very strong coffee, and the darker you can make it the better. The best coffee dye is often made with an organic bean selection, and certainly not instant granules which have added chemicals that can damage your hair in the long term, especially if you are planning to use it on a weekly basis. Once you’ve made the coffee, wait until it cools down (this bit is crucial, honestly), because you definitely don’t want to be pouring scalding hot coffee over your hair.
Now you’ve got your coffee chilled and ready to go, it’s time to prepare your hair. Jump in the shower and give yourself a good shampoo and conditioning, making sure you cover every strand of hair just as you would on a normal day. Now, put your coffee in the sink and, making sure it’s cooled, dip your entire hair in. Use a cup to cover the rest of your hair that you may have missed when you leant forward into the sink, and use your fingers to work the coffee through every strand of your hair from the roots to the tips, until you are sure it has completely covered your hair.
There is an alternative way to complete the process, through using standard hair dye applicator bottles from your local shop. All you need to do is pop your cooled strong black coffee into the bottle and use it as a coffee hair dye spray. Although it will smell a little bit strange, it is more convenient than dipping your head in a sink, and you can add some conditioner to the bottle for some extra care.
Once you’ve covered your hair using your preferred method, leave it in for around half an hour before rinsing it out. During this time, avoid using a towel or any type of material to hold your hair in place, otherwise you may find it rubs the coffee out of your hair just as quickly as you managed to apply it.
To Bean Or Not To Bean? That Is The Question
There are very few disadvantages to dyeing your hair with coffee. While it has great results on lighter or bleached hair colors, and is wonderful for bringing out darker red highlights, there are simply some hair colors which won’t be moved by a layer of coffee, unfortunately.
In almost all other ways it is a perfect choice for a chemical free hair dye, because it does absolutely no damage to your hair and is 100% environmentally friendly, unless you count the carbon footprint left by the production, packaging and transportation of the coffee beans themselves, but perhaps that’s going a little bit too far! While some women find it can make their hair feel a little bit sticky, this really does depend on your natural hair consistency, and adding a touch of conditioner to your coffee mix before application can really help with this problem.
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Laura Watson is a fashion nut who is big on sustainability and environmentally friendly ways to transform her style. Passionate about finding ways to look after the planet while still being able to look great, she loves finding new uses for items you’ll probably have sitting in your cupboard.