Caffeine helps to keep people awake, right? Some researchers on the other hand have shown how too much of it is not good for your health - but did you know that caffeine also has some benefits for the hair; it promotes growth.
The length and quality of one’s hair depends on the health of the hair follicles.
Here are ways in which coffee benefits hair when topically applied:
Hair loss treatment: No woman likes to lose their hair as this even affects their self-confidence. Caffeine in coffee is great for hair. When a topical application is done on the hair or scalp, it finds its way to the roots and stimulates them.
Hair growth: Coffee stimulates the hair roots by improving its structure and growth. Caffeine can thus restore hair growth and/or prevent hair loss.
Manageable hair: Coffee brew can be used to detangle the hair; it makes the hair shaft stronger and smoother, making it easier to manage while giving it a natural sheen.
Hair mask: Coffee can also be used on hair as hair mask. A tablespoon of honey and olive oil each then add two teaspoons of coffee powder. Make a smooth paste then apply to the hair. Leave it on for about half an hour then rinse it off.
Rinse: Coffee hair rinse enhances the texture and the colour of your hair. Brew coffee as usual ensuring it boils, let the solution cool then use it as a final rinse for your hair after washing it. The result will be silky and smooth and will also help to slow or stop shedding.
Oil: Coffee oil increases blood circulation in the scalp and stimulates the roots of the hair. The phytosterols in the oil promotes moisture retention and absorption. Pour two cups of hair oil of your choice into a pan and add a quarter cup of roasted dark whole coffee beans. The darker the beans the more the benefits they offer.
Cover the mixture and allow to cook in low heat for about eight hours, ensuring you stir it at an interval of every one hour so that it does not burn. Remove from the heat and strain the mixture. Store the mixture in a cool, dark place. The oil can be used on the scalp, added to your shampoo or even added to the water of your final rinse.
Leave-in conditioner: After shampooing the hair, rinse it completely then gently squeeze excess water from hair. Pour brewed cool coffee into hair using a plastic container to catch the drippings. Continue pouring the coffee through the hair until all the drippings cease.
Allow to sit on hair for five minutes. You can then add your desired leave-in conditioner and wrap your hair for half an hour for it to absorb the ingredients. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water then cool water as final rinse. Style as you like.
Dye: The caffeine in coffee also helps to colour the hair naturally, thus, it can be used as a natural dye for grey hair.