Scientists have found that the prolonged use of dark permanent hair dyes may have an increased risk of cancer, in particular, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (1)
Natural methods of coloring sometimes don’t give a long lasting result, but at least they do not damage the hair and can even strengthen it. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are over 5000 different chemicals used in conventional hair dyes, many of which are considered carcinogenic. (2) Coffee is an absolutely natural product, which possesses beneficial properties.
Using this easy natural coffee mixture, you will get the desired shine, shade, and even promote hair growth. According to a study published in the January 2007 issue of the International Journal of Dermatology, caffeine may even help with hair growth (3). Knowing how to color hair naturally with coffee will completely change the way you view the hair dying process.
How to Color Hair Naturally with Coffee
- Make really strong organic coffee, preferably espresso. Non-organic coffee most likely contains some added chemicals.
- Let your coffee cool down.
- Mix 2 cups of leave in all natural conditioner with 2 tbsp. of organic coffee grounds and 1 cup of cold brewed coffee.
- Apply the mixture onto your hair and leave it in for about an hour. It will give your hair a beautiful chocolate color without any damage.
Simple Coffee Rinse
Shampoo your hair first and then pour coffee over your hair. Leave it in for 20 minutes. Use apple cider vinegar to rinse the coffee out of your hair (it will help seal in the color). Then rinse it off with warm water.
If you don’t see the desired results right away, repeat the same process for a few days in a row to allow the coffee to penetrate the strands of your hair.