Besides being the main stimulant that gets you through your workday, did you know that coffee can also be used as a hair dye?! Yes that’s right, along with Kool Aid and lemon juice, coffee is yet another beverage you can use if you’d like to subtly change the tint of your haircolor. Since this process essentially stains your hair with carmel-colored tones, the lighter your original shade, the better. And if you hate it, then no worries, it washes out in a couple of shampoos.
I’d had known about this trick for a while but only got around to trying it out for myself this weekend (thanks Hurricane Irene boredom!). I generally followed the steps from this lovely lady I found via Google, who seemed to have great results. Me? Not much of a noticeable difference, but we’ll get to that later.
Basically, here’s what you do (note: your hair WILL smell like coffee after, so if you hate that, maybe reconsider):
-Brew a full pot of triple-strength coffee
-Pour into a small basin and let cool
-Brush your hair free of all knots and put on an old t-shirt you don’t care about.
-Using a small cup, begin drenching your hair with the coffee over the basin (you can do this in the tub because it gets messy). Repeat this until well saturated, about 20-30 minutes or until your neck starts to hurt.
-Get as much liquid as you can into your hair and then wrap it securely with a plastic bag or something of the sort. (Don’t use a towel as it will soak up all the liquid).
-Drape an old towel around your neck to catch any drips and wait. Some gals keep it on for like 2-3 hours but being as I am impatient, I only did about 1.
-When you’ve had enough, jump in the shower – shampoo, conditioner and blow dry. Voila! You’re done!
Even if you don’t see the lovely espresso shade you were hoping for, it’s still a great treatment for damaged locks! Here’s my result below:
Not much of a difference, but I’m not mad at the results. And if it helps my bleached out ends, then that’s a good thing right? Will you try this? If you do, let us see your results!
— Kat Blazowski