Millions of people around the world start their days with a cup of coffee. It’s one of the most popular drinks in the world, and it offers a surprising number of benefits for your health. But did you know there are coffee benefits for hair, too?
Here are some great reasons to add coffee to your hair care routine and how to do it.
The Surprising Coffee Benefits for Hair
So, what are the benefits of coffee for hair? Why should you add this world-famous drink to your hair care routine?
Here are some of the many benefits of coffee.
1. Promotes Hair Growth and Stops Hair Loss
Have you always dreamed of having long, luscious locks? Coffee may help you reach that goal and improve hair health. It can even help stop hair loss, too.
Research has found that the caffeine in coffee is what helps stimulate hair growth, stops hair loss and helps improve hair health. How?
- Caffeine helps block DHT in men’s hair follicles
- It helps elongate the hair shaft to create wider, longer hair roots
- It extended anagen duration (the hair growth stage)
- It has a growth-promoting effect on female hair follicles, too
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means that it can also help boost circulation to the scalp and hair follicles. Improved blood flow to the scalp can help your hair grow faster and make it stronger, too. The end result? Thicker, fuller-looking hair.
2. Exfoliates Your Scalp
You’ve heard of using coffee grinds to exfoliate your skin. A natural coffee scrub can buff away dead skin cells and help improve circulation.
But you can also use coffee scrubs on your scalp for the same effect. Exfoliation is so good for the skin, but we often neglect our scalps.
A simple coffee scrub made of old coffee grinds – and nothing else – can help:
- Get rid of dead skin cells on your scalp
- Promote blood flow to your hair follicles
- Leave your scalp feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
Just a word of warning, though – this scrub can get messy! Make sure that you rinse several times and don’t forget to shampoo. If you have a scalp massager brush for the shower, use it – it will help get the grinds out of your hair.
Try using cold water to rinse to help seal the cuticle before you style.
3. Makes Your Hair Softer and Shinier
If your hair is dull and brittle, coffee may bring it back to life. A simple coffee rinse can make your hair softer and smoother. It can give you shiny locks, too.
The caffeine in coffee won’t strip your hair of its natural oils. In fact, it has the opposite effect. Coffee can help your hair retain moisture and leave a natural sheen.
Of course, all of that extra blood flow to the scalp will feed your hair more nutrients and oxygen for overall healthier hair.
The flavonoids (i.e., antioxidants) in coffee can help promote hair regeneration. And the hair-smoothing properties of coffee can even help tame frizz. So, give coffee rinses a try if you have curly hair and struggle with frizz and detangling.
4. Kick Grays to the Curb
Did you know that coffee acts as a natural hair stain? Regular coffee rinses can help cover up grays to leave your hair looking youthful and resilient.
Of course, this trick really only works with dark hair. For best results, use a dark roast coffee or espresso. Their rich colors will have a more dramatic effect on your hair color.
Green Coffee Benefits for Hair
When most people talk about using coffee in their hair or skin routines, they usually refer to using roasted coffee beans. But what about green coffee? Are there any green coffee benefits for hair?
Yes! Green coffee’s antioxidants help fight free radicals and keep your hair looking and feeling its best.
And green coffee oil has antimicrobial properties that can detox your scalp while:
- Reducing itchiness
- Preventing dandruff
- Promoting hair growth
Why is green coffee oil so great for your hair? It’s loaded with:
- Essential fatty acids
- Vitamin E
Its moisturizing properties can help keep your hair soft, smooth and hydrated. Just make sure that you use a high-quality green coffee oil.
What About Coffee Oil Benefits for Hair?
We talked a little bit about green coffee oil benefits, but what about regular coffee oil? Coffee oil does have many benefits for your hair, and the convenient oil form makes it so easy to apply.
Here’s what coffee oil can do for your hair:
- Promote hair growth and stop hair loss (thanks, caffeine!)
- Seal in moisture for hydrated, shiny hair
- Smooths and tames frizz
- Softens and prevents split ends
- Balance scalp pH
You can find coffee oil products online that are meant for hair (they’re sometimes called “coffee seed oil”). For scalp treatments, look for products that come in squeezable bottles with nozzles. These bottles make it easier to apply the oil directly to your scalp and roots.
You can also apply coffee oil to damp hair before styling to moisturize and protect your hair. Take care to only use a small amount. A little goes a long way with coffee oil – or any oil for that matter. Just a few drops will help tame frizz and seal in moisture.
Drinking Coffee Benefits for Hair
You know that applying coffee to your hair and scalp has benefits, but what about drinking it? Can your morning cup of java also make your hair look healthy and beautiful? Yes.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants. For many people, coffee is their primary source of antioxidants in their diets.
All of those antioxidants help improve hair growth by helping maintain collagen in both the body and the connective tissues of your hair follicles. They also help protect scalp cells in your blood vessels to encourage healthy hair growth.
So, when you drink coffee, you’re helping improve your hair from the inside out.
As it turns out, drinking coffee is good not only for your soul – and sanity – but for your hair, too. Use the tips above to incorporate coffee into your hair care routine and enjoy yet another excuse to enjoy your morning cups of coffee.
Rene is a creative, little gnome. When she’s not diving deep into research on health and wellness, she’s spending here time out in nature, growing her homestead, photographing wildlife, doing yoga or enjoying a zen (depending on the day) moment with her fur babies. And on top of all of that, she’s a professional writer by day, helping businesses around the world grow.