Coffee hair rinse...

Has anyone tried this to darken/ add shine to hair? If so please share how you did it and what results you got.
TIA!
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I've done this a few times. I usually mix 3/4 cup of cold coffee with a generous palm full of conditioner (usually vanilla suave) then I add coffee grounds or unsweeten chocolate powered (I prefer the chocolate powder, because it mixes better) until the mixture is thick enough to use a DT.

I wet my hair in the shower, usually low-pooing, and when I get out of the shower, rub the mixture on sections of hair, then twisting those sections. I then pile up all my hair onto my head usually wrapping in a shower cap, then pulling a head scarf on it. I wear it over night and rinse it out.
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Thanks for that method! I had only seen it as a rinse. (use the cold coffee to rinse hair over and over again) How does this work for you? What results have you gotten with it?
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WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








It's definately faster than using a rinse. While with a rinse it took me almost a month to see any change. I did a Coffee DT everyday for a week (only low pooing on the first day), and my hair darkened by about a shade http://www.headkandy.com/documents/colour.html
On this, I went from a Hot Toffee to a Melted Chocolate. I'm sure if I'd continued I'd gotten something darker. After the week, it held up with a once a week DT, usually on Saturday night. But I've gone as far as two weeks without loosing the stain.

Also, I heard brewing sage leaves and using that as a rinse makes a dark brown dye.

Soon, I'm going rinsing my hair dark brown again, and see if I can give myself red highlights with red chai tea DT, which I've used to bring out my red tones.
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MysticSpiral- I've thought about doing rinses but I like your idea better. I've also heard that black tea is good for coloring but I can't remember what it does have you ever tried it?
I've used brewed tea with cinnamon powdered for my 'summer' blend. I use honey and lemon to give myself blondish highlights and the cinnamon tea mixutre to make my brown hair a little lighter. It doesn't stain as deeply as the coffee, but if you make a stronger brew (I only let my tea steep until it's a light brow) it would probably work, especially if you used a darker hued spice.
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I've used brewed tea with cinnamon powdered for my 'summer' blend. I use honey and lemon to give myself blondish highlights and the cinnamon tea mixutre to make my brown hair a little lighter. It doesn't stain as deeply as the coffee, but if you make a stronger brew (I only let my tea steep until it's a light brow) it would probably work, especially if you used a darker hued spice.
Originally Posted by MysticSpiral
I just wanted to reiterate that this cinnamom tea mixture is to lighten hair, not darken it. If you want to darken your hair with tea you should avoid adding the cinnamon as cinnamon is a known hair lightener.

Coffee with lightly stain the hair a dark brown and also add shine because it is acidic. The richer you brew the coffee, the deeper the stain.

If you are going to add cocoa powder o your mixture avoid hersheys as it has been neutralized with added alkalis. This can damage your hair.
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Yay! I'm definitely doing this tomorrow morning. I'll let you know how it goes. How about moisture? How does your hair feel after you do this?
3c/4a
WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








I've used brewed tea with cinnamon powdered for my 'summer' blend. I use honey and lemon to give myself blondish highlights and the cinnamon tea mixutre to make my brown hair a little lighter. It doesn't stain as deeply as the coffee, but if you make a stronger brew (I only let my tea steep until it's a light brow) it would probably work, especially if you used a darker hued spice.
Originally Posted by MysticSpiral
I just wanted to reiterate that this cinnamom tea mixture is to lighten hair, not darken it. If you want to darken your hair with tea you should avoid adding the cinnamon as cinnamon is a known hair lightener.

Coffee with lightly stain the hair a dark brown and also add shine because it is acidic. The richer you brew the coffee, the deeper the stain.

If you are going to add cocoa powder o your mixture avoid hersheys as it has been neutralized with added alkalis. This can damage your hair.
Originally Posted by belasuna
Good to know Thanks!
I have been wanting to try a coffee dye as well. I heard that it makes your hair soft and shiny. I tried just doing a small section of mine two times (with the rinse method) and it did not do anything as far as color goes. It did seem quite shiny. I am going to try again this weekend with the overnight method. Only a small section because I'm blonde-ish so I wouldn't want any big surprises if I did my whole head.

Last edited by ricitos de oro; 11-20-2009 at 11:20 AM.
Let me know how it goes. I don't want it so much for color, I really only have lighter hair on my ends because I haven't dyed in a long time. I do need some extra shine though, so keep me updated.
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Will using honey and/or lemon lighten hair that's been dyed?

I have naturally golden blonde hair, but have been dying it a dark espresso brown for about a year. I want to return to more my natural colour, but really don't want to spend huge $$$ by getting gradual highlights in a salon every couple months. (plus my hair is already processed and dry enough!! I want to go natural CG!)
My overnight test strand did nothing. I think my paste was too grainy though, it felt like I put a few drops of conditioner into a handful of coffee grounds and tried to stick it in my hair.. Yuck. It was still shiny but my curl seems much looser in that section now... it will probably bounce back in a few days. ...and the smell - not very pleasant, coffee with free me freesia V05.. I think I'll go get some vanilla mint so I can at least smell like a latte. I might try to modify the paste and just do my whole head, seeing as it did not have much of any affect on my color. I don't think anything I do at this point would be really drastic.
I tried it. Aussie moist mixed with coffee and coffee grounds. The paste was a nice consistency, but I had a terribly hard time getting the coffee grounds out. I didn't really see a difference in color but it was shiny. I only left it in 2 hours and I have not repeated it, so that might be why I have no color change. It was really shiny after. I don't think I'll be repeating, too much trouble. Maybe I will do it just as a rinse though.
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WL (25") straightened
APL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.








I mixed some leftover Pantene (blechh) with 3/4cup of cold coffee and a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa and let it sit in my hair for about 3 hours. Just after three hours I saw a beautiful difference! Not necessarily in hair color (it did seem a tad darker, but my hair is already dark!) My hair is SUPER soft and shiny! Shiny is something I have never gotten, not even with henna, so it was a major surprise. I also got really great frizz control.

The down side? I'm on my third day with it and my hair STILL smells like coffee!Gross! It was also slightly nauseating to work with, it reminded me of puke

Oh well, I can look past it! I will definately be using again!
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For those who have done this, how long does your hair stay shiny? Just until the next wash? And also, (sorry if this is a "dumb" question) does it matter if the coffee is decaf?
I'm going to make my own Colour Pak:

1/2 cup triple strength black coffee(cold liquid)
3 tbsp non-alkanized cocoa powder
1/2 cup leave in conditioner

mix and pack on after doing Spritz&Condish: leave overnight under a shower cap....rinse
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Ondulee, let me know how this works, I'm intrigued after all these posts! If I tried this I probably wouldn't use coffee grounds, because I feel like the grains would do nothing besides sit on my hair and be a pain in the butt to remove.... Let us know!
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Last edited by Ondulee; 04-20-2010 at 01:28 PM.
I really want to hear more about this. The sun really bleaches my hair in the summer and it stays an odd brassy color for most of the winter. I want a true deep rich chocolate brown without dye. I'd be happy with a shade darker. I wonder what would happen in you just put cocoa powder in everyhing you leave on your hair...like rinse outs and leave ins and DTs
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