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Walk into the bathroom of a curly girl and there's a good chance that you'll find a stray kitchen utensil or pantry item in there. Have you seen what I did with my strainer? So it may not surprise you that we've even found a use for everyone's favorite source of caffeine.

Coffee is loaded with antioxidants that helps increase your cell turnover, and caffeine is known to block dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone linked to hair loss, both of which make this a a great natural way to fight hair shedding. We are not talking about consuming more coffee, unfortunately, but actually applying it to your scalp topically. Another benefit of using coffee on your hair is its rich, dark pigment which temporarily stains the hair. This natural color enhancer can also add dimension and depth to dark haired curls. Brunettes looking for a natural way to enhance their hair color or cover up gray hair should give rinsing their hair with coffee a try.

Coffee Hair Color Rinse

NaturallyCurly user Curly-Kinky uses this rinse because she finds that it adds richness and shine to her brown hair.

What you'll need

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

Avoid using instant coffee or coffee that has added flavor, as these coffees typically contain additives and sugar that make them less potent for these purposes.

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Pack mixture onto hair after conditioning
  3. Leave in overnight under a shower cap
  4. Rinse the next morning

2 More Quick Ways to Do a Coffee Rinse

You can also do a coffee rinse in 20 minutes or less if you don't want to wait overnight. Simply brew 2-4 cups of coffee and be sure to let it cool completely before using. Never use hot coffee!

In the shower

Wash and condition your hair as you normally would, then pour the cups of coffee over your hair until fully saturated. Put a shower cap on for 20 minutes, then rinse.

Before the shower

You can pour the brewed, cooled coffee over dry hair at the before you shower, and then rinse it out in the shower and finish up with a leave-in conditioner.

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