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DIY Hair: Coffee Rinse for Shine and Color

I love to dye my hair all colors of the rainbow. I love all things vintage. I also enjoy creating art, taking photos, and doing it myself.


I have dark hair. I also have coffee. And, obviously, I have the internet! What do you get when you combine those things? Weird beauty routines.

So I've been exploring the benefits of coffee lately, and I stumbled across a rinse for dark hair. It supposedly makes your hair super soft and shiny while enhancing dark tones too.

The whole thing sounded easy enough and was one of the less weird things I've tried with coffee in recent weeks, so I decided to give it a shot! Check out my findings below, complete with photos and thoughts.


1. Coffee!

Brew that junk up, chug most of it, and put some aside in a cup.

2. Said cup.

Keep it in a cup, put it in the shower, and then put yourself in the shower. It's quite simple, really.

Things to Keep in Mind

This isn't something for light-haired people! Coffee will stain your 'do. Also, please avoid pouring hot coffee on your scalp. I'm not responsible for burns! Additionally, do not use instant coffee—that's the stuff that just dissolves in hot water. It's got some stuff in it that can be harmful to your locks.

Now, it's time for a before photo!

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The before.

The before.


I suggest washing your hair when you first get in the shower. Shampoo and condition however you usually do it, and then grab your cup! Resist the urge to take a swig (I couldn't), and then pour it evenly onto your hair.

Let it sit while you do other shower stuff. The longer it sits, the better it's supposed to be. 20 minutes is recommended, but I only did it for about five. I still felt a difference though!


Below is an after photo of my coffee rinse. I think I'd have to wash my hair more regularly and do the rinse more often for any visible color enhancement. However, I can attest to feeling softer and smoother hair. You can definitely see the shine too.

Did you try it out too? Leave your experiences with the rinse in the comments! I'd love to hear from you guys.



More Coffee DIYs

Like I said, I've been experimenting with coffee a lot lately. Check out some of my other coffee DIYs, as well as some other weird beauty stuff.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Kathleen from Michigan on March 01, 2015:

I bet you got a new coffee maker for Christmas!

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on February 24, 2015:

I wonder how it works on grey hair. I guess it can't hurt to try. My natural color is dark brown so I should be a good candidate for this rinse.

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