I Dyed My Hair With Coffee!!!

Did you know that was possible? I know coffee has a staining power as I have to scrub it off coffee cups and counter tops but I had no idea people used it to dye their hair.

Word to the wise. This is not for blondes! The coffee is meant to accentuate the color and highlights that are found in brunette colored hair. That being said, we can move forward.

I was scrolling through the ‘Hair & Beauty’ column in Pinterest when I came across this…


I was instantly curious! Is this just a Pinterest gimmick or does it really work? I researched a little more and found that its a technique that has been used for a while. Its color lasts a few days to maybe a week. From what I read it depends on how often you apply and how healthy your hair is.

Here are a few more links I found helpful…

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After reading all the above articles I really wanted to try it! It took a while for me to get the courage but I am glad I did.

First, what the articles didn’t share with me was that after applying coffee to my hair I would smell like a walking espresso machine. Maybe it goes without saying, but I wasn’t prepared for the very strong smell of coffee every time I moved my head. I LOVE coffee, I’m just not sure I want to smell it all day long.

Secondly, the articles say its non-messy and easy. I beg to differ. Adding a water like substance to your hair is anything but easy and non-messy. There was the option to fill a squirt bottle with the coffee but I still don’t see how that would be any less messy unless maybe you stood in the shower? But then I’d have to scrub it off the walls and glass.

I’m not trying to make it so you don’t try it, I am just sharing with you the circumstances I faced.

Now that you are forewarned, I will walk you through the process…

Before Pictures: My hair is super messy because I pulled it out of a bun.

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In the first picture I stood by the window to get natural light. The second picture I took in my bathroom where there is no window. Light makes a huge difference so I added both.

All the articles shared a different recipe and a different way of applying the coffee. I decided I’d apply what I read and make my own recipe.

I brewed two cups of very strong coffee then added a couple ice-cubs. The articles say to let it sit and cool but I was in a rush to get it done before my baby woke up from his nap.


Next I added about a tablespoon of ground coffee. (bad idea)

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Then I took it to the bathroom and added my hair conditioner to try and thicken it up a little.

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Even though the combo of coffee and smell of the conditioner was amazing, I couldn’t get it to thicken.

I was half way through the process and couldn’t stop now. I wasn’t sure how to start so I began dipping a brush in the mixture and then brushing it through my hair. After a couple tries I realized that would take forever.

I dipped my hands into the mixture and was getting better application but it was splashing everywhere.

I then set the bowel in the sink and put my head in after it. I formed a cup with my hands and poured it over my hair that way. This seemed to work the best.

After it felt like my hair was good and soaked I combed it out and made sure it was evenly applied through my thick hair. I then pilled it on top of my head and let it sit for a good thirty minutes.

Get a towel. It will run down your neck and drop here and there.

Next I jumped in the shower and begin trying to wash out the ground coffee bits. Maybe its just my thick hair but those little granules did not want to come out. That’s probably were that extra strong coffee smell came from all day? Even after I showered the day after, I still smelled like coffee. It is not half or even a fourth as strong as it was yesterday but the coffee smell, it was still there.

Here are the afters!

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It really did make a difference! It gave it more of a deep red hint and added a lot of shine to my hair. Again the first is natural light and the second is in my bathroom.

Now the question I have to ask myself… was it worth it?

Yes and no.

Yes in the way that it did add a beautiful shine and color to my hair. No in the way that it was so messy and the smell of coffee, since I now know its possible, was over powering.

If I do it again I will not be adding the coffee grinds, nope, bad idea! If I attempt it again I might just brew the strong coffee and then pour it over my hair while in the shower, let it saturate while I soap my body and then wash my hair out last. Only I don’t know if that would be enough time for it to color and add the shine that I loved so much.

If I try it again I will up date this blog post 😉 For now I am done with the smell of coffee that is still permitting my hair.

If you try it please let me know how you did it! If you were able to find a non-messy, easy way to apply that hasn’t been thought of yet I would love to hear from you. As I’m sure my readers would like to hear as well!