How to make a coffee hair rinse

beans and groundsAs well as being tasty, coffee can be surprisingly useful. Whether you’re using it as a natural dye to tint fabric, paint or paper, turning the grounds into compost or fertiliser or using it as a baking ingredient, it’s extremely versatile. In addition, it contains no added chemicals or harsh artificial ingredients so it’s ideal for using as a beauty product. As coffee’s dark natural colour can add a subtle tint to a range of materials, it can also give brunette hair a deeper shine. Here’s how to make your own hair rinse.

Brew two large mugs of espresso coffee from beans (this is a great way of using up old or stale beans. Don’t forget to save the grounds to make a face scrub.) Leave the coffee to cool completely, then pour the coffee over your hair after you’ve washed and conditioned it, and leave it to dry. Alternatively, pour the coffee over dry hair, wrap your head in a hot towel and leave it for half an hour. Shampoo out as normal. Using some beer in the last rinse water will help seal in the coffee colour. Make sure you use an old or dark coloured towel, as the coffee may stain, and clear up any spills or splashes in the bathroom before they dry.

If you have very long or thick hair, you may need to use more coffee. Always use coffee from fresh beans rather than instant, which can contain additives. Don’t use coffee on very light hair, as the it may stain rather than adding shine and lustre.

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