This Everyday Drink Is Now Being Used as Hair Dye

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Coffee is something you probably drink every day, but never would have guessed that it’d be used as hair dye. Did someone’s hair accidentally dip down into their cup of joe one day and they thought hmm, should I do my whole head? Beauty addicts are full of surprises.

The hype behind it is that it’s a natural and chemical-free way to boost your color in the comfort of your own home with no long-term commitments. “Dyeing your hair with coffee will act as a stain rather than a true dye,” says celebrity colorist Matt Rez, the guru behind Margot Robbie’s gorgeous locks. “Think of it like how coffee can stain if it spills on a porous surface; it’s the same idea. It’s also totally safe as long as the coffee is pure organic.”

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So how do you do it exactly? Spoon University offers up the following how-to using a Dunkin’ Donuts brew:

Step 1: Make 2 cups of Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast Ground Coffee. Let it cool down sufficiently (until cold). “The darker and richer the coffee, the more staining power it has,” says Rez. “Make an espresso or even use Turkish/Arabic coffee for maximum results.” 

Step 2: Mix 2 cups of conditioner with 4 tablespoons of ground coffee. Mix it until the grounds dissolve and the mixture looks smooth. (#SpoonTip: If you have thicker hair, it’s a good idea to double the ingredients just in case you need extra.)

Step 3: Wash your hair with your regular shampoo; make sure it’s thoroughly washed. Squeeze out all the excess water with your hands. Then take a towel and put it around your shoulders.

Step 4: With the 2 cups that you made, soak your hair. You can simply pour them, but make sure your hair gets sufficiently wet. With your fingers, thoroughly add in the mixture to your hair. Make sure to get all the roots by massaging the scalp. Continue on until your entire head is completely covered. Optional: Put on a shower cap to keep the hair together. (#SpoonTip: Make sure you tilt your head back when you do this. Don’t let it get all over your face because it will be really hard to get off. Get a friend to help you!)

Step 5: After the hour has gone by, rinse your hair until all the dark color is out. Then, wash your hair as you normally would to make sure all the coffee residue is out. 

Although Spoon University recommends an hour, Rez says he would treat it like an in-salon glossing treatment, which usually involves just 20 minutes of processing time for first-time use. “Approximately 20 minutes is the most we leave glosses on for,” he explains. “Sometimes, we go back with a new mix and add more time, so I suggest doing the same with coffee at home until you reach your desired result. And to maximize the lasting power of the stain, I would mix some of the coffee (in a super concentrated form) into the sulfate-free shampoo you’ll be using post-color.” 

It’s also important to note that this is not a trend for blonds; leave this one to the brunettes. As Rez says, “Blonds beware! Most likely, a blond will pick up the coffee stain in a very patchy way. It could come out a muddy (literally) mess that would need a salon visit to fix!”

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