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Hair coloring with coffee


As you’ve been reading my posts, you have come to realize that I am trying to be as natural, non-toxic in my family’s everyday life. This includes making my own cleaners and toiletries. Slowly, but surely, we are moving into a place where we are “greener.” 🙂
I am only 33 years old and thankfully, I don’t have many grey hairs. I confess, I still pluck the six or so that I do have. I don’t dye my hair, but I was wondering if there was something natural I could use to make my grey hairs less visible and therefore, not have to pluck them out or use regular (toxic, yucky) hair dye.
We recently got a Keurig coffee maker and got some samples of different coffees. One of the samples was the most horrendous coffee my husband and I have ever had and didn’t know what do do with those few k-cups. They just sat there for a time. Then I thought of brewing one of them and testing it on my hair, to see if this would be a cool and natural alternative to hair dye (or at least a color rinse).
After it cooled off, I put lids on the jars and took them to my shower.
That evening, I took a shower, washed my hairs, and applied the coffee color rinse. I left it on for about 10 minutes. I confess, I used this time to relax, unwind, and do my beloved oil pulling (see more on oil pulling in my homemade toothpaste post). I rinsed and anxiously waited for my hair to air dry.
Did my experiment work? Yes and no. It did not dye my hair like I was hoping, but I still loved it because it boosted my hair color, it gave my hair shine (so it looked healthier), but most importantly, it made my hair less frizzy!!!! Wow! Didn’t see THAT ONE coming! I was pleasantly surprised.
So, it’s worth doing it if you have dark hair.


– Brewed coffee (the darker, the better, in my opinion, but that’s because I have very dark hair)
– Container/jar with a lid
– Hair clip (if your hair is long enough) to hold hair up while the rinse does its job

It keeps in the shower for a few days, but if you want it to last longer, you can keep the jar in the fridge and take it to the bathroom before your shower or bath. I’m ok with doing it once every couple of weeks.


  1. Hi, I have just discovered your blog through Pinterest – wow, I love it! I have been experimenting with coffee as a hair dye. I sometimes use it as a rinse or I have been mixing it with honey and olive oil for a deep conditioning treatment with a little bit of color. It definitely boosts hair color and texture – I have very curly hair and it is always a little bouncier those days!


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