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Can Coffee Beans Make Hair Grow?

If you enjoy drinking coffee, you probably take two or three cups a day. Your primary focus could be the caffeine kick you get from the coffee or its pleasant aroma and taste.

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But did you know that coffee has many more benefits? A little-known advantage is its ability to grow hair. That doesn’t mean your hair will grow longer if you drink coffee daily. No.

Coffee increases the appearance and length of your hair when used topically. It is usually used in caffeine-based shampoos, hair serums, and conditioners.

Instead of buying expensive over-the-counter products that contain coffee for your hair, you can grind coffee beans and use the grounds in hair treatments. Some people mix coffee with their shampoo, conditioner, or hair oil.


5 Benefits of Using Coffee on Hair

If you regularly use coffee beans in your hair products or hair care routines, you will notice the following benefits.

    1. Improved Texture and Length

According to research, the caffeine content in coffee can stimulate and relax damaged hair follicles to grow healthy hair.

It also boosts the elongation of hair shafts which encourages the production of wider and longer hair strands. That will improve your hair texture and appearance.

And if you are dealing with premature hair baldness, coffee can block the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a sex hormone known to damage hair follicles. That will help you to reverse any hair loss and restore your hair gradually.

Caffeine also extends the hair growth stage by boosting blood circulation to hair follicles which increases the transfer of nutrients to these areas.

    2. Shinier and Softer Hair

If you have dry, dull hair, rinsing your hair with coffee regularly can moisturize it and give it a shiny appearance.

The stimulating effects of caffeine boost circulation in the hair roots ensuring nutrients are absorbed by the hair follicles resulting in the growth of healthier-looking hair.

And although coffee is known to have diuretic properties, it has the opposite effect on hair. The flavonoids and caffeine in the coffee lock in moisture in hair follicles, reducing dullness. These antioxidants can also reduce frizziness in hair and detangle it.

Coffee also releases a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the hair follicles, which energizes and strengthens hair giving it an attractive appearance.

    3. Darkening of Grey Hair

Black coffee can naturally darken your hair because of coffee’s ability to stain surfaces or fabric. You may have experienced this if you’ve ever spilled some coffee on yourself and ended up with a semi-permanent coffee stain.

You can darken or tint your hair to an attractive brown color by rinsing it with coffee once in a while. It is a trick used by many people to tint gray hairs instead of using chemical hair dyes.

Dyeing your hair with coffee will also give it more body enhancing its appearance. That’s also due to the (adenosine triphosphate) ATP molecules it releases into the hair follicles, which are known to strengthen hair.

    4. Reduction of Dandruff and Flakiness

Using coffee grounds to scrub your hair can relieve flakiness and dandruff by clearing dead skin cells and opening up the hair follicles.

Its acidic composition can also rebalance the pH of your scalp and hair, which will detoxify it.

If you have a greasy or oily scalp, try using a coffee mask to clarify it. Its anti-bacterial properties will eliminate germs that may cause your scalp to itch. It will also leave your scalp with the perfect oil balance and encourage new hair growth.

    5. Increased Production of Healthy Hair Cells and Follicles

Your hair follicles have matrix cells that divide when your hair is growing. These cells also produce keratin, a powerful hair protein that builds strong hair.

The antioxidants and caffeine in coffee boost matrix cell division in your hair follicles increasing the rate at which your hair grows.

Coffee also reduces moisture loss and increases the number of healthy hair follicles, giving you thicker hair.

That’s because it contains oils such as Phytosterols that improve moisture retention in the hair shafts and blood circulation in hair follicles.


How to Use Coffee Beans to Better Your Hair

Now that you know of all these benefits, you may decide to use coffee to improve the growth and appearance of your hair. Here’s how to do it.

  • Make a Coffee Hair Treatment

You can apply a treatment made with coffee to your hair after shampooing it to condition the hair. Here’s how.


1 cup of your favorite coffee beans

2 liters of water

A mixing bowl

A brown or dark towel

A shower cap


  1. Grind the cup of coffee beans and brew strong coffee. The stronger it is, the better the effects.
  2. Let the coffee cool, then pour a cup of it into a bowl. Mix the coffee with two cups of warm water.
  3. Pour the diluted coffee over your scalp and hair and massage it into your hair and scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wrap a warm towel over your head. Leave the coffee treatment on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the coffee treatment thoroughly with lukewarm water, ensuring the water runs clear.
  6. Dry your hair and style it as usual.
  • Make a Coffee Hair Mask

You can also make a coffee hair mask to stimulate hair growth. Here’s how.


A cup of coffee beans

3 tbsp of olive/almond oil

Tea tree, Lavender, or Peppermint essential oil

1 tbsp of honey

A shower cap


  1. Grind the coffee beans into a medium – fine powder.
  2. Mix the coffee powder, oil, and honey in a mixing bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil.
  3. Massage the coffee mask into your scalp, working it into your hair.
  4. Wear a shower cap for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse the mask off with warm water.
  6. Dry your hair and style it as desired.



While you may enjoy drinking coffee, you can see there are other ways of using it to improve your appearance. It is packed with nutrients that will boost your hair length, strength, and texture.

We’ve given you five benefits you can expect if you use coffee on your hair. There are also recipes for a coffee hair treatment and mask that you can try.

If you notice an improvement, you could also try coffee skin treatments to better your skin.

These tips will help you use your coffee in other ways apart from brewing coffee beverages, ensuring nothing goes to waste.


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