Having just one hair color for your entire life can be boring. Sometimes, you may just want another shade of hair color, not for anything much but just a change. However, some people try hair dye because of grey stains on the hair.
Whether for an aesthetic reason to mask your grey hair, the main concern often turns out to be the panic about the aftermath of dying your precious hair. Well, henna and coffee paste to the rescue! Hair dye with henna paste has killed the fear that chemical color may affect the hair.
This article will expose you to how to make a henna paste with coffee and how to dye your hair with the paste properly. It will also elaborate on the pros and cons of dyeing your hair with henna and coffee.
What Do You Know About Henna?
Henna is a powder made from dry henna leaves. Henna is very popular among South Asian and middle eastern people, called mendhikā in Sanskrit. It is often used for body design. Despite its popularity among body designers, it is a good ingredient for hair dying. Henna is reputable for softening the hair and enhancing its tone.
What Does Coffee Do To Henna?
If you want to dye your hair with henna, you must mix it with other ingredients. It is preferable to mix henna with tannic liquids to enhance its resulting color effect on the hair. Coffee is one of those mixtures that work well with henna to give you that perfect hair color. Coffee enhances the power of henna to stain the hair. Coffee deepens the power of henna, giving you a darker hue. Aside from giving you a darker shade of hair, coffee combined with henna gives you healthier and softer hair. The caffeine in coffee can work wonders on your hair texture and appearance.
Benefits of Coffee To The Hair
It prevents hair loss.
Research has shown that topical application of caffeine can reverse hair loss. Applying coffee to the hair strengthens the hair follicles, prevents hair loss, and remedies existing conditions. Also read Does Coffee Cause Hair Loss?
It prevents eye dryness and breakage.
Coffee contains an antioxidant called flavonoid. Flavinoids regenerate the hair, giving coffee the ability to retain hair moisture and produce softer and smothering hair.
Coffee darkens hair color.
Coffee is a natural hair dye. Its stain can change the shade of your hair a dark color. It is ideal for those who want to hide their grey hair or want a change in color for the moment.
Coffee exfoliates the scalp.
The natural acidity of coffee makes it an excellent exfoliator for your hair and scalp. Coating your oily and greasy hair with a coffee ground mask can eliminate the excess oil and dead skin cells in your scalp, leaving you with a perfect balance of scalp and hair oil.
The Cons of Coffee On The Hair
- Excess usage of coffee on the hair can cause hair loss and stunted growth.
- Using instant coffee instead of freshly grounded coffee on your hair can lead to hair damage. Instant coffees contain some additives and preservatives that may adversely affect the hair. Not just that, fresh coffee beans ground is more effective on the hair than instant coffee.
Benefits Of Henna On The Hair
It enhances hair color and prevents premature graying.
Henna is a natural dye for the hair changing your hair color and masking grey hair. It gives your hair a natural gloss and glows. Not just that, frequent use of henna and coffee on your hair can also slow down hair greying.
Henna reduces oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is the imbalance in the production of reactive oxygen and antioxidants. Oxidative stress can cause hair damage, breakage, and premature hair breakage. Research has shown that henna can reduce anti-oxidative stress dye to its antioxidant properties.
It promotes hair growth.
Henna is rich in vitamin E and protein. It supports the hair keratin and nourishes the scalp. As such, it enhances hair growth and strength.
A study revealed that henna could seal the hair cuticles and retain moisture. With a combination such as egg or coffee ground, you have a natural hair conditioner.
It balances hair pH and oil production.
Henna can be the perfect remedy for those with excessive hair oil. It controls excess hair oil production by calming down the sebaceous glands. It also restores the ph level of the scalp to its natural state.
Cons Of Using Henna On Your Hair
- Using low-quality henna and leaving it on hair for a more extended period can lead to hair breakage.
- It may be hard to get rid of the henna color. Trying to remove it with artificial dyes may damage your natural hair. You may need to wait till it fades.
- Your skin may be reactive to henna.
- Some dark henna that contains Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) can damage the scalp.
Things To Consider When Getting Henna And Coffee For Hair Dyeing
Buy pure natural henna
Unless you are comfortable with the included additive hue or are a professional who knows your way around dyeing very well, make sure you get purely natural henna. There is some henna in the market that is already mixed with additives. The mixture has compromised the natural henna color. Natural henna color should be green to brown and smell like dried plants. Any other color or smell means it has been mixed with something else.
Do a patch test
After buying your henna, you should consider doing a patch test first to determine your scalp reaction. This process is mainly for those with sensitive skin. Apply a bit of the henna mixture to your skin and wait a couple of hours to see how your skin reacts.
Get enough to cover your entire hair.
Unless you have decided to dye just a part of your hair, you should get more than enough henna powder to cover all areas of your hair. You will need about 50-100g for short hair, 100g for medium, and 200g for long hair. In case you have very thick hair, get extra grams.
How To Make A Henna Paste With Coffee
- 1 Henna powder
- Coffee powder
- Old towel
- Shower cap
- Mixing bowl(preferably stainless)
How To Apply Coffee And Henna Paste To Your Hair
- Pour a cup of water into the pot, and bring to a boil. Once it starts boiling, add two spoonfuls(which would be enough to achieve the color needed) into the water and set aside. This is just like making your coffee without any additives.
- Pour your henna into the bowl you prepared for mixing. Start pouring the coffee you made earlier to make a paste. Keep stirring while pouring the coffee so that it can totally dissolve. Be sure not to add too much coffee to the henna to have a thick batter. Find a way to keep the batter warm till you are ready to use; this will enable a vital dye.
- The next thing to do is to segment the hair into portions you are comfortable with and can handle at once. Ensure no single hair is left out. This will enable the dye to get to all parts of the hair.
- Dye stays conveniently where it is not needed, which can be annoying. Wear your gloves to stop your hands from turning orange. You should also wear an old shirt you are already willing to let go of because the paste can make a mess. This one should preferably cover up to your neck.
- Apply vaseline or olive oil on your forehead and neck to avoid henna stains.
- Proceed to apply your henna and coffee paste. Pick a section and start from the roots of your hair to the top till the whole hair is entirely done. If you are unsure about the back section, use a mirror or ask for help with the application from someone you trust.
- When this is done, wrap it up with the shower cap and an old towel. This will help keep the dye warm and prevent dehydration (just like you have to lock it in when you apply it on your nails for the best effect).
- If applying it at night, keep it till the following day before washing off. If during the day, keep it for a minimum of 4hours. Rinse with a mild shampoo and lukewarm water. Apply conditioner, wash off with cold water, then dry.
- Use freshly prepared hot coffee for effective results. The longer the paste stays on your hair, the darker and more prominent the color is.
- The process will be incredibly messy, so prepare for the worst
- Do not use henna on your hair if you have chemically altered it in the last six months. Similarly, do not use chemically based dye within six months of using henna and coffee dye.
FAQs About Henna And Coffee Dye
How long does henna and coffee dye stay in your hair?
Depending on your hair care and routine, the henna color can stay up to 4weeks or more. Read ‘How Long Does Coffee Hair Dye Last?‘
How can I remove henna and coffee dye from my hair?
If you wish to remove your henna and coffee dye, you should use natural oil treatments such as coconut oil and olive oil. Mix the two, and apply to your hair overnight. Wash it off the following day with a mild shampoo. You can repeat this process if you are not content with the result.
How can I get rid of the henna smell?
If you are not a fan of the henna smell, add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of cinnamon powder to the paste.
Does henna and coffee cover grey hair?
The combination of the color of henna and coffee darkens gray hair. Not just that, frequent use of these natural dyes slowed down greying.
How to make henna with coffee is a simple yet meticulous process. If done the right way, the coffee and henna mixture has a lot of benefits to offer your hair and scalp.