"PERC" UP YOUR COLOUR WITH COFFEE

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HOW TO DARKEN & ENHANCE YOUR COLOUR NATURALLY WITH COFFEE

We’ve seen crazy DIY beauty hacks on the Internet, but I really perked up at the sight of this all-natural colour trend for autumn: using coffee to shade your hair, this works best on a darker base.

Coffee stains are typically a bad thing , but as some DIYers have figured out, they can actually make for a beautiful all-natural alternative to harsher hair dyes.

HOW TO DARKEN & ENHANCE YOUR COLOUR NATURALLY WITH COFFEE

The at-home process is pretty simple—essentially you soak strands in two cups of a dark-roast brew and follow with a homemade conditioning “dye” made from thick conditioner and coffee grounds. After letting the caffeinated hair mask sit for an hour, you’ll see richer, bolder strands (and smell great).The biggest advatage of these home remedies is that they help you avoid damaging chemicals found in most dyes. There’s even research that suggests caffeine may help stimulate hair growth. Score!

 

HOW TO DARKEN & ENHANCE YOUR COLOUR NATURALLY WITH COFFEE

But before you cancel your appointment with your colourist, let me point out that there are big drawbacks to the natural colouring method. First off, you should consider this more of a tint than a full-on dye job, it's more of a stain.Unless your hair is light, you're not really looking at very much longevity.

Secondly, you can’t be sure that the home remedy will stain your strands evenly, putting you at risk for a dye disaster. “The more porous hair may take a darker colour at first. Plus, you’re taking a gamble on how evenly the colour will fade after a few washes. In other words, you should carefully consider all your colour options. “As a professional, I would say that yes, I'm sure the coffee  is definitely going to add some pigment. But is it worth the faff ?

HOW TO DARKEN & ENHANCE YOUR COLOUR NATURALLY WITH COFFEE

On the upside, if you give it a try and don’t end up loving the results, the colour will likely wash out faster than you can memorize the  menu at Starbucks.