Sure coffee is a delicious beverage that gives you that “get up and go” you need in the morning, but did you know, coffee also offers a variety of health benefits and is packed with properties that can be used to stimulate parts of the body, including hair.
To get the lowdown on just what benefits coffee has for your hair, Starts at 60 spoke to board-certified and award-winning dermatologist Dr Alapan Mohta to find out the fascinating ways you can use coffee to rejuvenate your locks.
According to Dr Alapan, coffee is a popular ingredient in shampoos and conditioners that contain keratin proteins.
“Although caffeine on its own doesn’t do much for hair when caffeine and keratin proteins are combined, they create a strong protein bond that helps repair damaged hair,” she says.
Being rich in antioxidants, caffeine also reverses the damage caused to hair by pollution and harmful UV rays.
Dr Alapan further explains that coffee also contains many micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium, and vitamins like riboflavin and niacin.
“These nutrients help in balancing the pH levels of your scalp and hair which can prevent hair loss, strengthen the strands, and remove toxic dead skin over the scalp,” Alapan explains.
While there is comparatively less research on the relationship between coffee and hair, studies have been conducted which found that caffeine does have benefits for hair health, findings which Dr Alapan supports.
“When applied to the scalp, the coffee particles can help in exfoliating the dead skin of the scalp. This will unclog the pores and make your scalp healthier,” Dr Alapan says.
“Secondly, caffeine also stimulates blood circulation over your scalp which boosts the growth of hair.
“Caffeine also stimulates cell cycling in hair follicles, which can halt the progression of hair loss.
“Being a good antioxidant, using a caffeine-containing hair mist, hair serum or leave-in conditioner will also protect your skin from harmful free radicles produced by pollution and ultraviolet radiation. “
If you’re thinking of doing a DIY coffee mask at home, Dr Alapan has listed a few precautions and side effects to keep in mind:
IMPORTANT LEGAL INFO This article is of a general nature and FYI only, because it doesn’t take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. That means it’s not personalised health advice and shouldn’t be relied upon as if it is. Before making a health-related decision, you should work out if the info is appropriate for your situation and get professional medical advice.