woman-drinking-coffeeI know the title of this post may sound a little crazy, but could it really be true? Can COFFEE really help with hair growth? Well, were about to find out. Keep reading and stay tuned.

A lot of research has been performed about the potential health benefits of coffee. Additionally, scientists have studied coffee hair growth benefits during the course of their research. Some hair experts and scientists believe the potential health benefits of coffee can extend to the hair.  Many tout coffee hair growth benefits from utilizing a wide method of coffee application to the scalp and strands.

I do not suggest that you drink coffee, I do not think that caffeine is good for you internally. However, using coffee externally can be beneficial for many things.

Journal of Dermatology Study – Coffee Hair Growth Benefits

A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology (Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 27-35) addressed coffee hair growth benefits as a possible stimulant for hair follicles.   The study found that caffeine works by blocking the effects of a chemical known as DHT which damages hair follicles and is thought to cause Male Pattern Baldness (MPB).

Increase In Average Growth Of Hair Follicles

When Dr. Fischer compared the hair follicles treated with caffeine against those that weren’t, he discovered some interesting results.  The average growth of the follicles treated with caffeine increased by around 46 per cent compared to the control group.  In addition, the life cycle of the hair treated with caffeine was extended by 37 percent. Caffeine boosted the length of the hairs by between 33 and 40 per cent.

Dr Fischer noted that “hair follicles treated with caffeine showed a highly significant growth rate at 24 hours and still showed further significant growth at eight days.”


Some hair consumers interested in conducting their own tests of coffee hair growth benefits have created special hair mask recipes utilizing a base coffee oil.

Coffee grounds can easily be dried and then infused into an oil which can be applied to the scalp in a variety of delivery methods ranging from direct application to the scalp, pre-shampoo treatments, shampoo applications and/or rinse-out or leave-in conditioners.  The coffee grounds or oil can also be combined with a shea butter or coconut oil such as Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil base to create a special scalp mask.

As a side benefit, used coffee grounds are known to be a great exfoliant for the scalp.  Coffee grounds are also a great skin treatment as well as helping to reduce cellulite in some cases.  Coffee is also often used as part of a henna rinse.

Coffee In The Shower

Some hair consumers have discovered that cold brewed coffee, when used on wet hair ,as an after shampoo rinse, will often help slow or stop shedding.

After shampooing, completely rinse hair.  Gently squeeze excess liquid from hair with fingers.  Pour pre-brewed cool coffee into hair using a clean plastic bowl or container to catch the drippings.  Continue to pour coffee through the hair until all the drippings have ceased.  Allow to sit on hair for 5 minutes.

Add desired rinse-out or leave-in conditioner .  Wrap hair in stain-proof towel or cloth and allow the coffee conditioner mixture to remain on hair for 30 to 60 minutes.  Rinse with lukewarm water and finish with a cool water final rinse.  Towel blot and air dry if possible. Style as normal.

DIY – Popular Coffee Oil 

Coffee oil is believed by some hair experts to increase the scalp’s blood circulation and to help stimulate the roots of the hair.  Coffee oil is rich in phytosterols which promotes excellent moisture retention and quick product penetration.  It is a popular ingredient in some cosmetics and sunscreens.


Here is a list of recipes that I intend on putting on the site for now:

  • Coffee Hair Growth Oil
  • Coffee & Cream Deep Conditioner
  • Coffee Hair Mask



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