One Saturday, I had French Pressed some Kenya medium coffee and didn’t get to drink it. So the next day, which was wash day, I needed to tea rinse but figured I’d just use coffee instead. I threw some conditioner on top of it (something I did once with tea rinsing and didn’t care for) and hoped it would come out good.
It actually did.
Immediately after, I noticed softer hair (better conditioner results) and less shedding, but over the week, I felt shedding didn’t reduce, more like induced from the wash day but was never more excessive one day over the next. I also noticed an itchier scalp.
So the next week I tried it again. Same results from above. This time with French Roast. Even itchier scalp. I had a lot of dafuq moments at work; embarrassing.
The next week, I went back to tea rinsing, but the deep conditioning results weren’t the same. I mean, they were good, but the conditioning wasn’t as good as the coffee.
Then, I got smart and put two and two together. I notice how Burdock root is the only tea that soothes my scalp. Peppermint too, but I’m not going there with that tea yet. Afraid I might OD with it. So, while I wouldn’t do this in real life, I decided to try Kati Kati medium roast and Burdock root together.
I’m soooo sold.
I’m definitely happy with this blend.
I noticed a few things with coffee.
-The strength is very important. Strength can determine caffeine content, not acidity. Darker roast have less caffeine (not remarkably low, still high, but not as much as a lighter roast) which is why I had more shedding.
-Medium roasts have more caffeine, so I had less shedding. I still had scalp itching.
-Didn’t leave my hair hard, mimicked black tea results for me.
-I noticed it isn’t making my hair as dark as black tea. If anything, I noticed its a tad lighter and more vibrant, but I can’t speak too soon.
-Adding Burdock root helped alot in terms of scalp health.
-Region of the coffee plays a great role in terms of acidity. I noticed that dark coffee with light acidity (French Roast) had better conditioning results but more scalp itching. Kenya (medium) had light acidity too and conditioned well but I still had itching. Kati Kati (medium) had more acidity and citrus notes. I mixed it with burdock, so I can’t say for sure if only burdock reduced the itching, but even with it did work well.
-Coffee with the lower acidity worked best for conditioning for me, but I had more scalp irritation.
-Coffee with higher acidity had really good conditioning results with less scalp irritation.
-I noticed better moisture retention, even when I had 2 wash days in one week but only rinsed for 1 wash day.
-Last, I experienced more shine. That’s always a good thing.
I remember someone telling me they exclusively used Columbian coffee for rinsing. Spanish coffees usually have higher acidities which is probably why she loved them.
I really have no complaints about coffee rinsing. If anything, I like it better and will continue to use it. I think its a tad more expensive, but I also drink more coffee than tea so that’s why it’s more expensive IMO. Even though I’m gifted and cursed with LP hair, I’m going to stick with moderately acidic coffees; they didn’t affect anything and it just works better on my scalp.
I didn’t think I’d like it, because coffee is so bitter (I still love it though) but I couldn’t knock it till I tried it.
*I generally have a sensitive scalp, so you may not experience an itchy scalp like I did. Even when deep conditioners are left on too long or I take too long to air dry my hair, I will have an itchier scalp. If your scalp is not sensitive, you may not experience the same results.
**I only used Starbucks Coffees due to convenience, not preference. I don’t really think brand matters.
Which do you prefer?
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