How to cover grey hair with coffee

Your hair turn grey with age. For some people, this is a welcome sight because they think it is a sign of maturity and wisdom, but many are not happy to see the grey hair, regarding it as a symbol of old age. Many products are available in the market to cover the grey hair, but most of these dyes have harsh chemicals, so many people do not want to use those products. If you are one of them, try these natural hair dyes.

Natural Hair Dye for Grey Hair

1. Henna

Henna is used as a natural hair dye for centuries. It can give a beautiful auburn color to your hair. It is a plant based dye and often comes in the form of powder, so it can be mixed with water, lemon juice, fragrant oils, vinegar and coffee for different colors. If you want a darker color, you can mix henna with indigo. Remember that it has to be applied frequently to maintain the color.

2. Tea Bag

You can use different types of teabags for different colors. For example, you can choose black tea if you want dark hair, and you may use rooibos for red hair. Take a couple of teabags and let them brew in scalding water for fifteen minutes. When it cools down, put the mixture over your clean and wet hair. Wait for about 10 minutes before rinsing the mixture off with cold water. Do not use hot water as it can wash away the color.

3. Rosemary and Sage

Rosemary and sage are also effective natural hair dyes. Take half cup of each herb and boil them in water for half an hour. When it gets cool, massage your hair and scalp with the mixture, and let it stay for some time. Although it will not cover the grey hair completely, it will make them less noticeable by blending the grey hair with your natural hair color.

4. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is another effective and natural hair dye for grey hair. You can mix it with coconut oil, almond oil, and massage your scalp and hair with it. The gooseberry will give a nice color to grey hair and the oils will nourish the scalp and hair, giving your hair a healthier appearance.

5. Potato Peel

Take four to six medium sized potatoes and peel them. Add the potato peel to cold water and bring the water to boil, and then let it simmer for five minutes on very low heat. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool down. Strain the liquid and add a few drops of sandalwood oil. At last, apply this liquid on your hair after washing it. By this way, you can give your grey hair a darker color.

6. Walnuts Shell

You can use walnut shells for giving your grey hair a dark brown color. To make this natural hair dye for grey hair, take some walnut shells and crush them. Put them in water and boil for at least half an hour. Turn off the heat and let it come to room temperature. Strain it and discard the shells. Then apply the dark colored liquid with the help of a cotton wool ball or a piece of sponge over the areas where you need the color. Be careful to wear gloves as this dye can stain your hands and nails as well. Let it stay for an hour and then wash with a mild shampoo.

7. Lemon and Coconut

The mixture of coconut oil and lemon can help you get lustrous and smooth black hair when used twice a week. Mix some lemon juice with coconut oil, and then massage your hair and scalp with the mixture. Leave it for an hour and then wash with a mild shampoo.

8. Beetroot and Carrot Juice

If you want to add a reddish or reddish orange tint to your hair, you can use the juice of beetroot or carrot, or mix both juices. If you are want red tones, use more of the beetroot juice, and if you like a little bit of orange, you can add more carrot juice. You can apply the juice directly on your hair and let it stay on your hair for a couple of hours. After washing your hair, you can then use cider vinegar spray to seal the color.

9. Coffee

Coffee is also a natural hair dye for grey hair and it can give your hair a dark brown color. Brew a cup of espresso and let it cool. Add two cups of leave-in conditioner and two tablespoons of ground coffee beans. Apply this mixture to your clean hair and distribute it evenly. Then wash it with a mild shampoo after an hour. The best results can be achieved after a few applications.

All of us are getting older and with age our hair are turning grey. Graying occurs as specialized cells in hair follicles called melanocytes lose their ability to produce pigment (melanin) over time. It’s not that hair actually turns gray, but that new hair with less melanin grows in. White hair has virtually no melanin.

How to cover grey hair with coffee

Genes play a large role in graying, and there’s wide variation among ethnic groups. Men tend to turn gray earlier than women. Smoking is linked to premature graying. In rare cases, gray hair may be a sign of illness.

Among other reasons of hair graying are excessive intake of tea, coffee and alcohol, of fried and oily foods, spices and sour and acidic foods.

Unfortunately, there are no proven remedies for gray or white hair other than coloring it, despite the claims made for some dietary supplements. Melancor-NH, for example, allegedly boosts melanin (and stops male pattern baldness to boot) with its blend of bromelain, collagen, biotin, inositol, and other ingredients.

Its maker says the supplement is “clinically proven,” but cites no evidence aside from testimonials and did not provide us with any data despite repeated requests. There’s no reason to think any of these substances would affect hair color. What’s more, Melancor is supposed to take 6 to 12 months to work, by which time you’ve spent hundreds of dollars for extremely unlikely results.

No vitamin, mineral, or nutritional supplement is known to prevent or reverse age-related gray hair. The same goes for human growth hormone, yoga, removing mercury fillings, or any other touted therapy. In lab research white hair follicle cells have been stimulated to produce pigment again, and some scientists are hopeful that eventually a “cure” for graying will be possible. In the meantime, hair coloring-or learning to love your gray-is the only option.

However if your hair is graying and you are worried about it you can try some methods of folk medicine. The following are several of them.

1. Eat protein rich foods. Proteins – Sources: sprouted whole grains, cereals, meat and soy in your diet.

2. Eat foods rich in iron, minerals and vitamin A and B.
Vitamin A – Sources: dark green vegetables & yellow fruits. Vitamin B – Sources: fresh green leafy vegetables, bananas, tomatoes, cauliflower, cereals, liver kidney, yogurt, yeast and wheat germ..
Minerals like zinc, iron and copper – Sources: zinc – red meat, chicken & green vegetables
iron – beef, dried apricots, red meat, parsley, eggs, wheat & sunflower seeds
copper – sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, crabs and oysters, egg yolk & whole grains.

3. Eat foods rich in iodine such as banana, carrots and fish.

4. ink butter milk with a 2 teaspoons each of yeast and wheat germ will prevent and cure premature graying of hair.

5. Grate some fresh ginger. Mix with honey and place it in a jar. Eat 1 tea spoon everyday.

6. Rub Indian gooseberry (Amla) into the scalp regularly. It can show wonderful results, your gray hair will turn black.

7. Massage your hairs with coconut oil and lemon juice everyday.

8. Mix 1 tablespoon of table salt to a cup of strong black tea without milk. Massage this water on the scalp. wash your hair after an hour.

9. Make a paste of 2 tspn henna powder, 1 tspn yogurt, 1 tsp fenugreek (methi seed powder, 3 tspn coffee, 2 tspn basil juice and 3 tspn mint juice and apply to the hair. Wash hair with shampoo after 3 hours.

You can’t stop your hair once it starts turning gray, but you can color it for a more youthful look. Salon and store-bought dyes contain harsh chemicals that might weaken your hair or cause skin irritation. If you’re sensitive to these dyes, try using coffee as a more natural alternative. Brewed ground beans and instant coffee granules may temporarily stain your hair a dark brown. This is a good way to get a quick color boost — and if you don’t like the result, the coffee rinses out easily.

Brew a very strong pot of coffee, then allow it to come to room temperature. Wet and shampoo your hair as usual. Pour the cooled coffee slowly over your head while standing in the shower. Massage it into your roots and all the way down to the tips of your hair. Repeat this until you’ve used all of the coffee. Cover your head with a shower cap, wait for about 20 minutes minutes and then rinse the coffee out of your hair with cool water. Repeat this coffee rinse twice per week until you achieve your desired shade of brown.

Fill a spray bottle with strong black coffee. Mist your hair with the coffee once a week after shampooing, then comb through from your roots to ends. Let the coffee set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse with clean, lukewarm water.

Make a mixture of two parts conditioner to one part brewed espresso. Mix the espresso in until the conditioner turns brown. Apply the conditioner as usual after shampooing. Put on a shower cap, then rinse with clean water after 15 to 20 minutes.

You can also use black tea to darken your hair. Steep one black tea bag in very hot water until the liquid has turned brown. Let the tea cool, then rinse your hair with it. Rinse your hair under cool water, but do not shampoo.


Coffee will not color your hair permanently. If your hair gets wet, the coloring will wash away. This can stain clothing or other fabrics.

I dye my hair regularly. Not because I’m high maintenance or really care that much about my hair color… but because I have premature grays. I had one or two in high school, and about ten when I was in my mid-twenties. After my sister died, I almost immediately got a gray streak, and it kept spreading after that. The only reason I’m bringing that up is because it caused me to do a lot of reading about stress and gray hair–turns out, some mineral and nutrient absorption is blocked during the stress response, and this ultimately leads to gray hair (i.e. copper plays an integral role in hair color).

Oh, wait, there’s another reason I told you about that!

Because I have a combination of dark and gray hair, when I dye my hair naturally, the “dye” can’t be wimpy if it’s going to cover the grays! Generally, I find organic or natural salons and make sure the worst chemicals are not used in their color. However, right now I’m pregnant, and I wanted to delay coloring my hair at all until after the first trimester was over. I knew this would be a rough process—my hair grows quickly, and in 12 weeks, I’d have over an inch of regrowth.

I thought about using henna, but as I researched natural hair dyes, I found a few links that talked about using coffee. Of course, I didn’t follow any of the directions because I thought I could come up with a better way to do it—and I did, but it took me two tries.

How to cover grey hair with coffee

Dye Your Hair with Coffee!

1/2 cup conditioner (I used the most natural one I could find – Young Living’s Rosemary Mint)

3-4 Tbsp organic instant decaf coffee (the decaf part is optional, I was just being extra careful)

Instructions: Mix the two ingredients together until the coffee dissolves. Put a brown towel around your shoulders, dip your fingers in the “dye” and spread it evenly throughout your hair, starting with the roots. Clip your hair on top of your head so you don’t drip the mixture on anything, and leave it on for at least one hour. If you wait longer, it will start to dry and that makes it more difficult to rinse out. Rinse, but don’t wash, your hair until the water runs clear. Style as you normally would. The first time you do this, you’ll probably want to do it two days in a row (if you have grays).

  • Use more conditioner and more coffee if you have long hair. My hair is thin, so this amount worked.
  • Don’t worry about dripping the “dye” on your skin or sink—it doesn’t stain these things (but it might stain clothes or furniture, which is whyI recommend the hair clip and brown towel)!
  • This is not for blonds!
  • If you have grays, you’ll want to do this two days in a row to get full coverage initially
  • You’ll need to do this once a week if you want to keep the results (I wash my hair every 2-3 days)
  • Many of the recipes I looked at online involved brewing coffee (I tried this the first time, and it was way too watery and messy)
  • I read that putting a plastic bag on your head could help the color to “process” but I didn’t try this, and I don’t really recommend it (it just seems unnecessary)
  • Mixing this with henna would probably work amazingly well too, and probably help the color to last longer
  • You don’t have a lot of specific control about what color your hair will be–this is more of a “stain” and the mixture looks a lot lighter than you would think it would (assuming your conditioner is a whitish color)
  • After the first time I did this, I stopped measuring the conditioner and the coffee–it’s not so exact that you need to measure precisely

I did this process for several weeks, and it worked really well. I did stop a couple weeks before I hit my second trimester because I was feeling so sick that the smell of coffee (and the smell of conditioner) were making me want to throw up. I wore headbands and hats till I was feeling better.

Honestly, I don’t think I’ll do this 100% of the time. It does work, I promise! But I’m a bit lazy, and although it is very easy, affordable, and not messy AT ALL, I may supplement this with organic/natural hair color at the salon.

Have you used any natural products to dye your hair with? If so, what? And did it actually work?

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by Lia
(Austin, TX)

How to cover grey hair with coffee

Dye your hair with coffee

I have heard of people dying their hair with triple strength coffee and want to make my light brown hair darker but keep it natural. I have thick curly hair that goes down to my middle back. How much prepared coffee would I need to dye it and what would the coffee:water ratio be for triple strength? Would this actually work and how intense would the color change be?

I can’t say I know much about this, but after receiving your question I did a little research. It seems that plenty of people do use coffee to dye their hair in a natural way.

From what I can find out, you’ll want to make about three jugs of coffee, let them cool and then pour them into a basin or sink. You then wet your hair repeatedly with the coffee. As for the intensity of the result, you’ll have to experiment and find out!

I don’t think you need to worry too much about the exact proportion of three to one, so just add about three times the amount of ground coffee compared to when you make coffee for drinking. If your filter won’t take that amount, then fill the filter as normal, but run just one third of the normal amount of water through each brew cycle.

If it works out well, please come back here and let us know!

Comments for Dying your hair with coffee

I thought I would let you know, for a few years now I’ve been covering my greys with henna and coffee. I do not like the orange clownish look pure henna offers so I’ve had to temper it to my brown. I used to mix walnuts with the henna, and that worked well, but coffee is much easier.

All I do is pour the henna powder in an empty container (usually an empty yogurt container) and then brew a cup of coffee. I add the coffee straight to the henna powder and mix until it’s consistant and not lumpy. I let it sit overnight, so the coffee cools, and then I put it all over my hair the next day, let it sit for about 5 hours (yes a pain) and then rinse out. It always comes out a consistent chestnut and covers the greys perfectly and forever!

I use coffee as a gentle hair dye on my grey hair. I save the coffee, in the fridge, that my husband doesn’t drink for 7 days. Then I wash my hair using baking soda, rinse well with plain water.

I have a large pot in the bathtub. Wearing no clothes on the upper part of my body, I get on my knees and lean over the pot. Then I rinse my hair until all the coffee has been used, about 10 to 15 minutes. Then I dry my hair, plaster the hair with a conditioning mask, cover my head with a plastice shower cap, cover the shower cap with a knit cap and let everthing work for 30 minutes.

My gray hair is a very light blond. My husband, who is allergic to perfume, loves the coffee smell that stays in my hair for about 5 days.

How to cover grey hair with coffee

If you want to darken your hair and get it to look much brighter but without resorting to aggressive dyes, coffee can help. This stimulating natural ingredient works as a natural remedy to enhance the colour of dark brown hair and make it look more vibrant and beautiful. Just use it as if it were a hair rinse to achieve the desired effect; read this article and follow the steps to know how to use coffee to dye your hair.

Dying your hair with coffee is an aesthetic task that works and yields good results for brown and dark brown hair, as it can give it a darker tone and a more beautiful and shiny appearance. By contrast, you should not use this for blonde hair if you’re trying to get a lighter shade that enhances its golden colour, you should rather use some of the treatments that we show in the article How to lighten hair naturally.

Coffee is a natural product that, unlike commercial dyes, does not damage your hair and therefore you can use it more regularly to darken your hair and enhance its colour, making it look much prettier. The treatment is very simple: first prepare two cups of coffee with the strong coffee that you normally use. When ready, wait for it to cool completely; it is important that you do not add sugar or any other ingredient.

How to cover grey hair with coffee

To dye hair with coffee and for the desired effect, you should use this product as a hair rinse. So first wash your hair using shampoo as usual and just after the final rinse, put your head face down and pour coffee over your hair, holding a container underneath to catch the coffee that falls. When finished, repeat this process two more times for more intense dark hair.

Massage your hair uniformly for the coffee to get in every crevice (scalp, middle and ends) and leave it in for about 30 minutes. After that, just rinse thoroughly and re-wash your hair with shampoo, not forgetting to use a good conditioner to keep it well hydrated.

How to cover grey hair with coffee

You can dye your hair with coffee once a month or, if you want to see results more quickly, once a week. Besides giving your hair a darker colour, coffee is a natural ingredient that will make it shiny, smooth and with a much more vivid tone. So go ahead and try this homemade hair treatment as soon as possible!

For more permanent, but equally natural dark colors, you can try katam hair dye or semi-permanent coffee colors.

Coffee is not only excellent to darken hair without the need to use dyes or colour baths, it is also great for skin care and can be used to prepare many homemade beauty treatments. It is known for being good to exfoliate the skin, combat cellulite, remove dark circles and fight aging dermis. If you want to know how to use it for all these tasks, see our article, What are the benefits of coffee for the skin.

How to cover grey hair with coffee

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It’s cheap but it might not work that well

Coffee is secretly a super versatile and incredibly effective all-natural beauty ingredient. The grounds can be used as a gentle exfoliator, and the caffeine in coffee, when used as an ingredient in a mask, can invigorate your skin and help fight sagging skin. But coffee isn’t just good for skincare, and people on the internet have been experimenting with using coffee as an all-natural hair dye for years. You can dye your hair with Kool-Aid, after all, and dying your hair with coffee is kind of the same basic principle. It’s way cheaper than buying bottles conventional hair dye or getting your color touched up in a salon, and you’re not even using any harsh chemicals.

In fact, learning how to dye hair with coffee is fairly easy, and you don’t really need a lot of equipment or products. Simply brew a couple of cups of dark coffee or espresso, using twice the amount of coffee grounds you’d use for a regular batch. Let the coffee cool, then mix the coffee with conditioner, apply to your hair as you would any store-bought hair dye, and let it sit for at least an hour. Rinse the mixture out of your hair, and theoretically, you’ll be left with darker hued locks than before.

There are plenty of success stories and tutorials on Pinterest. Some folks even add some cocoa powder to make the dye extra dark.

But when you watch tutorials on YouTube, dying your hair naturally with coffee seems to be a much messier process than described.

Professional hair colorists are skeptical about this DIY trend, though. As Rita Hazan, celebrity colorist and owner of Rita Hazan Salon, told POPSUGAR, using coffee as dye on blonde hair will result in “a muddy color.” And it’s definitely not dark enough to really deepen the color of brown hair, explains Christine Thompson, master colorist and cofounder of Spoke & Weal salons.

But this DIY coffee hair dye is only ever going to be temporary, so if you’re really looking for a quick, cheap, and natural way to change up your look, there’s no real reason not to take your favorite breakfast beverage into the bathroom, and give it a shot. Just be sure to have a couple of towels ready.

Whether you have a few or a head full of them, gray hairs can require a little more upkeep than other colors if you’re looking to hide them. Known for their inability to retain certain colors, dyeing grays can be a frustrating, time-consuming and expensive endeavor, but luckily, temporary results can be achieved for just a few pennies with nothing more than black tea leaves and water.

Why Tea for Grays?

If you’re looking for a natural way to cover grays, tea can make a great option for a variety of reasons. All-natural and free of harsh, drying chemicals, a tea leaf dye recipe provides a great alternative to conventional box color for anyone looking for a cruelty-free and vegan hair care formula that will conveniently hide their grays.

How to Dye With Tea

Creating a hair-color treatment with tea is both easy and inexpensive, but it can be a bit time-consuming. For tea color options to take to the hair, the mixture should be left on strands for around one hour, especially if you have a lot of grays to contend with. Touch-ups are also required a bit more frequently when using tea to hide grays and are generally needed every two weeks or so.

To create an at-home DIY dye, mix a few teaspoons of black tea leaves in about one cup of boiling water. Loose leaves work best, but if you have only tea bags on hand, you can steep several in the same amount of water. Allow the leaves to steep for several minutes before removing the mixture from heat, and allow it to cool completely before applying to clean hair. Let this mixture sit for about one hour and rinse away with cold water. Do not shampoo right away.

Does it Work?

Technically, black tea will not dye the hair in the traditional sense, meaning that no part of the hair shaft becomes lifted to allow absorption of the color. Instead, tea works as a stain on hair, temporarily covering the lack of pigment with a black or dark brown hue. Using tea to cover a head full of grays will likely not be your most effective bet, but if you find yourself in a pinch and need a quick touch-up, a DIY tea dye creation can be a great option.

Another thing to keep in mind before using tea to cover your grays is the color of the rest of those hairs on your head. Blacktea is best suited for black or brown strands, while clear chamomile and rooibos is better for blondes and redheads. Even if you aren’t looking to alter the color of your locks, a tea rinse can leave otherwise dry or dull hair looking shiny and glossy.