Coffee Rinses for Shedding


As you all know, I love doing weekly tea rinses to minimize shedding. Teas that contain caffeine, like black tea and green tea, help reduce shedding because caffeine blocks the hormone responsible for hair loss – DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Coffee is another alternative that can be used to help reduce shedding.
According to the Mayo Clinic, an 8 oz cup of coffee contains 95-200 mg of caffeine while an 8 oz cup of black tea contains 14-61 mg of caffeine. [Source] As it is the caffeine that blocks DHT, it follows that when it comes to reducing shedding, coffee should be the most effective rinse for shedding purposes. I did my first coffee rinse this week and I noticed two things: first, the coffee rinse did not make my hair stiff the way tea rinses do and second, there was a definite decrease in the number of shed hairs I get while detangling, in comparison to my tea rinses. Coffee rinse for the win.
How to do a coffee rinse:
[1] Brew your desired amount of coffee and it cool.
[2] Begin your wash days as you normally would: pre-poo, shampoo… After shampooing, squeeze the excess water from your hair.
[3] Using a blow (you can always use a pitcher), pour the coffee over your hair while using a second bowl to catch the coffee run off. Then pour the coffee over your hair again. I like to catch the run off twice, for a total of 3 rinses.
[4] Let the coffee sit on your hair for a few minutes (I leave the tea or coffee in until it’s no longer dripping from my ends) then rinse with water.
[5] Deep condition as normal.


  1. i had to go through it again since i could not grab the entire escence of the post in one go.That was a very articulate and logical point you make there.I appreciate you letting me know your thinking on this.

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