Recently, my morning Joe has had quite the ego boost. Heâ€™s been praised for helping to prevent Parkinson’s, for reducing the risks of colon cancer, liver cirrhosis, and gallstones, and has even gotten credit for being able to stop a headache, boost a mood, and prevent cavities! And while Iâ€™m a bit concerned with Joeâ€™s head getting a bit too big for a standard-sized mug, there is one more benefit I just canâ€™t keep to myself: Joe may also be able to replace your regular visit to a colorist! (If youâ€™re going brown, anyway.)
Apparently, (and my favorite colorist, Michael Angelo, at Michael Angeloâ€™s Wonderland Beauty Parlor wonâ€™t be thrilled to hear this!), black coffee can actually be used to cover grey, boost mousy browns, and enhance warm red and brown highlights without a trip to the pricey salon. So, before you make an expensive visit to your colorist, try this all-natural remedy instead:
Start by filling a bowl with coffee (the darker the brew, the more dramatic the results). My pick is Green Mountain Coffee Roasterâ€™s Gombe Reserve Coffee â€“ not because I’m a fancy coffee-connoisseur or anything, but because drinking (or coloring your hair with) Green Mountain Coffee Roasterâ€™s Gombe Reserve Coffee also helps preserve the habitat of Chimpanzees through their collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute! After letting the coffee cool to a comfortable room temperature, let your hair soak in the bowl for 15 minutes. Use your hands to remove the excess water (donâ€™t use a towel, it will absorb too much of the coffee) and pin your hair up for an additional 15 minutes. Finish by rinsing and styling as usual.
Need a coloring and conditioning fix? You can mix 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and a cup of brewed coffee with your regular leave-in-conditioner and let it sit covered on your hair for 1 hour before rinsing.
Still canâ€™t get enough of Joe, coffee, or caffeine? Apparently models sometimes rub coffee grounds on their skin to appear tighter and firmer. For a more glamorous version, though, Cleanse makes a “Latte for your Botte” scrub and bath butter in one ($28 for 12 oz jar)Â with organic coffee, sugar, and coffee butter to polish, firm, and nourish your skin. Plus, youâ€™ll smell like a fabulous coffee cake â€“ making Joe not the only thing in the morning worth ravishing.
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