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Want Smooth, Shiny Locks? Use Bulletproof Coffee as a Hair Mask

By: Rebecca Paredes
November 2, 2018

Want Smooth, Shiny Locks? Use Bulletproof Coffee as a Hair Mask

  • The ingredients in Bulletproof Coffee can make a powerful (and effective) hair mask.
  • Coffee is a great hair rinse to promote shiny tresses, and caffeine encourages new hair growth. Coffee grounds are the ultimate whole-body exfoliant — and they smell great.
  • Brain Octane Oil is a type of MCT oil sourced from coconuts, and it’s a great moisturizer for your strands and scalp.
  • Grass-fed ghee isn’t just great for your diet. It’s also a vitamin-packed hair mask treatment for deep conditioning.

Bulletproof Coffee isn’t just a powerful way to upgrade your morning routine. You can also use that supercharged combo of high-quality coffee beans, Brain Octane Oil, and grass-fed ghee (or butter) as a restorative hair mask treatment for shiny, luscious hair that looks as great as you feel.

You can either use Bulletproof Coffee as a stimulating hair mask, or you can use the ingredients separately to exfoliate your skin, rinse your hair, and enjoy silky-smooth tresses in time for fall weather.

Here’s everything you should know about how to use Bulletproof Coffee as a hair mask. Treat yourself to a relaxing night of self-care — you deserve it.

Bulletproof Coffee hair mask

Pouring coffee over hair

The ingredients in Bulletproof Coffee are meant to be blended together because blending breaks the fats into small droplets that bind to caffeine molecules.

That’s great for upgrading your morning cup of java — and it’s also an effective way to help your hair soak up all of that moisturizing goodness and stimulating caffeine. Who knew?

Try this hair mask to moisturize your tresses and encourage hair growth.[1] Heads up: Although Bulletproof Coffee can be made with grass-fed butter, you should use ghee on your hair. It’s more stable and won’t clump like butter.

Also, soaking your head in coffee will darken your hair color. If you have blonde or red hair and don’t want to dye it, you can still benefit from an apple cider vinegar rinse. For other moisturizing treatments that don’t involve coffee, keep reading.

How to do it

  1. Follow the Bulletproof Coffee recipe: Brew 1 – 2 cups of coffee. While it’s hot, blend with 1 tsp – 2 Tbsp Brain Octane Oil and 1 – 2 tsp of grass-fed ghee. The shorter your hair, the less coffee, Brain Octane Oil, and ghee you need to use.
  2. Let the coffee cool completely. You might need to blend one more time to combine the cooled fats. Then, fully saturate your hair. (Pour slowly.)
  3. Comb the mask through your hair to evenly distribute it through your strands.
  4. Leave it in for at least 20 minutes. Rinse it out and follow with your normal shampoo.

Bulletproof Coffee is a wonderful conditioning hair mask, but you can use these ingredients separately, too. Here’s how.

Black coffee rinse for shiny hair

French press brewing coffee

For shiny, silky locks, rinse your hair with black coffee. The outer layer of your hair consists of overlapping scales called cuticles, which strengthen and protect the shaft. A flat cuticle helps your hair reflect more light, which makes it look shiny. Because coffee has a low pH level, it can help the cuticle lay flat and reduce frizz better than water alone.[2]

How to do it

  1. Brew 2 – 4 cups of coffee and let it cool completely. The longer your hair, the more coffee you should brew to fully saturate your strands.
  2. To use the coffee as a rinse, pour the coffee over freshly washed hair. You can also let it sit in your hair for 20 minutes as a deep-treatment mask.
  3. Rinse it out and style as usual.

Coffee ground hair mask for exfoliation and hair growth

Close-up of coffee grounds

This recipe is great for your hair, but you can also use it on your entire body. Leftover coffee grounds are rough enough to exfoliate your skin without damaging the surface. Plus, they smell great.

Exfoliating your scalp helps gets rid of dead skin cells, and caffeine stimulates your hair follicles, which can promote hair growth. If you’re dealing with hair loss, check out this article for more tips to regrow hair naturally.

You’ll notice this recipe features a dash of Brain Octane Oil. This is a powerful type of MCT oil that’s distilled from 100% pure coconut oil. It moisturizes the skin without clogging your pores like coconut oil can. You can also use it as a shaving cream or makeup remover. Learn more about the benefits of MCT oil.

How to do it

  1. Mix leftover coffee grounds with 1 tsp Brain Octane Oil. Optional: Add 2 – 3 drops of peppermint oil.
  2. Add enough water to make a thin paste. Gently massage it into your scalp, then work it through your strands.
  3. Let the mask sit for 5 – 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Rinse again with cold water at the end to lock in shine.

Heads up: coffee grounds can clog your drain over time. Only do this occasionally and invest in a fine mesh sink strainer for your drain.

Brain Octane Oil conditioner for dry, frizzy hair

Oil in teaspoon

This simple recipe consists of just one ingredient: Brain Octane Oil. Unlike hair masks you might find at your local drugstore, Brain Octane Oil won’t strip your hair of its natural oils. Instead, it’ll moisturize your scalp and smooth your strands for shiny, happy hair.

The steps below are intended as a conditioning treatment one to two times per week. For daily use, Brain Octane Oil is light enough to smooth your strands in place of your regular hair oil. Just use a small, nickel-sized splash, depending on your hair length. Remember, a little goes a long way.

How to do it

  1. Gently massage 1 – 2 tsp Brain Octane Oil into your scalp and work it through your strands. Use more if needed.
  2. Leave the oil on for 5 – 10 minutes. For a deep treatment, cover your hair and leave the oil in overnight.
  3. Wash it out with your favorite natural shampoo. Bask in shiny, moisturized tresses.

Ghee hair mask for ultra moisturizing

Ghee for hair treatment

Ghee is a clarified form of butter. Grass-fed ghee is a favorite in the Bulletproof Diet because it’s packed with vitamins, virtually dairy-free, and tastes delicious. And when it comes to your hair, ghee reigns supreme as a luxurious, moisturizing hair mask that has its roots in indigenous Ethiopian hair treatments.[3] Use it to moisturize your scalp and strands one to two times per week.

Related: Ghee vs. Butter: Which Is Best?

How to do it

  1. Apply 1 – 2 Tbsp of room-temperature ghee to your hair. Optional: If you just want to smooth split ends, apply a pea-sized amount to the ends of your strands.
  2. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Wash it out with your favorite natural shampoo.

Have you ever rinsed your hair with coffee or put ghee in your scalp? Share your experience in the comments.

Looking for more natural (and effective) swaps to upgrade your grooming routine? Check out this list of the most important natural beauty swaps to make this year.

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