One Surprising Effect Coffee Has on Your Hair, According to a Dermatologist

We probably don't have to list one more reason for you to love coffee—but, like your brew, this one is strong. A board-certified dermatologist has shared a huge beauty perk that comes with a good cup of coffee, and this one goes for guys, too. We've got the trick for trying it.

As coffee is the most-consumed beverage in the world next to water, recent studies have found plenty of reasons to hold your morning cup a little closer: Coffee can beneficial to your liver, your longevity, even your plants. And, since so much of having healthy skin and hair comes from getting the nutrients we need, Pinkvilla recently touted a benefit that coffee can have on hair… especially when it's used a certain way.

We took that claim to board-certified dermatologist, Lisa Pfingstler, M.D. for verification that coffee can be beneficial to hair. Read on to learn why she says coffee may be even better than we thought when it comes to making hair healthy and beautiful. Also don't miss This Tea Makes Your Hair Healthier, Science Says.

Coffee lends itself to topical application.

You might have heard that coffee can be good for your skin. Now Pinkvilla suggests that when applied topically to the hair and scalp—that's right, as in using a hair mask made of coffee grounds—coffee has the power to combat dandruff, nourish hair from the inside-out, and even promote hair thickness. Could this really be? Keep reading…

(Also, read up on this interesting trend: Here's What Happens When You Combine Coffee With Your Protein Shake, According To Experts)

There's an actual scientific reason coffee can be good for hair.

Pfingstler says that in some studies where coffee was applied topically to the hair and scalp, it showed "reduction in hair loss and improvement in thickness and strength." How's that for a benefit?

Next, she explains why this is—also don't miss The One Spice Everyone Is Adding To Their Coffee.

There's a fascinating reason coffee can be good for the hair.

Says Pfingstler: "Studies have shown that caffeine crosses the skin barrier very quickly and easily, which makes it ideal for topical use." She adds that after application, the coffee can keep working in hair "for up to 24 hours."

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Two ways to try a coffee hair mask for greater thickness and strength.

Pinkvilla offers two formulas for making your own thickening hair mask with coffee.

For the first, blend three tablespoons of coffee grounds with one tablespoon of each almond oil and aloe vera gel.

Or, try blending three tablespoons of grounds with one tablespoon of coconut oil and one tablespoon of unsweetened yogurt.

They suggest allowing your all-natural hair and scalp mask to sit for 20 minutes before washing.

This sounds like an at-home summer beauty recipe worth trying. Sign up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter for the food news you need. Also check out One Major Side Effect of Drinking From a Plastic Bottle, Says Science, and keep reading:

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