My Caffeinated Hair Rinse

Rice Water Mixture
Photo by: Most Likely Reese

Sometimes my curls aren’t defined or my hair sheds more than usual. After tons of research, I discovered that my hair lacked protein. Protein treatments such as a rinse or deep conditioning are mandatory for those with natural hair. It helps the hair to become strong, luscious and decrease shedding. A quick yet long term fix is my caffeinated hair rinse. This mixture consists of grounded coffee beans, rice water, and peppermint oil.

Benefits of each ingredient:

Coffee helps the hair to be strengthened from within. When applied to the hair it is absorbed through the follicles making it instantly soft and shiny. Additionally, it can help to exfoliate the scalp and stimulate hair growth.

Rice water has tons of benefits. Rice water is basically fermented rice that’s been sitting in water. It contains 16% of protein and is very effective in DIY protein treatments. Furthermore, it has vitamins B, C, E, and minerals. Rice water is used to strengthen the hair, smooth the cuticle, add sheen, increase hair elasticity which makes the hair strong and flexible.

Peppermint oil increases blood circulation that improves hair growth and prevents some hair loss. Not only does peppermint oil smells good but leaves the scalp refreshed and sensationally stimulated.

Ingredients

Rice (can use any type of rice, preferably organic)

Peppermint oil/ peppermint tea bags (I use “Artizen Peppermint Essential Oil” which is only $8.99 USD)

Grounded Coffee beans (For this treatment I use instant “Starbucks Medium Roast” coffee packets for $5.34 USD)

How to make this caffeinated protein rinse?

First, I use 1 half cup of organic rice and place it into a bowl. I add some water to the bowl to remove the debris from the rice. I then drain the rice and put it into a medium size jar. I squeeze 3-4 drops of peppermint oil and pour a cup of water into the jar. I add 1 coffee instant packet into the mixture and tightly seal the jar. The peppermint oil helps the fermented rice water to smell pleasant and also great in aiding damaged hair. The jar will sit in a lukewarm area for 2-3 days before use. After the process, I strain the rice then boil the mixture on low for 5-7 minutes to stop the fermentation. Once it’s cooled, I pour the caffeinated rice water into a spray bottle or an oil applicator and store in the fridge.

Caffeinated Rice Water
Photo by: Most Likely Reese

When to use this protein rinse?

After I use shampoo and conditioner I apply this mixture to my scalp and down my strands. I let my hair marinate with this mixture under a heated cap for a 1hr before rinsing out with warm water. My curls are not only defined but soft. Once my hair is dry, I continue with my natural hair routine such as adding moisturizers, creams, and oils to my hair. I do this treatment bi-weekly to avoid protein overload. If you stick to this routine, you’ll see positive results with your hair. There will be less shedding and more growth!

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Is natural hair hard to manage?

Photo by: Vicente Neto

What were the lessons you learned during your hair journey?

Personally, understanding your hair type and porosity level is important. It encouraged me to discover products that accommodated my natural hair. My hair is 3c/4a with a medium porosity which means it’s kinky curly and it can easily absorb product. I’ve been natural for more than 4 years and it was a journey! I bleached the ends of my hair but due to the lack of care, it slowly broke off. My bleached ends were stringy and begging to be cut. I had to start all over again by removing the damaged ends but I wasn’t too upset! Furthermore, bleaching natural hair should be taken very seriously. Make sure you go to a professional! Try to maintain moisture and pay attention to your hair’s health! After this stage of my life, my mane improved and continued to thrive.

But it worked for Youtubers…

Don’t listen to YouTubers who claim you must buy a specific product(s) or try methods for your hair to flourish. I would buy countless products from Youtube natural girls and hope for the same results. Remember, videos are edited in ways the contributor wants us to perceive them. Also, they could have the same hair type but different porosity, density or other hair attributes. Do what’s best for your hair! You’ll know what it likes when you start to see positive changes!

The key to a healthy natural hair journey is PATIENCE.

What can I do to help my hair?

You can take vitamins or use different oils to speed the process but realistically hair growth takes time. The article, “Sealants vs Moisturizing Oils” explain the difference between these oils and how to apply them! Shockingly, your hair goes through many stages for just 0.5 inches of new growth per month. Try distracting yourself with hobbies or work and eventually, you’ll be astonished by the results.

Another key is low-manipulation but maximum hydration. Always make sure your hair is moisturized and stay away from tension-based hairstyles such as a high ponytail or tightly braided hair. Additionally, you can wear twists or comfortably loose braids under a wig for length retention. Just make sure that your mane is still moisturized!

Maybe length isn’t your goal. You love short hair! To rock natural haircuts doesn’t make you less important than those who focused more on length retention. Haircuts for natural hair are just as easy to manage! There are styles for short natural haircuts that consist of twist/braid-outs, shingling, taper cut, finger-waves, finger-coils and more! Go ahead, flaunt your naturally curly haircut!

The natural hair movement embraces all! Here’s an article to help maintain your hair’s health. The article is called, “20 Best Products and Tips For Hair-Growth“. It’s a great read for people with short natural hair to those rocking long natural curly hair. The article goes into great detail as to why each product or method works for our mane.

In conclusion, hair creams, oil(s) of your choice and a light spritz are your friends! Remember to be patient, low manipulate your natural hair and drink lots of water! Have a happy and carefree natural hair journey! Natural hair isn’t hard to manage if you know what you’re doing!

How do you manage your natural hair?