Things Not To Do, Hair Care Edition
September 3, 2010 17 Comments
Do not wash your hair with coffee grounds.
I don’t care if you read on the Internet that doing this will give your brunette hair beautiful softness and luster, in addition to making use of something that otherwise would be garbage. This is not a good idea. Here’s why:
- The process of applying coffee grounds to your wet hair is annoying, uncomfortable, and time-consuming. They’re all crumbly and gritty and hard to spread around.
- They get under your fingernails and are very difficult to remove. If you persist in scrubbing your scalp with your fingertips despite having coffee grounds under your nails, you will force some of them into the pink part of the nail, causing pain and (I know from past experience getting things stuck in there) possible infection.
- The coffee grounds you drop and the ones you rinse out of your hair will get all over the rest of your body. While they may be useful as an exfoliant, there are body parts that should not be exfoliated . . . and those are the parts that will attract the most coffee grounds and the parts where they will adhere most stubbornly. You will be itching and finding specks of coffee on the insides of your garments all day long.
- The exact trajectory of water flowing off your hair as you rinse will be made visible by the coffee grounds clinging to every surface of your shower. While this may be scientifically interesting, it also will add 10 minutes of cleaning to your busy morning, and that’s just before you give up and grudgingly accept black specks all over your bathroom. (We’re getting our bathroom renovated in a few weeks anyway. Totally gutting the room and removing all the fixtures ought to get rid of those coffee grounds! I hope.)
- Your hair will still feel icky afterward. You know that bitter, oily stuff that clings to the filter section and sometimes other parts of the coffee-maker? You just rubbed that all through your hair. Great. And while your family members will assure you that you only smell a little bit like a dirty coffee-maker, this still is not a desirable thing.
- Your hair won’t look any better. In fact, when inspecting yourself for luster under the harsh lighting of the office restroom, you will find at least a dozen coffee specks still clinging to your scalp, which make you look dirty and careless rather than lustrous.
- You will have wasted your coffee grounds down the drain instead of putting them on your garden or using them to scrub cast-iron pans.
Oh well. I was happy washing my hair with vinegar already, and many of the other environmental tips I’ve tried have turned out to be great ideas that made my life much happier and easier and saved a lot of money!
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