Coffee to Stop Hair Growth


"get rid of unwanted hair ANYWHERE! For 1 week, rub 2 tbsp coffee grounds mixed with 1 tsp baking soda. The baking soda intensifies the compounds of the coffee breaking down the hair follicles at the root!" 



This was submitted by a couple of fans on our facebook page last week and I knew I just HAD to do a write up on it. 

So let's a take a look - does a simple scrub of coffee grounds and baking soda break down hair so you have to shave less? No. Again, with the idea that the cure to any beauty mishap is in your kitchen. This is along the same lines as the brown sugar straightener and other kitchen turn beauty product ideas. But why won't this work?

Well because studies have actually been done on the effects of caffeine and hair growth. In fact, studies have found that caffeine is a great way to get hair to grow more thicker and stronger, and was used in a study of men suffering from alopecia (aka: male pattern baldness) The details of the study can be read here (PubMed) and seem rather strong in the findings. 


Besides, a quick search later, I found the source of the image. And guess what?  It's not about a miracle coffee hair thing at all, but a face scrub how to (also great DIY for a fake beard come halloween time) Now as a exfoliant I have some concerns - you skin is highly delicate despite what some people think, and harsh scrubs can actually damage the skin, causing micro tears and clogged pores. However caffeine has been shown as a great skin treatment, so just make sure the coffee is ground finely and you should be fine, but don't expect any hair loss from this scrub. 


23 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are only addressing the caffeine part- not the baking soda part. How do you know the combination of the two does not work to stop hair growth? Have you tried it? Obviously combining baking soda would alter the chemical makeup of the coffee- just saying.

The Mrs' said...

I posted about the issue with using baking soda on your skin on another post, but basically baking soda pH isn't necessarily good for your skin or hair.

http://nodontpinthat.blogspot.com/2013/04/baking-soda-microdermabrasion-scrub.html

In fact a quick search pulls up a lot of people who believe baking soda causes hair to grow faster (which is another thing I should look into studying and possibly busting) but I highly doubt the combo of coffee and baking soda would do anything to limit hair growth, never mind the orginal source of the image has nothing to do with hair growth at all.

The only source of the idea I can find for the combo of coffee and baking soda is on pinterest, pinned along with the original image posted here which was missed use in the original pin, so I'm highly skeptical that it is anything more than a sham or troll post.

krex said...

I'm going to be my own lab rat and try this...not on my face though....will get back to you with results....(as soon as I'm released from the hospital) , Just kidding I hope but the real Myth Busters say "gotta try it to bust it ) :)

Sharrin Fuller said...

@Krex- Results????

Sharrin Fuller said...

@Krex- Results????

Anonymous said...

GUYS! IT WOOOOOOOOOOORS! YEAH!

Hanna Nassiri said...

Does it actually?!!

Anonymous said...

Krex is dead due to coffee&baking soda complications

Anonymous said...

Krex is avoiding the subject because it does not work.

Anonymous said...

This does not work. Check out this link.
http://pinstrosity.blogspot.com/2013/04/coffee-grounds-for-hair-growth.html

Goodwillmama said...

WELL I have done this 1 x a day for 3 days - after doing the gentle rub on my stash - it really does seem to be working - after rinsing coffee off - I use a good face cream.. so far - so good...

Anonymous said...

he mentions it' works to make your hair GROW. so does it do that???

Anonymous said...

hrmmmmmm. methinks this article was written as hastily as the original 'get rid of hair with coffee/baking soda trick'. I notice that the first commenter mentioning his neglect of the baking soda component leads the article writer to comment back with an easy-to-miss-amid-my-confidence stating "but I highly doubt the combo of coffee and baking soda would do anything to limit hair growth". If you haven't tested or otherwise found irrefutable debunking of this chemical reaction - which I was hoping to find in your article, sir - why did you post your rebuttal at all? I have no idea if it works, and don't want to have to paint it on my face to find out. The internet is clogged with confusion without adding more pseudoscience to it. First commenter is absolutely right from a chemistry standpoint.

Anonymous said...

I did it once a day for three (because I got busy and lazy ) till the used grinds started to dry while I rubbed it and I did see there was a difference not completely gone but for the most part and its been over six months that I did it and they are kinda coming back not fast or thick though

Anonymous said...

Hi
I do not know about this mixture. but I myself have been using baking soda alone as a hair removal therapy which has been very useful for me. some brands work better of course. I am from iran and am studying in malaysia. the baking soda i used back in my country was not as useful as the one i am using here in malaysia. this one is really working and I can say that there is somehow no hair left on my skin.
the method is that immediately after waxing your body or treading your face mix enough amount of baking soda with a little water and make a muddy mixture on the palm of your hand and then rub the mixture all over the area of the skin you wish no hair to grow anymore. or wet your skin and then rub baking soda on your wet skin. when it gets dry, wet the area and rub again as long as you can. any part of the skin whose hairs have come out and baking soda has reached the hair root will never grow hair again. leave the white powder on your skin up to the time you need to bath (the longer the better). if you repeat this action every time you wax or tread your unwanted hair, it won't take long to get rid of all your unwanted hair. please be in contact and let me know of the results. hope it will, the same as me and some of my friends who have tried this, fall useful for you and your friends too. the hair will permanently be gone. a soft, light and pore-less skin will god willing be left for you too.

Anonymous said...

This one was terrible. Almost as bad as covering your hair in brown sugar and expecting it to dry pin straight.

Baking soda is incredibly abrasive and, if you have even mildly sensitive skin, the results could be disastrous. I once used it on my face from a pin I saw ensuring me it was just like microdermabrasion. All I ended up with was red, raw, splotchy skin. Use baking soda very, very sparingly in your beauty routine, if you must.

However, I have incorporated coffee grounds into my routine with fantastic results. I just toss the morning's espresso grounds into a jar and keep it in the fridge, and use it as an exfoliant in the shower. Not only are they very gentle and effective, that smell in my morning shower seriously helps to wake me up.

seotips said...

Interesting, never hair anything like that, is there anybody who use this and get any practical result?

Anonymous said...

Caffeine can be absorbed through your skin. There are several products currently available which take advantage of that fact, such as soaps containing caffeine. Even used coffee grounds contain caffeine; you bet they help wake you up! I find the coffee ground/baking soda scrub notion intriguing but very unconvincing, since I and my daughter have both been using the "no poo" (baking soda scrub followed by diluted cider vinegar rinse) hair cleansing for a couple of months now. Seems to me that leaves three options: either the coffee/soda exfoliant doesn't work, or it does work and the two of us should be going bald, or it does work but only if you use the two together - the soda alone is definitely not an exfoliant. I'd still kind of like to hear from someone who has really tried it out for a couple of weeks, though, just for curiosity's sake.


By the way - if you're curious or skeptical about the "no poo", it only costs a couple of dollars to try it out (or nothing, if you already have those two things in your kitchen). My personal experience is that the cider vinegar is the most amazing detangler I've ever used (and I've tried a LOT of different detanglers), the soda scrub feels weird, my scalp is healthier, and I am never going back to normal shampoo. Although I do intend to experiment with making herbal or floral infused vinegars, because a slight odor of vinegar lingers while my hair is still damp. It's gone once fully dry, though!

Anonymous said...

can anyone actually post their name and if they have conclusive results?

Alexa Thomos said...

Unwanted hair is more than just a small beauty problem for a lot of men and women. In fact, it causes many people to be very self-conscious. While plucking and shaving are old-fashioned ways of removing excess hair, modern technologies have given individuals a new solutions when it comes to permanent hair removal.

Breanne Clendening said...

Perhaps if your going to run a blog you should proof read your work. "More thicker" is not grammatically correct.

Anonymous said...

dues this work or no

Hair Fetischist said...

i think it was well written, i smiled alot and to wining on orthographic correctness (grammar) so intensly makes you the grammar nazi of the day :)

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