Not only is coke well-known as the most favorite soft drinks all over the world, but it also applies to beauty field, especially for hair. It is rumored that washing hair with coke is more likely to give you textured and perfectively-tousled hair look. So what exactly happens when you wash hair with Coke? Let’s explore in this post. Read on!
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What is coke?
Coke, which is also known as Coca-Cola, is a carbonated soft drink produced by The Coca-Cola Company. Coke was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton as a medicine. Then Coke was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler. During the 20th century, Coca-Cola was dominating the world beverage market. The drink’s name refers to two of its original ingredients including coca leaves and kola nuts (a source of caffeine).
Ingredients of Coke contain carbonated water, sugar, caffeine, phosphoric acid, caramel color and natural flavorings. Some of the ingredients effect on your hair. What does coke do to your hair? Let’s take a look at the next part.
Is wash hair with coke a good idea?
This is probably a question that always thinks about first in anyone’s mind before deciding whether to wash hair with coke or not.
Apparently, Coca-Cola includes phosphoric acid, a very low pH. Hence, when you apply it to your hair, the cuticle is tightened, which makes your strands look smoother and your curls look more defined. In addition, the sugar adds build-up to your hair, making it look fuller.
In a press conference of Us Weekly, Burberry model as well as actress Suki Waterhouse has really good hair. When asked how she gets those perfect waves, she said “I rinse my hair with Coca-Cola sometimes… I don’t like my hair when it’s washed-it’s fine and limp – but Coca-Cola makes it tousled. Like, I’ve gone through the Amazon or something”.
However, artificial additives, which are found in Coca-Cola, have been linked with hair loss when consumed. Rinsing hair with coke is more likely to take away most essential oils of hair; which makes your hair become weak if used too often. Alternatively, it also could disrupt the hair’s keratin. If you wash hair with Coke so regular it can make the shaft become brittle and cause hair breakage.
We have collected some useful information from the hair and scalp experts on the forums. So we would like to share with you so that you can understand more the fact of washing hair with coke.
According to the trichologist Anabel Kingsley, Coke makes your hair become shinier because it is acidic. Other ingredients like high fructose corn syrup would bring your hair sticky and gritty. It will not actually clean the hair or scalp, which would be a problem in the long run, especially for your scalp.
Similarly, the Glenn Lyons trichologist also express opposed opinion in rinsing hair with Coke. The reason is that the ingredients in Coke make it more acidic in its solution. The acidity within the liquid is capable of causing hair swelling and high sugar content leaves it sticky. This combination can assist in adding more. However, this point is most important is that there is no surfactant within the liquid. Therefore, there are extremely no cleansing benefits for your hair and scalp no benefit to the scalp and hair. It absolutely is not healthy for the scalp at all.
In conclusion, wash with hair Coke is good if you use it reasonably and wisely.
Here are some tips and precautions before and after rinsing hair with Coke:
- Don’t overuse Coca-Cola to wash hair because it will lead to unwanted side-effects
- Wash hair with Coke during a long term will leave unpleasant odors in the hair and scalp
- Should visit a specialist who can help you analyze hair problems and give you effective solutions to take care of your hair
A bonus: what a can of Coke can really do within an hour to your body
The Renegade Pharmacist has revealed the reaction your body after you drink a can of Coca-Cola:
In the first 10 mins: 10 teaspoons of sugar have spill into your system (100% your daily recommended intake). You don’t vomit at the moment as phosphoric acid cuts the flavor which allows you to keep it down.
20 mins: blood glucose level rise suddenly, triggering a burst of insulin. Your liver respond this by turning any sugar it can get it hands on into fat.
40 mins: caffeine absorption is finish. Your pupils dilate and your blood pressure rises, as a reaction your liver sheds more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are blocked preventing sleepiness.
45 mins: your body boosts dopamine production which stimulates the brain’s leisure centers. Basically, it is similar to the way heroin works.
60 mins: Phosphoric acid combines calcium, magnesium and zinc in your small intestine, boosting in metabolic. This combination of high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increases the urinary excretion of calcium.
>60 mins: The diuretic properties of caffeine come into play. (It makes you have to urinate). Now, it is ensured that you will evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll begin to have a sugar crash. You are more likely to become irritable or slow. Literally, you urinated the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system or building strong bones and teeth.
We hope that our article today brings a lot of useful information about wash hair with Coke. Have you ever tried Coca-Cola for your hair anytime? What are the negative and positive effects it brings you? We would like to listen to your experiences! If you any questions about this post, leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
I am Thomas Taw, the CEO of CITIZENSNIPS. I have experience in hair product development and chemical research, as well as sustainable resource engineering. In 2009, I co-created Sunsilk, one of the world's leading haircare brands. More recently, I was the CEO of SMOKINGPANDA LTD. I am a professional with a strong track record in delivering tangible results.