Maybe you have or haven’t hear it yet but yes people do use beer for their hair care.
How do you use beer on your hair?
As a rinse. When you’re done washing your hair and before you giving your hair this final cold rinse to close the cuticles.
How do you do the beer rinse?
It’s preferable to use flat beer (let it air a bit hours before). On clean and freshly washed hair, pour the beer on your hair and saturate your hair from roots to ends with it, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes than rinse it with cold water. Simple as that.
Why put beer on my hair?
The beer rinse basically gives you softer, shinier, straighter, fuller and glossy hair; for the natural girls out there, beer rinse also gives your curls more bounce, strengthens them, condition them, stops dryness and frizz, and favors the curls’ natural form.
The reasons how?
- Beer contains biotin which helps prevent hair loss and also treats dandruff.
- Beer’s basic ingredients : malt and hops are full of protein that strengthen hair cuticles.
- Nutrients found in beer help repair dried out and damaged hair to its former state.
- The alcohol in beer contains a range of vitamins B that tightens the hair cuticles making them reflect light thus shiny and glossy hair.
- Beer contains sucrose and phosphor which also helps giving the hair body, making it voluminous and fuller.
- Nutrients found in beer makes hair softer and easy to detangle.
Any downsides to the beer rinse?
Well yes and quite a few challenging too :
- Beer odor. Beer contains alcohol, no doubt about that. Not only the benefits but also the smell will stick to your hair, leaving a kind of coming-ouf-of-a-frat-party perfume.
- Alcohol dries hair. The fact is that the alcohol contained in the beer will strap your hair strands so be careful on the basis at which you use it. Some people recommend to use low alcohol beer or to use the beer rinse non frequently or to boil the beer first to prevent dryness.
- Beer makes my hair feels rough. Remember beer is full of protein hence a beer rinse will act as much as a mini protein that as a conditioning treatment so yeah it will gives you also a bit of roughness. On the other side, if it feels tough too then it’s due to the fact that the beer is still carbonated which means the beer isn’t flat, let it air dry a few more hours next time.
- The benefits last as long as the beer is still present on your hair. If you wash your hair again, bye bye beer molecules attached to your locks.
- It doesn’t work for me. Well there are no miracle treatments, it might take a few times for it to work for you or you can also use one of the alternatives.
What about your own experience?
Well I already made the beer rinse 3 or 4 times and it works wonderfully on my hair even the time when I failed to successfully decarbonate the beer or that time I rinsed it automatically after (the effects didn’t last long though).
My hair gets shinier, softer, easier to handle it and it definitely strengthens them. I saw the results since the first time I’ve been using them. They weren’t really noticeable though but I could feel the benefits.
You said there were alternatives?
Indeed, there are.
- Beer as shampoo. Boil a cup of beer until there’s only a quarter left (the alcohol would have evaporated). After it had cooled, mix it with a cup of shampoo and use as much as usual to wash your hair.
- Beer as conditioner. Mix a cup of beer with a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Shampoo your hair as usual then pour the beer mixture on your hair, massage your hair like you use to and rinse it off with water (it’s recommended to not rinse it off completely and to leave it in the hair for a better effect).
- Beer as leave-in. Mix beer with water and a few drops of any essential oil (to mask the smell), bottle it and spritz it on your hair whenever you need it.
- Another beer rinse (hides the smell) :