Back To Basics: Use A Beer Rinse For Smooth, Shiny, Stronger Hair

A Beer Rinse For Smooth Shiny Stronger Hair

Beer rinses are nothing new. I heard about them when I was a child and even remember my mother using them. They have always been a staple in hair care as far as I can remember and I know before DIY got super big a few years ago that was how many women have always taken care of their hair.As newer products, technology and techniques changed through the years, many tried and true practices get lost in the shuffle and forgotten. Well, maybe it is time we dusted off a few of them and decide if they are worth a revisit.

First of all, what is beer?

Many enjoy a cold brewski from time to time and I think it’s fair to say that most of us have at least tasted it at one point or another. Personally I think it tastes disgusting, and just as disgusting today as it did over 40 years ago when I took a sip from my daddy’s Budweiser.I can still see him laughing at me as I scrunched up my face from the taste. I have no love for beer but I have a love for beautiful hair and believe it or not, beer is part of that equation.

In the broadest sense, beer is any alcoholic beverage made by the fermentation of grain and in the vast majority of the world’s beer, that grain base is barley.This alcoholic drink is brewed mainly from malted barley, hops, yeast and water but there are other ingredients that can be added to give different style and flavors namely, rice, wheat or maize.

What are the benefits of beer in hair care?

Believe it or not but there are actual benefits to the consumption of beer. Beer consists of vitamin B and proteins that are fab at conditioning our tresses. It also has maltose and sucrose sugars that help to swell and tighten the cuticle which add body as well as shine.The hops in beer also contain oils rich in antioxidants but do not get it twisted. Beer does not and will not help your hair grow and actually just works on the existing hairs that you have.

Worried about the alcohol in beer? Well, it depends on the individual if it will dry your tresses out because for some it does not but for others it acts as a cleansing agent and will increase shine. The only way to know for sure is to actually give it a try.

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What else can beer do for your body?

Well, a lot actually. Now, there is a fine line between the sloppy, falling down drunks who consume beer and the occasional, or social drinking beer lovers so please keep that in mind when reading the list:

Beer drinkers are at a lower risk of Type-2 Diabetes (multiple studies have shown this to be true)

Beer can reduce the risk of heart disease

Moderate beer consumption is good for bone density

The great thing about beer is how awesome it is for bone density which is one of the great reasons why it is also amazing for our tresses. A study published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society of Chemical Industry suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon which is a trace mineral.

Silica or silicon is essential for the health of our skin and scalp and it helps to strengthen your blood vessels and improve circulation which can stimulate the blood flow to your scalp and encourage hair growth. It is also a necessary factor in our skin’s connective tissues and helps to maintain stronger hair, nails and bones.

The yeast in beer is also an excellent source for Vitamin B, protein, potassium, iron, magnesium and zinc. It has a low pH level so it may help tighten your hair follicles while removing dirt and grease from your tresses.

Since the froth in beer is great for fighting acne (the yeast helps to slow down sebum producing and decrease pimples from occurring) it makes for a good ingredient in a facial mask.

Are you sold yet? Good, because I am too. So here are a couple of recipes for beer infusions into your hair care routines that you may want to give a way.

Recipe 1 –  4 Part Beer Rinse

1 oz. distilled water

1 oz. room temperature beer

2 tsp. ACV

7 drops of favorite essential oil

Cleanse hair and rinse. Pour beer mixture on tresses and work through with fingers. Allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and style as usual.

Recipe 2 – Jojoba oil and Beer Conditioner

I cup. room temperature beer

1 tsp. of Jojoba oil

Cleanse hair and rinse. Work in Jojoba oil and beer conditioner and leave on or rinse out after a few minutes. Style as usual. The jojoba oil will add shine while the beer adds body.

It does seem to do more work and help your tresses by pouring it over your head than consuming so the next time you find yourself left with some flat beer either try the recipes mentioned above or just save it to dump over your head in the shower. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly before styling as usual.

Some have even added to a spray bottle and use as a leave-in but unless you wanna smell like a drunk, I say by pass that tidbit and opt for the shower rinses instead.

ARTICLE by: Sabrina Perkins/

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