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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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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59 Comments on "Back to Basics: Use a Beer Rinse for Smooth, Shiny, Stronger Hair"

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LaSeana Wilcox

I’m not don’t this with my beer.

Chanda Clay

Won’t this make your hair smell like beer?

Jamila Kelly

isn’t that every mans dream though? 😛

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Once rinsed out it should go away.

Grace Boyd
Chanda Clay

Okay thanks will try

Latisha Monique Griffin

Lol Jamila

SpeciaLady Adams

This does work

Angie Jackson

What has been your results/experience with it? Just curious.

SpeciaLady Adams

100% healthy and luxuriously shiny i havent greased my scalp in years no hair sprays no extra conditioning

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Women have been doing this forever. I truly feel it works.

SpeciaLady Adams

I learned of this 10 yrs ago from an 80 yr old woman

Ajah Nicole

Do i do it with every wash ?

SpeciaLady Adams

I by habit do it 2x sometimes 3x monthly

Chala M. Brooks

Hello! Do you do this last? If so, that do you do next?

Kristina Rolen

Tru story… my mom has been doin this to my hair since i was a little girl

Trinette Mitchell

Does it leave a beer scent?

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

It is an old treatment just gaining ground again

Ayana Penn-Price

Kenni Green what say you? trying or nah?

Malakah Angellia Gladston

It’s amazing how people will pur this INSIDE their bodies but cringe when think about putting it in their hair. Isn’t the INSIDE of your body MORE delicate than your hair??? BTW, beers are made from barley, grains and wheat..ingredients that you consume everyday! :/ :/ :/

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Excellent point.

SpeciaLady Adams

Yes it is btw I like an ice cold beer and now and again ☺️

Chala M. Brooks

I totally agree. I can’t stand the taste but I will try it on my hair. My husband has his Budweisers in the refrigerator, some of them just might go missing.

Chala M. Brooks

I totally agree. I can’t stand the taste but I will try it on my hair. My husband has his Budweisers in the refrigerator, some of them just might go missing.

Malakah Angellia Gladston

Lol 🙂 🙂

Claudine Woods

You forgot the main ingredient the yeast. The yeast is whats making this whole ideal of putting beer on the hair very nasty.

Claudine Woods

Yeast is one ingredient that fungus and mold live on. The scalp doesn’t need this because the yeast would create dandruff on the scalp which is a fungus and that’s gross….

Malakah Angellia Gladston

Claudine Woods, but I guess the body needs all that yeast from all those beers people drink everyday?

Sarah Juchemich

I had a friend from Russia and when they couldn’t find hairspray, her mom used beer on her roller sets.

I would think the alcohol would be drying but I’ve never done it so I don’t know. Maybe a non-alcoholic beer?

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I have seen someone using a non-alcoholic beer for their rinse but using it every now and again shouldn’t be drying.

Sarah Juchemich

Good to know!!!

Veronica RonniePooh Radford

That’s a waste of beer!!

Claudine Woods

The apple cider vinegar work best

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I have heard great things abut ACV

Claudine Woods

Oh yes, it’s great! Hi Sabrina, most people use it as a rinse to get rid of all the imperatives or conditioner build up on the hair as well as for added shine and luster. After washing the hair use about one fourth cup of vinegar mixed with water and rinse again with plain water…then use your favorite deep conditioner or conditioner. I hope it works for you, enjoy!

LaShaye-Shante Lynniece

Oh yea acv is great… it help my scalp itchiness lol.

Christine Marie Webster

Won’t it smell lol my hair gonna be an alcoholic lol!

Amelia Renee

Well, I love beer

Leatha Hurst

Christine Marie Webster you don’t keep it in u wash it out duhhhhhh!!!!!!!

Christine Marie Webster

Oh ok my bad lol!!!

Leatha Hurst

Christine Marie Webster smdh

Christine Marie Webster
Lau Ren

I heard if stale beer rinse ….. But I’ll stick to Apple cider vinegar

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Not if you rinse it out well or use a conditioner after.

Kenya Holmes

Ooh, yeah beer…forgot about this one!

Harlem Henderson

Took it back to the old school luck mayo and eggs as conditioner! A lot of people won’t try this because they caught up being a brained washed consumer! But hey we are are or was in some sort!

CocoSag Déiare Brown

Yep old trick never done it but people I know have and it works

Parys Gardener

Ermine Gardener Chantelle Douglas Che Henderson whaaaaaaaaat?!

Toni Maxwell

Us AFRO~LATIN women been doing this for years!!!

Claudette Lewis

Old school!

Claudette Lewis

Your suppose drink beer while you breast feed as well

Likeitha

What is ACV? Also, is there a specific brand on what type of beer to use?

chonte colvin

I use brags ACV organic with the mother 1/4 cup ACV mixed with water as a rinse. It works miracles, my hair is healthy and shiny. It also stops my itchy scalp. The mother is the pulp floating in the mixture of the bottle. This vingar is dark brown and the pulp makes it look muddy. I drink some of this for weight loss as well. Has a lot of health benefits.

Shawn Evans

Sonya Davis-Russell, I was telling Saadia Russell about this today.

Samantha Carrie

Budweiser contains GMO Wheat

Desiree Byrd

Somebody’s awake!

Nelly Lartey

Madness!!

Nelly Lartey

That tell u what it does in your stomach when u drink it..

Theresa Oliver

Really !!!

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