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.