- First of all, what is beer?
- What are the benefits of beer in hair care?
- What else can beer do for your body?
- Recipe 1 for a simple beer rinse
- Recipe 2 for a jojoba oil and beer rinse
I won’t keep you guessing what the magic ingredient is. It’s beer. Yes, literal beer!
Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, I will have you know that 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, it was known as a common addition to many women’s hair care routines.
As products, technology and techniques changed through the years, many tried and true practices got lost in the shuffle and were forgotten. Well, maybe it is time we dusted off a few of them so that we can decide if they are worth a revisit.
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’m not a fan, to me it’s just as gross today as it was 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 styles and flavors namely, rice, wheat or maize.
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 adds body as well as shine.
The hops in beer also contain oils rich in antioxidants but don’t 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 drying your hair out? Well, it depends on the individual, for some it does dry hair but for others it acts as a cleansing agent that increases shine. The only way to know for sure is to actually give it a try.
Well, a lot actually. Now, there is a fine line between the sloppy, falling down drunks who consume copious amounts of beer and the occasional, or social beer drinkers, so please keep that in mind. Having said that, here are some of the benefits of beer.
1. Beer drinkers are at a lower risk of Type-2 diabetes, multiple studies have shown this to be true.
2. Beer can reduce the risk of heart disease.
3. Moderate beer consumption is good for bone density and this is one of the reasons why it is also amazing for our hair. 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.
5. It has a low pH level so it may help tighten your hair follicles while removing dirt and grease from your hair and scalp.
6. The froth in beer is great for fighting acne, the yeast helps to slow down sebum production and decreases the occurrence of acne. This makes it a good ingredient in a facial mask.
Are you sold yet? Good, because I am too.
So how do you actually use beer in your hair? I’m glad you asked! Here are a couple of easy recipes for beer infusions that you can add into your hair care routine.
You will need:
1 ounce distilled water
1 ounce room temperature beer
2 teaspoons Apple cider vinegar*
7 drops of your favorite essential oil – lavender is a good one to use here
Combine all the ingredients in a container.
Cleanse your hair and rinse. Pour the beer mixture over your hair and work through with your fingers. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water. Style as usual.
For this you will need:
I cup. room temperature beer
1 tsp. of Jojoba* oil
Combine the ingredients in a container.
Cleanse your hair and rinse. Work the mixture into your hair and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out thoroughly. Style as usual. The jojoba oil* will add shine while the beer adds body.
If you are a fan of beer and can’t bring yourself to use one for you hair, wait until the next time you find yourself left with some flat beer. Instead of throwing it away, save it to try one of the recipes aforementioned. You can also just use the beer on its own as a rinse in the shower.
Some have even added beer to a spray bottle and use as a leave-in conditioner* but unless you wanna smell like a brewery, I’d say pass on that idea and opt for the shower rinses instead.