Back to Basics: Use a Beer Rinse for Smooth, Shiny, Stronger Hair

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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.

See the other articles in the back to basics series here >>

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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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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
Likeitha

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

chonte colvin
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 !!!