A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #8: Rinse Your Hair with Beer for Volume and Shine

(M. Minderhoud, http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

It sounds like a frat party practical joke, doesn’t it?

This post is in honor of today’s Mardi Gras celebrations! Come tomorrow, many of you will be putting down the bottle for the next 40 days and might find it grueling to stare at that beer in the fridge, just teasing and taunting you. I know, many more of you won’t give it up, but bear (beer?) with me, because at some point in your life, it’s likely that you will have leftover, stale, or flat beer that would otherwise go to waste.

To some of you, I know that sounds completely absurd. Who in their right mind has leftover beer? If you’re a hardcore beer drinker who would rather chug backwash than watch any ounce of hops hit the floor, you’re welcome to skip right over this post 🙂

If you’re a beer liker, however, or a beer snob who doesn’t know what to do with cans of PBR after a house party, or if you’re a teetotaler who would otherwise use beer to prevent slugs in the garden… then, read on.

Rinsing your hair with beer will give it extra volume, shine, and manageability. It can be used on all hair types and is safe for color-treated or processed hair. You can use fresh, flat, stale, or old beer; ales, porters, flavored beer… whatever you have on hand, try it out.

Stuff to Know:

  • Use room-temperature beer, not beer from the fridge or cooler.
  • One full bottle or can of beer is plenty, even for long hair.
  • Normal and oily hair will not require conditioner. The sugars from the beer will strengthen and smooth your hair. If your hair is extremely dry, use a light conditioner after the beer rinse.

    (Adrian Scottow, http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)

Beer Hair Rinse

  1. Wash your hair with shampoo as you would normally do.
  2. Make sure all the shampoo is rinsed out. Gently squeeze excess water from your hair.
  3. Pour the beer slowly and gently into your hair.
  4. Begin at your scalp. Work the beer through your hair with your fingertips and massage through to the ends of your hair.
  5. Work the beer through for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Rinse well with tepid or cool water.
  7. To reduce any lingering beer smell, place a few drops of essential oil on a comb (try rosemary, lemon, or orange) and gently comb through your damp hair, moving from the ends toward the roots. Rinse again with tepid or cool water.
  8. Dry and style as usual.

Questions for readers:

Have you ever used a “crazy” ingredient in your grooming routine?

Do you know any other good uses for leftover beer or other foods/drinks?

5 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #8: Rinse Your Hair with Beer for Volume and Shine

    1. Haha ~ I know, it sounds so crazy. But it totally works! It’s something about the sugars 🙂 I wonder what would happen if you used chamomile tea AND beer? Your hair would probably look amazing! 😉

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