Beer is definitely a product in hot demand and for obvious reasons, but who would have thought that beer could have important benefits for our hair, too?
Because beer contains high levels of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, the benefits are only just beginning to be researched and explored by luxury health spas and beauty product manufacturers.
Beer provides excellent nutritional value to the hair and contains as many sought-after ingredients as most other hair care products available. B vitamins, maltose, sucrose, and protein are just some of the beneficial ingredients that malt, hops, and fermentation bring to the equation. Beer also contains magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium which make beer an effective hair care ingredient.
Beer contains proteins that help repair damaged hair.
B vitamins promote growth.
Maltose helps to strengthen hair.
Sucrose enhances natural shine by tightening hair cuticles.
Corn, wheat, and rice protein will boost volume and help hair appear thicker.
Beer contains Biotin which is one of the most important vitamins for healthy hair growth. Biotin also helps to prevent dandruff and hair loss
Beer acts as the perfect conditioner for your hair, this natural conditioning agent will help bring that dull and lifeless hair back to life. Replenish those much needed essential nutrients by using this unusual but effective home hair care remedy once a month, your hair will thank you for it. Beer is best left to hair that’s not colored; it can make color-treated hair feel dry.
Which Beer Is Best?
The brand and quality of the beer does not make any considerable difference to the results you may experience. So there is definitely no need to break the bank by buying some foreign or exotic overly priced ale. This is the perfect way to use up those undesirable brands of beer that somehow managed to take up residence in your fridge. In saying that traditional ales tend to be a little more effective compared to wheat beers simply because of the hops.
It is also suggested that you use dark beer for your hair, such as stout. Biotin is more prevalent in the darker beers so pick up a few bottles of Guinness for maximum effect.
For more effective results it is recommended you use flat beer, leave a bottle open overnight before applying to your hair. Shampooing before using beer treatments will also further enhance the results. Those with colored hair should avoid using beer hair treatments as it could potentially further dry out the hair.
Beer Infused Hair Care Products
We will share some homemade beer recipes for hair in just a minute, but if you aren’t interested in making your own beer hair care treatments, then try these ready-made solutions instead.
Original Beer Shampoo from Duffy’s Brew – This natural beer shampoo is SLS and phthalate free and enriched with botanical extracts such as jojoba, Acai berry and aloe leaf for an additional hair care boost.
Tasmanian Real Beer Handmade Shampoo Bar from Beauty & The Bees – This is a 100% natural and herbal beer shampoo bar free of all man-made chemicals. It is hand made, imported from Tasmania and leaves hair bouncy, shiny and full of body.
Homemade Beer Shampoo
Mix together equal amounts of your regular natural shampoo with your chosen beer. Gently massage into your hair and leave to soak in for around 2 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly using cold water. Condition your hair as normal to eliminate any lingering beer aromas.
Homemade Beer Rinse
1 ounce of water
2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
1 ounce of beer
5 drops of essential oil – such as lavender, rosemary or tea tree oil (for aroma)
Combine all ingredients rub mixture throughout your hair, and then rinse. This will helps remove any stubborn dirt buildup and enhance shine.
Homemade Beer Conditioner
1 cup of beer
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
Slightly warm up beer and then combine with jojoba oil. Apply mixture to hair and leave in for approximately 15 minutes, and then rinse. This will help increase volume and restore that natural shine.
Homemade Beer Hair Mask
1 bottle of beer
2 teaspoons of honey
3-4 drops of lemon
Heat up beer for approximately 1 minute, and then add honey and lemon. Apply paste to hair and gently massage until completely covered. Leave in for approximately 15 minutes then rinse well.
Beer may not be the first thing you think of when you want to nourish, condition or repair your hair, but it is surprisingly effective and would be a highly beneficial ingredient to add to your hair care regime.