Beer Hair Rinse Recipes
Using beer on your hair was a craze when I was a teenager. But there really is a value to a beer hair rinse. The next time you have trouble finishing a bottle of beer, keep the leftovers for use as a hair tonic.
Why is beer good for your hair?
Beer can add strength and shine to dull, limp hair. The malt and hops in beer are loaded with protein, which nourishes and strengthens hair and can help rebuild and repair damaged hair.
The protein binds to hair that has become dehydrated, damaged, or dry from blow-drying, styling, or harsh weather, and helps restore body and bounce. Beer hops, which are natural astringents, as well as the brewer's yeast can help balance hair oil production.
Using a beer hair rinse can also make your hair shinier. As the proteins bind with hair cuticles, the smoother surface will reflect light better, making hair look shinier. Beer also contains B vitamins, which can help make hair strands shiny.
Many people experience fuller, thicker hair after using a beer rinse. If you have fine, thin hair, beer can help increase volume. Also, the alcohol in beer acts as a cleansing agent while also having a softening effect.
A beer rinse can give extra life to naturally curly hair that straightens at the end of the day or even permed hair that is just about ready for a new perm! You can also use beer as a leave-in conditioner.
For some, a beer rinse can be too drying to use every day. Using it once or twice a month works as well as a clarifying shampoo when it comes to removing buildup from hair products.
Simple Beer Hair Rinse
The natural ingredients in beer tighten the hair cuticle and give hair a beautiful shine
- Once a month use a can of flat beer after shampooing.
- Choose a beer that does not have a strong odor.
- Shampoo and rinse hair as usual.
- Pour the flat warm beer on your hair and work it through.
- For best results, let the mixture soak for a few minutes before rinsing.
- Rinse with lukewarm, not hot, water or leave a bit of it in your hair, and the effect will be even better.
Cider Vinegar and Beer Hair Rinse
The vinegar and the cider work together to tighten the cuticle. With a smooth cuticle, the hair will reflect the light rather than absorb it, providing lovely luster!
1 oz. water
1 tablespoon Cider Vinegar
1 ounce of flat Beer
5 drops Rosemary essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together. Shampoo and rinse hair as usual. Pour the rinse on your hair and work it through. Rinse with lukewarm, not hot, water.
Try using our Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses in this recipe!
Adding Essential Oils
There are many essential oils that you can use in the recipe above. You can also add essential oils to the simple beer rinse recipe.
For more information read our blog Essential Oils Used In Hair Care.
Jojoba Oil and Beer Hair Conditioner
1 cup warm beer
1 teaspoon jojoba oil* (or use our organic Jojoba Grapeseed Hair Oil)
Pour the conditioner on your hair and work it through. Rinse with lukewarm, not hot, water.
Jojoba oil is non-greasy, moisturizes the scalp, adds nutrients, and adds shine to your hair while beer adds body.
*For dry hair try some almond oil which moisturizes and soothes the scalp. Or use any oil that your hair likes!
Try using our Jojoba Grapeseed Hair Oil in this recipe!
Leave-In Hair Conditioner
Rinsing hair is not the only thing that you can do with beer. You can also use beer as a leave-in conditioner. For a leave-in conditioner, mix equal parts of water and flat beer. Place the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray into your hair after shampooing.
Since the proteins in beer bind to the hair shaft and help create volume, this is a great conditioner for fine, thin hair, or limp hair. You can also use the cider vinegar rinse recipe above as a leave-in conditioner.
Beer Hair Styling Tonic
Beer is a very good setting lotion. It makes hair look healthy and shiny, and gives blown dried hair increased vitality, resilience, and hold.
Spray a little beer into your hair using a pump bottle after shampooing, just before you dry and style your hair.
You can store the beer for a week or two if you keep it in a sealed bottle in the refrigerator.
Recipes have been gathered from friends, family, customers, and other sources. We have not tried all of these recipes and provide them as fun and interesting alternatives to commercial products. We do not guarantee that they will work for you as they have worked for others.
Beer Natural Shampoo Bar
For a special treat try Chagrin Valley's Honey Beer and Egg Shampoo.
The well-known conditioning properties of beer and egg combined with cocoa butter provide a moisturizing shampoo bar.
This natural shampoo does not smell like beer! The honey and the hops give this bar a nice clean smell with a hint of sweetness.