Feed your Hair Flat Beer for Body, Luster & Moisture Retention

Beer for Hair

Beer for your hair? Yep, you read it correctly!  Beer can liven up those curls and coils by adding sheen, body and luster to your hair! Using beer in your hair is a great way to replenish moisture. In addition, beer is full of nutrients that are beneficial for the hair and can help repair damaged strands and provide a boost in body and volume.

Beer can also provide sheen and luster to the hair because of the natural maltose and sucrose sugars levels. The natural sugars found in beer can help tighten the hair's cuticle, enhancing shine, luster and also preventing your from having frizzy hair.

Although it is debatable whether the corn, rice, or wheat protein in beer can actually deposit on your hair to form a strengthening film, there is no question that it makes hair seem thicker. This effect may be attributed to the proteins left on the hair fiber, though beer also seems to slightly swell the hair shaft.

Ideal for fine hair, an at-home beer solution is an economical alternative to the $20-40 thickening tonics on the market, since it kills two birds with one stone. It adds extra volume while at the same time coats the cuticle layer of the hair to help it shine.

If you apply the proteins found in beer to your hair, the cuticles begin to realign themselves in an orderly fashion. Essentially, the proteins are repairing damage to your hair caused by all the other things you may do to make it look good: blow-drying, straightening, curling and coloring (source: Self Magazine).

When experimenting with beer as a hair product, it is recommended to use traditional brewed beer made from hops to maximize nutrients and minimize chemicals (since most commercial beers are loaded with stuff you probably shouldn’t be putting in your body, let alone your hair)." (Source: Truth in Aging).

Beer can also be mixed with vinegar for a luscious and clarifying hair rinse. Try to choose a beer that doesn't have such a strong odor, a light beer is preferred. I'll admit, I was a little hesitant to try this at first but I was extremely pleased with the results. I used the beer and vinegar rinse and my hair was left feeling soft and "airy".

Here are some easy at home recipes you can try using beer for the hair:

Beer and Vinegar Green Tea Clarifying Rinse

6 cups water
1/4 cup ACV
1 small can of any light beer (flat)
2-3 green tea bags
3-6 drops peppermint, eucalyptus or tee tree essential oil

Boil water and steep green tea bags. In a large glass bowl, add water infused with green tea, ACV, essential oils and beer. Allow to cool to the touch. This rinse can be used in place of shampoo or after shampooing or cowashing the hair. Pour over hair, massage hair and scalp for 2-3 mins and rinse with lukewarm water only. You may repeat if necessary. I've used this mixture after a shampoo and a cowash.

Beer Pre-Shampoo Hair Rinse

1 cup any light beer (flat)
2 tsp. coconut oil
2 tsp. jojoba oil
2 tbsp. EVOO
2 tbsp. your favorite conditioner (primarily used for thickening)
(I added 1 tbsp.Amla powder to this mix, which can be optional)

Mix the conditioner and EVOO in glass bowl, set aside. Mix beer, coconut oil and jojoba oils in separate glass bowl, microwave 15 seconds. If using Amla powder, stir into beer mixture until smooth. Add conditioner and EVOO mix until smooth. Apply to hair in sections, cover and allow to sit 45 minutes to one hour. Rinse and proceed with your regimen.

Have you tried Beer for your Natural Hair? Does your hair love it or hate it? 

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