Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Green Beer tonight?
Well guess what, beer can really benefit your hair! (Not by drinking it)
I remember the story of a good friend of mine who shared this experience that happened to her in one of the college parties back in the days when her head got a spontaneous keg shower. The cool thing was that the next morning, she said that she woke up to find shiny, healthy-looking hair, nothing close to the way it looked the day before…Well I wasn’t surprised when she told me that. Would you like to know why?
What is it about beer that may benefit your hair?
The main reason to why beer can benefit your hair is because beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, through the natural barley and hops, it does contain nutrients for helping to develop healthy hair. Many people have thus seen the benefits of fuller, thicker and more bodied hair through the use of a beer rinse (Not by drinking it). However, it’s not acting on growing new hair, but rather treats the existing hair .
There are special components within beer that are better for your body than any old carbonated beverage. When you soak, rinse, or spritz your hair with beer, its natural ingredients coat each strand and lend hair-nourishing benefits. In addition to B vitamins, the proteins found in malt and hops are said to repair damaged hair and boost overall body (volume). Meanwhile, the maltose and sucrose sugars in beer tighten the hair’s cuticles for enhanced shine.
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 fibre, though beer also seems to slightly swell the hair shaft.
Beer rinse is ideal for fine hair, and 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- adding extra volume while at the same time coating the cuticles with shine. 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).
For those wary of the smell and mess that comes with a beer rinse, a good smelling shampoo and conditioner will do the job!
If you are one of the risk takers that are willing to try beer rinse, use it at the end of a shower. Simply pour a flat beer over your hair straight from your roots, let it sit for 3-4 minutes and rinse with cold water to increase shine. To avoid the stench that can come with beer, follow-up with a fragrant conditioner.
Hmmm… Interesting how creative you can get with alcohol…
I would love to hear your story
David Buriev – Hair Specialist
Author of The secrets your hairdresser was always hiding