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I have shoulder length baby fine hair that is very thin and tends to get very oily at the roots really quickly. I have tried many shampoos from different brands to control oily hair and give my flat hair more volume but none really seemed to do the trick. I remember a friend telling me about beer hair treatment and how well it worked on greasy limp hair. Just wondering if you have any thoughts on this. – Erika, Michigan.


7 Ways to Use Beer for Hair


Hi Erika,  

Before answering your question on beer hair treatment, I think Lulu's Larger-than-Life Shampoo may also be of interest to you.

This very gentle and sulfate-free shampoo is specifically formulated with unique peptide complex which helps improve hair's condition, giving fine hair an instant lift and lustrous finish at the same time. Another huge plus that will surely catch your eye is, it comes with a simply irresistible price tag! Lulu's range of hair products are a whole lot cheaper than most high end salon brands. So if you're struggling with lifelessly flat hair and a not-so-fat wallet, why not check it out right away?

My thoughts on beer home treatment? I absolutely love its magical body-boosting and ultra-nourishing benefits! I use beer on my very straight limp hair pretty often especially when I want extra volume at the roots and honestly found it to be one of best homemade thickening hair masks ever. Beer really gives thin flat hair more oomph and leaves your locks bouncing with radiant shine all day!

The idea of applying beer on hair is not strange at all and has been used for years as a natural hair tonic. In fact, you can find quite a number of beer-fortified products in the haircare market such as Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo, British Linco Beer Shampoo & Conditioner, Logona Volume Honey Beer Shampoo and Skinfood Hop Beer Hair Wash & Conditioner.



How Does Beer Benefit Your Hair?

Beer is generally prepared from hops and malt, both of which are excellent sources of protein needed to strengthen and repair dry damaged locks caused by a host of different reasons. These may include excessive heat styling, frequent chemical treatments, repeated exposure to chlorine and sea water, to name a few.

In addition to protein, you'll also get many other amazing nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, B Vitamins (particularly biotin, also known as Vitamin H or B7) and maltose from beer. Biotin prevents hair loss and helps promotes healthy hair growth. It also keeps dandruff away. The maltose found in beer helps smooth and tighten up hair cuticles so your tresses appear more shiny and full of life.

There are several ways to apply beer on hair, depending on your hair type and needs. You can combine beer with apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to clarify oily hair; beer and egg for extra strengthening; beer and honey or avocado to deep condition; or just use beer alone.  Whatever combination of ingredients you choose for at home beer hair treatment, make sure to use traditional brewed beer made from hops to maximize nutrients and minimize unwanted chemicals in beer.

It doesn't really matter what brand of beer you get or if you mix different types of beer (lager, ale beer, or even champagne), but it must be flat. So I would suggest you use leftover beer from parties, if you're looking to pinch pennies.

Always use beer on hair after shampooing as it isn't a hair cleanser. And, don't worry about smelling like a brewery because the smell of beer will dissipate after a few minutes when your hair dries.



How to Use Beer for Hair?

1. Beer and Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

Mix 1 ounce water with 1 ounce flat beer. Add 2 teaspoons cider vinegar and 4-5 drops rosemary essential oil for fragrance (optional). Apply onto hair and gently massage your scalp for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse it out with lukewarm water. Use a conditioner if you like.

If your hair is really that oily at the roots, add the juice of 1 lemon but omit the rosemary essential oil in this beer hair recipe.


2. Beer and Egg Hair Mask

Blend 1 egg yolk with about 1 ounce flat beer until well mixed. Massage onto damp hair, and cover with a shower cap, or wrap head with a plastic bag. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes. Then shampoo and apply your favorite moisturizing conditioner.


3. Beer and Honey Hair Mask

Fork-mash 1 ripe banana until there are no lumps. Add 1 egg and blend till smooth, using a hand mixer if possible. Then pour ½ cup flat beer and add 1 tablespoon honey. Blend to a creamy consistency. Liberally apply beer and honey conditioning mask onto hair and scalp. Wait for some time, about 30 minutes or so, and wash it out with a mild shampoo.

If you don't happen to have bananas and eggs in your kitchen, just leave them out and increase the amount of honey to about 2 tablespoons.


4. Simple Beer Hair Rinse

Apply flat warm beer all over your hair after shampooing and conditioning. Rinse out with lukewarm water. If you want to leave home smelling sweet, pour 1 cup boiled and cooled Chamomile tea on your locks and let it sit for 3-5 minutes and then rinse.


5. Homemade Beer Shampoo

Heat about 1½ cup beer in a saucepan and leave it to cool to room temperature. Mix it with 1 cup mild shampoo.


6. Homemade Beer Conditioner

Combine 1 cup warm beer and 1 teaspoon jojoba oil together. Shampoo as usual and pour your DIY beer conditioner onto hair.


7. Beer Setting Lotion/ Beer Hair Spray

Pour desired amount in a spray bottle and spritz a little bit on freshly washed hair, just before you dry and style your tresses. Store unused beer hair spray in your refrigerator. Use within 2 weeks.





By Tiffany Moore


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