Beer Treatment for Hair

Beer Treatment for Hair
Beer Treatment for Hair (Image: Lyssa Oberkreser)

No one wants to scrimp when it comes to beauty, but it is difficult to reason spending big bucks on hair treatments when there are cheap and easy alternatives. Even if your mom never did it herself, she probably had friends who rinsed their hair in beer at least once. It is no old wives' tale; beer is good for your hair.


Beer is made from malt and hops, which contain proteins that are thought to repair hair damaged by chemical processing, sun, chlorine and pollution, and add body to limp strands. The sugars in the beer are believed to make hair shiny by tightening the hair cuticles.

Domestic or Import?

It is not necessary to shell out $10 for a six-pack of Belgian beer to pour over your head; the cheap stuff works just fine. Maybe you have some less-than-desirable brands left over from your Super Bowl party, or you just found a few warmed-over cans still hiding in your cooler from last week's tailgate. Any old beer will do, although a traditional ale or lager is preferred over wheat beers, because of the hops.


You will want the beer to be flat before putting it on your hair. Open a 12-ounce bottle or can of beer and let it sit out for an hour or two before you plan to shower. You will want to shampoo your hair before using the beer rinse. And yes, you are going to take the beer into the shower with you.

Lather, Rinse, Add Beer

After shampooing and rinsing your hair, pour the entire beer over your hair, making sure to coat the strands from scalp to tips. Gently massage the beer into your hair and let it soak in for at least two minutes. Rinse your hair completely with cool water. You can then use your regular conditioner to neutralize any traces of beer scent. Towel dry and style as usual. You will find your hair to be shiny, full and bouncy--perfect for hitting the pub for a beer.


It is not safe to bring glass into the shower for fear of dropping the bottle and hurting yourself. It is best to pour the beer into a plastic cup, or use canned beer.

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