Beer is one of the oldest fermented beverages known to mankind. Beer is an alcoholic drink produced by the fermentation of sugar produced as a result of saccharification of starch. Malted cereals like barley and wheat are the common sources of starch for brewing beer. Beer contains 4 to 6% alcohol and is the third most consumed drink in the world following water and tea. Apart from being an enjoyable beverage, beer is also a popular hair care product, providing numerous benefits to hair and skin.

Compared with other carbonated drinks, beer has excellent benefits for your skin. So, beer not only boosts the hair volume, it also penetrates deep and nourishes the scalp from inside. When hair is soaked, rinsed, or sprayed with beer, its natural ingredients coat each strand, making them healthy. Along with vitamin B, the proteins found in malt and hops (which are active ingredients of beer) are said to repair damaged hair. The sucrose and maltose sugars present in beer, tightens and strengthens hair cuticles for enhanced shine. The popular beverage is known to even help in controlling dry scalp along with improving the lustre and quality of hair.

How To Use Beer On Hair

Beer Rinse:

Hair can be directly rinsed with the regular beer available in the market to derive desired benefits. This is done by first washing and toweling the hair dry followed by applying 1/8th of the whole bottle of beer on the hair and scalp. The scalp and hair are then gently massaged for about 15 minutes. This helps the beer penetrate to the root of the hair strands and the scalp effectively. It ensures proper nourishment while improving blood circulation in the head. Hair is then washed thoroughly with clean water to rinse away the beer and then combed with a wooden comb. This beer rinse makes the hair feel soft, voluminous, and lustrous.

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Beer Shampoo For Hair:

A beer shampoo is a hair cleanser which contains beer as one of its primary ingredients. This beer is no special beer but just the commercially available beer in the market. The shampoo can be made at home or can be bought readily from the hair care shops.

Benefits Of Beer On Hair:

Beer shampoos can help with an itchy head and excessive scalp build ups. The presence of barley makes beer a rich source of protein and vitamin. These nutrients help in the growth of hair making it fuller, thicker, and bouncier. Beer works well because the alcohol acts as a cleansing and shining agent. It has a softening effect as well.

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Like anything else, moderation is the key while using beer for hair care. There are some drawbacks of using too much beer shampoo. The alcohol in a beer shampoo can be too drying and hence the hair can become devoid of natural oils, making it flat. This is why beer shampoo is better suited for oily hair than color-treated or dehydrated, dry tresses, as they tend to make oily hair feel drier while still keeping it healthy. It is important to remember that beer is not a complete substitute for regular shampoos and conditioners, but can be used for an occasional clarifying rinse for fine or dull hair.

Homemade beer shampoo:

Beer shampoos can be made at home in six easy to follow steps:

  1. Measure one cup of beer. It can be any beer from any brand.
  2. Take a pan and pour the beer in it.
  3. Let the beer boil for 15 minutes or till it has reduced to half of its original content.
  4. Completely cool it.
  5. Now measure one cup of shampoo and pour it in the cooled beer.
  6. Mix well.

Your beer shampoo is ready to be used!

So, next time you have accidentally opened a warm beer can, you would know what to do with it. Just make a homemade beer shampoo and get a lovely lustrous mane. But remember, don’t overdo it!

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