Beer For Hair: Does It Really Work?

Medically reviewed by Dr. Vindhya L Veerula, MD, FAAD
by Ramona Sinha

Beer is one of the most celebrated drinks around the world. Parties, gatherings, celebrations, and victories – none is complete without raising a beer glass (or bottle!). And then, it has slowly made its way into our hair care routines.

Beer has been the talk of the hair care industry for a while now. People are using beer for hair in different ways – beer shampoos, post-wash rinse, or simply drinking it. Beer is said to improve hair health, texture, and shine. But is there any truth to these claims? Find out in this article.

Is Beer Any Good For Your Hair?

There is no scientific proof to back this claim. However, anecdotal evidence claims that beer is good for hair – whether you drink it or use it to rinse your hair.

The possible reason could be the protein, B vitamins, and antioxidants like flavonoids in beer (1). These nutrients may impact your overall health and hair health. In the next section, let’s take a closer look at the nutrients present in beer.

Beneficial Nutrients In Beer

Beer is rich in:

1. Minerals

Beer contains selenium and is a good source of silicon (2). Selenium deficiency is linked to hair pigment loss, and silicon deficiency may cause hair loss (3), (4).

2. B Vitamins

Beer is rich in B vitamins, and vitamin B12 prevents premature graying (1), (5).

3. Zinc, Folate, Biotin, Vitamin D, And Calcium

Beer contains essential nutrients like zinc, folate, biotin, calcium, and vitamin D (6). All these elements are crucial for maintaining hair health. Lack of these nutrients may trigger androgenic alopecia and telogen effluvium and cause hair loss and hair damage (7).

You might be wondering that if beer is rich in hair-beneficial nutrients, does that mean it can promote hair growth? Read the next section for find out.

Does Beer Promote Hair Growth?

There is no scientific proof that beer promotes hair growth. It contains essential nutrients that play a crucial role in reducing hair fall and managing conditions like alopecia and telogen effluvium. Hence, beer may have some beneficial effects on your hair health.

However, that does not mean beer can be a substitute for a well-balanced diet and therapies. Consult a doctor if you are experiencing severe hair fall or other hair-related issues.

Beer is also believed to minimize dandruff. Is it true? Find out in the next section.

Is Beer Helpful For Dandruff?

This is a popular belief that does not have any scientific backing. Many people rinse their hair with beer and claim that it helps minimize dandruff. The fact is, dandruff is a fungal infection caused by Malassezia, a yeast-like fungus. While there is no proof of the antifungal activity of beer, you can try and see if it can help. Keep reading to find out how exactly you can use a beer for your hair.

How To Use Beer On Hair

1. Beer Rinse

A post-shampoo beer rinse may make the hair soft, silky, and shiny.

Ingredients

  • 200 ml beer

Process

  1. Wash your hair with shampoo and follow up with conditioner.
  2. Rinse your hair well.
  3. Tilt the head backward and pour the beer on the hair.
  4. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
  5. Do this once a week.

2. Beer And Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar is often used as a post-wash rinse to soften the hair and add shine to it.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of beer

Process

  1. Mix the apple cider vinegar with beer.
  2. Use the mixture as a post-shampoo rinse.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse with water.
  4. Use it once in two weeks.

3. Beer And Jojoba Oil Rinse

Jojoba oil is a popular ingredient when it comes to skin care and hair care. It contains wax esters that repair the skin (8). Together with beer, it may help soften and moisturize the hair.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flat beer
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil

Process

  1. Mix beer and jojoba oil.
  2. Pour the mixture on your hair strands
  3. Leave it on for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with water.

You may also include beer in your DIY hair masks. Find out some easy recipes in the next section.

DIY Beer Hair Masks

1. Beer, Honey, And Banana Hair Mask

Honey antimicrobial properties, while banana softens the hair and improves shine and manageability (9), (10).

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of beer
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 ripe and mashed banana

Process

  1. Blend all the ingredients well.
  2. Section your hair and apply the beer mask evenly from the roots to the tips.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap for an hour.
  4. Wash with shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Use once a week.

2. Beer, Egg, And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Egg yolk contains hair growth peptides(11). Coconut oil minimizes protein loss in hair and penetrates the hair shaft to prevent damage (12).

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of beer
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Yolk of an egg

Process

  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply the blend to your hair evenly.
  3. Cover with a shower cap and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Wash with regular shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Use this mask once a week.

3. Beer, Onion, And Coconut oil

Onion juice promotes hair growth (13). Coconut oil minimizes hair damage. This hair mask may help prevent hair fall.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of beer
  • ½ cup of onion juice
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Process

  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Apply the mask to your hair and scalp. Spread evenly.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Use only once a week.

You may also apply beer directly to your hair. This is said to lighten the hair color.

Does Beer Lighten The Hair?

According to anecdotal evidence, beer may help lighten the hair naturally. Many women use beer wash to turn their hair a shade lighter than the natural color. This is especially beneficial for people who want to dye their hair without using a pre-lightening bleach.

Closing Thoughts

The trend of using beer on the hair has gained popularity in recent times, especially after celebrities started endorsing it. While the nutrients in beer supposedly promote hair growth and make it shiny, there is no scientific evidence supporting such claims. If you feel this trend is worth giving a shot, try the methods shared in the article.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which beer is good for hair wash?

Any beer will work as a post-wash hair rinse.

Can we use beer directly on hair?

Yes, you can use undiluted beer on hair.

Can I leave the beer in my hair overnight?

No. Leaving beer in the hair overnight may harm your scalp.

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Ramona Sinha

Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.
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