In a previous post, Nutrafol gave you some advice on how to clean, wash and rinse your hair with beer. But what with this malt beverage is so good for your hair? These are all the why’s that you need answered.
Beer benefits: adds strength and shine
The ever so popular yeasty brew, beer, can add both strength and shine to dull, limp hair. The best (or worst depending on how you look at it) part is that you do not need to drink the beer to get the benefits. The beer benefits you get when you just drench your hair in it.
The malt and hops in your beer is loaded with protein, which nourishes and strengthens your hair. Dried and damaged hair can even be repaired to its former lusciousness thanks to the nutrients found in beer. The protein binds to hair dehydrated from blow drying, straightening and harsh weather. Leaving the hair restored and with more body to it. The beer benefits do not end there. Beer can also make your hair shinier. As the proteins bind with hair cuticles, the newly smoothed surface will better reflect light. Which means that your hair will become shinier. The shine is also added thanks to B vitamins in beer.
Stylist Luigi Parasmo, who has worked for on runway shows for couture brands like Versace, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, believes beer can make everything better, at least in the hair department.
– Beer works well because the alcohol acts as a cleansing and shine agent, says Parasmo. It has a softening effect as well, she explains.
Use as a beer rinse or a leave-in conditioner
Nutrafol did mention what wonders beer rinse have for your hair. And in case you forgot how to do it, here is a reminder:
To use beer as a hair rinse, mix it at room temperature, with an equal amount of water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar you add to get ride of the beer smell. After shampooing, use the beer rinse as your conditioner. To get the best result, let it soak for a few minutes before rinsing. While too drying to use every day, a once- or twice-monthly beer rinse will work as well as a pricey clarifying shampoo, removing buildup from hair products. So remember the golden rule – use but do not over-use.
Rinsing your hair with beer is not the only thing that you can do. You can also use beer as a leave-in conditioner. For a leave-in conditioner, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle, spray it on and go. As mentioned before, the proteins in beer bind to the hair shaft, and you will experience what exactly that means for your hair. Spoiler-alert: something fabulous – volume. So for people with fine, thin hair, this is the solution that will deliver tones of volume.
– Many people have thus seen the benefits of fuller, thicker and more bodied hair through the use of a beer rinse. However, it’s not acting on growing hairs, but rather existing ones. There is no evidence beer can help hair grow, explains Dr. Ryan Welter, a Massachusetts-based hair restoration surgeon.
Summing it up, this is why beer could be good for hair
1. Beer contains protein which can strengthen your hair.
2. Beer has an acidic pH which makes your hair shiny by tightening the cuticles.
3. Beer contains hops, which are natural astringents.
– Because beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, through the natural barley and hops, it does contain necessary nutrients for helping to develop healthy hair, Dr. Ryan Welter continues.