Would You Wash Your Hair with Beer?

Shannon R., SELF magazine

Happy St. Paddy's Day! Everything is a looking a little bit greener and you might be celebrating this weekend with some corned beef, cabbage and beer. Yum! But have you ever heard of pouring some of your favorite lager on your hair? It has been suggested that beer has some hair-helping benefits so let's take a look at this favorite St. Patrick's Day brew to see if beer is really a pot of gold for your locks.

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3 Reasons Beer Could Be Good For Hair

  1. Beer contains protein which can form a strengthening film on 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.


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The Sobering Truth

  1. Beer does contain grain proteins (like corn, wheat, or rice) but the protein is not chemically modified to deposit on your hair - it just rinses down the drain!
  2. The low pH of beer is caused by dissolved carbon dioxide. However, this doesn't have a significant impact on your hair cuticles because loose cuticles are caused by loss of the natural hair lipids (oils) that hold them in place. There are no "conditioning" agents in beer to smooth damaged cuticles.
  3. While it's true that hops have a mild astringent effect on skin, they are in very low concentrations in beer and are not left on your hair long enough to provide any real benefit.


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Bottom Line

Using beer as a hair treatment is just wasting a perfectly good brew that is better saved for drinking! If you want to get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit, grab some green nail polish to add a splash of color to your look.


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