Shiny Hoppy Hair Beer Rinse

beer hair rinse

A DIY beer hair rinse for shiny hair.

I like beer. Not that wimpy stuff. I prefer a flavorful beer with a strong, snappy finish — namely a tall, cold India Pale Ale (IPA). My motto is the hoppier, the better, and IPAs have a super-charged concentration of hops. So why hops for hair? The quickie explanation starts with the basics of beer. Your typical brewsky is composed of barley, water, yeast and a flavoring agent such as hops. The hops used in beer brewing refer to the female flowers of the hop plant, a twining vine closely related to hemp. Hops give beer a bitter, tangy flavor and I think, well … they’re magical.

According to Real Beauty, hops contain silica to fortify and strengthen hair. The essential oils in the hops, which are extracted for the brewing process, are rich in antioxidants and toning/astringent properties or so say the folks at BROO, a hair and skincare line made of craft beer. Add to that the wheat proteins, minerals and B vitamins found in your standard brew and you’ve got yourself a recipe for shine. Behold, our hoppy hair beer rinse recipe. Bottoms up!

Here’s what you need:

  • One bottle or can of IPA beer (Some local faves are Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA and San Tan Brewing Hop Shot IPA but any IPA will do!)
  • Plastic spray bottle

Here’s what you do:

Before your treatment, open the beer and allow it to reach room temperature for about an hour or two. Transfer the beer to the spray bottle.

In the shower, shampoo hair, rinse and gently squeeze out excess water. If your hair is dry or prone to tangling, work a small amount of conditioner just on the ends. Then, generously spray the beer hair rinse starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends. You can skip the spray bottle and just pour it over your head if you want but I prefer the spray method for better precision. You can also use a squeeze bottle.

Let the beer sit on hair for two minutes and rinse with cool water (the colder you can stand, the better). Optionally, you can skip the rinse and leave the beer on as an overnight treatment. The smell does dissipate for the most part once it dries and you’ll get a more intense shine.

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