No, we’re not crazy. We are totally going to tell you about beer shampoo and why it’s the most amazing thing to happen since, well, beer itself. Before you interject and remind us how annoying it is when a wasted bar patron crashes into you and accidentally spills beer on your hair, clothes and shoes, let us remind you this beauty trick is totally voluntary.
Why beer you ask? Hops and malt are both packed with protein which works to nourish and strengthen the hair. This makes it great for fine locks because the proteins bind to the hair to provide greater volume and boost the illusion of thickness. The alcohol contains B vitamins and sugar, lending a glossy shine to your mane.
There are a few different companies that have started to produce beer shampoo, but you can make your own at home for very little money and effort. But be careful to only use homemade beer shampoo once a week or every three washes because it could have a drying effect on hair if used too often.
Step 1: Measure out 1 cup of beer, any kind you prefer. Pour it into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil it for approximately 15 minutes or until it reduces by about half.
Step 2: While the beer is cooking, measure out 1 cup of the shampoo of your choice and pour into a medium bowl.
Step 3: After the beer has reduced by half, remove the pot from heat and let the beer cool completely, about 10-15 minutes.
Step 4: Pour the cooled beer into the bowl holding the shampoo and gently stir until blended. If you desire, funnel the concoction into the bottle of your choice. Wash your hair with the beer shampoo, condition as usual and voila – your thick, strong, shiny hair will thank you.
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