Beer and Bands

Hello, to all my healthy hair fanatics! I want to share my latest experiment! I tried a beer rinse in my natural hair! I have been wanting to try it for a while but always forget by the time I get to the store or gas station!

The benefits of a beer rinse is softening, clarifying and balancing the pH of the hair and scalp, increase in shine and elasticity. more elasticity=less breakage. It has similar benefits as an apple cider vinegar rinse (AVC rinse).

Beer used for beer rinse

I used a 40 oz of Old English malt liquor. It cost me $1.99. Wanted to explain to everyone in the store that the beer was for my hair and not for me! Anyway, I couldn’t find a warm one so I purchased the one out of the cooler. I opened it and sat it on my porch for about an hour. I had to go to work and didn’t want to leave it sitting outside so I opened it and sat it in the trunk of my car when I got to work. After about 6 hours, it still had a little fizz to it. It wasn’t as flat as I wanted but it was good enough.

I shampooed once with Hair Garden Hair Cleanser and did a hot oil treatment with coconut oil, palm, oil and avocado oil. I sat under a hooded dryer with a processing cap for about 15 minutes and then let it sit for a couple of hours. The shampoo and hot oil treatment was done immediately following my purchase of the beer so I let the oil sit in my hair as I waited on the beer to go flat. Once I was ready to do the beer rinse, I got in the shower and shampooed the oils out of my hair twice with the Hair Garden Hair Cleanser. I then took the beer and poured it in my hair slowly. I massaged it in and let it sit as I showered. The beer was really warm from being in the trunk of my car all day. I rinsed the remaining beer out after I showered and then applied Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner  to my hair to detangle. My hair felt a little stiff and crunchy following the beer rinse, but the softness returned once I used the conditioner. I blotted my hair gently with a towel and applied some coconut oil blended with a little palm oil to my hair. I always follow with oil anytime I wet my hair in any way to restore the oils I lost. It is also good to add such fatty oils to your hair following such an acidic process such as a beer rinse or ACV rinse. It helps maintain a healthy pH for your hair and scalp!

banded hair after beer rinse

I banded my hair in 8 bands using Hair Garden Shealoe and left it to air dry overnight. I could already tell a difference in the feel of my hair while it was drying in the bands. It was very soft and it had a lot of sheen. I used a hard rubber  afro pik and a denman brush to detangle and to help distribute product while banding.

Bands removed after beer rinse

I took the bands down the following morning and was very impressed by the results! My hair had more body than it usually does after banding. My hair had a soft, cottony texture when I picked it out into an afro. I would definitely do the beer rinse again. It is advised that you only do this once a month to avoid drying out or over-stripping your hair. I will try alternating months w/ ACV rinse. A friend asked if a higher quality beer wold make a difference. I will try a higher end brand next time and let you all know!


Author: Aphropuphs

Master Cosmetologist, Master Educator, Product Maker and Natural Hair Specialist sharing natural hair care information and giving support to those on their journey!

3 thoughts on “Beer and Bands”

  1. You just had a good helping of wheat proteins from wheat, barley and hops and depending on the type of beer. Beer uses a lot of wheat barley in the production of their beers as well as other processes utilizing sugars and yeast.


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