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!

Published by 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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