Sunday, September 9, 2012

Handy Dandy Tips: Beer Shampoo

When I mentioned this one at work everyone looked at me like I was a crazy person, but if you've never heard of this before, bear with me here.

Some background: Neither Deven nor I drink beer. Yuck. Can't stand that taste or the smell. Anyway, a few months ago, Deven got into his head that he wanted some Pabst Blue Ribbon. He insisted that he'd had it before and liked it. Long story short: he was wrong. So, we were left with a bunch of beer taking up space in our fridge. I'd been trying to come up with ways to use it up, beer bread being the most obvious, when I began seeing things online about using beer on your hair.

Now, I've been pretty neglectful of my hair lately. It needs to be trimmed badly, but I can't seem to talk myself out of the money for a haircut (I've been trimming my own bangs for a few months now). It's been frizzy, easily tangled and just plain unmanageable. I used this beer shampoo once and my hair came out smooth and shiny with fewer tangles. I've heard that using beer on your hair can also make it appear thicker. I haven't noticed this particular benefit yet, but maybe with further use I will. I should also mention that my shampoo didn't smell beer-y. If you use an unscented shampoo it might have some beer smell to it.

You will need:

1 1/2 cups of beer
1 cup of mild shampoo

This one is really easy. Pour your beer into a saucepan and boil it down until it makes 1/4 of a cup. Let cool. Pour the reduced beer into the shampoo and mix. Pour your shampoo into a bottle and use like you would regular shampoo. Store in the refrigerator between uses.


  1. Hey! Do you think this works for any beer or does it need to be a certain type of beer? Great post BTW

    1. Thanks! You know, that's a good question. I've done a little more looking and haven't found anything that really specifies one type of beer being better than any other. If you were going to use it as a rinse on its own though, I have seen that lukewarm beer is better than cold.