Four Uses For Beer (Aside From Drinking It)

Beer shampoo
was all the rage in 2012 so, naturally, I decided to do some research and find out what else I can do with the magical drink…the answer?  A LOT.  Funny since I’ll choose wine over beer any day of the week but hey, for me, 2013 is all about being open to new things!  

Clean yo’ jewelry, girl: Place your gold jewelry in a dish of beer, let it soak, then remove, rinse and polish with a dry cloth.  Clean jewelry for everyone!  Finally!

Polish your wood furniture: Rub flat beer gently onto furniture using a soft cloth. The beer will help to restore polish and color.

Soothe your feet: Apparently the enzymes in beer soften callused feet and help stimulate circulation!  Kind of awesome.  Make a mixture of room temperature beer and warm peppermint tea (half and half).  Submerge your feet for about 20 minutes.

Get a better night’s sleep?: This is definitely a must-try.  Wash your pillowcase in water spiked with a little bit of beer because, apparently, hops are sometimes used as an herbal remedy for insomnia…serial.  They have dimethylvinyl carbinol, which is a chemical compound that has a calming and slightly sedative effect.

Beer Shampoo? YES, please.

I pretty much called it back in 2008 when I wrote THIS POST.  See?  Beer is good for your hair, guys.  In fact, it’s so good that three brands even created beer-infused shampoos and are selling them.  The verdict?  They’re all pretty awesome because, as we already knew, beer has a ton of ingredients that are good for creating smooth, shiny hair with lots of volume and strength.

LUSH Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo: It’s made with organic vegan stout beer from a local brewery (how LA) and contains protein that will give your hair weight, smoothness and tons of shine.

BROO Citrus Pale Ale Shampoo: I guess the organic vegan movement is really happening with beer shampoo cause this version is also all things natural.  No parabens, silicones, etc. and they went a step ahead and even added a “slice” of citrus scent to give you that Blue Moon scent.

REDKEN Clean Brew Extra Cleaning Shampoo: I love how squeaky clean my scalp felt after using this shampoo.  On top of the orangey scent, the anti grit technology uses a premium blend of malt and brewer’s yeast to eliminate dirt and oil on the scalp.

Pour Some Beer…In Your Hair?

So I was scanning through a super old issue of Life & Style and I saw a story on beer actually being good for your hair. This seemed questionable to me, I mean, didn’t I take extraordinary measures in college to AVOID just that? We all made sure to keep our distance from “that” drunk girl with the wobbly pint of Bud Light! However, I was definitely intrigued- after doing some research, I found out that Jamie-Lynn Sigler’s hairstylist, Francky L’Official, says that after he washes her hair he rinses it with Budweiser select and that “the malt has a ton of protein, which gives cuticles a lift, while the vitamin B and natural sugars make hair super shiny.” Proteins from the malt and hops coat the hair, build it up and help repair damage! Now this just seems too good to be true so I decided to test out the random bottles I had in my fridge with these four simple recipes I found when googling “beer in hair.”

Simple Beer Rinse

Once a month use a can of flat beer after shampooing. Choose a beer that does not have a strong odor, shampoo and rinse hair as usual. Pour the flat, warm beer on your hair, work it through and rinse with lukewarm water.

Cider Vinegar & Beer Rinse

1 oz water
2 teaspoons Cider Vinegar
1 ounce of flat Beer
5 drops Rosemary essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together then shampoo and rinse hair as usual. Pour the rinse on your hair and work it through. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Jojoba Oil and Beer Conditioner
1 cup warm beer
1 teaspoon jojoba oil (Jojoba oil is non-greasy and adds shine to your hair while beer adds body)
Mix all ingredients together then shampoo and rinse hair as usual. Pour the conditioner on your hair and work it through. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Beer Styling Tonic
Beer is also a very good setting lotion. It makes hair look healthy and shiny, and gives blow-dried hair increased vitality, resilience, and hold. Spray a little beer into your hair using a pump bottle after shampooing, just before you dry and style your hair. You can store the beer for a week or two if you keep it in a sealed bottle in the refrigerator.