Have you always dreamed of having long, luscious locks? Nailing down the perfect hair routine takes some trial and error. 

It all starts with good shampoo and conditioner and then incorporating other techniques into your routine.

There are many hacks people swear by to achieve dream hair — masks, salon-style treatments, expensive products, oils and more. But have you ever considered using beer to boost your hair health?

It could be just the solution you’ve been wanting.


Before you dive into pouring a pilsner atop your head, remember that everyone’s hair is different, so the outcome may not be what you were looking for.

Below you’ll find more information on how to use beer for sleeker hair and what you can expect from the technique.

friends toasting beer

Beer is said to have several different health benefits for your hair. (iStock)

  1. How does beer promote healthy hair?
  2. Does beer help hair growth?
  3. What negative impacts could I see from using beer in my hair?
  4. How do I put beer in my hair?

1. How does beer promote healthy hair? 

For centuries, women have relied on this old wives' tale to get shiny, irresistibly touchable hair. 

And while the idea of smelling like a dingy dive may turn some off from the treatment, experts say there may be some benefits to this regimen.

Scalp and hair study

Beer may give your hair a fuller, shinier look.  (iStock)

Beer has a number of natural antioxidants, vitamins and proteins that can help prevent heart disease and even rebuild muscle. Beer is also 93% water and dark beer, specifically, has higher iron content than lighter beers. Incorporating beer rinses into your routine, and enjoying a cold one here and there, if you're of age, can contribute to a healthier body over all as well as healthier hair.


Drinking an adequate amount of water keeps your entire body hydrated, including your hair. One symptom of iron deficiency is brittle hair and nails. You may see fuller, thicker and more bodied hair with beer rinses.

2. Does beer help hair growth? 

Although beer could help make your hair more shiny, full and healthy, there is no evidence beer can help hair grow.

Although beer is not the answer for rapidly growing hair, there are other benefits to rinsing your hair in beer. 

Stylist Luigi Parasmo, who has worked on runway shows for couture brands such as Versace, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, also believes beer can make everything better, at least in the hair department. 

"Beer works well because the alcohol acts as a cleansing and shine agent," Parasmo told Fox News Digital. "It has a softening effect as well."

However, if you're trying to add natural length to your locks, you'll need to look into other hair tricks and hacks to do so. One way to promote hair growth is keeping your hair healthy through routine trims. Trimming your hair helps eliminate damaged hair and allows it to grow healthier and faster. 

Woman brushes straight hair

Beer will not help your hair grow, but there are plenty of other techniques to try with that goal in mind. (iStock)

You can also purchase shampoos and conditioners that boost hair growth and use a hair mask on a weekly basis that aims to serve the same purpose. When using heat products like a straightener or curling iron, don’t skip the heat protectant spray. 

Applying heat protectant to your hair can prevent it from being damaged. 

You can also promote hair growth through the foods you eat. Incorporate plenty of protein in your diet to help hair grow faster.

3. What negative impacts could I see from using beer in my hair? 

Some experts do not agree that using beer on your hair is the best idea. 


"Aside from the awkwardness of trying to use beer from a can or bottle in the shower, I don’t think you want to worry about having to rinse it all out and risk your head of hair smelling like a frat party," said hair restoration physician Dr. Alan Bauman. 

"Most of the positive reviews I’ve found in my research seem to be from those who work for companies that produce beer shampoo — not a good sign."

Person washes hair

After using beer on your hair, make sure to follow up with a strong scented conditioner. (iStock)

There are several other drawbacks for trying to use beer for gorgeous hair. The alcohol could be too drying for some, which could potentially strip away the natural oils hair needs to maintain overall good health.

4. How do I put beer in my hair?

There seem to be conflicting opinions on how beer should be used for maximum results. Dr. Ryan Welter says beer should first be boiled to lower its drying alcoholic content. Once it properly cools down, it can then be applied directly on clean hair before completely rinsing out. Parasmo recommends putting beer in a spray bottle and lightly spritzing as a leave-in conditioner.

Mark Mena, a celebrity hair stylist, offers another method for using beer on hair. "For a hygienically acceptable application, at the end of a shower, pour a flat beer over your hair straight from your roots." 

"Let it sit for 3-4 minutes and rinse with cold water to increase shine. To avoid the stench that can come with beer, follow-up with a fragrant conditioner."


If you're opposed to adding beer directly to your hair for a full rinse, but still interested in the idea, some brands sell beer shampoo that work in the same way. 

BRÖÖ offers a craft beer thickening shampoo which you can purchase on Amazon. 

Additionally, Crazy Skin sells beer shampoo made with yeast, also found on Amazon. 

Lastly, FarmBody offers a number of beer products including an Apple Ale shampoo and conditioner.

FarmBody's site reads, "Our Beer Garden Conditioner is Rich in B Vitamins, wheat, barley, and yeast to keep your hair shiny, nourished and strong."

Fox News Digital's Stephanie Nolasco contributed reporting.  

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