“I do condition my hair with honey and beer. I smell like the bottom of a beer barrel for days afterwards,but it’s very good for the hair,”actress Catherine Zeta-Jones admitted to the Mail Online.
Zeta-Jones is just perhaps one of the most famous celebrities who swears by the benefits of washing hair with beer. The practice is by no means a new fad – women have been using beer to enhance their locks for years.
In South Africa the most popular commercial beer shampoo was Body on Tap. The original formula contained one-third beer, and actress Kim Basinger appeared in the TV ad.
The shampoo was available during the 1970s and 1980s but was eventually pulled from shelves after dwindling sales.
“Two of the basic ingredients in beer, malt and hops, are packed with protein, which acts as a nourishing and strengthening agent. Soaking, rinsing or spritzing your hair with beer will strengthen the cuticles and help repair damage,” said Marta Wohrle, founder of Truth in Aging, a website that reviews beauty products.
“Alcohol also contains B vitamins and natural sugars, which add a glossy shine. Beer is great for fine or fragile hair. The proteins bind to the hair shaft and give it more volume, boosting the appearance of thickness.”
US Newsealth quoted celebrity hairstylist Francky L'Official as saying: “People put beer in lamb, in bread, in pastries.Why not use it for your hair, too? It gives it body and makes it shiny and bouncy.”
So, after hearing all that, do you want to try making your own beer shampoo? Here’s an easy recipe.
Now that you know about the benefits of beer for your hair, did you know that a number of spas offer treatments incorporating beer?
Beer pedicures are said to be becoming increasingly popular, and begin by soaking clients' feet in beer and water. The yeast is said to help soften the skin, while the alcohol kills bacteria and microbes.