Beer: you can drink it, shotgun it, chug it… but have you ever thought to rinse your hair with it? And I don’t mean when you come home from a frat party with your hair soaked in beer.

We damage our hair all the time by blow-drying, straightening, curling, coloring and all the other things that we find necessary in order to make our hair shiny and luscious. I know this sounds weird, but beer’s most basic ingredients, malt and hops, are filled with proteins that nourish and strengthen your hair. Applying these proteins actually helps restore and repair damaged hair. Believe me, I actually tried it. 

The benefits of beer don’t just stop there. The alcohol in beer adds shine with the help of B vitamins and natural sugars. They tighten hair cuticles, making light bounce off your hair. Ta-da, shinier hair.

If pouring a full lukewarm beer on your head in the shower doesn’t sound appealing, but you still want to get all the benefits, try this beer and apple cider hair rinse.

Beer and Apple Cider Hair Rinse

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup beer
  • 20-40 drops essential oil (optional - just helps with the smell)
Photo by Kiel Hollo
  • Step 1

    Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

    Photo by Kiel Hollo
  • Step 2

    Wash hair as usual. Rinse well.

  • Step 3

    Pour apple cider and beer rinse over wet hair.

    Photo by Kiel Hollo
  • Step 4

    Massage in to scalp and let sit for 5 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Rinse beer and apple cider hair rinse out with warm water.

    Photo by Kiel Hollo