5 Top Hair Benefits & Uses Of Beer For Hair Wash, Hair Growth & Hair Fall

It will surprise many of you to know that beer can be used for hair and that it has some amazing hair benefits! When I was browsing through beauty recipes from an old book of mine, there were few hair rinse recipes with beer. I was debating whether to try it or not for the past month thinking it will dry out my hair and smell weird. As usual it lead to researching all the benefits and side effects of beer while using it for hair.

Beer Hair Benefits:

1. Beer For Damaged Hair:

Beer is principally made out of four ingredients – Malt, hops, water and beer yeast. The protein in the malt and the hops in the beer is very good for chemically treated and damaged hair giving it a natural shine resulting in healthier looking locks. It is also said to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss when applied on the scalp. But I haven’t used it enough to notice any difference in hair growth.

2. Beer Adds Volume To Hair.

I got interested in beer hair rinse in the first place when I saw a lady in a magazine demonstrate the effect of beer rinse on her hair volume, the result was really noticeable. Though temporary, even my hair felt full after using the rinse.

3. Beer Adds Shine:

Beer hair rinse adds a nice sheen to the hair. Especially if used along with apple cider vinegar it smooths out the hair helping it reflect the light resulting in lovely, shiny hair.

4.Very Good Setting Lotion:

In fact it was a popular setting lotion in the olden days. One of the famous beer setting lotion recipes from the past was made by boiling little sugar in water and adding beer and essential oil. But I was wondering how they used sugar on the hair as the sugar might make the hair sticky. You can also spray the hair with very little of the beer rinse before setting the hair.

5. Beer Hair Mask:

If you have dry hair and want to use beer on the hair, try a beer hair mask by mixing beer with an egg and apply it as a hair mask. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off. Beer can also be added to shampoo for hair wash.

Beer Side Effects For Hair:

The main side effect of using beer on the hair is the strong odor. We can do a few things for that, try using a flat beer ( beer that has lost the fizz by keeping it open for a day or so) and also try using essential oil. The next side effect is the alcohol content in the beer, it can vary between 2% to 12 %, so try using a beer that has a low alcohol content. If the alcohol content is very high, it will dry out the hair.

How To Make Beer Hair Rinse?

1. Try to buy beer that has a low alcohol content and one that does not have a strong smell. Open the beer and leave it aside for a day to make it go flat. Mix the water with beer, usually half the amount.

2.  Add the essential oil and apple cider vinegar to the rinse and mix well.

3. To use, after shampooing the hair, massage the beer rinse generously in the scalp and the hair gently. Wait for few minutes before rinsing with water.


  • You can store the left overs in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Also try the recipe with 1/4 cup water instead of 1/2 cup water.
  • Try not to use this rinse too often as beer does have alcohol content in it no matter how small.
  • I ended up using strong beer 🙁 as I am not very familiar with beer and the smell was very, very strong. But even though I used strong beer and there was some smell while using I didn’t notice any after rinsing my hair. So if the smell is the issue, don’t worry there will be no smell at all after rinsing with water.
  • I also didn’t experience any dryness of the hair and I purposefully didn’t oil my hair before hair wash to see whether it was drying. But still I would advice not to use it often.
  • Because it gives good volume, it is good for using it before attending a function or a party.



  1. Katie K
    April 4, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Thanks for great write up, I never knew beer was good fro hair. Im going to try this tonight.lasehairsite

  2. Love life
    May 28, 2016 / 9:27 am

    Thank u it was very useful

  3. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 / 4:13 am

    It well allways smeel like baer evan if itz alcholol contant is low

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2016 / 4:19 pm

      After using beer on the hair and rinsing with water there is absolutely no smell at all…

  4. Priyanka
    September 6, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    thanks for sharing the benefits of beer for hair care.

  5. Unknown
    September 26, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Hi Ramya, Suggest a remedy for hairfall post baby delivery. I am losing lot of hair when brushing and bathing…pls help

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 3:36 am

      I would suggest having oil bath (method in the blog)on Fridays, it will greatly relax you. Also I would suggest trying homemade hair packs (there are many recipes that I have tried and recorded both in the blog and YouTube, please chose the one you like)weekly twice. Also oil your hair regularly with amla or curry leaf hair oil (recipes in the blog)…

  6. Anonymous
    October 2, 2016 / 12:36 am

    My parents told me, that the �� beer is very good for the hair Danuta A..

  7. Hamza G
    October 29, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    What is the meaning is beer in Urdu and where it is available

  8. Simran Purswani
    November 14, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Can beer apply after colouring. As I have dry hair is it good to apply beer and beer is wash completely with shampoo.

  9. Simran Purswani
    November 14, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Can beer be applied after colouring. As I have dry hair,is it good to apply beer.Is beer rinsed out completely with shampoo.

  10. Unknown
    January 11, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    Very good information. I will try this on my natural hair. Thank you

  11. Unknown
    January 11, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Very good information. I will try this on my natural hair. Thank you

  12. Anonymous
    March 29, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    I have never had good luck using any rinse that contains apple cider vinegar. It dries my hair out and makes it tangle beyond anything else I have ever used in 63 years. Plus, it smells worse than beer. So, I would need to find something else to combine with the beer for a rinse.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 30, 2018 / 3:07 am

      You can try using fresh herbal extracts made by boiling hair growth promoting herbs like rosemary in water instead of apple cider vinegar, it won't dry out your hair…

  13. Srestha Goyal
    June 6, 2021 / 4:22 pm

    Hello mam, i am trying your hair remedy pack and its very beneficial and i have ordered several products referring to your video. One request mam, can you please suggest any home treatment from milia(white head bumps under the eyes) since last ten years and its spreading over my face too. Please help me mam.

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