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Beer As Shine Shampoo?!

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Did any of you know that beer is actually a pretty great hair styling product? Nope? Believe it! According to actress Catherine Zeta Jones, it works and she loves it. Catherine says, “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.”

Hairstylists also swear by the rituals of giving your hair a quick rinse of beer, claiming this “shampoo” gives a ton of shine. Australian hairstylist Joh Bailey, however, goes one step further: “Beer is fantastic as a setting lotion”. He suggests putting some in a spray bottle and misting your hair with it for some serious shine.

The only price of your beer-shampooing ways, of course, is that stench!

Have you ever tried using beer as a shampoo or shine product? Did it work? I could never do it, I hate the smell of beer. Would you try it?

{ 36 comments… add one }

  • Faz February 2, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Ewwwww…. I’ll stick to Moroccan Oil!

    • Renee February 2, 2012, 2:18 pm

      Whatttt? You got MoroccanOil in Singapore? Where!!! :D

      • Vivi February 3, 2012, 10:20 am

        Why don’t you join a spree? :) Tried Moroccan/Argan Oil and it works on my hair, too. Macadamia Oil works, as well. They both help moisturize my hair without weighing it down. I’ve got wavy, deceptively thick but actually fine hair that becomes limp easily with the wrong hair products.

        • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:57 pm

          Hmm, I don’t know actually! That’s a good idea, thank you. I don’t know any sprees here in Singapore though :/

  • Bella February 2, 2012, 2:24 pm

    Strange. I don’t know If I would like to smell like a drunk girl for a week. Although as a beauty treatment for my hair and nails I take brewer’s yeast. It comes in capsules and gives a great result: Silky, shiny hair and stronger nails.
    So maby it works!!
    Why not? In case if doesn’t work you can always drink the rest of the beer :)

    • Renee February 3, 2012, 12:49 am

      HAHA I love your last lime “if doesn’t work you can always drink the rest of the beer” Hilarious :D

      I think it does work, I’ve had some great feedback on it! But argh… the smell! :S

  • Joanne February 2, 2012, 2:56 pm

    It works! I’ve got the straightest (hence limpiest) hair. Few weeks back I tried Cynthia Slyvia Stout liquid shampoo from Lush. It smells heavenly and for some reasons, gives my hair the glossiness and lifting I never had=D

    • Renee February 3, 2012, 12:50 am

      Oh wow, didn’t know Lush made such a product! It must work then if it’s so “mainstream”… ahh. How does it smell? like, I’m so curious!

      • Joanne February 6, 2012, 1:24 am

        Ahhhh.. beer. That makes me sound like an alcoholic haha. But you should head down to Lush and have a whiff yourself. After all, scents are quite personal(: Probably could hit up the store in Holland V since Lush at town is pretty much wiped out of stocks most of the time.

  • sesame February 2, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Tried it and I wrote about the experience. Cleanses well and does leave shine. Not much of the smell after awhile. Well, try it at least once just for the fun.

    • Renee February 3, 2012, 12:50 am

      Haha I should… I’d have to hold my nose though LOL. And find beer haha.

  • JenniWren February 2, 2012, 6:44 pm

    I used to use Linco beer shampoo from time to time when I had long hair, but it was always quite difficult to find and they’ve now discontinued it (sob). From what I remember, it gave great volume and shine. Now I’m growing my hair out again, I’d like to find a similar product, so maybe I will pick up a bottle of the Lush Shampoo Joanne recommended!

    • Renee February 3, 2012, 12:51 am

      Oh wow, volume too? *tempted*. Isn’t it awful when stuff you love so much gets discounted? Sigh.

  • Roxanne February 2, 2012, 9:14 pm

    I’d like to try it but I think I’ll stick with Lush’ Cynthia Sylvia Stout – smells a bit better than purely beer, I think!

    • Renee February 3, 2012, 12:52 am

      What does it smell like? I’ll have to check it out at Lush here. Thing is they don’t really bring in everything, but I’ll try, since it smells nicer haha :D

  • Wen. February 2, 2012, 9:55 pm

    I tried it but i didn’t like the squeaky clean feeling. And it smells. Yuk! You should try pure coconut oil! The one you cook with. That really works. Makes the hair soft en less frizzy. I love it!

    • Renee February 3, 2012, 12:52 am

      Omggg coconut oil = <3 It’s SO good, but I just cannot stand the smell. I really loved it but the stench just got too much so I’ve been trying to look for alternatives (like argan oil, have you tried it before?) xx

      • Wen. February 3, 2012, 5:16 am

        Did you use the pure version? Because mine doesn’t smell like anything at all! I haven’t tried argan oil but i really want to! I’ve heard soooooo many good things about it. I’ve been looking for the brand Morrocan Oil or the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil, but i think pure argan oil is better. I only need to find out where i can get it. Haha. xx

        • Sona February 4, 2012, 6:58 am

          When I first bought pure coconut oil, mine didn’t smell of anything either, like literally it had no smell .. but after about a week and a half, when I used it on my hair, i’d get ‘whiffs’ of this nast stench, like vomit or something sour, and it turned out to be the coconut oil! Every time it made contact with my skin it smelt sour! It reminded me of my baby brothers spit up ugh!

          • Wen. February 4, 2012, 7:25 am

            Yuk! I hope that doesn’t happen to mine. Haha.

          • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:55 pm

            Same here, except mine smells awful the second I open it! I need to review the one I use because it is seriously FANTASTIC. But omgggg the smell. :( It’s unbearable.

  • Running in Wedges February 3, 2012, 3:17 am

    VERY interesting, I have heard of this but I’ve never tried it. I’d like to! Maybe when I don’t have to work so I don’t get accused of drinking before the day!

    • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:56 pm

      HAHA. Yes!

  • Sona February 3, 2012, 5:00 am

    I was also going to mention Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo from Lush, it is *ah-may-zing!* < had to emphasise that :P .. no one in my house drinks beer, or alcohol in general, so it's never been something I thought about trying, but a friend of mine and her mum have tried it, and according to her, yes it is very strong smelling, but the shine afterwards is worth it. Also she said for some reason the results were a lot more obvious on her dark brown hair than her mums blonde hair. I've heard its quite good at strengthening the hair too because the yeast provides a lot of protein. I want to try it but I don't think I could handle the smell, think I'll stick to Cynthia Sylvia Stout for now!! lol


    • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:54 pm

      I need to try it then! I prefer “strong smelling” than straight-on beer smell haha. I totally understand about the protein too, wonder what’s in it that makes hair so shiny?

  • Ri February 3, 2012, 8:58 am

    Nothing against the smell of beer but it just seems so weird to put beer on my hair! It’s just like how some people say egg white (?!) helps repair damaged hair. I’m sure it does but egg white? in my hair? eww. I can barely take the smell from Chilli’s or TGIF in my hair! :/

    • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:54 pm

      Eww egg whites? I love eggs but not in my hair, that would smell awful :/

  • Vivi February 3, 2012, 10:16 am

    LOL, because of this post, I WILL TRY. I’ve tried honey on my hair, though, and it made my hair limp for an entire day. Not sure how it’ll be like mixed with beer. I hate the smell of Beer and I don’t drink so it’s gonna be solely for fun, like what Sesame said. :)

    • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:53 pm

      Let us know if you did try it! I’m curious to hear ’cause a lot of readers have been saying it works!

  • Leia February 3, 2012, 11:13 pm

    I’ve heard about this, but the smell of beer makes me gag so I couldn’t try it!

    • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:52 pm

      Tell me about it, I’ve always hated the smell. It smells like vomit!

  • Jyoan February 4, 2012, 1:25 am

    wow! No! Serious?!?

    • Renee February 4, 2012, 4:52 pm

      Crazy huh?!

  • charmaine February 5, 2012, 10:48 pm

    Hi Renee!

    I’m a total fan of your blog and I LOVE your reviews and little tips!

    Here’s why beer supposedly helps!

    Apparently flat beer contains malt and hops that can repair your tresses and boost volume while the sugars can make your strands shine by closing up hair cuticles. It also rinses away build up and residue easily.

  • Hazel March 23, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Really? lol I never knew that about beer… So do I just rinse any kind of beer? I know Beer contains alcohol and alcohol can be drying but I’ll give it a try. I drink a bit of beer every now and then but shampooing with a beer – never tried it yet. I’ll give this a try on my day-off.

  • Santhi October 4, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Have added Dr Bronner’s castile soap to the beer and the smell is not that strong. We should be using flat beer and most stench is gone anyway. Beer is my no1 hair volume tool! Can also dilute it and add EOs to scent the hair… ;))

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