I had always heard that beer is good for your hair, especially if your hair is dry. Apparently, the proteins in beer not only nourish the hair, but add volume and shine. Luckily, you don’t have to drink it to get the benefits. A while back I tried a homemade brew shampoo that I found on etsy. I remember that it really did make my curls soft and bouncy. And as cliché as it sounds, my husband seemed to love this beer shampoo even more than I did, and he co-opted it as his own. It smelled delicious, and I loved when he used it.

I haven’t thought about beer shampoo for a few years, so I was excited to test out Citrus Pale Ale Shampoo and Conditioner from Broo ($14.79 each), a line of hair care products that features beer as the main ingredient. In fact, it’s listed as the very first ingredient, pretty cool. I tried the Citrus Pale Ale. Now, I’m not a beer drinker and I’m not really keen on the idea of my hair smelling like a sports bar. But to be honest, it smelled really yummy, more like a creamsicle. The shampoo lathered nicely, and the conditioner had no problem detangling my knotted-up curls. So, I was pleased with the “in-shower” experience. But what’s more important, is how my hair looked after.

I towel dried my hair and it seemed to feel a little drier than normal. But once it fully dried, it felt nice and soft.  I didn’t experience any shine/volume/softness miracles, but my hair did look pretty good. You might actually get better beer benefits from a simple homemade beer rinse. Apparently the brand doesn’t matter, and it’s best to use when the beer is flat. But if you don’t wanna bring your leftover brew into the shower with you, Broo is definitely the way to go.

Ingredients in Broo Shampoo: Beer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid

Ingredients in Broo Conditioner: Beer, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid