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Beer is no longer just a frosty beverage for relaxing and refreshing the body. Cleansing with beer can actually add body to your hair. As we've seen in the many ways it is believed beer can help your hair, there are special components within beer- including B vitamins, wheat proteins, and maltose sugars – that make drinking a bottle less useful than pouring it on your head. The complex carbohydrates in beer have a hydrating effect, while proteins coat each strand, giving them more strength and elasticity. Not only does hair appear shinier in the short term, but it also becomes stronger to avoid long-term breakage.
Throughout awards season, the glitz and glamor of Hollywood is nearly inescapable. So it is refreshing to know that some stars forgo the hair and makeup chair in favor of natural beauty treatments. Catherine Zeta-Jones counts washing her hair in beer among her favorite homegrown beauty secrets, even if it leaves her smelling like the bottom of a beer barrel for days. Coming from the woman who has been crowned celebrity with the "best dressed" hair, a beer shampoo seems like a promising hair savior.
If you want to reap the benefits of beer on your hair without the mess or odor, a store-bought shampoo with built-in beer or hops is the answer. We have rounded up five of the very best beer or hops shampoos. Each formula incorporates unique hair helpers to complement the volumizing, repairing effects of the suds. Some are more natural than others, and one isn't even a liquid, but all draw on the properties of beer for an enhanced boost.
Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Shampoo ($36)
Aloe vera gel, cocomide betaine, sea algae, bladderwrack, sea kelp, ascophyllum, vegetable glycerin, vitamin c ester, soy liposomes, hyaluronic acid, di-panthenol, linoleic acid, astaxanthin. Infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckthorn, charparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, jasmine, calendula, horse chestnut, slippery elm, elder flower, olive leaf, orange blossom, ylang ylang, fennel, bilberry, milk thistle, golden seal, turmeric, arnica, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, linden flower, gentian, white willow bark, mulberry, eyebright, grapefruit seed extract, peppermint, yarrow, coltsfoot, birch sap, austrailian tea tree oil, witch hazel, natural mixed tocopherals (vitamin e) niacin, biotin, capsaicin, colloidal sulphur, colloidal minerals.
Ingredients in Body on Tap Shampoo:
Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, CocamidopropylBetaine, Humulus Lupulus ( Hops ) Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone 4, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Red #4, Yellow #5, Red #40, Blue #1.
Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Simply Superb Shampoo with Goat Milk ($18 in the TIA shop):
Deionized Water (agua), certified organic Non-Pasteurized Goat Milk, Lauramide MIPA, Glycol Stearate, Cocamide MEA, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis gel, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silk Amino Acids, a natural and organic blend of: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Extract, Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Cone extract, Hops (Humulus lupulus) Extract, Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract; Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxy-Propyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Quaternium-15, Chamomile extract, Green Tea, Pomegranate
Ingredients in SmiBathnBody Natural Beer Shampoo:
Olive oil, shea butter, coconut oil, palm oil, hemp seed oil, castor oil, potassium hydroxide, vitamin a and e, beer, water, natural herbs and the finest essential oils.
Ingredients in Green and Greener Beer/Peppermint Shampoo Soap:
Distilled water, saponified oils of coconut, sunflower and castor, beer, peppermint, organic herbs and essential oils.