What do we naturals fear most after we’ve been rocking a blow out for a few weeks? HEAT DAMAGE!
If you ever find yourself in this situation, don’t worry your pretty little head, all hope is not lost. After you pull yourself out of that initial state of shock, give this innovative remedy a chance.
I went to YouTube to look up some natural treatments for heat damage. I stumbled upon a video from jerseystylezz, Beer Rinse to fix Heat Damage. This video gives an in dept before and after review of the beer rinse and it’s effect on limp curls. I was immediately intrigued and decided to try it out for myself.
There are several different variations of the beer rinse. Since my skin is very sensitive and doesn’t agree with heavy oils, I decided do go with a recipe involving apple cider vinegar. Based on my research, this recipe is beneficial to your natural hair because the B vitamins and proteins found in hops and malt used to make beer, bond with weak and damaged strands to condition and strengthen them. The maltose and sucrose sugars in beer also tighten hair cuticles for enhanced shine. Apple cider vinegar is essentially a great cleanser. It removes product build up and residue from your hair also and acts as a natural detangler.
What you will need:
- 1 oz water
- 1 oz flat non-alcoholic beer (O’Douls seems to be most popular)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (any brand)
Mix these products together in a plastic bottle (make sure it’s one you don’t use a lot because it will smell like vinegar). After washing and conditioning, pour mixture all over hair and work through with fingers. Rinse hair with warm water.
After completing my first beer rinse, I noticed my curls were tighter and my hair actually felt a little thicker and very soft. The beer rinse in itself is not a miracle fix. Some strands were permanently damaged and I ended up having to cut them out.
Overall, I was pleased with the results of my beer rinse and I plan to continue doing them.
Repetition combined with patience bring about great results. You will see your curls return tighter, stronger and better than ever.