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Old 06-05-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
 
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Has anybody else used a beer rinse? You leave it in. It's almost like a setting lotion - reduces frizz, defines the waves/curls and oh, the shine and bounce! The scent goes away. Personally, I cannot stand the taste of beer or any other alcohol. Some people can only taste "bitter" in booze and for me, no matter how "good" it is, as soon as it hits the middle of my tongue, it's like licking an un-coated aspirin tablet. But my hair loves it!!! To show my beer-ignorance, I poured it in a glass like soda pop and it promptly foamed up and over the top and all over the counter. DH says, "You've never poured beer before." Duh.
All those proteins and hops and silica (yes, silica) and maybe some sugars really do wonders.

And the "MORE" is I gave myself a trim and this is my 100% favorite way to cut:
Pull hair out at an angle (like it's pointing to your shoulder) then cut it at an angle towards whatever your shortest layer is. If I pull it out at a 40 angle, then I cut it at about a 60 angle (from vertical). For my hair, as I trim, the waves and curls jump right into place when I let go.

This is a cut for volume and defined, shapely waves. Those spirals and ringlets do come back, but it favors volume.

It's so easy to do that the hardest part is not nicking your hands with the scissors. Maybe get somebody else to help make sure the back is even if you can't.

There are always touch-ups, but I love it. I've always gotten compliments post-haircut with this method, even before I knew how to style my hair.

Seriously, if you're sick of stylists or just can't budget (or stomach) salon cuts, try this method. It's IAGirl-proof, so it has to be good!
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:00 PM   #2
 
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Interesting! I may have to try that. The SO decided to try St. Pauli Girl again since he used to love it when he was younger. OMFG that stuff is nasty, so there's some left I can use. I'll stick with my New Belgium 1554 to drink, thanks.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:15 PM   #3
 
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I really want to try a beer rinse, quite frankly, though I am a bit wary of the smell.

When I was mentioning it to my mom while visiting at Easter, my dad, who is from Germany and takes his beer very seriously, was like "You want to pour the beer on your head?" He looked a little offended.

At least I've warmed him up for when I start using their kitchen to make FSG this summer. Though he might take that better than the beer rinse idea, actually.

Congrats on the successful haircut! I may have to try that method sometime. It would definitely save me money...money I could spend on beer rinses! Since my dad might not spot me on that.

Have wine rinses ever been tried? I'm just curious what they would do...like, would red wine dye your hair a little purpley or something?

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Old 06-05-2011, 01:09 PM   #4
 
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Yes, I had to wait until all my German relatives were deceased before trying this
I've read about champagne rinses (hardly economical). Wine being made from grapes wouldn't have the goodness from the fermented grains, but then neither would champagne. I wouldn't put wine on my hair - most certainly would color yours too!
I tried putting wine on my face once (skin treatment) = itchy skin and asthma attack. Really dumb!

I did try making a rinse with horsetail (for the silica) and hops (for the hops) and nettles. It was almost as awesome. I should have added a drop of honey and a little Neutral Protein Filler for a "don't have to get carded at Wal-Mart" alternative.

I was amazed that the smell totally evaporated. I didn't want to smell like I had been partying. Minus the vomit.
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Yeah, I've heard about beer being good for hair. Actually, Lush has a shampoo called Cynthis Silvia Stout, and features Vancouver Island beer (it is made here). I personally am with you on the beer front...blech! We do have a few cans DH got for a get together no one drank. We added one can to a pot roast, and I think he has managed to drink a can or two. But maybe I'll sneak one in the shower soon. Did you do this before or after conditioner?

As for the hair cut...I am too visual that I can't really picture what you're saying to make sense of it to try. But it sounds awesome.
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I used it as a final rinse - so after conditioner (although I didn't use any to avoid spoiling the "experiment") and left in the hair. It actually leaves a little crunch. But let it go flat or pour back and forth between 2 glasses several times to get rid of the foam.

When my hair gets a little longer so the cut is actually worth photographing, I'll make a photo-tutorial of how I cut my hair for other DIYers. I learned it from a really awesome book from the early 80s about hair cutting (back soon after Vidal Sasson's "wash and wear, the cut speaks for itself" take was THE thing) and I'll be darned if I can remember what it was called.
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Old 06-06-2011, 02:56 PM   #7
 
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Did you use a lager or light beer? I actually enjoy light beer and have it around sometimes.
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I will have to give this a try. I'm all about easy tricks I can try at home with what I have on hand
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Not trying to hide my beer-ignorance... I bought whatever they sold one of. It wasn't light, nor any kind of ale or anything fancy. DH said it was a very average beer.
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Yes, I had to wait until all my German relatives were deceased before trying this
I've read about champagne rinses (hardly economical). Wine being made from grapes wouldn't have the goodness from the fermented grains, but then neither would champagne. I wouldn't put wine on my hair - most certainly would color yours too!
I tried putting wine on my face once (skin treatment) = itchy skin and asthma attack. Really dumb!

I did try making a rinse with horsetail (for the silica) and hops (for the hops) and nettles. It was almost as awesome. I should have added a drop of honey and a little Neutral Protein Filler for a "don't have to get carded at Wal-Mart" alternative.

I was amazed that the smell totally evaporated. I didn't want to smell like I had been partying. Minus the vomit.
Did you use fresh horsetail of wait till it dried? Did you steep it in hot water?
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I used dried horsetail. I bought it, although some years there is field horsetail growing like crazy in all the ditches. Definitely steeped it in boiling water for 30 min.
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Now I feel like having beer.
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I was having supper at a friend's house last night, and his roommate makes his own beer, so we used it to make our meal (beer cheese soup), and all I could think about while we were cooking was this thread, haha.
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I was having supper at a friend's house last night, and his roommate makes his own beer, so we used it to make our meal (beer cheese soup), and all I could think about while we were cooking was this thread, haha.
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I was having supper at a friend's house last night, and his roommate makes his own beer, so we used it to make our meal (beer cheese soup), and all I could think about while we were cooking was this thread, haha.
Naturally you can imagine the picture this brings to my mind, Jess... beer cheese soup - OMG!



I have totally done the hops rinse. Hops, nettles, silica, about 2 tsp of each in boiling water. It was good! Next time I'll add a drop of honey and some protein!
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Thanks for this - I've been dealing with humidity-related frizz since moving. I'll have to try a beer rinse.
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Thanks for this - I've been dealing with humidity-related frizz since moving. I'll have to try a beer rinse.
It does do that...

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1. I can't believe that you are going to make me pour beer on my head. ('cause you know I'm gunna do it).
2. I want a beer.
3. I want beer cheese soup.
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Oh, Pedaheh, I'm so sorry.

I just can't seem to stop pouring weird things on my hair and telling people about it. THIS WEBSITE HAS TURNED ME INTO A CRAZYPERSON!
And I'm taking you all with me

Can't wait to hear how it goes.
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