I'm picturing someone doing this, then getting pulled over and saying, "No, officer. I haven't been drinking."

A bucket of cold bottled beer on ice with USA wooden flag in background.

There's an article making the rounds that claims you should be washing your hair with beer.

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The claim is the malt, hops, and iron in it can make your hair softer, shinier, and healthier overall. But does it really work?

The site Healthline.com says there's no scientific evidence to back it up. But a writer for Thrillist actually tried it and said it DID make a difference.

Hangover suffering man close up portrait with bottles of beer.

Some experts say it might end up damaging your hair instead, because the alcohol could strip away your natural oils. For that reason, some people say non-alcoholic beer works best.

If you do want to try it, here's what people suggest:

1. Open a beer and let it go flat. You don't want the carbon dioxide in the bubbles. It creates hard water, which isn't good for your hair.

2. Wash and condition your hair like normal. The beer is just an extra step.

3. Massage it into your scalp, and leave it in for a few minutes. No one agrees on how long. Anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes. Then rinse it out.

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One stylist had a different approach. They said just fill a spray bottle with flat beer, spritz your hair with it, and don't wash it out. They claim it's better as a leave-in conditioner. The downside is you'll smell like a frat party.

LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.

Gallery Credit: Angela Underwood

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