Rice water suits all hair types. Applying rice water to your hair can protect it from damage and keep it manageable. Asian women have used rice water as a hair treatment since ancient times to stimulate hair growth. You can also use rice water on your hair to add shine and moisture to it.
To make your own rice water, you’ll just need some rice and water. Rice water is packed with vitamins and minerals that rice originally has. It contains antioxidants, vitamins B and E, zinc, potassium, and amino acids. These nutrients help improve your hair health and strengthen it. Also, this homemade hair treatment is super easy and affordable.
Researchers believe that women in japan used to have floor-length hair during the Heian period due to using rice water.
Now, women in Chinese village called Huangluo use rice water to nourish their hair. Their average hair length is about 6 feet. The Guinness Book Of World Records mentioned them as the “world’s longest hair village”. Also, Their hair doesn’t turn gray until they reach their 80s.
So rice water is widely known these days and hairstylists recommend using it due to its powerful benefits.
How To Make Your Own Rice Water
First Method ( Soaking ):
- 1 cup of uncooked rice.
- 2-3 cups of water.
Rinse and strain rice to get rid of dirt and impurities. Then mix rice with water in a medium bowl and leave it to soak for 30-40 minutes. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl before use.
Second Method ( Fermented Rice Water ):
- 1/2 cup of uncooked rice.
- 2 cups of water.
Rinse and strain rice then soak it in water for 30 minutes. Strain the water into a bowl then put it into a clean jar and cover it. Let it sit at room temperature for 24-48 hours. This gives it time to ferment which boosts vitamins and minerals levels in it.
Put the water in the fridge until you are ready to apply it to your hair. Also, fermented rice water is super strong so add a cup of warm water to it before use.
Some people believe that fermented rice water can be more effective than plain rice water. A study showed that fermentation can enhance antioxidant activity in rice water. Antioxidants can protect your hair and skin from damage and keep them healthy.
So fermented rice water can help stimulate hair growth and balance your hair pH. It can also condition and soften your hair.
Third Method ( Boiling ):
- 1 cup of uncooked rice.
- 1 cup and a half of water.
Rinse the rice then put it into a pot and cover it with water. Double the water you usually use to cook. Boil the rice then strain the water into a bowl. Rice water will be cloudy and concentrated. Let it cool then use it.
You can use any rice type you have to make your own rice water like brown, white, basmati, jasmine, long-grain, or short-grain.
How To Use Rice Water
Rice water is a well-known hair treatment that you can use as a homemade hair mask or conditioner:
Add to your rice water one tablespoon of olive oil and five drops of lavender essential oil. Mix them well then apply it to your hair from roots to tips. Leave it for 30-50 minutes then wash it off with your shampoo and condition your hair.
Add 5 tablespoons of rose water to rice water and mix them well then apply it to your hair and scalp. Massage for 3-5 minutes and leave it for 20 minutes then rinse your hair with water.
Or you can add 4 drops of rosemary essential oil to rice water and use it as a homemade conditioner. Mix the ingredients well then apply it to your hair and scalp. Massage for a few minutes and leave it for 20-30 minutes then rinse your hair.
Rice Water Rinse
Pour the rice water into a spray bottle. After using your favorite shampoo and conditioner, spray your rice water in. Focus on the scalp and gently massage your hair and scalp for a few minutes. Leave it for 20 minutes then rinse.
Benefits Of Using Rice Water On Your Hair
Applying rice water regularly as a treatment can do wonders for your hair:
- A study showed that rice water contains an ingredient called inositol which can repair damage and reduce surface friction. It also protects your hair and strengthens it.
- Amino acids in rice water can promote hair growth and improve hair health. Also, it helps to add shine to your hair and make it smooth.
- Rice water is packed with vitamins B, A, C, E, and D which can stimulate your hair to grow.
- Protein in the water helps prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy. Rice water increases also elasticity and reduces damage.
- You can apply it to your hair as a conditioner to add volume to your hair and improve the texture of it. Also, it can reduce frizz and soften your hair.
- Rice water can be used as a natural remedy for dandruff, it can fight fungi that are responsible for causing dandruff.
- Applying it to your hair as a homemade hair mask can smooth and strengthen your hair. It can also add luster to it.
Rice water is also good for curly hair due to the high protein content in it. It can condition and improve the texture of your curly hair.
Most of the benefits are supported by anecdotal evidence so we need more studies to confirm the benefits of rice water.
Does Rice Water Have Side Effects?
Usually, rice water is safe for all hair types but it may dry out your hair. If you have a dry scalp, using rice water may worsen it. Also, you should not overuse it as rice water contains protein which could cause protein overload. And this can harden and damage your hair.
It’s recommended to use rice water only once or twice a week. This can help benefit your hair and reduce damage and dryness.
Rice water has been used as a natural hair treatment for centuries due to its powerful benefits. It can smooth and condition your hair effectively. Also, rice water helps to boost hair growth and improve hair and scalp health. Chinese women who live in Huangluo have long silky hair due to bathing their hair in rice water.
Making rice water is super easy and will not cost you much money. There are 3 simple ways to make your own rice water at home. Also, you can use rice water as a hair mask or conditioner. Or you can just rinse your hair with it. You can add other ingredients like rose water, essential oils, or olive oil to your water to add more moisture and luster to your hair.
The benefits of rice water are still unproven and we need more research to confirm the benefits. So you can just try it as women who used rice water believe it’s a miracle.