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Rice Water - Tips for Hair Care

Last updated Sep 27, 2023

There are actually a lot of little tricks in life to take care of your hair that are inexpensive and work wonders. Today we will introduce you to a method specifically for hair maintenance - rice water rinse for hair.

This method has been used for thousands of years in China and Japan. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, rice water can help you improve scalp health and hair growth, balance the proteins in your hair, and restore your bouncy, shiny hair.

What is rice water?

What is rice water?

Rice water is the starchy water left over after rice is cooked or soaked. This water is rich in starch, protein, amino acids and minerals, as well as antioxidants that are good for hair.

In ancient Japan, high-ranking ladies would use rice water to rinse their hair to increase elasticity and reduce tangles. Thanks to the popularity of Tik Tok, this method has come back into the spotlight and is starting to become a trend.

How does rice water work?

Rice itself contains amino acids and various nutrients. When you soak, boil, or ferment the rice, all of these nutrients are transferred to the water, which is why you end up with water that looks a little cloudy. Then, when you rinse your hair with this water, these vitamins and proteins are transferred to your hair, allowing your hair to absorb the nutrients!

Some studies have suggested that inositol (a type of B vitamin) is an important ingredient in rice water for strong, hair, and what we need to know is that all of these essential proteins and nutrients work together to make hair stronger, restore damaged hair, and improve its elasticity.

Do you need to do rice water hair care?

It's important for your hair to have a balance of protein and moisture. Most curly-haired girls focus more on hydrating their hair and neglect the protein part. If your hair needs a protein boost, you will benefit greatly from doing rice water, especially if you have high porosity hair.

Using rice water can help improve curly and damaged hair, and you can even use this method to clean up the buildup on your scalp. If you think your hair needs protein, we recommend trying a rinse with rice water first as it is gentler than an actual protein treatment. You can watch to see if your hair improves if you need to continue with a strong protein treatment, or if you need more moisture.

Benefits of rinsing hair with rice water

Benefits of rinsing hair with rice water

Rice water has many positive effects on hair, including: Detangling curls, making them smoother and less frizzy; restoring shine and adding bounce to hair; reducing dandruff and treating scalp buildup; reducing hair loss and treating dry, itchy scalp problems

How to make a rice water rinse for hair

1. Choose the type of rice

There are many types of rice that can be used to make rice rinse. White rice has less protein than other types of rice and can make hair smoother. Red rice contains selenium, which can treat hair loss and help prevent polycystic ovary syndrome or menopause. Black rice contains excellent antioxidants that strengthen hair and help with growth. So, depending on your hair problem, choose the type of rice that best suits your needs. Usually, white rice is the most popular.

2. Make rice water

This can be done by boiling, fermenting or soaking the rice. Soaking rice will give the least concentrated results, so if this is your first time using this method, try soaking rice first.

Soaking rice water

Take half a cup of uncooked rice and rinse it thoroughly
Place the rice in a bowl and add 2-3 cups of water
Soak for 30 minutes until the water becomes cloudy
Strain the excess water into a clean bowl

Boil the rice water

If you are in a hurry, boiling rice is a quick way to make rice water, but it may cook some of the nutrients out of the rice.

Rinse half a cup of rice
Place in a pot and add 2-3 cups of water
Boil for about 15 minutes, or until you see cloudy white water
Press the rice as it boils to extract all the nutrients from it
Strain the excess water into a clean bowl

How to make a rice water rinse for hair

Ferment the rice water

Fermentation is the least popular method of making rice water because the smell of fermented rice can be overwhelming. But it is actually the most nutritious method for your hair, as fermented rice releases more antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It also has a lower pH level, resulting in a more balanced and healthy scalp.

However, if not done properly, the fermentation process can harbor harmful bacteria. So if you have a low immune system or you are pregnant, this method is not recommended.

Rinse 1 cup of rice
Add 2 cups of water
Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 24-48 hours until it ferments
Strain the water into a clean bowl

Can I add other things to the rice water?

Yes! You can choose to add your favorite essential oil as a fragrance, such as lavender oil, or add a conditioning oil such as argan oil, olive oil or coconut oil. You can also add deep conditioner directly to your prepared rice water for a quick all-in-one treatment.

How do I use rice water?

Step 1: Wash your hair as you normally would with a regular shampoo or co-wash

Step 2: Apply the rice water directly to wet hair, making sure to apply it to the scalp and all the strands from root to tip. If your rice water was created by soaking, it may have quite a bit of liquid in it, so use an extra bowl to catch the excess rice water so you can reuse it. If you boil or ferment the rice water, it will have a thicker consistency so you can use it as a hair mask.

Step 3: Leave the rice water in your hair for 20-30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. If you are new to protein treatments, leave it on for only 10-15 minutes and then gradually increase it to 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: Apply a deep conditioner. Be sure not to skip this step as the proteins in the rice water have the potential to dry out your hair.

How often should I wash my hair with rice water?

It will take a few weeks for your hair to show the benefits of rice water, so you'll want to keep rinsing. Start by rinsing with rice water once a week, then gradually move to once every two weeks and then once you start to see improvements in your hair, move to once a month.

If your hair is low porosity, you can rinse with rice water less often, but if your hair is high porosity, you will need to rinse more frequently.

Summing up

Now you know the benefits of rice water for hair, how to make rice water, and how to use it on your hair. If you ever need it, try its wonders!

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