Is Rice Water Good For The Hair? (How to Use)

Is Rice Water Good For The Hair?
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When it comes to beauty and hair care, the most effective solutions are the little things we overlook. We have gotten used to the fancy products in the supermarket and their smart marketing skills, however, what you need to fix your hair problem is sitting in your kitchen.

Rice water is the milky, starchy water you get when you leave the rice to soak or after it is cooked. And for many years back, this water has been used to beautify and strengthen hair. The practice of using rice water for hair dates back to many centuries ago, in Japan, Asia.

According to history, women in the Heian time had very long hair, and this hair been made strong and healthy with rice water. Also, in China, the Yao women in a Huangluo village had healthy and long hair they hair also did not turn grey until they were very old and this was also attributed to the use of rice water.  

How does rice water have the power to do this? Rice has a lot of nutrients in it; amino acids, vitamin E, minerals, Vitamins B, and antioxidants. Rice grain is 75- 80% starch, when rice is soaked or cooked, the starch separates into the water, hence, the water gets to have in it many of the vitamins and other nutrients that rice has. Rice water also contains traces of potassium, magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese, and fiber- all of which can contribute to hair care and growth.

How Does Rice Water Benefit The Hair? 

  1. Rice water contains a carbohydrate known as inositol; this carbohydrate is notable for the repair of damaged hair. Inositol stays longer in the hair, even after the rice water has been rinsed, and acts as a shield to protect the hair from damage.
  2. Rice water contains vitamins and other beneficial nutrients and these nourish the hair follicles. It also improves the overall condition of the hair and promotes hair growth.
  3. In the process of fermenting rice water, a substance known as “pitera” is formed and this substance is rich in vitamins, minerals, organic acids, and amino acids. All of which benefits the hair. It is also known to keep the hair healthy and regenerate cells.
  4. Rice water is acidic and when it is applied to the hair or used to wash the hair, it balances and restores the pH of the hair.
  5. Rice water is filled with amino acids that increase the hair volume, make the hair smooth and strengthens the hair roots, and discourages split ends.

The benefits of rice water are not limited to the ones listed here, there are other benefits of rice water to the hair, that has not been scientifically proven.

2 Quick Methods To Get Rice Water

Is Rice Water Good For The Hair?
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  1. Boiling: A known way to get rice water for your hair is by taking out the excess water in your rice after it is cooked. By this time, the liquid is concentrated and can be used for your rice. You simply have to add more amount of water to cook your rice, than the usual amount you would use.
  1. Fermentation: This is the process of letting the rice water ferment for a long period, before use. Add a cup of rice to at least, two cups of water. Let it sit for 30 minutes and drain it off. Pour the liquid into a jar and leave it for a minimum of two days, when you notice it is beginning to have a sour smell, move the jar into the fridge. Add some water before you use it.

How To Use Rice Water For Hair

Rice water is best used in place of a conditioner for a more effective result.

How To Use

  • Wash your hair with shampoo and rinse with water.
  • Damp the hair and pour the rice water into your hair.
  • Gently massage the rice water into your hair and scalp
  • Leave it on for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse off with warm water.

Final Thoughts 

Rice water is probably the most efficient product to use for your hair, it not only benefits your hair but also comes with little or no side effects. Rice water is not only known for hair care but has also been found to work well for skin health. it is important to know that some of the benefits of rice water have not been scientifically proven.