Some hair traditions have so much information surrounding them, you can’t help but be drawn in. Using rice water for hair growth is one of those. It’s an old Japanese beauty remedy that has recently gained popularity in the West. But if we really want to get back to basics, we can just apply rice water straight to our hair. First, let’s look at the benefits and claims.
The most prominent claim is that it will assist in natural growth, resulting in long, flowing locks. Rice water is loaded with starch, which forms the surface of the hair shaft. This adds strength, enhances hydration, and helps to minimize the appearance of split ends. The starch is the main ingredient in rice water, precisely; however, the water is also thought to contain some of the good-for-hair actives found in rice, including antioxidants, minerals, and amino acids.
How to Make Rice Water for Hair
Rice water can be used as frequently as a hair conditioner. Apply to hair after you’ve shampooed it and let it soak for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing with water. You can still use your usual conditioner afterward if necessary.
Here’s the straightforward DIY process:
- Blend equal parts rice and room-temperature water in a bowl.
- Stir until it becomes a foggy, cloudy cream color.
- Grab an empty bowl and strain the rice-water concoction into it, so what you are left with is your rice water inside.
- Transfer the rice water to a cup or something that will make it easy to pour over your hair in the shower.
- Shampoo as usual. Now grab your rice water and disperse it from scalp to tip.
It’s not as easy you might think, so go slowly. Let the water absorb in your hair for a few minutes; we would say about 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse again in the shower, and top it with a conditioner if you happen to have drier hair.