Women in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia have used rice water as a hair treatment for centuries. But does rice water really help to grow your hair?
Rice water is the starchy water left over after rice left to soak. It is thought to make the hair smooth and shiny, as well as help it grow faster.
What About Black Rice Water?
Black Rice also called “forbidden rice” has 18 amino acids, minerals and vitamins like copper, iron, zinc and carotene. it contains biotin and has a higher vitamin e and protein than white or brown rice which helps with hair growth.
Fermented rice water has been used for ages. The Yao ethnic women from the village of Huangluo in China is a testament to this tradition. With their average hair length of about 6 feet, these women made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the “world’s longest hair village”. Plus these women do not have grey hair till the late 80s. The Yao women believe that the fermented rice water, which they use to cleanse their hair, is what helps to keeps their hair long, dark and clean. Rice water enables these women to de-tangle and manage their long hair.
Rice water is thought to contain many of the vitamins and minerals contained in rice. These include:
Advocates of using rice water for hair believe it:
Whilst fermented rice water is more beneficial than plain rice water, the challenge that comes with fermentation is the bad smell. The recipe above includes an essential oil, this will help in making the rice water smell better.
When applied to hair, rice water instantly conditions the hair making it soft and easy to detangle. Rice water smoothens the cuticles and reduces surface friction which prevents the strands from tangling.
Please Remember, It is extremely important to manage your expectations on using rice water. We all react differently to rice water. Just because you saw a Youtuber claim that their hair grew 4 inches in a week after using rice water, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the same for you.
You will need to learn how your hair behaves when you use rice water, determine how long and how long often to use this natural remedy and most importantly, be patient on your journey!
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