Can I use rice water for hair ?
If you have been coming across the use of rice water for hair way too often on the social media platforms, its high time that you come to know of this secret recipe which has been passed down the generations. You may have come across models on the cover page of your favorite magazine who have enviable hair and doubtlessly, you may have sighed and craved for such healthy and shiny hair.
Those models wash their hair every single day and need to put tons of products in their hair to make them look gorgeous. Here today we are going to provide a homemade solution to all your hair problems and also, enlighten you on the benefits of rice water for hair as well as the method of using it.
What is rice water ?
Rice water is simply the cloudy or starchy water that is obtained from rice. It is obtained using either of the two methods. The first being, boiling the rice with some amount of water and the second method is used to make fermented rice water. Multiple ingredients are found in it which aid in keeping your mane healthy and shiny :
- vitamins A, B, C and E
- flavonoids and phenolic compounds
- amino acids
- ferulic acid
all these components of rice water are beneficial for not only your hair but also your skin and in fact, rice water can also be used for skin tightening and brightening.
What are the benefits of using rice water for hair ?
Not only are the benefits of using rice water for hair numerous but they have a well- researched patronage that dates back to the Heian period of Japanese history when the courtesans used to brandish floor-length hair owing to their rice water hair rinse ritual. Following is listed some of the advantages:
Repairs damaged hair :
- rice water contains inositol, a carbohydrate, that is proven by a study to coat your hair and even penetrate it up to a limit, to repair damaged hair and even protect it from further damage, thereby beautifying it. Moreover, this inositol increases the hair elasticity and decreases the surface friction of individual hair strands.
Provides strength and shine to your hair :
- the proteins and amino acids present in rice water strengthen the hair strands from their roots. Furthermore, they increase the thickness of single strands thereby making your hair voluminous and strong. Therefore, less breakage and fuller hair lead to longer, shiny and healthy hair.
Aids in hair growth : rice water is plentiful of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which accelerate hair growth.
Detangles your hair :
- the starch present in rice water helps coat your hair while making it easier to detangle it. This causes less breakage and therefore, great hair !
Reduces split-ends :
- one of the additional effects of amino acids and inositol contained in rice water is that hair elasticity is improved thereby leading to a reduction in the number of split-ends.
Combat dandruff :
- dandruff is a resilient fungal disease that keeps on coming back. But rice water can be used to treat and in fact, eliminate this fungal disease by consistent use.
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How long does it take for the rice water to grow your hair ?
Probably the most important question before you start the hair treatment by rice water is the number of days it takes to show results. If you use rice water treatment on your hair once a week, it will take up to or more than 30-45 days for apparent results. Thus, rice water treatment for hair requires consistency and patience. Don’t expect instant results.
Can you leave rice water on your hair overnight?
The maximum benefit of rice water can be reaped by application of it on the scalp and massage of hair for 20-30 minutes. You can keep it for longer only if you find it convenient and therefore the overnight application of rice water on hair is not necessary for the results to show. In fact, fermented rice water should not be kept for long on the hair since it may react with the sweat on your scalp and irritate it. However, kinky and curly hair show better frizz control when the rice water is used as a leave-in conditioner.
Does it help with African hair?
All hair types, whether straight, curly, or kinky like the African hair, have the same hair structure consisting of an outer cuticle, middle cortex, and inner medulla. Therefore, the effects of rice water on hair is expected to be the same on all hair types.
Should you use fermented rice water or boiled rice water?
While boiled rice water is quick to prepare, fermented rice water is better for hair. Fermentation of rice provides an ample amount of time for the infusion of all antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals into the rice water. However, the major disadvantages of using fermented rice water are the pungent odour, which has to be masked with the use of any essential oil, and also the time taken for its preparation is at least 24hrs which makes it a tedious procedure.
What is the method to make and apply the rice water on your hair?
There are two methods for preparing rice water for hair, as already mentioned above. Boiled rice water- take about one cup of white rice or brown rice, whichever is available with you, and wash it thoroughly once or twice to remove impurities. Then add one cup of water and boil it till the water turns cloudy or milky. You may completely cook the rice and then filter out the water which now contains the starch. Wait for it to cool down and apply it to your washed hair. Wait for at least 20 minutes while massaging your scalp and hair gently, then wash it out.
Fermented rice water- take one cup of white rice or brown rice and wash it thoroughly. Add one cup of water and let it sit for 24 hours. You may notice some sour smell after a day and this is the time to filter out the liquid and store it in your refrigerator. Whenever needed, take out a small quantity of this liquid and dilute it with some water. Use it to rinse your hair after a shampoo or apply it to your hair and massage for at least 20 minutes.
Rice water for hair, surely has many benefits and is the most natural hair treatment possible. But, for those who don’t have time to make this ‘grandmother recipe’ can still provide the best hair care to their precious locks by use of Dr. Balwi’s range of hair care products which have been formulated specifically to treat all hair and scalp issues.
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