Our easy to make rice water hair treatment is a natural hair remedy to strengthen and repair damaged hair.
My mom always shared with me when washing any grain to use the water in the garden to help the plants grown. All the nutrition and minerals from the rice water get soaked into the soil and roots of the plants to help them grow big and healthy. When cooking rice she would always soak the rice and then save the water. Which we would add to our bath or into our garden! I never understood why she would add rice water to our bathwater. As I grew up I stopped doing the rice water treatment. Recently, I have been finding myself going back to this method due to dry and damaged hair. I was trying to look for a natural remedy. Once I started using the rice water treatment, I immediately started noticing my hair was growing stronger and my skin was softer with every use.
Why Rice Water?
Just as rice water is used to nourish nature we too can use this in our daily lives for a healthier body. For instance, Rice water which has been used throughout the years all over Asia and is now becoming well-known all over the world. Rice water in itself has antioxidant and anti-aging benefits along with numerous nutrition, minerals, and amino acids. In our experience, This not only helps in improving skin problems such as dry skin, acne, rashes, and eczema but also helps damaged hair heal and grow thicker and stronger. We would love to share our perspective and knowledge of the additional benefits of rice and how it can be used in a hair treatment!
What is Rice?
Rice comes in many shapes and forms: Long grain, Short grain, Brown, White, and many more. It can come with the hull or sprouted. Seems like you can find endless types of rice and information regarding all of the benefits. Rice is a relatively good source of energy, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, thiamin, pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium, fiber, vitamin E and so much more but not all rice is digested the same. If you would like me to add a blog post dedicated to the many benefits, uses, and methods of cooking Rice, please leave a comment below.
Note: Soaking or Rinsing rice does activate some of the minerals and vitamins. (This doesn’t mean the rice you will eat will lose all its benefits) You should clean the rice once to remove the top layer of starch and then proceed to fill it for soaking. We have only tried this with Organic Rice as it is free from any harmful chemicals and if we wouldn’t eat it then we shouldn’t put it on our skin!
How To Make Rice Water For Hair
- Add your rice to a bowl and clean until the water runs clear and drain.
- To your now clean and drained rice add one cup of filtered water.
- You can soak this for 30 minutes or ferment this at room temperature for about 2 hours.
Note: Fermented rice should be used within 2 days refrigerated and soaked rice can be left in your bathroom for up to 3 days.
- Once the desired time is reached, drain the water into a jar or pour bottle.
- Your rice wash is complete and ready to use!
How To Use Rice Water For Hair
- Use after shampoo and rinse your hair with about ¼ cup-½ cup each time (depending on length).
- Leave on for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes do not rinse and apply your conditioner. Leave on for another 5 minutes.
- After the full 10 minutes rinse your hair with lukewarm water and towel dry!