How is Rice Water Beneficial for Hair

How is Rice Water Beneficial for Hair

Rice water is popularly used as a hair product in various Asian countries like Japan, South Korea and China. Ever wondered what this natural beauty remedy can do for your hair? Well, the list is long! 

Rice contains healthy starch which can be extracted by boiling or soaking it in water. The process of obtaining rice water and preparing it to apply it on the hair can take several hours but it is definitely worth it. The starch obtained from rice is rich in vitamin E, minerals like potassium, zinc, selenium, fiber, antioxidants and proteins that promote hair growth and maintain the overall shine of the hair. 

Benefits of rice water for hair

According to The International Journal of Cosmetic Science, since ancient times, Japanese women have been using the water obtained by soaked rice as a hair mask during every bath which explained their beautiful, floor-length hair shiny hair. Some of the tremendous benefits of applying rice water on the hair are

1. Promotes hair growth 

2. Thickens the hair.

3. Gives a shiny texture to the hair

4. Avoids tangling of the hair.

5. Prevents hair fall.

6. Smoothens the hair.

7. Naturally straightens the hair.

8. Protects hair colour.

9. Prevents and treats dandruff

10. Fosters hair elasticity

11. Repairs damaged hair cells.

How to make rice water

Rice water can be obtained in two ways: soaking or boiling. 

Soaking Method

1. Take 1 cup of rice and rinse them well to wash off dirt and impurities.

2. Add 3-4 cups of water to the rice.

3. Soak them for about 45 minutes. 

4. Strain well.

This is a quick method of obtaining rice water however, research on MDPI in 2012 has shown that fermented rice is healthier than plain soaked rice due to high levels of antioxidants in the former output. 

For fermenting the rice, leave the rice soaked for 12-24 hours and use.

Boiling Method

1. Take 1 cup rise and rinse well to remove dirt and impurities.

2. Boil it in 2-3 cups of water for about 15-20 minutes.

3. Strain and let it cool.

How to apply rice water

Rice water can suffice the use of a conditioner due to its nutrients. Moreover, a chemical-based conditioner may further damage the hair. 

1. Wash hair thoroughly with a shampoo

2. Apply the rice water into the hair and massage it on the scalp.

3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes till it hardens a bit.

4. Rinse the hair well. 

You can use this hair remedy once or twice a week for best results.

The Takeaway

Rice water possesses a great number of nutrients which can be extremely beneficial for hair growth, hair repair, shine, damage repair, tangling, frizzy, curly hair and dandruff treatment. Initially, the use of rice water may cause some white flakes to appear on the scalp along with some itchiness and dryness. However, that resolves on its own with regular use over time. However, if you still face some extreme side effects, it is best to consult a dermatologist to check for allergic reactions. 

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Anushka Bhargava 

Anushka is a passionate writer and a poet pursuing a degree in media and communications. She regularly contributes articles related to Soul Healing and Transitions Counseling on F and B Recipes.

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