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Does rice water grow your hair?

Have heard a lot about rice water benefits for hair recently. Does it really help? If yes, how do I use rice water in my hair? Tnx!

Regular use of rice water has many benefits for hair – it helps to remove dandruff, strengthen the strands, stimulate their growth, give vitality, and significantly improve their appearance.

The composition of rice water is rich in vitamins, especially B and C.

It also contains trace elements – potassium, iodine, magnesium, zinc, selenium, manganese and a lot of fiber.

This is a real treasure trove of nutrients that nourish the follicles and repair damaged cells.

Due to the fact that rice water has antioxidant properties, it helps to get rid of toxins that could accumulate in the scalp, thereby preventing premature alopecia and gray hair.

Rice Water Recipes: Soaked, Boiled, Fermented

How to make rice water for hair at home? There are 3 most popular and effective ways, you can try all of them and choose the one you like the most. You’ll need only two ingredients!

Soaked rice water for hair:

  • take 1 cup of uncooked rice;
  • rinse it thoroughly;
  • add 2-3 glasses of water;
  • leave for 30 minutes;
  • strain the rice water into a clean bowl.

This method will appeal to those who are very busy and don’t have much time.

Boiled rice water for hair:

  • take ½ cup of rice;
  • add 1 glass of water;
  • cook the rice in boiling water;
  • strain the rice water into a clean bowl before use.

This is a concentrated liquid that you can dilute before rinsing the hair. The concentration of dilution depends on the hair length and greasiness. Usually, it’s 1:10. The oilier the hair is, the lower the concentration should be.

Fermented rice water for hair:

  • take 2 cups of rice;
  • add 2 times more water to it;
  • leave the rice to soak for 20-30 minutes;
  • pour the water into a glass bottle, seal it and leave in a dark place at room temperature for 2 days;
  • when a sour smell appears, stop fermentation and put it in a fridge to preserve all the beneficial properties obtained during fermentation.

Fermentation reduces the pH level of rice water to the pH level of the hair and nourishes it better due to the effective penetration of vitamins into the scalp and hair structure.

You can also use diluted rice water as a conditioner. Apply it to wet clean hair, massage the scalp slightly and rinse after 5-10 minutes. For additional nourishment, you can add a few drops of essential oil, such as rosemary, lavender or geranium.

To make a shampoo, mix rice water and flour together and let it brew for 5-10 minutes. Use it as a stand-alone product or in a 1:1 ratio with your regular shampoo.

Remedy for curly hair

Curly hair is usually dry and brittle. The protein containing in rice water penetrates deeply and improves the condition of the hair, making it bouncy and behaving. There is no need to use rice water as a leave in, 15-30 minutes will be enough for useful elements to soak into the hair and remain in it even after washing off.

Side Effects of Rice Water on Hair

As for the external use of rice water, there are no contraindications. However, this decoction can have a drying effect. Therefore, women with dry scalp should not overuse it. Anyway, it’s recommended to use rice water for hair no more than once/twice a week. Also, remember that you can store rice water in the refrigerator for a week. Shake it well before use.

Rice Water for Hair: Before and After Pics

See the most amazing before and after pictures from real people who tried the rice water treatment:

How to Make Rice Water: Video

Try this natural and affordable method for hair care and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the before and after effect!

by Donna Sullivan
Donna is a hairstylist with 8 years of experience. Ask her about any hair-related problem (haircuts, hairstyles, colorings, hair care) and get a pro advice!
  • Silva

    I didn’t know that this is possible, I’m looking forward of these kind of tips and thanks for sharing! I love it.

  • Nokuthula Sole

    I have a stunted growth hair,very weak and easy to break,thin fluffy hair,not more in my head and premature gray hair I came across the use of rice water on the hair and used it waiting for the results.

    • Tj

      Is it showing good results? ?

      • janella bookey

        yes it does even before i saw this information i used rice water n it helped me

    • Uzor Jeffrey

      Any positive results

    • Darly Sebastian

      I have made a fermented rice hair mask which is really effective.

      • Beth Figiel

        What was you recipe for the fermented hair rice mask?

  • Magreth

    I like it!

  • Magreth

    I like it! other result obtained from rice water

  • Mauk

    I have tried this and waiting for results thanks for sharing these kinds of tips.

  • Nina

    It is very frustrating to wait endlessly for hair to grow. Your article has been enlightening and fun to read and I am grateful so thank you for sharing.

    • Samyah

      I agree also especially when you have short hair

  • claudia mwacha

    The rice water is magic.i have been using it about 3 weeks now.i see alot of hair are thicker,growing faster too.i spary everday before bedtime.

    • cambria

      do you get your hair wet and regularly wash your hair and then put the rice water in?

    • Rutuja Kadam

      You can tell me when you apply it and how many times day. I’m going to try it.

    • Reyhan

      Hi Claudia… Can you explain that how you use rice water before going to bed? Do you wash your hairs after spraying rice water??

  • Taniya Goswami

    Can I mix aloe vera, lime juice and coconut oil with boiled rice water???

    • Tayler Cheatham

      Hello! Please do not use coconut oil on your hair. I know it is really popular and that coconut oil is good for you but coconut oil can actually do damage over time to your hair. Oil molecules are larger than water molecules. Also, oil molecules demand the water molecules so the cortex doesn’t receive moisture from the water- therefore that dries out the hair. And when the oil molecules suck up the water the molecule swells, causing the cortex to crack and break. Now this applies to many oils, except olive oil. Olive oils don’t demand the water and won’t swell the cortex. Rice water should be safe, but I do not suggest putting in the coconut oil. I would supplement the coconut oil with olive oil. I don’t know about lime juice or aloe vera (I wouldn’t use them on your hair unless you have good research to back up their benefits) but I would say that the rice water and olive oil is good for your hair. Also, one of the reasons we know olive oil is so good is because most of our test hair and hair that is used in cosmetology school is Mediterranean hair (their diets tend to lead to great skin and hair because of the olive oil, protein, seafood, vegetables, etc.)
      Have a beautiful day!

      • Caroline Wegner

        Hi Tayler, that is interesting to know. I have tried various oils on my hair over time due to a hairdresser using bleach on my hair . My hair went really dry and brittle and the ends were breaking off and when I used my comb loads of hair came out, my hair was thinning. I heard about coconut oil and used this in a homemade recipe with neem leaves which are blended and added to the coconut oil. The first time I made this I put it on my hair for about 1 hour and the softness and condition of my hair was amazing. I have used this once a week for about a year and have seen a great improvement. I use 100% organic coconut oil. Really pleased that now my hair is really thick , grows well and no more dry ends.

      • Dorcas Yeboah

        thanks honey

  • Karen

    The practice of using rice water as a hair treatment is by no means new. Researchers date the beauty ritual back to ancient Japan when court ladies living during the Heian period would saturate their hair in fermented rice water (also called Yu-Su-Ru) to stimulate growth. The process has resurfaced on YouTube with influencers and bloggers seeping rice water for up to three days to ferment it at home. After the rice has soaked, it’s strained from the water and the liquid is used to saturate the hair as a rinse-out or leave-in treatment. But should we swap out our hair gummies for grains in hopes of growing out the bob we chopped this fall?

  • Rose

    How often do I use rice water?

    • Alex

      I use rice water for hair growth, and after about 3 months I saw significant improvement! I use it every time I wash my hair, and it’s become much stronger and has also started to grow. Definitely recommend this method to anyone having trouble growing out their hair! As for how often, I’d say every time you wash your hair, but at least 2-3 times a week!

      • Brittany

        If you don’t mind me asking but what’s your hair type?

  • Rose

    What will happen if you wash your face with rice water?

    • christin

      i heard it’s good for your face

  • Eliannah

    *Magical* This stuff does wonders, I actually leave it for about a week and put orange or lemon peels in it to make it smell better.

  • Vinita

    Rice water helps in decreasing the hair fall and promote hair growth. The amino acid present in the water helps in the regeneration of hair and makes them grow faster.

  • Deanna Jolly

    I’ve used it a few timed for my straight, baby fine, thinning, long hair and most definitely do see an improvement with added fullness and more texture. I will continue to rinse my hair with rice water to see even more positive results. Yay! I boil plain white rice with extra water than recipe calls for and drain the water off. Keep in the fridge for a week or so. I shampoo rinse and pour on the rice water. Massage it in gently, let it set for a few minutes and rinse it out. Dry my hair as usual. Major change in my hairs fullness and texture. Looks thicker.

  • Adri

    How do i use rice water on my hair

    • Debbie

      Pls will used the water out come or the rice only, I mean will add both the rice and the water to apply on ur hair or u pour out the water and used the rice only pls I don’t understand

      • kim

        you use the water the rice is in….you drain the rice out….and use water

  • Bonnie Lopez

    I have curly, brittle hair so after shampooing I use a good conditioner & add castor oil to it to add moisture to my hair. Should I put the rice water in after rinsing the conditioner out or skip the conditioner and just use rice water? I’m worried that if I skip my conditioner my hair will be brittle even with the rice water. Thanks.

    • Busola

      Use the rice water about 30 to 45mins before washing your hair. Then you can make use of your conditioner. It goes like this: mosturise (you can use water for that with the help of a spray bottle), cover your hair with a plastic bag, wash off after about 45mins, condition.

  • Deborah wamono

    Am going to give it a try and post the results

  • Hillary Clinton

    the fermented rice water stinks! i fixed by adding crops of lavender. not all curly hair is dry and brittle. if a curly girl takes care of her hair it can be just as healthy as straight hair.

  • janella bookey

    yes it does even before i saw this information i used rice water n it helped me

  • Eunice Ngulube

    Does it give any effect? Or its perfect

  • Amaka Osita

    The write ups am reading here are so amazing.It was my daughter that read it first and told me about it.Am going to try this rice water therapy to hair and I will share my result here too.Thanks for sharing this info

  • Sian beattie

    Does this help with hair loss ?

  • Kathy

    I really want to try this, but I’m a bit confused. Is this used as a rinse and then leave it or do you rinse it out? Also, can you put an essential oil in it to help with the smell?

  • Kaci

    -Put rice water on hair for 15-30 min.
    -Condition well.
    Always rinse it out. Rice water can be drying I’ve read. I’ve just started using this technique, so too early to see any changes yet.

    • alexis cusic

      How has it been working for you?

  • Sunday Lizzy

    This is fantastic, am going to give it a try .

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  • Linn

    Rice water works! 12 years ago, in desperation, I bought a conditioner promising to instantly stop shedding. Mine was falling out like a major snow storm. I spent $40.00 for this conditioner. It had no effect on my shedding. I spent all that money for nothing!!! First time I used rice water, it stopped my shedding dead in its tracks! Due to laziness, stopped using rice water treatments and shedding returned. Did a treatment last weekend, (I shampoo, rice water treatment for about 2/+ hrs., rinse, then apply a moisturizing condish) shedding stopped instantly. My beta-blocker pill is the cause of my shedding and thinning. Therefore, I will be using rice water treatment once a week. Can’t wait to see the growth I’ll get.

  • Amara

    try boiling the rice water with rosemary leave, thyme and mint leaves, orange peel and fleeceflower roots. Boiling for 5 to 10. Ferment every thing for 2day. Strain it out and Ferment for any 26days. Trust me there was no nasty smell at all. No essential oil

  • Idongesit ekpo

    I will give a try, thanks for the info

  • neeraj

    Your content is nice, I am feeling better.

  • Abuya Confidence

    Have heard alot about this rice water… I think I will try it

  • Promise

    Can I use rice water for a baby girl of 3 months old?

  • Vita

    I’m going to try the 🍚 water guys

  • Sarah

    Be careful with this, friends. I’ve used rice water on my hair several times and I don’t plan to continue. My hair has become brittle and the ends are splitting like crazy! I think it completely depends on your hair type. Rice water puts protein into your hair I think, and if your hair doesn’t need protein it’s not a good combo. Try it once and watch to see if your ends are splitting, if your hair is tolerating it well.

  • Lindsey

    Can you use this on color treated hair?

  • Sarah Jones-Bierton

    Does it have to be a specific rice or can I use any?

  • Maahi

    Hello everyone. I’m using boiled rice water, everyday since a month.. I’m extremely amazed with the results.. Earlier my hair use to be brittle not so healthy and I lost my confidence over time as I saw some patches of baldness which was due to stress or hormonal as I am in my early 30s.. one of my friends suggested me to use the boiled rice water. I have started, every day before bathe I apply boil rice water well in my roots to tips on hair, it feels soothing.. I really love it.. Then I rinse it off after 5mins thoroughly, and then again next day same.. I use shampoo once in a week.. as my hair dont get dirty much in this lockdown.. I don’t make much hair do except a simple bun. My hair is beautiful now.. Earlier I used to have headaches in spans of few days every time. But after doing above remedy. I didn’t have any headache. Resulting my hair growth fasten.. thick hair baby hairs grew a lot. It’s more than an inch till now.. awesome remedy..