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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!
  • claudia mwacha

    The rice water is magic. I have been using it for about 3 weeks now. I see a lot of changes. My hair is thicker, growing faster too. I spray every day before bedtime.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 dont 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. Its more than an inch till now.. awesome remedy..