Using rice water for your hair has been taking rounds in recent days and we thought we would shed some light over here, by discussing the whats & hows of rice water.
You must have noted rice including red rice is used in natural skin care products like masks and scrubs as an exfoliator like The Zero Skin’s Detan Scrub (Rose, Papaya & Licorice). Similarly, rice water is said to bring benefits to your hair. There are references where Asian women especially Chinese women use rice water to grow that long beautiful hair.
Though there are not many studies to prove the benefits scientifically, rice water is proven to improve your hair health altogether. If you are boiling your rice instead of using a cooker, the remaining water after you boil when used to water plants shows improved growth in plants.
So what is rice water?
Rice water is nothing but the starchy water that you get when you soak rice in water or the remains after boiling the rice. This water is rich in Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Amino Acids, Minerals, and antioxidants all of which are useful to your hair.
How to make rice water?
Soak a few spoons of rice in water. Leave it for a couple of hours, at least an hour. Once your water becomes cloudy, strain the water, and it's ready to use. You can also allow the rice to soak for a long time from 12 up to 24 hrs. You can also use the water that is remained after boiling your rice. Fill the water in a bottle and use it when needed. You can also refrigerate for a longer shelf life.
How do I use rice water on my hair?
Rice water can be used with your regular hair wash routine. After your shampooing, apply the rice water, allow it for 2-5 minutes to settle on your hair, and wash off. When you apply, make sure you start from your scalp & work through the strands of the hair. You can also use it as a leave-in conditioner.
Benefits that you get
Vitamin B and minerals found in rice water are said to strengthen your hair and help you in hair growth
Vitamin E is said to bring a natural shine to your hair
Rice water is also said to detangle and repair your hair with its rich nutrients
The grey hairs often tend to be hard and stand straight weirdly. But using rice water makes your grey hair settle down and go along with your hair
Rice water is also said to be beneficial in eyelashes, eyebrows and nail growth