Rice water has been an effective treatment for damaged hair for years.


Rice water increases hair growth.Vie Studio / Pexel.

One of the growing trends in the hair and beauty industry is Rice water. Yao women of Southern China inspired this rice water treatment. Then rice water hair treatment hit popular social media sites like Tik Tok and Youtube. Now celebrity Cardi B even promotes this hair treatment.

Can rice water improve damaged hair?

The question remains, how exactly does rice water hair treatment affect the hair? Numerous beauty and hair enthusiasts on Youtube have shared their experiences with rice water. This therapy helps to improve hair shine, reduces frizz, moisturizes, and improves growth. Both Weezy, a celebrity hairstylist, and Dr. Howard Sobel encourages rice water use for these properties.

How can rice water be this beneficial? After analysis by a cosmetic chemist, Ginger King, rice water contains a high concentration of amino acids. Cysteine, an amino acid, is crucial for hair growth. A vital ingredient in rice water is inositol. Inositol promotes hair growth. Inositol also helps to repair damaged and broken hair, which reduces frizz.

There is more! Rice water is rich in Vitamin B and E, which replenish shine and improve hair smoothness. How great is that? No wonder everyone who uses rice water cannot stop talking about it.

With so many benefits, im sure you want to try rice water for your hair. Rice water hair treatment recipes are all over the internet. While there isn't any specific measurement of rice to water, there are two kinds of rice water you can use. You can use any raw rice to make rice water hair treatment.

First, unfermented rice water is rice soaked in water for at least 30 minutes, but less than 16 hours. During that time, the water becomes cloudy gray color. The second is fermented rice water. If the rice is left to soak overnight for about 16+ hours, it becomes fermented.

How to use Rice water to help your hair.

You can use rice water as often as twice weekly for quicker results. When using rice water treatment for your hair, you should note two things.

  1. Wash your hair thoroughly before adding the rice water to it. Washing removes impurities and increases the effectiveness of the treatment.
  2. Never leave the treatment in your hair for more than 30 minutes. It is tempting to do an overnight treatment. However, this can damage your hair. The high protein content can cause more damage to the hair if left in overnight.

Get healthier hair with this rice water treatment.Ika Kenes /Pexel

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DISCLAIMER: The author of this article is NOT a haircare or health professional. The opinions shared are inferences based on the facts researched. All facts presented were researched and extracted from haircare and health sources. All sources are supported by haircare and health professionals.

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