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Rice Water And Hair Growth In Our Modern World!
So recently, I came across an article about using rice water and hair growth and I found it very interesting. Interesting enough that I have now started doing my research and this will include testing the rice water in my hair regimen over a period of time to see what all the hype is about. I hope for pleasant surprises in my hair health by using rice water! Let’s continue reading about rice water and hair growth.
The Origin Of Using Rice Water
In a remote village I China called Huang ho, the Yao women there have long hair, and when I say long, I am talking over 5-feet long as the average length! Their hair does not even start greying until in the later years around 80 years plus. They are in the Guinness Book of Records as having the ‘world’s longest hair village’. Rice water has been used by women in China, Japan, and Southeast Asian countries for decades in their beauty rituals – face, bathing, and hair regimens.
What Is Rice Water?
Rice water is as it means – water that is drained off the rice before or after cooking it. Tests have shown that the contents of this water have several nutrients in it.
A few of the nutrients you will find in rice water are;
- Inositol – helps your hair elasticity and reduce friction on the hair surface. It also has a high absorption rate in your hair.
- Protein – rice water has 16% protein and this helps to strengthen your hair.
- Amino acids – to strengthen the hair roots.
- Trace minerals
- Vitamin E & B
- Traces of Pitera – this is produced during fermentation – it has been touted to be an anti-aging elixir as it helps with cell regeneration.
- Has anti-oxidant properties
There have been clinical studies done on the properties of rice water as well. I think that rice and hair growth can be great friends and I will be one to try this theory on myself!
How To Make Rice Water
There is much talk about how you can prepare rice water:
- Simple wash
Any method will work, it all depends on:
- Your time available to prepare it
- Product availability
- The type of rice being used
Rice Wash Method
The quantity will vary on your intended use of the rice water. It is recommended that you only prepare as much as you will use at any one time or so in a week. My suggestion is to start with a small quantity. Like most processes, once it comes in contact with air, oxidation will begin, and this can be good or bad in some instances.
Let’s start with 3 tablespoons rice grains (organic if you can find it) and 4-8 tablespoons of water (some use distilled, it is your choice) or simply enough to cover the rice. It is best to prepare the mix in a clear glass jar so that you can see the change of the water taking place.
Leave the mixture for 30 mins or until the water has become cloudy. Then strain and use.
To do this method, you simply do as above, however, this time you let the mixture sit for 24 hrs or until it has a sour smell or taste (if you are that adventurous). Then you strain off the water from the rice and use. When you ferment the rice water, it lowers the pH of the liquid, and this is similar to your hair’s pH, which is also on the lower side (slightly acidic). So, this slightly acidic pH plus the added nutrients from the fermentation process help to restore the hair’s pH balance, nourish the hair strands and help to promote healthy hair growth.
This is a quick method. Simply add more water than usual to cover the rice and boil. You can boil for a few minutes or until the rice is cooked. Then you strain off the liquid from the cooked rice. Now, a note here: once you put the rice water – however you choose to make it – in the fridge after making, this will stop or slow the fermentation process as well as keep it ready for use.
How To Use Rice Water
Here is a simple way of using the rice water for hair growth as a rinse.
- Gently cleanse your hair
- Apply the rice water to damp hair (you can use a spray bottle of simply just pour over the hair, make sure you are in the shower or your hair is hanging over the wash area so you don’t make a mess)
- Allow the mixture to remain on your hair for at least 30 mins to 1 hour (cover with a plastic cap to keep it from dripping all over)
- Follow with a conditioner (this is optional)
Benefits Of Using Rice Water For Your Face & Skin
The rice water has:
- healing properties
- anti-inflammatory properties
- soothing and calming properties
- antioxidant properties
- will help to clear acne, removes impurities from surface bacteria
- removes age spots
- shrink pores and smooths skin
- helps skin elasticity
- acts a moisturizer
And this can be seen over consistent use. You can simply use the rice water as a toner and apply as often as you can to see results.
Benefits Of Using Rice Water And Hair Growth
Using rice water on your hair will indeed give you some great benefits.
Here are a few to get you started:
- Longer, healthier hair
- Stronger strands
- Less friction when your hair rubs against each other
- Improves elasticity
- Increases the sheen because of the pH factor, it helps to close the cuticles and therefore your hair stands will reflect the light better and appear shiny
Of course, like any other natural process that you try, please seek the advice of a medical practitioner as this is not given as advice but a suggested use. Also, you will only see change as long as you are consistent.
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My Final Thoughts On Using Rice Water And Hair Growth
Well, after doing my research, I am inclined to believe that there has to be some truth in using rice water and hair growth. I will surely try this method for a few months and see how it works. I will update this article in a few months with my personal results.
If you have used rice water and have had any significant results, please leave a comment, so that others will also have unbiased feedback about using rice and hair growth.
All the best.
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