Rice Water And Hair Growth In Our Modern World!

By | April 10, 2018
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Rice Water And Hair Growth In Our Modern World!

rice water and hair growth

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.

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The Origin Of Using Rice Water

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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.

yao women use rice water for their hair

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

making rice water for hair growth

There is much talk about how you can prepare rice water:

  • Simple wash
  • Boiling
  • Ferment

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.

Fermentation Method

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.

Boiling Method

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)
  • Rinse
  • 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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16 thoughts on “Rice Water And Hair Growth In Our Modern World!

  1. Annie Collyer

    Hi Michelle, I can’t wait to try this! I don’t want my hair to grow to 5 feet, but I would like to restore the ability to grow that I had in younger years. I’m on this one.
    Will share my results in a few months, too.

    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello Annie, Thnx for visiting. Yes, I am too ‘on it’ like a ‘bee on honey’. I will also update the post once I have tried it out for a few months. I have already started – done it for 3 times already – I notice that my hair is shinier. So we time will tell.

  2. DianneBee

    I have never heard of this one Michelle! I will be looking for your follow ups, as I’m very interested in this.

    1. Michelle Post author

      Thnx for stopping by, Dianne. Yes, me neither, hence my research. I will keep you posted.

  3. ariel

    Hello Michelle, I am so intrigued by this. I made a pot of rice pasta..and overcooked it..and ended up with a very strong rice liquid. I let it cool and put it on my face. Wow! I could feel the pores tightening and my skin being so happy. Thanks so much for this.
    Cannot wait to hear what you learn going through this process.
    in peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello Ariel,
      Thanks for visiting. Wow, that sounds interesting! Yes, I so can imagine how nice that must have been for your face. I have started using rice water on my way as well. Be sure to let me know how things turn on as you ‘test the waters’!

  4. ariel

    Hello Michelle, just wanted to check in with you! I have continued to use the rice water on my face. I am so loving how soft my skin is..and how it looks healthier. So will continue this experiment..and by the way. .the price is sooo right..LOL.
    Thanks so much for turning me on to this.. I wonder if anyone else is trying it?
    In peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello again, Ariel.
      As always, love a returning visitor. Glad that the rice water is working out well for you. I also started using it on my face. Nothing major to report as yet. Also started using it in my hair. So far, no growth seen, but I have noticed a shinier look. I will give it time to do its thing. And yes, the price is so right! LOL
      Love and light to you.

  5. Patsy

    Hi Michelle,

    I haven’t heard of this before, and wish I did!
    Both for hair and face, I will try this tomorrow and do both at the same time.

    My hair hasn’t been healthy lately for many reasons and I’m treating it with supplements and special shampoo. This is something I like because it’s all natural and simple to do.

    I’m a visual learner and it was nice to be able to watch the videos for more information. Thanks for your thorough and informative article.


    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello there Patsy,
      Thanks for stopping by. I am so gld that you were able to appreciate the information presented in the article. Yes, I also like the fact that is a natural alternative to caring for your hair – the less chemicals, the better. Please stop by again and let me know how it turns out. All the best.

  6. Latifat Hassan

    Hi Michelle,
    I just read this article about rice water and I most say its really fascinating and informative. So I noticed that you posted it sometime in April and now its November. And I was wondering if you have seen a significant improvement in your hair and skin as a result of using rice water. If yes, what is it please.
    Thank you for posting this.

    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello Latifat,
      Thanks for visiting. Well, to let you know…I love rice water as source for hair growth – it works for me. I started off doing it as suggested in the article then my time restraints kicked in…so I decided to simply mix it with some deep conditioner and then use it as a leave-in conditioner and I would wash/rinse my hair every 2-3 days. My hair has indeed grown since I started. I am still doing it using my ‘special mix’ and will continue until I reach my desire hair length, then again, why stop if it is a good thing for my hair? Give it a try and let me know how it works for you.

  7. Marie

    Hi Michelle,
    What brand of deep conditioner did you use? What ratio of rice water to conditioner? This sounds like something I could do vs just using rice water. Thanks for experimenting.


    1. Michelle Post author

      Hello Marie,
      Thanks for stopping by. I used VO5 coniditioner of my choice and it was like 50-50. Please let me know how it turns out for you. I would love to know. Much success.

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