Hey you guys! Sorry I have been taking a little break to recharge but I am back and excited to share more with you. Lately, I have been seeing a lot of fuss from curly hair gals on using rice water on their hair and so I decided to finally try it out for myself.
Many of you must be asking, what? rice water for your hair, why? well upon researching, rice water actually has a lot of nutrients and benefits! According to a lot of articles I read, women from Southeast Asia, China and Japan have been using it for AGES. Japanese women in the Heian period (794-1185 CE) had floor length hair and used to bathe their hair in rice water. Similarly, Chinese Yao women from the village Huangluo, are known for their 6 foot long hair averages. They would tell people that the rice water keeps their hair color long lasting and their hair long in length. Some even say their hair doesn’t start turning grey until their 80’s! Rice has inositol, a carbohydrate that helps repair damaged hair and the amino acids in rice also help strengthen the hair at its root to promote stronger and thicker new growth. The people that swear by rice water also claim that it:
- Smoothes hair
- Makes their hair shine
- Strengthens Hair
- Makes their hair grow long
I made my own rice water by using uncooked rice, rinsing it thoroughly to get all of the nutrients out of it, adding 2-3 cups of water, straining the rice out and then boiling it for a few minutes with grapefruit peel for scent. After, I let it sit in my fridge for a day to cool down before use. Use it after shampooing and conditioning as your last rinse. There are two ways that you can use the rice water, fermented or plain. To ferment it, rinse the uncooked rice, let it soak for 30 minutes in 1-2 cups of water and before you strain it, leave it out at room temperature for 2 days. Once the 2 days are up, strain it into a clean bowl before use.
Fermented rice water is rich in antioxidants, minerals, Vitamins A & E as well as an ingredient that I hadn’t heard of that results from fermentation called Pitera. Pitera has the ability to promote cell regeneration and has been thought of as an “anti-aging elixir”. Fermented rice water also lowers the pH level of the rice water down to as close as possible to our hair’s pH level which is slightly acidic. The nutrients alongside of the slightly acidic pH can restore our hair’s pH level and get it back to being healthy.
I have used a video for reference which I will link below. I am so excited to share my results with you after a few weeks, and in the meantime,I will be making more hair posts for you guys. Please share with me your results or any questions/comments you have for me! Drop it in the comment section or DM me on my IG – @kandykillsss✨