How To Make Rice Water For Hair & Skin Care

how to make rice water for hair

Using rice water for skin and hair is a practice that has been done for ages in India. Before the invention of rice cooker, rice was always boiled in mud pots and once it got cooked, the rice boiled water was drained. Since rice was had for lunch everyday, rice water was always at home. Instead of pouring it down the drain, it was always used for skin and hair care. Though we use pressure cooker for boiling rice now, we do make rice the traditional way often just to get rice water.

What Is Rice Water?

Rice water is nothing but the water in which is rice is cooked or soaked. Rice water is rich in amino acids, vitamin B, vitamin E and minerals and is very soothing both when applied on the scalp and skin. We can make rice water in three ways – No cook rice water, cooked rice water and fermented rice water. We mostly use cooked and fermented rice water for hair and skin care as it is more creamy and nourishing.

how to make rice water for skinRice Water Hair, Skin & Health Benefits:

1. Rice Water For Lightening Scars:

Regularly using rice water on the skin helps make it smooth and supple. It also evens out the skin tone by fading scars especially if used regularly.  You can add rice water to homemade creams, face packs and even in toners and face washes.

2. Rice Water For Acne:

If you have acne prone skin, I would suggest being very cautious about the ingredients you use on the face. Using gentle ingredients like rice water helps soothe the inflammation and gently fights of acne causing bacteria. Try using fermented rice water for acne. To use, mix fermented rice water with besan and organic turmeric powder and apply on the face.

3. Rice Water For Eczema:

Since rice water has a soothing effect on skin, it can be very useful for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Like oatmeal bath, you can mix rice water into bath water and soak in it. Adding few drops of soothing essential oil to it also will greatly help.

4. Rice Water As a Hair Conditioner:

Rice water can be used as a natural hair conditioner, dilute the rice water in regular water along with few drops of lemon juice and use as final rinse to get shiny, smooth hair.

5. Rice Water For Dandruff:

Fermented rice water is great for getting rid of dandruff if used along with amla powder and yogurt. At home I mix fermented rice water and yogurt with amla powder and use it as a hair mask, great for getting rid of all scalp infections!

6. Rice Water For Health:

Freshly made rice water mixed with turmeric powder is a very good remedy for indigestion. For the remedy, add in 1/4 tsp of jeera seeds and 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder to hot rice water, mix well and drink. This drink is very soothing on the stomach.
how to make fermented rice water

3 Top Ways To Make Rice Water At Home:

1. Rice Water Using No Cook Method:

rice water for long hair

Soak 1/4 cup of hand pounded rice in a cup of water for 30 minutes and then strain out the liquid. Your simple rice water is ready.

2. Boiled Rice Water:

boiled rice water for hair

To make your own rice water using boiling method, boil organic hand pounded rice (or any variety of rice that you use) after soaking it in water for an hour in plenty of water till it gets cooked and then strain the water.

3. Fermented Rice Water:

fermented rice water for hair

To make fermented rice water, let the rice water ferment by leaving it at room temperature for a day. If you live in a cold place, you can let it ferment for a little longer. Once fermented you can store the rice water in a glass bottle in the fridge and use it for a week.


  1. Geetha Somasundaram
    July 25, 2016 / 9:55 am

    Hi Ramya Mam,This is Geetha Somasundaram.Love your blog so much.. am also living in coimbatore.U r from which place in cbe exactly.. thanks a lot for ur informative blog. Recently I had my frst feb.. then aftr three month, am shedding lot of hair..arnd 100 a day.. please let me how to arrest this hairfall. I am having protein rich food like eggs.. urad dhal .. iron from moringa leaves soup.. still hairfall is kindly help me to overcome this postpartum hairfall ,Ramya mam..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 12, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      Hi Geetha, I am so glad you find the blog useful. I live in a village near Coimbatore :). I would suggest using curry leaf hair oil from the blog everyday and continue eating high protein foods. Also try taking iron and calcium tablets after consulting your doctor if you are breast feeding. If you don't suffer from asthma, I would also suggest fenugreek hair mask from the blog weekly twice, it arrests hair fall pretty soon. You can find the recipe for it in the blog…

    • Anu
      December 16, 2016 / 10:26 am

      Hi GeethaI had the same problem. Hair Fall after Child Birth. I switched to washing with arappu and shikkakai mixed in equal proportion. Hair Fall has considerably reduced.

  2. Geetha Somasundaram
    September 1, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Thank you vry much Ramya. Any remedies for the stubborn black heads on the nose ??!!

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 3, 2016 / 2:53 am

      I would suggest this home remedy to get rid of black heads on the nose: remedy

  3. Viji Ganesh
    February 12, 2017 / 12:32 am

    I am so glad that I stumbled upon your blog while looking for natural immunity boosters.very well organised and informative blog.Thanks for documenting and sharing Paati vaidhyam passed on through oral tradition.

  4. Gayatri
    May 15, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Hi Ramya, this is a dumb question for you but how do you get rice water ? I have always cooked in a pressure cooker / rice cooker, so have no idea how to get rice water ! Thanks !

  5. Anonymous
    May 25, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I used fermented white basmathi rice water but wouldn’t recommend this water. While walking in my newly renovated temple I stepped on a nail the construction people didn’t secure down well, and got a callous. It has remained for 10 years. These pads they sell don’t work as it comes back after using it. So I tried this water to soften it but it made it more hard and swollen. I also used it on the hair but it made the hair stiff (but didn’t do a final rinse forgot to read that part). Not sure how this differs from the water used to starch clothes stiff. I think the kind of rice used makes a huge difference. I don’t have access to kai kuthal I assume ponni was used, but if I ever do I will try. Perhaps the water from soaking idli rice is better as that is meant for fermenting. And I don’t know the specific varietal meant for making authentic fermented kanji.

  6. April 14, 2019 / 11:19 am

    Some people add salt in the water while boiling rice. Is it okay to use that rice water for both hair and skin? Face?

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