Rice water is one of the cheapest but most effective hair care treatments that we can do at home. All you need for it is a handful of rice, using rice water for stimulating hair growth and to condition our hair has been done for centuries. It has been popular in many Asian countries like India and Japan for stimulating hair growth.
What Is Rice Water?
Types Of Rice Water:
- There are actually two types of rice water. The first is the water in which the rice was used to soak before cooking. It is also called rice water and it will be slightly cloudy as rice releases little bit of it’s starch in it.
- The second is boiled rice water got when we drain the water after the rice is cooked. I prefer the boiled rice water as it is more creamy and thicker.
Rice Water Hair Benefits:
1. Rice Water For Hair Growth:
2. Rice Water For Split Ends:
3. Makes Hair Super Shiny & Glossy:
4. Rice Water Repairs Damaged Hair:
5. Strengthen Hair Roots:
6. Treats Dandruff:
7. Natural Hair Conditioner:
8. Arrests Hair Fall:
If the hair fall is caused due to scalp problems using rice water regularly will greatly help. I would suggest mixing amla powder and rice water and using it as a hair pack, it will arrest hair fall immediately.
What Is Fermented Rice Water?
When we leave the rice water to ferment, it is called fermented rice water. Both types of rice water I mentioned can be left to ferment for a day and then can be used for hair care.
Fermenting the rice water increase the nutrient profile of rice water which in turn helps nourish our hair follicles even better. It also brings down the pH level of the rice water almost close to that of our scalp which makes it very effective.
Fermented rice water also contains pitera which is a natural by product of fermentation. Pitera has amazing hair and skin benefits and greatly helps protect the hair. You can use any type of rice to make rice water, I prefer hand pounded rice.
A. How To Make Rice Water For Hair Growth – 3 Top Ways!
1. How To Make Plain Rice Water For Hair Growth:
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. How To Make Boiled Rice Water For Hair Growth:
After soaking a cup of rice for 15 minutes, boil it in 5 cups of water till the rice is cooked fully. Cover with a lid and then strain out the rice water.
3. How To Make Fermented Rice Water For Hair Growth:
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 2 days. Once fermented you can store the rice water in a glass bottle in the fridge and use it for a week.
B. How To Use Rice Water For Hair Growth – 3 Top Ways !
1. Rice Water Hair Pack:
Take 1 tbsp of amla powder in a bowl. Add in enough fermented rice water to form a paste and apply as a hair pack. Wait for 15 minutes and then wash it off. This hair pack has multiple hair benefits, it treats dandruff, strengthens hair roots and arrests hair fall immediately.
2. Rice Water Shampoo:
To make rice water shampoo, take 2 tbsp of shikakai powder in a bowl. Add in enough rice water to form a paste and use it for washing your hair. This shampoo is all natural and cleans the hair really well.
3. Rice Water Hair Rinse:
Rice water hair rinse is one of the best ways to use rice water to bring shine to otherwise dull hair. To use rice water as a hair rinse, take rice water and pour over hair after using shampoo. Rinse with water once more and you will be amazed how glossy and shiny your hair is.
Yet another wonderful post….
I did the hair rinse with white basmati rice water I drained out after cooking and fermented. Its the only rice I had on hand given rice is sold in huge bags, basmathi comes in smaller packets. However I forgot to read the part which says rinse again with water after you pour this fermented water over the hair. The water was mega jil jil cold ah! The smell of this water is kind of border line sweaty smell not sure…..The hair feels a bit stiff. Next time I will rinse again with water. I don’t think I used proper rice for this as there is no kai kuthal brown near me. I am told that rice (real ural one) doesn’t last long hence isn’t usually sold.
How is this water different from the water I heard they use to starch clothes or wash clothes in to make handloom cottons stiff so they don’t tear easily? Hair feels bit stiff.
I would not use white polished rice water for this, I think it will dry out the hair as happened before to me, and someone advised me not to use it again, white polished one that is.
which rice should we use to make rice water?
Impressive cataloguing of home treatments Ramya. Thank you. This is a service to everyone.
“After soaking a cup of rice for 15 minutes, boil it in 5 cups of water till the rice is cooked fully. Cover with a lid and then strain out the rice water.”
cook in the soaking water i assume?
would help if you posted how to properly cook kai kuthal arisi and grains with the thavidu on it to deal with phytic acid which blocks iron absorption….thavidu has its pros and cons…
Some people add salt in the water while boiling rice. Is it okay to use that rice water for both hair and skin? Face?
I added amala powder to the fermented rice water and made a paste and followed the directions – the amount of hair I lost while washing it out was incredible and it continued to fall out thereafter too. The was left very brittle and rough. Maybe the paste was too thick not sure..