I eat rice often. As does almost half of the world’s population. Rice is one of the most important grains, but little did I know, the water I used to soak the rice could be used to promote hair health. Rice is a great beautifying aid.
Rice water has been used all over East Asia for centuries, although it has recently made its way to the West, and has been used by people who are trying to grow their hair length, add shine and strength, and repair their hair from any damage. Traditionally, female rice farmers in East Asian countries used to bathe and wash in the water used for cleaning rice.
Take it from the Yao women from the village of Huangluo in China. These women have an average hair length of about 6 feet, and do not develop gray hair until the late 80s. The Yao women believe that the rice water, which they use to cleanse their hair, is what helps to keeps their hair long, dark and clean. Rice water also enables these women to de-tangle and manage their long hair.
According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Chemists, when you apply rice water to your hair, it can reduce friction between the hair strands, as well as improve elasticity. This means that rice water acts as an excellent detangler.
Rice water is super cheap, and simple to make. All you need to do is soak some rice in water for an hour, and then pour the rice water into a spray bottle.
While you are in the shower, wash your hair with shampoo as you normally would. Rinse your hair, then pour the rice water onto your hair. Massage your scalp, and leave the rice water on your hair for twenty minutes, then rinse with warm water.
This can be done up to four times a week. You will see results, as your hair becomes easier to detangle, and develops a lustrous shine.