Rice Water for Strong Hair: Does it work? Benefits & How to Use

Using rice water to strengthen your hair isn’t new. Women in China, Japan and Southeast Asia have used rice water as a hair treatment for centuries. However, does rice water have any scientifically proven benefits?
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We’ve tried numerous ways to get stronger and healthier hair. Endless shampoos, conditioners and home remedies. But, have you tried rice water? Every woman wishes to have healthy and strong hair but the problem is how. Well, stress not. Rice water will solve all your hair problems. 

What is Rice Water?

Rice water is the starchy water left over after rice is cooked or left to soak. Do you know how to cook rice? Remember how you soak it in water then strain it? So, next time do not throw the water away because it works wonders for your hair and skin as well. 

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Why is Rice Water great for our Hair?

Studies have shown that inositol, an ingredient found in rice water, is able to penetrate through damaged hair and repair it from inside. It also protects the hair from future damage. Rice water is so powerful because it is in liquid form, so it easily absorbs into our scalps and hair than any vitamin would. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. 

Besides keeping our hair strong, rice water is also great for other health benefits like enhancing blood circulation, aids skin cell growth and keeps your skin rejuvenated and radiant. 

Rice water protects our hair from damage. The ironing, curling or colouring of hair leads to a lot of damage. Rice water deeply conditions and protects the hair. It also eliminates dandruff. According to a study, rice water is 90% effective in treating dandruff. Rice water treatment protects your hair from environmental, chemical, and physical stress. It also inhibits the growth of fungal pathogens. Hence, it keeps dandruff and dry scalp issues under check.

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How to make Rice Water?

Boiling Method:

All you need:

  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 cup of water

Steps to follow:

  • Take a tumbler and fill it with the rice grains.
  • Fill it with more water than you usually use to cook.
  • Boil the rice for some time.
  • Wait until the rice is cooked.
  • Strain the excess water in the tumbler.
  • This water will be starchy and thick.
  • Let it cool down and then bottle it.
  • Apply the water to your hair before taking a shower. 

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Fermented Method:

All you need:

  • ½ cup of rice
  • 2 cups of water

Steps to follow:

  • Start by rinsing the rice under running water to remove any dirt or impurities. 
  • Put the rice in a bowl and add 2 cups of water. Swirl the rice around a bit, and then let it soak for 15-30 minutes. 
  • Strain the rice away from the rice water and keep it aside. 
  • Bottle the rice water and use it.

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