Rice Water For Natural Hair

Different cultures often means different beauty care traditions. The way we care for our hair can give an indication to where we come from. Regardless of fashion, certain hairstyles or hair care are specific to certain part of the world. It is also dependent of what is available in that region, such as rice water rinse.

In Japan, rice water has been part of Japanese women beauty regimen for decades. Women of the Heian Period (794 to 1185) with those noticeable beautiful long hair, called “suberakashi”, were said to have combed their hair each day using Yu‐Su‐Ru (rinse water obtained by washing rice).

Rice water rinse is said to help with hair growth. A lot of women in the natural hair community have included this hair care regimen.

According to some, rice water is the more effective when left to ferment. The rinse will be slightly sour and full in antioxidants, minerals, B vitamins, vitamin E, and traces of pitera (produced during the fermentation process).


How to make and apply rice water in your hair?

  • Take half a cup of rice and soak it in two cups of water. Keep it aside for 15 to 30 minutes
  • Remove the water by draining the rice, put it in a jar and leave it for 1-2 days at room temperature
  • When the water starts having a sour smell, you can stop the fermentation and put the jar in the fridge.
  • Add a cup or two of warm water before you use the fermented rice water since direct use is not recommended
  • Shampoo your hair and then pour the rice water over your mane. Leave it on for 5 to 20 minutes massage your hair and scalp. Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water


Have you tried rice water rinse? Have you seen any change in your hair? Would you recommend it?


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