Rice water is the cheapest, easiest secret elixir for hair growth we’ve ever heard of. With origins in Asia, it’s thought to make hair thicker, shinier, and to make it grow faster. The story goes that Japanese women in the 9th century had hair down to the floor. Their secret? Bathing their mane in rice water. Ditto for the Yao women in China, who are known for having six-feet long hair that doesn’t gray till age 80. So, if all it takes is the leftover water from cooking rice to achieve age and length defying locks, we’re on board. Below, discover how to make rice water for your hair with our go-to recipe!
How to Make a Rice Water for Hair, a Step-by-Step Recipe
The recipe for rice water is as easy as, well, boiling water! All you have to do is add the rice and you’re basically done.
Here’s what to do, for all our list-people:
- Rinse ½ cup of uncooked rice
- Place rice in a bowl with 2–3 cups of water
- Let it soak for 30 minutes or boil the rice (so you also get to eat it)
- Strain the rice water into a clean bowl
- Shampoo as normal and rinse thoroughly
- Massaging rice water into the hair and scalp
- For best results, let the rice water sit for at least 20 minutes, but you can leave it on for longer
Should You Use Fermented or Regular Rice?
If you’re a rice water purist, you’ll want to use the fermented variety instead of just going for it. To do this, you’re going to have to get a little bit gross. Let your rice water sit at room temperature for up to two days—et voila, it’s fermented. If you left it a little longer, you’d have Sake! Rice, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Rice Water Hair Benefits
Rice water does wonders for your hair because it has amino acids, B vitamins, vitamin E, minerals, and antioxidants. Fermented rice may have more antioxidants, which is why this is a good option if you don’t mind devoting a corner of the kitchen to your brew. Rice contains protein which is all your hair is made of and helps explain why rice water is simply a miracle growth potion for your mane.
Happy rice water washing!