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Using Rice Water For Hair – The Best Hair Treatment

One of the ancient, home remedies in Asia over centuries for hair treatment is using fermented rice water. Rice water is very effective for hair, controls hair fall, adds shine and improves thickness. Apart from being a hair loss solution, rice water is one of the best hair treatment for dull hair, split ends, dandruff and much more. This is an all-in-one remedy to all hair problems. Through this article, we present 

  • Rice water properties.
  • How to use rice water for hair.
  • Benefits of rice water for hair.

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The History Behind Using Fermented Rice Water for Hair

Yao ethnic group, south China
Yao ethnic group, south China

Rice water is no ordinary home remedy for hair treatment. It has been backed by modern science. As said earlier, fermented rice water for hair has been in the ancient tradition of Asian countries. The women from Huangluo Village of the Yao ethnic group, south China, have the tradition of keeping long hair. The main reason for their long hair is they use fermented rice water. They use rice water along with tea seeds and orange peels as a natural shampoo to wash their hair. This shampoo keeps their hair healthy, smooth, shiny and long.


Properties of Rice Water

When you apply fermented rice water to your hair, it reduces friction as well as improves hair elasticity. Rice water contains inositol, a carbohydrate, which helps to repair hair damage. Rice water is a wonderful medicine for hair. This offers protection to hair, helps in hair detangling and manageability. Rice water contains amino acids, which strengthens the hair from roots and adds thickness to the hair, gives it volume and lustre. These outstanding properties explain the 6-feet long hair of the Yao women. In every possible way, rice water is great for your hair. It is safe, natural, and has absolutely no side effects. It improves the condition of your hair healthily.

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How to Use Rice Water for Hair Treatment

What is Rice Water? When you boil rice, that milky liquid is the starch residue left behind from the rice. Normally, when we cook rice, we strain the excess rice water. Next time, do not throw this rice water away. It is rich in minerals and vitamins and makes a wonderful remedy for hair treatment. 

Methods of Preparing Rice Water

1. Making the Plain Rice Water

Before preparing the rice water, rinse the rice in freshwater to remove any dirt or impurities. Then in a vessel put the rice, add 4 times water, that is if you take 1/2 cup rice(brown, white, basmati, long-grain, or short-grain), then add 2 cup water. Place the rice in the vessel cover with a plate. Let it boil for 15 minutes. Stir it around until the water turns cloudy. Once the rice is cooked, strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. This is a quick method to make rice water. 

Strained rice water will be concentrated. Dilute it by adding 1 cup of plain water, then add a few drops of rosemary or lavender essential oil to it. After washing your hair with shampoo, pour the rice water over your hair and scalp. Massage and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with regular water. Use this weekly once for complete hair treatment. 

2. Preparing the Fermented Rice Water

The fermented rice water is the rice water that is left to ferment for a day or 2 before using. Fermentation brings down the pH levels of the rice water to that of the hair. Fermented rice water contains ‘pitera’ which is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids. This rice water takes time for preparation, however, this works more effectively compared to boiled rice water. It promotes healthy hair growth and improves the overall condition of the hair.

How to prepare fermented rice water?

Take 1/2 cup of rice and soak it in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, strain the soaked rice water. Keep this liquid in an air-tight jar in a dark place for 2 days. Let it ferment. This liquid can be very pungent and sour in smell after 2 days. Add 2 cups of warm water to the ferment rice water, and few drops of lavender oil to remove the sour smell. Apply this solution on scalp, hair, tips and root thoroughly. Let it soak in for 45 mins before washing with a mild shampoo. 

Benefits of Rice Water For Hair

  1. Improves Hair Growth.
  2. Protects Hair from Damage.
  3. Strengthens Hair, improves Hair Elasticity.
  4. Cures Hair Split Ends.
  5. Cures Dandruff and Scalp Itching.
  6. Adds Shine and Lustre to Dull Hair.
  7. Controls Hair Loss.
  8. Generates New Hair.
  9. Removes Lice.
  10. A Good Conditioner.


Rice water – boiled or fermented rice water for hair is an excellent and effective hair treatment for dull hair, scalp problems and much more. Try this weekly once or twice to get an effective result. In case you are facing any more hair problems, and looking for excellent hair treatment in Mumbai, Call us on 09324507495 for hair treatment. 

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