What if the solution to all your hair problems was found in a glass filled with rice? Rice water is a hair treatment used for centuries in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Thanks to the Internet, thisbeauty remedy has become popular all over the world. The good news is that this product is very easy to prepare and use. Find out how.
Why is this interesting?
According to followers, the water that remains after cooking the rice make them smooth and shiny hair, helps them grow faster, untangles them, makes them stronger, reduces dandruff, eliminates lice and repairs damaged parts. But are these benefits proven by science? According to two studies cited by Medical News Today, it probably is. The researchers noticed that the rice water reduced the friction at the level of the hair surface, as well as its elasticity. These conclusions need to be verified, however, but one thing is certain: no side effects were observed until now.
How to prepare rice water?
There are several ways to prepare rice water, but the easiest is to rinse half a cup of rice, place it in a bowl with about two cups of water, let soak for 30 minutes, and filter water in a clean bowl. You can also cook the rice and collect the cooking water afterward, but remember to add more water than usual.
How to use it ?
Rice water can replace both shampoo or conditioner. In both cases, wet your hair with lukewarm water, pour the rice water over your head, massage the scalp, leave on for about 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Plain or fermented rice water?
Some rice water users believe that thefermented rice water is even more effective than plain rice water. According to a study carried out in 2012, fermented substances contain a greater amount of antioxidants, remember Medical News Today. Antioxidants can fight damage to hair and skin cells, which is why they are among the typical ingredients of beauty products. For ferment the rice water, let it sit at room temperature for at least two days, then strain it into a clean container.