The next time you think of discarding rice water, think twice

People choose to prepare their rice in different ways, but the most popular practice seems to involve separating the rice from it is starchy residue, either before or during cooking. Thus far, that starchy/milky water has either always been viewed as waste or a remedy for constipation but it turns out it could also give you longer, thicker hair. The water is believed to contain vitamins and nutrients such as magnesium, folic acid, niacin and vitamin B, C and E.

For centuries, Asian women have used rice water to beautify their face, body and hair. Traditionally, female rice farmers in China, Japan, and other Southeast Asian countries used to bathe and wash in the water used for cleaning rice. The Yao women from Huangluo Village in Guangxi Province, Southern China; believe that the fermented rice water, which they use to cleanse their hair, is what helps to keeps their hair long, dark and clean.


A study published in Journal of Cosmetic Chemists found that rice water applied to hair can reduce surface friction and improve hair elasticity; this means combing and detangling will be easier— especially useful if you have long or curly hair. Another amazing thing about rice water is that it has inositol, a carbohydrate, which can repair damaged hair. Specialized imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection. The amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair roots, add volume and make hair silky smooth. It brings shine to your hair and helps to keep it strong and healthy. For extra nourishment, add few drops of essential oils such as rosemary, lavender or tea tree.

How to Make Fermented Rice Water

To make rice water, you will need:

1/2 cup uncooked rice (brown, white, basmati, long grain, short grain, jasmine)

2 to 3 cups water


To make rice water, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities. Then, place the rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let the rice soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Swirl it around or lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water. Strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Your rice water is ready to use.

Once you have collected your rice water, leave it at room temperature for a day or until it turns slightly sour. It can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, depending on how warm it is. So the warmer the room temperature, the faster the fermentation process. Boil the fermented rice water over high heat to stop the fermentation process

How to apply fermented rice water as shampoo/conditioner

Put a small amount in a small container, bend over into a basin/the bathtub and pour it on your scalp until your entire scalp is completely wet and massage it through. Leave it in for fifteen to thirty minutes and rinse it out with more rice water. Add conditioner to the hair and rinse that out after twenty minutes.

Why Use Fermented Rice Water?

You can use fermented rice water as a face cleanser, skin toner and to condition hair. The nutrients in the fermented rice water are believed to shrink pores, reduce fine lines, and tighten and brighten your skin – this is a perfect recipe to look radiant and youthful.

Rice Water to relieve Acne 

Rice water has amazing soothing and astringents properties, which help, heal acne and calm the redness.You can use rice water as a cleanser or toner. Add a drop of tea tree oil or lavender oil for extra effectiveness.

Mix a cup of plain rice water with a teaspoon of borage seed oil. Dip a cotton cloth in water and pat all over the affected skin. You can leave it on or wash out after 15-20 minutes.

Will Rice Water Work for Everyone?

Give rice water a try 2-3 times and see if it’s for you. If it’s not, there’s nothing to be disappointed as there are hundreds of natural hair remedies on And with the trial and error, you will surely find the miracle remedy that you have been looking for to achieve hair nirvana.

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