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Rice Water Reveals Centuries of Old Asian Beauty Practice

For centuries, Rice water has been used by women in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia to wash their hair as an ancient beauty practice for long and beautiful hair. The rice water method was highly popularized by the Yao tribe in the village called Huang Luo, China. The Huang Luo village is known as the “Land of Rapunzel’s” because the women of this village have incredibly long, beautiful, and glossy hair. The secret behind fermented rice starch water gained popularity around the world. The women in this village revealed that they have been washing their hair with fermented rice water that credits their stronger hair strands with no grey hair until their late eighties. The Huang Luo village came in the Guinness book of world records for “World’s Longest Hair Village”.

However, applying rice water is an ancient practice used by many Asian countries for beauty purposes. It is often used as an ayurvedic remedy to treat skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. Many beauty products have rice water to use as natural facial toners and moisturizers.

Why Rice Water?

Rice water is infused with minerals and vitamins that are essential for Hair growth, increasing hair density by strengthening hair follicles. The rice water properties help to make hair smoother and shinier, and also control hair fall.

Rice grain contains starch, this starchy liquid is extracted by leftover water after boiling or simply soaking for a few hours. It is left to ferment for a few days before using to wash the hair.

The starchy rice water contains Folic Acid (vitamin B9), niacin (vitamin B3), and selenium that takes care of hair follicles to stimulate hair growth and also strengthen hair.

The Niacin (vitamin B3) and allantoin in rice water improve the elasticity and reduce inflammation thereby overall health of the scalp.

Magnesium helps to rejuvenate hair follicles whereas Inositol (vitamin B8) helps to stimulate hair growth and thereby reduce hair fall.

This article captures the beauty secret of rice water hair treatments.

How to Make Rice Water?

Preparing rice water is a combination of two base ingredients and also requires time to let it ferment. Sharing two ways to prepare secret hair therapy.

The method I- Soaking

  • Take 1/2 cup of uncooked rice.
  • Rinse thoroughly to get rid of any dirt and impurities.
  • In a bowl, allow the rice to get ferment in two to three cups of water.
  • Let it sit for 24 hours at a room temperature
  • Stain the rice in a clean bowl 
  • Transfer into a spray bottle and refrigerate until ready to use
  • Use within 3 days after fermentation

Optional: You may add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or peels of orange or limes to give a nice and fresh fragrance.

The method II- Boiling

  • Take 1/2 cup of uncooked rice in a strainer.
  • Rinse thoroughly to get rid of any dirt and impurities.
  • Boil the rice in two cups of water, until the water becomes cloudy.
  • Let the water cool down and strain into a clean spray bottle.
  • It’s ready to use and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a max of one week.

How to use Rice Water?

You can use rice water as a Natural Conditioner as a replacement for the usual Hair conditioning product.

  • First Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
  • Rinse off thoroughly and pat dry your hair with a towel.
  • Pour the rice water into a clean spray for easy application.
  • Spray rice water first onto each section of your scalp and massage it for a few min.
  • Pour the rest of the rice water into the length of the hair strands.
  • Allow it to rest, keeping a shower cap on it for 20 min.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Optional: You can use a hydrating deep conditioner for a perfect balance of hydration and strength of your hair.

What Are the Benefits of Rice Water for Hair?

  • Makes Hair Stronger with thickened hair strands.
  • Add shine to the dull and damaged hair.
  • Encourage Hair growth and also support hair regeneration.
  • Soften the hair strands, easier to detangle.
  • Helps to soothe hair.


The experience of using Rice water may differ for each individual depending upon hair type, lifestyle, diet, hair products, and genetic condition. If you have severe hair problems like thinning hair, you should see a dermatologist for better treatment rather than trying a beauty hack remedy. 

Rice water gained online attention via TikTok and was sworn by celebrities for its amazing Hair benefits. Rice water claims to give hair extra bouncy, smoothness, shine, strength, and elasticity. Rice water changes how the hair looks and also improves hair quality overall.

However, Rice water may help to get long, strong, and healthy hair if used once or twice a week. Excess use may also have an adverse effect as it may cause residue that builds up on your scalp. If you feel it’s not suiting then you may stop the usage of rice water.

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