How to Make Rice Water for Hair Growth and Strength

As far as hair growth goes, there are no shortages of tonics, supplements, and other “miracle workers” on the market today. However, many of these over-the-counter remedies go for a pretty penny and may not even live up to their claims. Luckily, there is a simple remedy that costs just pennies and has been used by countless people who have witnessed strong hair growth results—rice water.

Using food on hair isn’t a new practice for the hair care industry — we already know soybeans and egg whites can be great for hair. But what makes rice water such a nourishing rinse? The power is in its swelling properties as it becomes gelatinous after cooking, which allows the nutrients to absorb into the scalp. That’s not all: Rice contains high levels of silica, an important nutrient that promotes growth and shine, as well as essential fatty acids and proteins to promote healthy hair growth and maintain beautiful locks.


History Of Rice Water For Hair Growth

Legend has it that Cleopatra knew of rice water’s benefits and would wash her face with a mixture of rice water and milk. In ancient Greece, women were known to use a similar mixture to whiten their teeth.

In Asia, rice water is still the preferred skin toner after cleansing. It is also applied topically for its soothing effects on sunburned or irritated skin. Rice water has been used in India since ancient times as a natural hair conditioner, especially among those who have fast-growing hair needs. But don’t be fooled by their long locks — Chinese empresses have been using rice water on their face and hair for over 3000 years!

Benefits Of Rice Water For Hair Growth

Itchy Scalp Reduction & Dandruff Clearing

Rice water is naturally anti-inflammatory, so if you suffer from an itchy scalp without any sign of dandruff, rice water can help moisturize your scalp and reduce irritation.

Promotes Hair Growth

Silica, essential fatty acids, and proteins are all essential for hair growth. Rice water contains all of these nutrients, making it a great choice for those who are looking to promote healthy hair growth.

Adds Shine

Rice water is a natural source of minerals like zinc and magnesium, which help add shine and luster to your hair.

How To Make Rice Water For Stronger Hair & Growth

Making rice water is simple: just cook rice as you normally would, then save the leftover water in a glass jar or bottle in the fridge. You can use it as a daily rinse after shampooing or apply it to your scalp as a weekly treatment.

If you have dry or damaged hair, try soaking your hair in rice water for 15-20 minutes before shampooing.

Another way to use rice water is by mixing it with other ingredients to create a hair tonic. Here are a few recipes to get you started:



RECIPE 1: RICE WATER & TURMERIC

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Instructions:

  1. Combine the cooked rice, water, and turmeric in a blender and blend until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair, and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with shampoo and cool water. Repeat once a week.

RECIPE 2: RICE WATER & GREEN TEA

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tea bag (any kind)

Instructions:

  1. Combine the cooked rice, water, and tea in a blender and blend until the mixture becomes a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your scalp and hair, and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash off with shampoo and cool water. Repeat once a week or as needed (and if desired).

The bottom line: Rice water is a natural, affordable way to achieve stronger hair growth and beautiful locks. So why not give it a try?