Benefits and claims
Rice water is said to have sooo many benefits for hair. It contains multiple vitamins such as B and E. Amino acids to help regenerate hair, strengthen roots, which also aids in faster hair growth. This is great for those that suffer from hair loss and thinning. Other benefits include it containing carbohydrates that aid in repairing damaged hair. The substance stays in the hair even after the hair is rinsed which is really amazing. I’ve also read that it reduces split ends, and cures dandruff.
The coolest thing that stood out to me was that it helps eliminate lice because the starch from the water kills lice and nits instantly. If you want more in-depth information about benefits, origin, and methods here are 2 great articles that I came across while researching that I got some key information from:
There is so much information on this topic. Now it’s time to see if the claims are true and put this rice water to the test!
***Disclaimer: As with any DIY if you think you are allergic to rice try a patch test first. Discontinue use if you have any adverse reaction. Lastly, I did not create rice water I ‘m simply testing the claims from what I have researched on my own. I suggest doing your own research as well before trying this out.
I decided to go with a fermented rice water recipe that I found here with a few adjustments. Fermentation brings down the PH level to help close the hair’s cuticle as it states on the site. That seems like the best option for me plus I won’t waste the rice lol!
Fermented rice water recipe:
- Place a 1/2 cup of (lightly rinsed) rice in a bowl, cover it with 2 cups of (purified) water, then let the rice soak for at least 15-30 mins.
- Drain the rice and place the water in a jar and leave it for 1-2 days at room temperature. Place in the fridge once it starts to smell.
- Add 1-2 cups of water before use.
- Place water in an applicator bottle when ready to apply.
You can also add essential oils to it to help mask the smell and for additional benefits. I am going to add some peppermint oil. I love the smell and how it feels on my scalp.
Here is the method I plan on using. As this process continues I will keep you updated with any changes I decide to make that may work better.
Shampoo or co-wash hair then rinse. Instead of using conditioner replace it with rice water. Allow it to sit on hair while in the shower then rinse. At least 10 mins but I plan on trying out different times to see the results.
This will work for all hair types! If you are looking for that one miracle hair DIY…this may be it. It would be fun to try it out together. If you are going to try it along with me let me know in the comments section below. I’m going to try this out for about a month to start. If it works for me I’ll keep it in my hair regime. I will give weekly updates on the good and the bad.
Be sure to check back next week for updates. I can’t wait to see how this works. I’ve heard many positive things so we will see together!
Week 1 application 2/10/19
I put my hair in 4 sections then applied the water in 2 subsections. I used an applicator bottle and applied it to my hair from roots to ends. I added about 5 drops of peppermint oil to a standard size bottle. I ended up not diluting it because it didn’t ferment for very long. (About 2 days but no smell).
The mixture felt amazing on my scalp and it smelled really good. I left it on for 30 mins with a plastic cap at room temperature because 10 mins didn’t seem like enough time.
I noticed it made my hair so easy to detangle. I decided to add conditioner after as I normally do to not change up my routine too much for the first application. Overall it was a pleasant experience. Being able to easily detangle my hair was a big plus.
Week 2 application 2/17/19
I allowed the solution to ferment longer. By day 3 the water started to smell a bit sour. This mixture was thicker in consistency. I added 10 drops of oil to the rest of the mixture and placed it in the fridge.
I’ve noticed overall my hair is a lot easier to detangle and softer but that’s pretty much all I noticed.
I did not rinse out the treatment this time. I like using it as a leave in.
Week 3 application 2/24/19
I’ve been sick with the flu and there was a tropical storm scare so I haven’t been updating weekly as planned. I have been doing the rice treatment as planned though.
I have noticed overall that the rice treatment will give immediate softness and help with detangling. I haven’t noticed any extra hair growth on my scalp but I did notice a change in my lashes. I feel like my lashes are a bit fuller.
I will keep using the treatment on my hair and lashes and see how it goes with more time.
Thanks for hanging out!