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Rice Water for Hair: Benefits & How to use

Rice is one of the staples in Asian diet which is said to have the highest nutritional value. Rice water for hair has been used for ages in Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian culture to strengthen hair. Made from soaking or cooking rice grains and water, it is an excellent soothing and nourishing agent for our hair and skin. 

What exactly is rice water? It is the starchy water left over when the rice is cooked or soaked. This leftover rice water is full of healthy compounds such as amino acids, B vitamins, Vitamin E, minerals and antioxidants that may help to make hair stronger, give shine and keep them nourished.

Can rice water improve scalp and hair health?

Rice water is a well-known practice and potentially possesses the benefits to nourish hair and scalp. The high amount of starch present in rice helps to strengthen hair. Not only that, using rice water for hair in regime helps improve texture over time, it is known to nourish the scalp with amino acids and vitamins that leads to healthy hair. This may also make your hair manageable and improve appearance by inducing all possible benefits. Vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and starch present in rice are key to hair health.

According to the research, rice water may improve hair health, reduce surface friction and increase hair elasticity simply by rinsing your hair. Hence, it might be good for hair and scalp health depending on individuals' concerns.

How is rice water used to stop hair fall & make it strong?

Rice water can be used in many ways. But the best way to use rice water for hair fall and making your hair stronger and healthier is as a conditioner. It contains a carbohydrate known as inositol which repairs damaged hair, protects from further damage and improves hair strength as well. 

How to use rice water for hair? Take ½ cup of rice with 1 cup of water, cook the rice and strain rice water. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and rinse with water thoroughly. Pour rice water onto the scalp, massage your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then wash off with tap running water. 

Other benefits of rice water for hair

  • Boosts hydration
    The vitamin E present in rice water helps to provide hydration to hair and scalp. The high quantity of vitamins and minerals helps to make your hair healthy and nourished over time.
  • Makes hair shiny and smooth
    Due to the presence of amino acids and Vitamin E in rice water, it makes your hair shiny and smooth by reducing frizziness and dullness. Rice water may also help to improve hair appearance and minimize split ends.
  • Detangles hair
    It is believed that using rice water for hair may make the strands considerably manageable. Rice water is known to improve elasticity, and eventually helps with strong, shiny and smooth hair over time. Thereby, it makes it easy to detangle and prevents hair breakage as well.
  • Calms irritation
    As per a study, 70-85% presence of starch in rice water helps improve damaged hair of an individual that causes irritation and redness. Therefore, rice water is also believed to soothe inflammation of the scalp but make sure to not overuse it.
  • Potentially helps with hair growth
    Rice water's ability to promote hair growth depends upon the effects on the scalp. Antioxidants present in rice water help to nourish hair follicles and repair damaged cells. This may promote healthy hair over time by providing a supportive environment to grow. It is believed that rice water helps to nourish the scalp and promotes growth of quality hair. However, it completely depends upon individual concern and scalp condition.

Different ways to use rice water for hair 

There are a couple of ways to use rice water for hair. Few of them are-

  • Hair mask 
    Cleanse and rinse your hair thoroughly with a mild shampoo. Then, add a few drops of  jojoba oil to rice water, apply and massage hair and scalp gently. Let it stay for 15 minutes then rinse your hair thoroughly with plain water.
  • Hair spray
    You can also spray fresh rice water on your hair regularly to condition your hair. Make sure to spray it on clean hair, don't overdo it and use fresh rice water only.
  • Last rinse
    After you shampoo and condition your hair, use it as a last rinse. Pour rinse water onto your hair and scalp and massage gently into the scalp as well as each strand of hair thoroughly. Stay it for 5 minutes then rinse off. 
  • Pre-conditioner 
    After shampooing your hair, use rice water as a conditioner. For this, pour rice water onto your hair and scalp, and massage gently. Keep it for a few minutes in your hair and thoroughly rinse with water.

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Our Cold-processed organic soap is a multi-purpose bar handmade for face, body and hair. This soap is made using fresh rice water enriched with hydrating and nourishing properties for your hair and scalp. As a shampoo bar for hair, it helps to promote healthier and nourished hair. This also helps to improve blood circulation, hydrate the scalp and give a natural sheen to the strands.

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  • Are there any disadvantages to using rice water?
    Using it often can lead to rice water buildup on hair and scalp. Also, keeping it for too long can lead to protein overload and thereby hair breakage. We recommend starting with 5 minutes gradually increasing the time to 15 minutes. However, in case of a sensitive scalp, we recommend taking professional advice.
  • How often should I use rice water?
    You can use it twice a week depending upon your scalp type and concerns. 
  • How long can I store rice water?
    You can store it for upto 24 hours in the refrigerator. However, it would be better to use fresh rice water every time while using it for your hair.
  • When should I use rice water for hair?
    If you have dry, damaged and dull hair you can use it. However, there might be other reasons for having damaged hair. That's why it’s advisable to take professional advice.