Rice Water for Long, Shiny Hair
Should I use rice water on my hair?
Although not many women have tried rice water on their hair yet, the anecdotal evidence surrounding its use is quite compelling. Since it is so cheap, readily available, and non-toxic, there is no harm in trying. Rice water has been used for centuries by Chinese women. The women of the Pan tribe who use rice water as their shampoo and conditioner, are world famous for the length and strength of their hair. Some of them have hair as long as 2 metres, and most have hair longer than 1 meter.
What is so special about rice water?
Rice contains inositol, a carbohydrate that can repair and protect damaged hair. It also contains saponins – very mild mild soapy substances, which result in a cleansing and conditioning effect on the hair. Rice water also contains amino acids which strengthen the hair from the roots. Specialised imaging revealed that these substances remain in the hair even after rinsing. So it can double up as a rudimentary leave-in conditioner in cases where you do not have access to products.
How to use it
To use rice water for your hair, wash your rice as you normally do. Let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Strain out that water and let it sit overnight. Use it as the final rinse after your usual wash routine. For added benefits, the Yao women boil it and cool again before using. This is to make the rice water ferment, but it is an optional step. Some individuals swear by using chilled rice water as an affordable toner, to help get rid of hyper-pigmentation and to brighten dull skin.
Have you tried rice water? Comment below and let us know how it worked for you.