A bowl of rice is a metaphor for satisfaction, and contentment. Extending this further, a glass of rice water is a metaphor for gorgeous hair. Yes, fermented rice water or the starched liquid resulting from the boiling of the rice, has been the secret to gorgeous hair since 800 AD. Even more so, a Japanese village called as ‘Long Hair Village’ is known for the women’s floor-sweeping hair tumbling down stunningly. When interviewed, these women declared that they regularly wash their hair with rice water. If you too feel like your hair are in need of a dose of conditioning, see how you can use the rice water for growing hair just like these Japanese women.
How to Make Rice Water?
Rice water is best to use once in a week or two. To prepare it, whenever you are cooking rice, put some extra water before boiling. Then, when the rice is boiled, filter out the excess liquid and store in a bottle when cooled. This milky, turbid liquid is the rice water or should we say, your natural shampoo from now on.
Why Rice Water is Good for Hair?
The biggest reason is of course the starch that rice water contains. Starch is a natural moisturizing substance. Apart from this, the milky liquid holds following properties that promote hair growth.
1. Reduction of Surface Friction
If you’ve got your hair straightened from a saloon, you must have noticed that after quite a few days, they start springing back to their original position. While this might be the curls in your hair that are dancing, the problem can also be elasticity. Dry hair tends to have less elasticity as compared to nourished. Rice water is known to lower the surface friction and hence, increase the elasticity of the hair.
Comprising of Vitamin B, C and E, the rich anti-oxidative properties of the rice water ensure that your hair have a strong and long life irrespective of your ageing. It also increases blood circulation in the roots of the hair which leads to color retention.
Inositol is a carbohydrate contained in the starched water. It is said to stick to the hair roots even after rinsing them several times. Therefore, it acts as a long-term protection layer for your hair.
4. Amino Acids
Amino acids supply the hair with ample amount of proteins that reach the roots to nourish and strengthen the hair. Maybe this is why, those Japanese women have such long hair.
Pitera is another anti-oxidant responsible for cell regeneration and anti-aging. If you experience frequent hair fall, rice water is excellent for you.
Best Way to Use Rice Water for Hair
Though normal rice water is as good as fermented, fermented is still preferred by the nutritionists as its pH level is same as that of our hair. For this, simply leave the rice water at room temperature for a day or two and then use it. If you are using it as a shampoo, try adding essential oils for smooth, glossy hair. Rosemary, lavender, peppermint and chamomile are great.
Last but not the least, if you are using rice water for your hair; make sure that you use it once in a week regularly for a few weeks. And then whether you are a fan of Rapunzel or of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine, you will get the hair you’ve always wanted!