Rice water is a treatment that has been causing quite a stir in recent months. This simple procedure promises miracles, but does it really work?
Rice has been used in beauty treatments for millennia. Records show that Japanese women have been using rice water in their beauty routines since 794, and certain groups of people in China continue to use rice water as part of their hair care regimen.
But, you probably heard about this new beauty fad on YouTube or TikTok. After Kourtney Kardashian revealed in Poosh that rice water is the secret of her sister Kim’s silky, shiny, long hair, rice water’s popularity has exploded. And, since then, it’s has become the hottest social media craze among beauty lovers.
Rice water a new favorite for many, and because it’s so accessible and easy to make, you can literally get it from your own kitchen. Here’s a recipe for making your own rice water, in case you want to try it out!
- 2 cups of drinking wáter
- 1/2 cup of white rice. Glutinous rice, A.K.A. sticky rice, supposedly gives better results.
Rice Water Recipe
- Rinse the rice with water to remove any dirt and impurities
- Place the rice in a bowl with the drinking water.
- Rub the rice with your fingers, carefully scrubbing each grain. This will help the nutrients get into the water. In the end, the water should be a whitish color.
- Strain the water into a saucepan, being sure to remove all the grains of rice.
- Add grapefruit peels, a little ginger, and a few drops of lavender oil.
- Boil the water for 15 minutes, stirring gently.
- Let the water cool and then transfer it to a container with a lid.
- The water must rest at room temperature for a minimum of 24 hours so that it can ferment. I prefer to let it sit for up to four days.
Now, to use the rice water in your beauty routine, follow these steps:
- One. Wash your hair. You must start with clean hair.
- Two. Use a spray bottle to dampen your hair with regular water.
- Three. Pour a little rice water into your roots and work it into your hair, from root to tip.
- Four. Massage your scalp gently to distribute the rice water evenly.
- Five. Remove any excess by lightly squeezing your hair.
- Six. Let your hair sit for 20 minutes.
- Seven. Rinse your hair.
- Eight. Let your hair air dry.
It’s easy to include this treatment in your beauty routine, but don’t do it daily. For best results, repeat only once or twice a week. In my opinion, it is best to do it only once a month.
So, is it true that this simple procedure really makes a difference in our hair?
Rice is rich in many nutrients: amino acids, inositol, vitamins B and E, minerals like zinc, magnesium, and antioxidants. So, it’s logical to think that these nutrients would get transferred to the rice water, and, then, to our hair. And that’s the theory behind this process: rice water helps our hair get stronger, and it also reduces hair loss, giving us healthier and more voluminous hair. That said, there is no evidence that rice water helps your hair grow.
I also want to add that while this treatment seems beneficial, not all hair is the same. For example, if you have hair with porous follicles, this treatment might actually be counterproductive. And, if you use too much rice water, it can make your hair greasier due to excess protein. Consult your dermatologist if you have any questions about what type of skin and scalp you have.
In conclusion, this treatment is safe and very easy to test. If you have time, I recommend giving it a try. Just remember that results may vary. The best way to get strong and healthy hair is to constantly take care of it through a personalized routine. What works for me may not be the best for you and vice versa!