• Bassma Al Jandaly, Editor In Chief

Rice water benefits for hair and skin

Using rice water to strengthen and beautify hair isn’t new. Women in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia have used rice water as a hair treatment for centuries. This hair and skin treatment and beauty method dates back to the ancient Heian period 794 to 1185 CE in Japan, when court ladies were known to have beautiful, long hair that draped to the floo and it well known that they use rice water for their hair. whileas, in the modern-day the story of floor-length hair woman can be found in China among the Yao women, who live in a village called Huangluo in China.


The Yao women also has kept the color of their hair for longer, which never turn gray even at the age of 80-years-old. The Yao women credit the length and color of their hair to the fact they wash it in fermented scented rice water. Nowadays, beauty product developers are using rice water in their products.

Rice water tightens your skin and improves the health of your hair, aids skin cell growth, and keeps your skin looking young and rejuvenated.


As we all know that rice water is the starchy water left over after rice is left to soak. This water is used to make the hair smooth and shiny, as well as help it grow faster. So let us look at the beauty benefits of rice water as hair treatments.


Yao women who have long hair use rice water regularly

One of the best parts about this beauty product is that it’s so easy to make.

All you need is rice and water. The “hardest” part of this beauty trend is actually remembering to take the rice water into your shower, and evenly applying it to your hair. But don’t worry, I figured out a great method you can try.

Rice water is the starchy water that remains after soaking or cooking rice.


Rice water looks like a milky liquid because it contain 75–80 percent starch. It is rich in minerals and vitamins and that makes even healthy to drink. Rice water contains inositol, a carbohydrate that repairs damaged hair as the inositol according to researchers that it stays in the hair even after the rice water is rinsed off, acting as a shield and protecting hair from damage. Rice water also contains amino acids that strengthen the hair roots, increase hair volume, and make your hair shiny and smooth.

Rice water contains: amino acids, minerals, antioxidants and itamins B, C, and E.


one can use either plain rice water or fermented rice water which is more effected.

Plain rice water’s pH is higher than hair’s pH. Fermentation brings down the pH levels of the rice water to that of the hair and helps close the cuticles, thereby protecting the hair.


During rice fermentation, a substance called ‘pitera’ forms in the rice water, and it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids. Pitera is known to promote cell regeneration and keep your skin and hair healthy. Fermenting rice water enhances vitamins and nutrients levels in the hair, which nourish hair follicles. It promotes healthy hair growth and improves the overall condition of the hair. Fermented rice water is acidic, and when you rinse your hair with it, it restores and balances the pH of your hair.


In order to make rice water one needs a cup of rice, one and half cup of water only. Rinse the rice once then soak the rice in drinking water for more than an hour or two. Then strain the rice and put the rice water in a container and cover it. Let the the rice water sit at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours then you can use it on your hair. Keep it on your hair till it dry then wash your hair as usual. You can use any kink of rice you like.

In order to make fermented rice water?

Use the normal way of making rice water then take the strained water add lemon or orange or grapefruit peel inside the water. boil the mixture and then leave it to be cold. Put it in container and leave it in room temperature from one week until two to three months the way yao woman do. Then you can apply it on your hair. Leave it on hair for an houre then wash it as usual. One can use rice water on hair twice a week.


The conclusion about the benefits of rice water for hair, all in all it improves hair growth and decrease hair fall due to the amino acids in rice water which help in the regeneration of hair and aid faster growth of your hair. also it reduce split ends

Rice water also improves hair texture and increases volume. It also increase surface friction and improves hair elasticity because it contains a carbohydrate called inositol that repairs damaged hair and protects hair in general.

Rice water is rich in amino acids which strengthen hair roots, add shine to hair, and make it smooth and silky. In addition to that it cures dandruff leaving your hair healthy and beautiful.

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