Rice Water May Be The Age-Old Secret To Luscious Hair
We all want Rapunzel’s hair. Let’s admit that a teeny, tiny part of us desires gorgeous, envy-worthy hair. Actually, the secret to luscious, long hair may lie in your staple diet – or part of it anyway.
Rice water is an age-old ingredient that women used in their hair. Yao women from China kept their hair up to 6 feet long and washed it with a mixture of rice water. According to Vogue, their hair didn’t go grey until they were in their eighties.
Let’s see how great rice water really is for our hair. Hello, gorgeous locks, here we come!
Rice water may prevent hair breakage
According to Seventeen Magazine, amino acids and vitamins in rice water can strengthen the hair shaft and help it grow longer before it breaks. Plus, the vitamins B, C and E contained in rice water can prevent damage from heat styling. Rinsing with rice water meanwhile can untangle the knots in our hair and make it more manageable when combing, including less breakage.
How to make rice water?
1. Rinse uncooked rice to remove dirt and impurities
2. Place the rice in a bowl and cover it, let it soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
3. Knead the rice with your hands until the water turns cloudy. This helps the vitamins and amino acids diffuse into the water.
4. Strain out the rice and pour the water into a clean bottle.
The shelf life of rice water is about a week if you keep it refrigerated. Otherwise, rinse your hair with the bowl of rice water and you’ll see the difference in a week or so.
You can even massage rice water into your hair with conditioner, and leave it for 20 minutes or so, like a hair mask, and then rinse it off with regular water. Cheers to stronger, healthier, and more beautiful hair. Hey, let us know if you managed to grow it our up to 6ft long!