Although the hack of using rice water for hair care may seem frivolous, it has long been known to possess the power to nourish the hair and scalp. When Kim Kardashian declared her DIY concoction of rice water for long and thick hair, the Internet obviously went into a frenzy! The starch in rice water can help to strengthen hair. Not just that, by washing the scalp with rice water, it is possible to infuse the skin with vitamins and amino acids that would ultimately lead to healthy hair. Using rice water may potentially increase the manageability and appearance of your hair. So, should you be now saving rice water from your next meal prep for an after-dinner beauty treatment? We tell you how to rejuvenate your hair with the simple process of making and using a rice water rinse.
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How To Make Rice Water For Hair?
Clean Your Rice
It is important that you clean the rice to get rid of any dirt or impurities; they can ruin the rice water otherwise. Rinse and strain your rice until the water runs clear.
Mix Rice With Water
Mix the strained rice into a bowl with water and stir until the water becomes cloudy. Let it sit for at least an hour, up to 24 hours to allow fermentation so all of the nutrients can be extracted into the water.
Apply It On Your Hair
Firstly, wash your hair with shampoo and rinse as normal. Take the rice water and massage it into your hair and scalp. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes to an hour.
Wash It Off
Wash off and rinse your hair normally with cold water. You can even store unused rice water in the refrigerator for up to a week. Shake it well before using. You can always save the extra in the fridge for next time.
Precautions To Take While Using Rice Water
Rice water is safe for all hair types, including colour-treated hair. Since rice water is so mild, it can be used across all skin and hair types. However, there is one thing you need to be careful about. Smell your batch of rice water before using it every single time. When a sour smell appears, it is time to discard it and make a fresh batch.
Although the magical properties of rice water seem endless, there is one thing to look out for. Be sure to rinse off the rice water thoroughly, and not overdo it, as the abundance of protein in the water may actually dry out your hair. Begin by only using the rice water twice a week and monitoring how your hair feels.
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