Rice Water – Hair Rinsing Benefits

Rice Water – Hair Rinsing Benefits



I have naturally kinky hair and when I find products and or practices that will make managing my hair easier, promote stronger strands, and retain length naturally, I’m willing to give it a try. I came across two types of D.I.Y. hair rinse that only used two ingredients to make; Rice Water rinse and Tea rinse. Today I will tell you the benefits, how to make, and how to use the Rice Water rinse.

I first came across hair rinse from a YouTube channel and used the method that was shown which was the fermented rice water rinse method. Only after I tried the fermented method (with unknown mistakes at the time), I desperately searched for other ways to make the rice water rinse so that I could reap the benefits.

During my search (again on YouTube) I saw that there were actually a total of 3 ways to make a rice water rinse. Fermented (the method I’ve tried…again with unknown mistakes), Washed, and Boiled; all producing similar, if not the same, benefits.

  1. The Washed method is the process of 1) rinsing the rice with water to remove any possible debris. 2) placing the rinsed rice into a container and adding enough warm water to cover. 3) letting the rice & water sit for about 30-45 minutes or until the water gets cloudy. 4) straining the water from the rice and then applying it to the hair & scalp.
  2. The Fermented method is the process of using the steps taken in the washed method but after straining the water from the rice, you will then store the rice water in an air tight container until the water starts to ferment – become sour to taste/smell; approximately 2-3 days. Once the rice has been fermented, you can then apply it to your hair & scalp. *The warmer the stored location, the faster the fermentation process. Tip: Boil the fermented rice water to stop the fermentation process if you want to store it for later use (a mistake I made the 1st time around…smh).
  3. The Boiled method is the process of boiling rice as you would normally do when cooking a pot of rice (hold the salt and or butter…lol). When the rice begins to boil, strain the water from the rice and let it cool before applying it to your hair & scalp.

Tips: Store remaining rice water, if any, in the fridge for later use; Good for 3-4 days. Add water to the concentrated rice water if needed for individual hair volume, hair length, and/or to dilute the pungent smell of the fermented rice water.

The Benefits of using either one of these methods on your hair & scalp:

  • Contains about 16% protein (can be used as a protein treatment)
  • Contains Inositol – A water-soluble carbohydrate; grouped with B Vitamins
    • Increases hair elasticity, making hair strands flexible and defines your curl pattern.
    • Decreases hair surface friction – smooths the surface of hair strands preventing tangles & knots.
    • Has the ability to remain in the hair strands even after it is rinsed out. benefits.
    • Repairs damaged hair & protects hair from future damage.
    • Strengthens hair strands from the roots.
    • Adds Sheen
    • Promotes healthy hair growth

After experimenting with making Rice Water, I prefer to use the boiled method. I feel that I get more protein released into the water when its boiled out of the rice opposed to the washed method. I like that the boiled method allows me to use it the same day (within an hour or two) after its made unlike the fermented method, where you have to wait a minimum of 24 hours.

Applying the Rice Water rinse

After Shampooing/Co-washing – removing any product buildup – you want to evenly distribute the room temperature rice water to your hair and scalp.

  • Massage the rice water into your scalp using the pads of your fingers in a circular motion.
  • Cover your hair with a plastic bag/cap and let the rice water sit on your hair for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse hair thoroughly.
  • Optional: apply a conditioner of your choice and rinse it out thoroughly.
  • Style hair as usual.

The Rice Water rinse should be used as often as you would use any other protein treatment as no one persons hair is the same in damage, strength, and tolerance. *Protein treatments, if done too often, can cause a protein overload which can result in hair breakage.

Thanks For Reading! ♥