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If you’ve been looking for a video on rice water for your hair, you’ve come to the right place.
In today’s video we’ll be going over exactly what rice water is, what it can do for your hair, as well as give you practical advice on you how you can start using it as part of your hair care routine.
And hey, we’re also gonna tell you if it works for pattern baldness. Stay tuned.
0:28 – Intro
1:02 – Rice water as a hair growth stimulant
2:24 – How to make rice water
3:33 – How to use rice water
4:16 – Our verdict
5:25 – Outro
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So today we’ll be covering rice water and its potential use as a hair growth stimulant.
Firstly, what is rice water? Well, as the name suggests, it’s the water that’s left after you cook or soak rice.
Now historically, rice has actually been used to promote hair growth in some far East countries. And when you consider how just much rice they cultivate over there, it’s kind of where you’d expect the practice to have started from.
For example, around a thousand years ago in Japan, the ladies of the court were said to comb their hair with rice water. This practice was supposed to be responsible for their insanely long hair, which often grew to the floor.
Today, rice water is making a dynamic resurgence in Western popular culture.
You can now find hundreds of bloggers and YouTubers talking about rice water. And if you believe half of what some of these people are saying, this should be the best thing since sliced bread.
In line with this hype, there’s now loads of rice water products on the market. You have rice water shampoos (obviously), rice water hair spray, rice water hair rinse, you name it.
The good news is, rice water is about the easiest thing to make at home, so you don’t have to be spending your money on overpriced products. And if you believe the tradition about the Japanese court ladies, you want to be keeping it as organic as possible.
So there’s two ways of making rice water.
The first is by simply soaking rice in water. You can take half a cup of uncooked water, rinse it, and put it in a container with two or three cups of water. Leave it to soak in room temperature for 30 or 60 minutes, and voila, you have your rice water. Pretty simple, right?
Now a variation on this is to soak fermented rice, which many users swear by. The way to ferment rice water is to leave it for far longer than 30 or 60 minutes. Generally, people leave it for 24 hours or so.
Now the fermenting process might lead to the water having an odor, but you can add a drop of essential oils to mask this. The fermented rice water is strong, so it should best be diluted.
Regardless of whether you ferment the rice or not, you can use the rice water immediately or put it in the fridge for future use.
The other way to make rice water is by cooking rice. Just cook rice as you normally would. Maybe add just a bit more water than you normally would, but otherwise just cook the rice for as if you were going to eat it. After the rice is ready strain it, and save the water that’s left.
HOW TO USE IT
Now there are various ways to use rice water. One way is a pre-shampoo treatment, so before you use your regular shampoo apply the rice water.
But the way most people use this stuff is after they have shampooed with their regular shampoo. So after you’ve rinsed the shampoo out of your hair, you can pour the rice onto your hair, or spray it with a spray bottle. You can then leave it to sit for anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes before rinsing. Having said that, there are some people who don’t actually rinse it out. They just leave it to dry out. So that may also work for you.
There’s really no hard and fast rule with rice water. As you might have guessed by this point it’s not a hard science. So experiment, play around with it and see what works for you.
So it’s time to give our opinion on rice water. Is it a thumbs up or thumbs down? Guys, I hate to do it, but we’re gonna have to give this a thumbs down as a hair loss treatment. And for two basic reasons. Number 1, the evidence just isn’t there, and Number 2, we don’t see a convincing mechanism of action. On the face of it, rice water seems like a very unlikely candidate for stimulating hair growth. It’s made up predominantly of starchy carbohydrates, so it’s not a particularly rich source of micronutrients. We just find it hard to believe that such a simple, basic food can hold the keys to pattern hair loss.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.