Those who have eaten rice seem to have a lot of good things to say about it. After all, it’s a staple food for almost half of the world’s population. But let’s face it, there are more benefits to derive from rice – benefits that go beyond dietary values. For instance, did you know that fermented rice water shampoo can work miracles for hair and skin?
It’s a proven fact that this natural shampoo can add softness and shine to hair. It has been used for centuries by Asian women and it doesn’t come as a surprise that Asian women have some of the longest hair. Fermented rice water shampoo is rich in vitamin B, vitamin E, antioxidants, minerals, and contains traces of pitera which promotes cell regeneration for young and beautiful skin. The best news is that you can make it right in the comfort of your home and spend next to nothing. This article shows how and outlines the benefits you get. So, let’s get started!
HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER SHAMPOO
Making this natural shampoo sounds as simple as collecting water used to rinse rice, right? Actually, you need to get the right mix and spice things up by adding some little extras. Below are the ingredients you need:
* 1 cup organic rice (whatever kind of rice you have in your possession)
* 2 cups of warm water
* 1 chamomile tea (fantastic for blonde hair)
* 1 cup shikakai tea (wonderful for women with dark hair)
* 1/4 cup aloe vera juice (which aids with thickening of hair and helps with hair loss)
* 1 cup liquid castile soap (good for skin)
* Lavender oil (fragrance)
Step 1 – Put rice in a bowl and rinse to remove dirt and other impurities. It’s important to use clean, filtered water that doesn’t contain chemicals or other impurities.
Step 2 – Add warm water, stir and cover the bowl with a lid. Note that the proportions are not that accurate. It all depends on the amount of rice and water used. You should let the rice soak for about 30 mins. Swirl to help minerals and vitamins seep in for a more nourishing rinse.
Step 3 – Strain the water into a clean bowl. Allow it to sit at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours until it ferments (turn slightly sour). Generally, this duration will depend on how warm the room is. A warmer room makes the fermentation process faster. You can also keep fermentation time to a minimum by allowing the rice to sit in the water then strain once fermented.
Step 4 – Some people choose to bring the fermented rice water to a boil. However, you can choose not to boil since everyone hair is different. But you can try both techniques to see which one works best for your hair. Add castile soap, chamomile/shikakai tea, aloe vera, and drops of lavender oil before use to enhance the benefits and add fragrance.
Alternatively you can use cooked rice and then strain the water. Well, in this process, you’ll need to use more water than normal. Use the excess water that remains once the rice is fully cooked. Compared to uncooked rice, this water will be quite concentrated. That said, you need to dilute and let it stay covered to ferment.
Note: Fermented rice water has no preservatives. This means that it won’t last more than a week even when stored in a fridge. A good rule of the thumb is to use it during the first 5 to 6 days.
Making Rice water is explained in this video
How to Use Fermented Rice Water Shampoo for Hair and Skin
It’s advised to apply fermented rice water to damp hair. After wetting your hair with plain water, pour the rice water on the hair then gently massage the hair and scalp. Leave for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly with plain water. Use twice a week for better results.
Alternatively, you can use as a complete substitute for your regular shampoo. In this case, you may add some rice flour for enhanced cleansing power.
Note: Results are more evident after 3 to 4 weeks of use. The use of a blow dryer after washing the hair isn’t recommended. Instead, leave the hair to dry naturally.
Benefits of Fermented Rice Water Shampoo for Hair
Fermented rice water shampoo has amazing benefits to offer, both for the hair and skin. These benefits are proven by modern science so you can use with confidence.
1. Promotes Hair Growth
Amino acids and vitamins contained in rice water help in hair regeneration. It also decreases hair fall.
2. Reduces Split Ends
Let’s be honest; split ends can make your hair look unhealthy. Well, rice water contains plenty of proteins that keep split ends to a minimum. Achieve this by soaking split ends.
3. Great Hair Rinse
Using rice water as a hair rinse after shampooing is a good alternative to using a conditioner. It adds volume to the hair and improves texture. Furthermore, it makes the hair strong, smooth, and healthy.
4. Strengthens Hair Roots
As said earlier on, rice water is rich in amino acids. This is responsible for strengthening the roots, adding shine, and making the hair look and feel silky smooth.
5. Protects Hair from Damage
Fermented rice water shampoo reduces surface friction responsible for improving hair elasticity. This makes de-tangling and combing hair much easier. The result is less hair breakage most beneficial to those with long or curly hair. It also contains inositol, a substance that repairs damaged hair. This substance remains in the hair even after washing. This offers continued hair protection.
6. Cures Dandruff
Regular use of fermented rice water helps get rid of dandruff. It saves you the embarrassment of an irritating or itchy scalp.
7. Gets Rid of Lice
The starch present in rice water gets rid of lice instantly. In fact, it is a good solution for lice control before the problem spreads and gets worse.
Apart from the hair, rice water also offers amazing benefits to the skin. It’s a good moisturizer and effective ointment for cooling off inflamed skin. It leaves the skin soft, smooth, and radiant.
Don’t feel like making it yourself? You can try this premade Fermented Rice Water Conditioning and Detangling Shampoo
As you can see, fermented rice water shampoo is excellent for your hair in every possible way. It’s economical, safe, natural, and with no side effects. In fact, it’s one of the best natural shampoos for improving the condition of your hair and skin in a healthier manner. If you want to know the history of how to make rice water for hair then visit indie nikole article.
*We are not doctors. This information has not been certified by the FDA. This article is purely informational and is not intended to treat or cure any diseases and/or ailments. As with anything, if you have a negative reaction discontinue use.