Do you know how to cook rice? First you soak it in water and then strain it? Well, the next time, do not throw the water away because it works wonders on your hair.
Rice water is the starchy water left over after rice is cooked or left to soak. It is thought to make the hair smooth and shiny, as well as help it grow faster.
Our article looks at the beauty benefits of rice water and its recipes for hair treatments.
Advocates of using rice water for hair believe it:
- Detangles the hair
- makes hair smoother
- increases shine
- makes hair stronger
- helps hair grow long
Here is how to make this cheap and easy ancient hair wash:
To make rice water, first rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.
Then, place the rice in a bowl and cover with water. Let the rice soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Swirl it around or lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair and skin.
Now strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Your rice water is ready to use. This is a quick method to make rice water.
Method to wash hair
- Wash hair with shampoo
- Rinse thoroughly with water
- Pour rice water onto their hair
- Massage the rice water into the hair and scalp
- Leave on for up to 20 minutes
- Rinse hair thoroughly using warm water
Some rice water advocates claim fermented rice water has more benefits than plain rice water.
To ferment rice water, follow steps 1–4 of the soaking method. Before straining, leave the rice water to stand at room temperature for up to 2 days, allowing it to ferment. Strain the rice water into a clean bowl before use.
Another way to make rice water is by boiling the rice.
Cover ½ cup of rice with double the water typically used for cooking. Cook the rice in boiling water and strain the rice water into a clean bowl before use.
You can also use rice water in place of your regular shampoo. Here is how to make natural rice water shampoo.
1 cup organic rice (any type of rice)
2 cups of warm water
1 chamomile tea (for blonde)
1 cup shikakai tea (for dark hair)
1/4 cup aloe vera juice or its pulp’s paste
25 drops of Lavender essential oil
1 cup liquid castile soap
How to make shampoo- Instruction
Put rice in a container and rinse to remove dirt and other toxins. Only clean water should be used to rinse the rice, water that is without any chemicals.
Stir first after adding warm water before covering with a lid. In measurements, proportions are not that precise. It all depends upon the amount of water and rice used. Allow 30 minutes for the water to soak. Ensure that you swirl in order to penetrate the vitamins and minerals and have a healthy rinse.
Strain the water and place the rice in a clean bowl. Let it sit at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours until it ferments (turn slightly sour). Typically, this duration will depend on how warm the room is. When the room is warmer, it will be quicker. You may also keep fermentation time to a minimum by allowing the rice to sit in the water then strain once fermented.
You may add castile soap, chamomile/shikakai tea, aloe vera, and drops of lavender oil for better aroma and enhanced benefits. Your shampoo is ready.
Note- To obtain its optimum benefit, it must be used in 5 – 6 days. It is not necessary to wash your hair every day, two times a week will be enough.
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