Hi lovelies! It’s the middle of January already but HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I know i’m late to the party but it’s all with good intentions.. I’ve been planning too many DIYS to launch the new blog year and I just want it to be perfect so let’s do this okay?!
Today’s post however is almost unbelievable! I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on this all this time.. What I’m talking about is *drum roll* Rice water rinse!
If you follow me on Instagram @naturalgirlonabudget, you’ll know I recently just wore my hair in a sleek low bun and that involved a lot of geling cause my hair is medium length so I had to wash it.. I wanted to try something new this time and my sister had suggested the Rice water rinse on my last wash day so I decided to do some research.
Rice water has inositol, a carbohydrate, that can repair damaged hair, as well as protect it from damage. Specialized imaging technique shows that inositol stays inside the hair even after rinsing, offering continuing hair protection and beautifying effects.
So, Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will improve manageability and protect it from future damage. In addition, the amino acids in the rice water strengthens the hair roots, add volume and shine and makes hair silky smooth.
Apparently, Asian women have been using rice water for their hair and skin for centuries. A 2010 study focused on Japanese women who used rice water found that it improved the condition of the hair’s elasticity. So if you are looking for an all natural way to strengthen your hair, the amino acids, vitamin E and minerals in fermented rice water may just do the trick.
Washing or rinsing your hair with fermented rice water may be better than rinsing with unfermented or plain rice water. Fermentation lowers the pH of the liquid, and this is similar to our hair’s pH, which is also on the lower side (slightly acidic). So, this slightly acidic pH plus the added nutrients through the fermentation process help restore hair’s pH balance, nourish hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth, and improve overall condition of hair. So of course I had to incorporate it to my wash day! Here’s what I did:
Step #1: Rinse your rice
Rinse off your rice to remove any dirt or impurities.
Step #2: Boil two cups of water
Add rice to boiling water and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Swirl throughout this process until the water looks a little cloudy.
Step #3: Strain out the rice.
Strain the rice out and place the water in a clean bowl or jar. You can stop here if you wish and just use the rice water once it has cooled but, it will not have all the enhanced vitamins that fermented rice water has! I went ahead to properly cook my rice to eat but it’s up to you..
Step #4: Ferment.
Let the rice water sit in the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours. I left mine for a day.
Step 5: Stop the Fermentation Process. Once you are done fermenting the rice water, you are going to pour it back into a pot and boil it.
Step 6: Dilute the Rice Water.
Once you are done boiling place the rice water into a large bowl. Then dilute it by adding a couple of cups of water. Rice water on its own is too potent.
Step 7: Let it cool then use!
After the mix has cooled it is ready for use. You can add a few drops of essential oil or use alone. On freshly washed hair, add the rice water to your hair and scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse out.
You can store your rice water in the fridge for up to a week to use continuously.
Well I can’t tell of any immediate effect except some shine and softness to my hair but I know that continuous usage will do a lot of good to my hair therefore I’m going to incorporate this into my regimen. I mean I and many other people eat rice a lot so if you ask me, it’s one of the most affordable DIY hair care products..
Rice water is also used in skin care as a toner of some sort. I’m willing to try this out too. What about you? Is rice water rinse something you’ll try on your hair? Let me know your thoughts..
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See you in my next post.. Ella.