Rice water contains high levels of starch, which acts as a thickening agent when massaged into the scalp and strands of hair. This starch also seals the cuticle of the hair, which makes it shinier and defends it against damage and split ends. In addition, rice water fights frizz as well as softening the hair strands.
Complementing the strengthening qualities, it can also help hair growth. Rice water helps remove particle build up on the scalp, rinsing all impurities out of the hair without stripping it of its natural moisture. This allows for the scalp to strengthen and cleanse and subsequently leads to hair growth from the roots at a faster rate. Though it may seem like a recent trend, rice water and its use has been Asia’s best kept beauty secret for centuries and its benefits undeniable. To get the full benefits of rice water, a DIY hair rinse would be recommended with the step-by step guide below:
Step 1: Rinse and strain your rice to remove any dirt or impurities.
Step 2: Mix the strained rice with water until the water becomes cloudy.
Step 3: Soak the water in the rice and let it sit at room temperature for up to 24 hours to allow it to ferment.
Step 4: Strain the rice and store the water.
Step 5: Shampoo your hair.
Step 6: Apply the rice water to your hair as a hair rinse and massage the rice water into your scalp and strands.
Step 7: Leave the rice water on your hair for up to 20 minutes. We suggest not leaving rice water on longer for 20 minutes so as not to cause irritation.
Step 8: Finish with conditioner.
*Time-tested for many generations. Benefits of rice water have been well documented.
*Time consuming (Need to clean the rice, let the rice water ferment before rinsing with it).
This was one of the biggest reasons Kamicha Beauty created our hair oil. We wanted to create a hair care solution that included all the powerful ingredients known for healthy and vibrant hair and wrap it around simplicity.