Today I’m going to be talking about rice water. Everyone has been raving about the rice water challenge and saying that it works. So, I’m going to try it and come back to you all with my results. But first, you know I have to come to you with a little bit of research. Have a seat, class is in session.
What is rice water?
You may think that rice water is exactly what it sounds like, rice….with some water. Like duh. And you would be…. kind of correct.
According to Medical News Today rice water is,
“Rice water is the starchy water left over after rice is cooked or left to soak.”
Rice water has been used in the Asian community for centuries for hair growth! Medical News Today and the International Journal of Cosmetic Science stated that this practice dates back to the Heian period which is approximately the late 700s to the late 1100s CE (common era).
Benefits of rice water?
The number one benefit that you may be reading this post for is …hair growth. Hair growth is indeed one of the said benefits of rice water. More benefits from Medical News Today include
- Smoother hair
- Shinier hair
- Stronger hair
- Ease of detangling hair
- It was extremely difficult to find hard evidence of the benefits of rice water on the internet outside of other blogs. Scientific evidence that proves that rice water really works is almost non-existent. Because of that I don’t know for sure if this will work or not.
Rice water is also believed to have beauty benefits. This includes shrinking pores and acting as a natural toner. The idea of me going to my cabinet every time I run out of toner is priceless. I already go to my fridge when I don’t have a deep conditioner on hand (don’t sleep on the egg and mayonnaise sis).
How do you make rice water?
Since we know that rice water is the water left over after rice has been cooked or soaked, we know that we have to do one or the other to begin the process. Medical News Today suggests using double the water you would use to cook the rice. The directions to cook rice is usually 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice, so if we use 1 cup of rice we would use 4 cups of water. I personally wouldn’t use that much rice. 1/2 cup of rice sounds better and I don’t know if you can use this rice after you soak it, so let’s not waste food.
If you’ve researched rice water or watched YouTube you may have seen that people let the rice water sit for hours and days. This process is called fermenting.
“Fermentation is the process in which a substance breaks down into a simpler substance.”
Merriam- Webster provides this definition,
“An enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound.”
I am not a biology person so to avoid saying something stupid, I’m going to say that something scientific happens when the rice water sits for hours or days. This process claims to provide more benefits to your hair than just adding water to rice and using it immediately.
How to implement rice water in your hair regimen?
From what I have researched, rice water takes the place of a deep conditioner. What I mean is, I would usually wash my hair, conditioner my hair and THEN deep condition. For the rice water process, instead of deep conditioning after you rinse out the conditioner, you would put the rice water in your hair and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Similar to how you would apply a deep conditioner and let it sit. Make sense?
How I’ll be using rice water
As I mentioned before, it was hard to determine if rice water has been scientifically proven to promote hair growth so I am doing this at my own risk. I will be using the fermentation method and letting my rice sit in a mason jar for a couple of days starting today (January 8, 2019). As a result my wash day will be postponed so that I can use the rice water this week.
I’m going to use it after I rinse out my conditioner, put it in a spray bottle, massage it in, and leave it on my hair for about 30 minutes. I’m going to try to do this 3 times over the span of 30 days to see if there’s a difference in length, how my hair feels, and how my hair looks.
I wonder if the type of rice matters. What if I used brown rice, success rice or parboiled rice?
Have you tried rice water? What were your results? Are you interested in seeing what my results will be? Leave a comment below and let me know. I want to hear from you!
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