Soak your hair in rice water for soft, silky and shiny hair!

Here's how to use rice water to get gorgeous hair like the Asian women.

For centuries, Asian women have used rice water to beautify their face, hair and body. Traditionally female rice farmers in China, Japan and other South-east Asian countries used to bathe in the water used for cleaning rice. The women believed that the fermented rice water with which they used to clean their hair is what helped keep their hair long, dark and clean. It was rice water which helped them detangle and manage their long hair.

Rice water for healthy hair

The rice water contains a carbohydrate called inositol that is said to repair hair damage and also protect your hair from further damage. The inositol remains in your hair even after rinsing it so it continues to protect your hair. It also contains amino acids that can help strengthen your roots and add volume to your hair while making your hair soft and shiny. Plus, the fermented rice water can help balance the pH level of your hair, nourish your hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth [1]. Also, try these 5 DIY hair masks for all your hair problems.

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Shillong-based beauty expert Dafimon Lyngdoh tells you how to do a rice water soak.

  • You can use any rice. First, rinse the rice well to get rid of the dirt, pesticides and other things. You surely do not want any of it on your hair.
  • In one cup of rice, add four cups of water, cover it with a clean wrap and leave it overnight.
  • The next day, transfer the water in a bucket and pour the water all over your hair from the top of your hair and down to the bottom part of your hair. Soak the bottom ends of your hair in the rice water. Leave the rice water on your hair for 30 minutes.
  • Then just wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Your hair will be silkier, smoother and shinier, immediately after the wash. Get frizz-free hair with these simple DIY tips.


[1] Gavazzoni Dias, M. F. R. (2015). Hair Cosmetics: An Overview. International Journal of Trichology, 7(1), 2 15.

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