“Rice water rinse” – that has become a new term that is taking over the curly-haired community. In fact, to call it new is actually invalid as this has been around for years, but is becoming more and more common presently.
So on the off chance that you have no idea what I’m talking about, a rice water rinse is using fermented rice water to rinse your hair after a shampoo + condition wash day. You then leave the rinse on for a while and then rinse it out before styling as usual.
Okay so that sounds easy enough but maybe you aren’t quite sold on why you would do this…
The benefits of a rice water rinse are:
- Rice is full of vitamins including B and C, which is helps with growth and strength
- The fermentation the rice water helps with the occurrence/reoccurrence of dandruff
- The antioxidants found within rice itself helps with shedding and helps combat free radicals that can weaken the scalp and hair
- Improves shine
Now the best part for me is that this is easy to make, inexpensive, and if nothing else, has helped my curls retain their spiral.
I did just upload a video to YouTube on how I make my rice water rinse at home and it is super easy! You can always check out the video on my YouTube or on the video tab above.What you’ll need:
What you’ll need:
– 1 cup of white rice
– A strainer
– An airtight jar
– Distilled Water
– Essential Oils (optional)
What you need to do:
– Rinse one cup of uncooked rice till the water comes out clear
– Add to the airtight jar (I personally use a small mason jar)
– Add 2-3 cups of water or however much fits in your jar
– Add 2-3 drops of essential oil, if desired (I use peppermint which helps stimulate growth but I have also used tea tree and lavender)
– Store in a dark area for at least 24 but no more than 48 (trust me…more than 48 and you’re doing a science experiment)
– Drain the rice out and save the water for use post-wash!
It is really that simple. And I have tested several different types of rice and found no advantage of one over another particularly. You can use inexpensive white rice or whatever you have laying around. I just do not recommend brown or wild rice.
This can be repeated weekly, though I only do it once a month. But please be careful because it can have a drying effect if overused.
Inquiring minds want to know… What “crazy” trend have you tried that has actually worked? Any particular trends you are interested in seeing put to the test?