- Who are the Yao women?
- The secret to growing the longest hair in the world
- Benefits of rice water
- How to use rice water for hair
There’s been a growing interest in natural beauty products for some time now, with the likes of honey, olive and coconut oil replacing conventional haircare. As we take a less chemical approach to maintaining the health of our hair and skin, the search for natural alternatives has taken the beauty pack to the Yao women of Asia, where they owe their famously long hair to a very natural method.
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Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in November 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in October 2018.
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Who are the Yao women?
The ancient Chinese village of Huangluo is actually nicknamed the ‘Long Hair Village’, as the Yao women in this autonomous region of Guangxi are known for their long, grey-less, shiny hair.
Most women in this area have hair longer than 1.4 metres, and have even made an appearance in the Guinness Book of Records.
For the Yao people, their long hair is their most prized possession, believing that long hair symbolises prosperity, longevity, wealth and good fortune. They wear their hair in different styles to represent landmarks in their life, such as marriage.
Yao women only cut their hair once in a lifetime, aged 18. The hair is gifted to a grandmother, and then returned to the girl after she is married to wear alongside her own hair, as a hairpiece - Some may say this was the original hair extension!
So, what's their secret to Rapunzel-esque long locks?
The secret to growing the longest hair in the world
Fermented rice water - yes really! Yao women have been using rice water for hair for years. (Rice water is the misty coloured liquid left from boiling rice, and fermenting it makes it even more beneficial for hair).
It’s been the Yoa women's secret - as well as imperial princesses in the East - to long hair since ancient times.
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Benefits of rice water
It turns out that murky, white liquid we pour down the drain after cooking rice is full of beneficial nutrients. Rice water can benefit hair in the following ways:
Encourages hair growth
In order for hair to grow, it needs nourishment. Amino acids are extremely important for hair growth as 18 of them are needed for the production of the protein, keratin, which requires 18 different types of amino acids.
Rice water contains an impressive 8 amino acids, so it's easy to see why it's so beneficial for hair growth.
Amino acids aside, rice water also contains Vitamins B - needed for strong hair - C - needed to produce sebum which keeps the scalp moisturised - and E - prevents hair loss.
Prevents split endsThe hefty amount of amino acids in rice water give your hair not just the best chance of growth, but also strength. The stronger and healthier your hair, the less likely it is to get split ends - another reason to use rice water for hair!
Makes hair shiny
Vitamin E is also extremely beneficial for the appearance of your hair. It's known to turn frizzy and damaged masses of hair into slick, sleek and shiny, healthy locks.
Dandruff can be caused by anything from stress to Parkinson's disease. Whilst it won't cause you any harm, it can be uncomfortable, and embarrassing too.
Fermenting rice water then using it on your hair could prove to be an effective way of managing it. Fermented rice water can fight the fungi which causes dandruff, and rid you off those white flakes.
Protects hair from damage
Inositol is a pretty special nutrient. This carbohydrate can both remedy and prevent damage to hair, by increasing elasticity and reducing surface friction.
Whether you use styling tools regularly, dye your hair or get perms, inositol could really help get it healthy again. Best of all, it needn't cost you a fortune - you can find it in rice water.
How to use rice water for hair
Want to get hair as long as the Yao women? Here's how to make your very own rice water or fermented rice water (even more nutritional) hair wash:
Rice water wash
- Place a tumbler full of rice in a large amount of boiling water.
- Boil the rice until cooked - you can use this for dinner!
- Strain the excess water which should be cloudy in colour.
- Wait until it's cooled to a comfortable temperature, then add a few optional drops of your favourite essential oils.
- Shampoo your hair before pouring the rice water over it. Leave for at least 15 minutes whilst gently massaging your hair.
- Rinse with cool water.
Fermented rice water wash
- Rinse a cup of rice to get rid of any dirt.
- Place in a bowl and cover with water for 15 minutes - stirring occasionally.
- Strain the water into a plastic bottle.
- Leave it at room temperature for a day or until it turns slightly sour and starts to ferment.
- Pour into a pan, boil it then allow to cool.
- Add a few optional drops of tea tree, lavender or rosemary essential oils.
- Use the water as an alternative to shampoo by gently massaging it into your scalp and through the length of your hair.
- Rinse thoroughly.
How many times should you wash your hair with rice water?
If you want to reap the benefits of rice water, you need to stick at it! Thicker, shinier and more voluminous hair won't happen overnight and you'll need to use rice water regularly to really see a difference.
Try and make a habit of using rice water to wash your hair - rice is an extremely cheap and healthy food source, so this shouldn't be too much of a problem! Three or more times a week is desirable.
The longest hair in the World
According to the Guinness Book Of Records, Xie Quiping currently has the longest hair in the World. With 5.627 metres of long locks, she's somewhat of a real-life Repunzel. The record was set in 2004, when Quiping had been growing her hair for a total of 45 years!
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Hi, I love your tips site, it's brilliant. But i'm really sorry to disappoint you... it's impossible for any remedy anywhere to make your hair grow longer. In the same way that no remedy could make you grow any taller or give you longer fingers or a longer nose. It's scientifically impossible. I don't doubt that the quality of the hair is significantly affected by their techniques but they owe the LENGTH of it to their genes. Here's how it works... The hair growth cycle is in 3 stages... Anagen, Catagen & Telogen. The 1st one, Anagen is the phase during which the hair is actively growing, by cell division within the base of the follicle (-little tube like structure that holds the developing hair root & joins it to the blood supply). This stage lasts between approx. 2-12 yrs, & around 80% of the hairs on one's head are in this phase at any one time. These hairs are attached to the blood supply & are actively growing - these are the hairs that hurt when you pull them out. After a genetically predetermined length of time each hair drops out of anagen & goes through the next 2 phases Catagen & telogen, during which the hair stops growing & the follicle detaches from the blood supply preventing any further growth & then has a bit of a rest & the hair comes away - these are the hairs in your brush/plughole. And then after about 3 wks the follicle rejoins the blood supply & the whole process starts again. (balding is due to the follicle not reattaching & then shrivelling up & dying instead) When people have a traumatic event & all their hair falls out its because the shock caused all the hairs that were in the anagen phase to suddenly drop into catagen & telogen... so no hairs are left that are attached to the blood supply & they all just fall out in the brush. So regarding how long the hair can grow... People whose anagen phase lasts over a decade will grow very long hair (at approx. 1/2 an inch a month, in 12yrs each hair will have grown up to 3 mtrs long before it drops out of anagen & stops growing!) But people who's genes have stiffed them (like me lol) & have only a 2yr long anagen phase, can NEVER grow their hair longer than 12" or so because each hair drops out of anagen too soon. The ladies in this village owe the *quality of their hair, it's sheen & healthiness to what they use on it, but they owe the *length of it to the genes which decided what the length of their anagen phase would be. So while the quest for strong hair, shiny hair, healthy hair, is worth pursuing. But the quest for LONG hair is a waste of time, like the quest for larger or different colour eyes would be. Source: Sr College Lecturer in Hairdressing
Hi Charlie! Thanks for sharing this, it's all very interesting to me. I've written about the hair growth cycle in my article - https://experthometips.com/how-to-make-your-hair-grow-faster-than-ever - and while I agree that genetics can stump your hair growth and throw you quicker into the latter stages of the cycle, you can help boost follicles with regular head massage, eating plenty of proteins etc. My hair struggles to grow but I find with a little help, I can maximise what i have and make my hair stronger that what it would be if I left it to it's own devices. Thanks for the sharing the information, it's always great to hear from readers.
I agree, you can't change your genes, however you can maximize what you have. If your hair is weak due to outside influences, strengthening it can help it grow longer and healthier, because it won't break as easy. If your hair follicles are stronger, your hair will fall out less and grow healthier. So yes, science, but the same way a person can do exercises and take vitamins to help the height and posture they received in their genes, a person can improve the health and strength of their hair. The same with your skin. You have a certain skin condition at birth, but you can improve or change it with products or vitamins or the like.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Kate. I agree with everything you have said here, I know what may work for myself may not work for everyone but I think it's worth trying. We can always help boost what we have been blessed with. Even just diet changes can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of hair. If I eat a protein rich diet for a week I will notice by hair is shinier than before.
For me the fermented rice water has thicken my hair,strength my hair my hair has received growth in a short amount of time. Rice water ph level is 4 also I also use aloe vera gel as a leave-in conditioner. I finger comb the aloe throughout my hair twist air dry. Then untwist my hair adding Camille Rose Almond Jai to each twist tuck away my ends repeat each week with washing with black soap. I also rinse once a week with rice water no washing only rinsing. I love what rice water does for my hair. I just recently add some herbs to my recipe. ????????????
I don't mind trying the rice water challenge, but what kind of rice? Jasmine? Brown? Whole grain? I need a lil bit more info! Thanks everyone!
Hi Diva! White rice works best.
Can Men use it..?
Hi Shaan! Yes - men can use it.
Thanks for your valuable reply...one more thing to ask, It is said to add oil to it, What kind of oil should be mixed?
Hi Shaan! These are essential oils. For hair, I would suggest trying either Lavender, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Thyme or Tea tree.
i have all the oils and white rice works best but it does not make your hair so long just a bit
Thanks for sharing, Amber!
How many times in a week we can use and before shampoo or after shampoo and also tell me the time to keep it on sclap
I heard sweet rice workd best which is what the Tao women use
How to use rice water And how to make fermented rice water for hair through boiling or soaking it then how many days we should ferment it
Fermented rice water for hair can be made by boiling or soaking rice in water and allowing it to ferment for 24 to 48 hours until it smells slightly sour. The fermented rice water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and is ready to use after fermenting.
Yes, that's true!
Rice water can be used on the hair once or twice a week before shampooing for 20-30 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with cool water after use.
Hi Anushka, In the second point of the above article, is it the starch you want us to strain (collect) or just the water we use to wash the rice grains for the second time? If water, does it ferment when stored? Please provide some language on this..
Hi Krishna, it is the rice water you want to collect and leave to ferment. It will ferment when stored, yes. I have amended the article slightly so it's a bit clearer!
I my hair is short and I like long hair, what are some ways I can do to grow my hair, please help me I'm in Papua New Guinea..
Hello there from India, You should get an Amla hair oil which will be the best for your hair no matter how much damage you have done. Just leave it overnight or u can simply use an alternative of mustard oil which will deeply condition as well as will promote hair growth. Then try to wash with a chemical free shampoo nd I world suggest you not to use conditioner for the next step that is the rice water rinse will completely compensate it nd i world suggest u to take rice water which has been fermented for a week for this u can store rice water after your every wash so tht ur time gap would be uniform.... Hope u have a luscious long hair...😊😊
Hi, very informative and I can’t wait to try this out on my hair. Can you give me any advice on dry patches on the hair line, I have recently noticed this so I wanted some natural remedies that I could try or advice on what I can do. Would be really helpful. Look forward to hearing from you Jay.
Hi I'm Susan, can you leave the rice in the water for a week to ferment or it is the water from the rice you leave to ferment which is the best way?
Hi Susan! Usually, people eat the rice and then ferment the leftover rice water. If you're not wanting to make use of the rice, you could leave it in while it ferments.
Here are some natural remedies for dry patches on the hairline: Apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, coconut oil, tea tree oil, and avoiding over-styling with heat tools or harsh chemicals. It's also essential to keep the scalp and hair hydrated by drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet, and using a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo.
Hai Thanks for great news, its wow to see and read on it,
O My God...That's very long hair when i see i shocked to looking long hair of this women.I love my hair and i tried to care my hair but every day my hair is down not increases...I read your article then my problem is solved and burn a hope to growing my hairs than a lot for sharing this information with me...
No worries, hope it has given you some hope. You can only try!
Hi, there can I use rice water on my own dreadlocks hair?
Hi Sarah! It's probably best to avoid using any treatment on dreadlocks because you won't be able to fully rinse out the hair.
Locked hair is washed and conditioned just like any other hair. Please stick to replying to questions you actually have experience in and knowledge of. My hair is locked and I do rice water treatments after I shampoo and before I condition and rinse my hair. My locks are stronger and I do notice less breakage.
Thanks for sharing this incite, Pia! I took some time to research the above question, and everything I found contradicted this. It's good to hear from someone with first-hand experience.
Hey am from Zambia.. I too have dreadlocks and ive been using rice water and my dreads are stronger and the roots of my hair are healthier than before ....
That's great to hear, Annerose!
Don’t abuse your hair Don’t use heat Don’t color it Don’t wash it Don’t cut it. Hair grows.
Hi I am a bold man. Can I make use of that??? Thanks to you.
Hi, I am a bold man. Can I make use of that??
Hi there, as far as I know it won't help male pattern baldness but it's always worth a try. I recommend scalp massage.
HI ma'am Can I use it on hair which is being colored! Will it have a good impact or no? Thanks in advance
Hi Sana, I can't be sure on this. I would assume it would be fine on coloured hair, but I would recommend doing a strand test at the back of your head to see if there are any adverse reactions.
One more question.. Should I stop shampooing my hair with a start of this treatment?
Hi Sana, the rinse is an alternative to shampoo so I would avoid shampooing on the days you use the rice rinse.
Hey ...I am suffering from hair loss since 7 years and m 22 now ...my hair are very thin and roots are very weak ...I have tried almost all natural things and even applied minoxidil which helped me a little but after stopping its use I suffered even more hair loss...I have braid of finger width and when I comb my hair they fall out like anything !!... Will this recepie help me?...and can I use it on a regular basis like everyday?...plz help me out!!
Hi there, I'm not a hair loss expert so I can't give your any professional advice on this. I'm so sorry to hear of your hair loss, I would say Minoxidil is your best bet but it is for long term use. I would suggest gently scalp massage but in this case I'd recommend seeking professional advice. Good luck.
Hi Saumya, I also suffer from from itchy scalp which has stopped my hair from growing. Let me share with you the advise Dr. Oz once gave to lady with similar problem. He advised that hair fall is cause mainly from inflammation in the body. Hence he advised the lady to stop taking inflation causing foods including dairy, sugar wheat products. I know it is difficult but try and avoid this food stuff and hope your problem will be solved from inside out. Let’s do it together. I just started this few days ago. Good luck to both of us
Do i boyl the rice weter
Yes, boiling the rice water before using it as a hair treatment is recommended. Boiling helps to extract the nutrients from the rice. After boiling, it's essential to let the rice water cool down before using it on your hair.
Does the water from brown rice work as well? I never cook white rice anymore.
As far as I know white works better, but brown can be used as well.
It may be helping to retain length not grow hair.
Hi. I am an african woman. And my hair is very short. It grows only up to the puff level. Can fermentated rice water help.
Hi Amo, it should work too. Please try it and let me know if it works for you.
Hi. How do i go about it. Do i boil the rice then i collect the starch which i wil store for a day or two.
Hi Amo, you are not supposed to boil the rice you get as much rice you want then put the same amount of rice you added but instead water. Good luck
Isn't the rice suppose to be cooked and the water collected from the boiled rice be kept and fermented?
To make rice water for hair growth, rinse one cup of uncooked rice and soak it in two to three cups of water for 30 minutes. Then, ferment the collected water at room temperature for one to two days before using it as a hair rinse or applying it directly to the scalp.
When will the effects start showing. Week, Month?
Hi Cherry, everyone is different but I noticed a difference pretty much overnight and my hair was noticeably longer in a week.
Cooked rice water or washing rice water? I do I use it? After use How long take it to hair long?
Hi Jasmine if you follow the instructions on how to prepare the rice water, it's in the article and tells you how to do it.
Hi my name is Jacinta from Kenya and my hair very short if i use only rice water without Tea drop or Roseflowr it can work or Not?
Hi, Anushka, I watched video's on YouTube on how to make the rice water, but I also watched the Yao women video and their method is much different. They say to ferment the rice water for a week. and use pomelo peel, and tea seed oil, I want to do it their way. and Is the water being fermented without the rice in it. And is the rice water soaking with the rice in it for just 24 hours? Please help.
You can lengthen the anagen phase through topicals. Upregulating VEGF does it. These women, though, are just Asian, wear protective styles, and don't cut their hair!
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Thanks. u very much i went to this shop to get my hair done this guy put chemicals. That was to stronge i cryed my hair had growed unti i went to guy my hair was down to sholders but after that i never went back i could of sued
I just thought I would share, every since I was a teenager living in New Mexico we were instructed to sleep with a fairly tight French braid for faster hair growth. As with topical stimulation I assume this is beneficial for the anagen phase? Thank you for the article about Asian beauty crowns, and enjoyed the information from reader, Charlie.
Thanks. u very much i went to this shop to get my hair done this guy put chemicals. That was to stronge i cryed my hair had growed unti i went to guy my hair was down to sholders but after that i never went back i could of sued him but i did not God. Bless thank you very much
Oh no sorry to hear that. I hope these tips will help you!
I love your page, great stuff really! But a quick question. Do I store the water while it is fermenting in a closed lid bottle or open?
do you condition after using the rice water?
yes you can condition afterwards if you like.
It just says add water it doesn't say how much water to mix with the rice. And how often do you use It per week? Do you leave it in your hair or just rub in and rinse off?
Hello Laura! Just follow the instructions on the packet of rice regarding how much water to add. You can use it as much as you want or as often as you wash your hair. Leave it on your hair for a few minutes and then rinse.
Hey Is i can used this way? Do reply. Today,firstly applying rice water to my hair massaging thereafter..leaving for 20 mins then rinse off with plain water. Tomorrow use the coconut oil and leave it overnight and then the day after tomorrow wash hair with shampoo and then use the conditioner. Reply me
Hi Disha, that sounds like a pretty good haircare routine you've planned out there. Can you keep us updated and let us know how you get on?
Thanks you guys it's really great to know the source of long hair
Hi there. Im glad you enjoyed the article and hope some of our tips helped you :)
Gday I have been using it for a tad bit over a month one thing I have less shedding My hair stays braided for one month so hard to see results I use a spaghetti jar put 1 orange peel or whatever fruit peel 1/2 cup rice peppermint oil let it soak 1 week Using warm water plastic cap 30 mins Rinse cool water When I run out of shampoo I will use this once a week with just a couple of drops shampoo double the portion Kinky curly hair
Hi Denise thanks for sharing your homemade hair soak with us! It sounds interesting, I will have to look up the benefits of orange peel.
I like this story. I went threw a horrifying episode in my life when all my hair fell off my head. I found out later that they had given me radiation therapy when in the hospital. I wore wigs for two months while I took vitamins for my hair. It works now after just 3 years My hair is to my but-ox and it this will help me I will do it to love it. Before I had gone into the hospital my hair would grow shoulder length and break off and I had not cut it in over 25 years. I long my long hair and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Hi Rebecca, thanks for sharing your story. I'm pleased your hair has grown back and stronger than ever!
You girls (yourself and Minaz from Hair Buddha)are helping people like me so much without even realizing..I had lost most of my hair even though genetically I am not predisposed to baldness as no one in my entire family lose hair..I lost my hair due to rampant use of chemicals and stumbled upon Hair buddha and your website and now I use only natual things and I make most of it myself and get all the items from local stores whom I trust and now my hair is better than ever and with time I am sure it will grow to be better than what I had 10 years ago..Thanks a lot :)
Hi Bharat. We're so glad to hear that our tips have helped you with your hair. It's true that natural is always best! Here's to many more years of happy, healthy hair :)
Ma....how can I grow my hair? each time my hair will break and am so tired abt it can u give me the idea to make it long
Hi James, It sounds like your hair need some nourishment. Try using coconut oil as a treatment to get it nice and strong. Additionally, the inversion method will help encourage and get you the long hair you desire. I hope this helps :)
I tried your secrets now my hair grows 3 to 4 and half inches a month. Thanks! Amazing!
Hi Angela. Wow!! Those really are impressive results. We're so glad our tips helped you :)
Angela Smith can you share pictures. Please
Hi, my hair has been falling off after every hairdo thats braided. Never grew the same length. So I cut them extremely short. Will this rice remedy help my hair?
Hi Sonda, Follow the advice in the article and your hair should grow faster :)
Hello. I have previously had tailbone length hair, when I did not take care of it. I cut it for the first time this year, and have kept it medium for a while. I am hoping to grow it out again, past where it used to be when I didn't take care of it. It took me 6 years from bald to grow it out to tailbone length last time. I know growing out your hair mostly just takes time, but do you have any tips? I have dense, fine, low porosity, curly hair. P.S. I am also a serious competitive swimmer. Thanks!
Hi Madrid, Good decision on taking the plunge to get it chopped - regular trims are ESSENTIAL to hair health. As you're a swimmer, I'd recommend using a hair mask at least once a week to renourish hair. To encourage growth, try the inversion method. I hope this helps :)
I am african so i wondered if it will work with my hair. However, i have started using Rice water for two weeks now and have noticed some different Hope to update after 3months of usage. Thanks for your information
Hi Ebby, Great to hear you've noticed an increase in hair growth. Keep up the good work :)
Hi there, can this fermented rice water be used by males?
Hi Victor, of course, it can! If you're aiming for long, luscious locks then go ahead and give it a go.
Hi I'm lovia ,when I braid and unbraid my hair some of my hair gets removed from its place, I want to known if this method can help.
Hi Lovia! We're sure it will help! Give it a go and let us know how you get on?
As for me i think there is difference between fermented rice water and boiled.fermented is where u keep uncooked rice in water for 24hrs or more until it ferment and give a foul smell and boiled rice water is boiling rice then u get a whitish cloudy water
This is really good and informative. Thanks for sharing.
You're welcome, Beautysmartcare!
Hi, Good morning. Does this lather?? I oil my hair regularly. Will this remove the oil???
Hi Michelle, it won't lather in the same way that shampoo does. It is just a blend of rice water and optional essential oils so it's definitely not as thick as shampoo either. It should remove the oil, but you might want to use a little bit of shampoo to get rid of the oil too.
As a new user how long before i see new hair growth or how many months before my hair see growth.
Hi Rebeydory! You should notice improved hair growth in 1-3 months of using this method.
Great tip! I have just been using the rice water for two weeks, and I am amazed at how my hair that is recovering from the application of harsh chemicals has strengthened. Before the rice water treatments, I used to have so much breakage, but now when I comb my hair, there is little to no hair left on the comb. I can't say much about growth yet, but I can attest that it helps to strengthen my hair. I also believe it will help it to grow as well.
That's amazing! Glad it's working for you, Sid!
Hi will my African hair became abit soft after using the rice water because my hair is so dry and hard to manage
Hi Juliet! Rice water can be used as a replacement for conditioner, so you should notice that your hair is smoother after use.
Thanks for the info....but can ii use any rice?
Hi there! You can use brown, red, black, white or wild rice to make rice water. Wild rice and red rice are the most nutritious but white rice will leave more starch, which is desirable for home remedies.
Can I use the rice water consecutive times as in today I try it then tomorrow I do it again
Hi Frances, yes you can!
I have shoulder length dreads, can I use it and benefit from it also
Hi Naz, I've seen a few testimonies from people with the same hair saying that it works. Let us know how you get on!
I have not done this before,what I do use is egg mask. nd its really working bt if I try dis rice water would it work nd which one would work better, is it the boiled rice water or the fermented rice water.
Hi Mary! I think you might find rice water works better, but any hair treatment is completely personal and may not work for everyone.
What moisturiser to use after washing it outf
Hi Melody. You can use any hair conditioner. Thanks for getting in touch!
I began using rice water treatments and can see the growth and thickness it adds to my hair. I am natural and love wearing my own hair.
That's great to hear!
I'm definitely going to give this rice water a try on my 4b hair and see the results after three months.
Let us know how you get on, Ellee Lu!
Today I have used rice water for the very first time and I love how soft and silky my hair feels. I feel tempted to always touch my hair. :-) I almost can't believe. I was a bit worried at the thought that maybe rice water is not good for my hair. I know that rice water is good for most of the people, but not just for everyone. So I was a bit nervous at the thought that I might be one of those unhappy exceptions. I used fermented water but I did not boiled it at the end. I fermented it for several days (I had some problems and I had to postpone my hair wash day), so it turned kind of sour. The unpleasant part of this is the smell. My nose is pretty resilient to bad smells, but this water DOES smell bad. So, considering the fact that I was supposed to sit with that stuff on my head for a t least 10 minutes, I have decided that I don't want to put a padlock on my nose, so I have added several drops of mint oil. Maybe too many drops because my scalp was then feeling like on fire, only that it was a cold fire. Anyway, I have survived and here I am. Yup. I'm so glad that I have discovered this!
Thanks for sharing, Cristiana!
I have been using rice water for about a month now... Wooow....my hair has never been better it's thicker and stronger with a more pleasant appearance. It has also grown longer. I think I will continue with this for a great part of the future
That's great to hear, Margie!
I'm getting bald do i should try this.... i mean now! Lots of love...... thank you for this very informative article.
Good luck, Amir!
Thanks for this beautiful research. Finally i have found a good explanation about rice water and uses.I just started to use rice water added a little rosewater and lavender oil today as hair spray and then moisturise with blue magic before twisting and i already saw a big difference from ordinary water i used to do.I also used the same method to refresh my daughter's hair.😀😘
Great to hear Nkem! Thanks for getting in touch.
Anushka F: What is the purpose of boiling the rise after it is fermented?
Hi there, Iris! This step is actually optional. Some people say it makes the fermented solution more effective, but others see no noticeable difference between boiling and not. Everyone has different hair, so try it and see what works for you.
It works really good. Thanks for the information.
You're welcome, Rachael!
Thank you for sharing this, and I’m a little late to respond, but I’ve just started using rice water. I see on YouTube there are various ways of making it, with people and in various extra ingredients. For me, I must say my shed and has stopped tremendously. My hair feels stronger, and now there is noticeable growth. I contributed to making my hair stronger, and less breakage. I like the way my hair feels now, and I have been using it for four months. I can say there is a noticeable difference, and finally my hair looks thicker. I have found out that the younger women prepare it a bit differently. They take the water from washing the rice, and ferment that for five days with the deposits in the water, then I add Pomello leaves and boil it for 15 minutes, and then I think there a sequel it was crushing up some type of tea seeds in there and then that to wash their hair.
That's great to hear, Lori!
Hi, Should you dump out the left over rice water after using what you need? Or just let it keep fermenting and use it till it’s all gone?
Hi Cassie! It's completely up to you.
Can i store rice water. actually i am student and i do part time jobs is it possible to store it??? And if it's possible how long it can last?
Hi Arfi! Most people like to store it in the fridge. I'd recommend a reusable glass bottle for this.
Hello, you said to use the water after tge rice is cooked. But, apparently there is no water left after the rice is cooked since it all evaporates as steam. So, I didn't get the point exactly. Can you elaborate it, please?
Hi Sanjana! There should be enough water in the pan so that it won't all evaporate away.
Is it necessary to boil the water?
Hi there! Yes, boiling the water is an essential step.
Thank you for this very useful info., that help me a lot,, i am on my one week using rice water until this time ,result is very much appreciating and love my hair softness and thicken my hair... want to use it as my leave on conditioner every day.
You're very welcome, Ezrah!
hi, so I should wash the rice and ferment d water for five days? quick question pls... after five days, can I take out the quantity I want to use at the moment and boil.... while I leave the remaining to continue fermenting?
Yes, you can do that!
Hi Joanne. I had long healthy hair before when I was in schools later on coming to college I started noticing hair fall then acute hair hall and just till last year I had only a very thin short hair. Recently I has stopped falling by applying mustard seed paste on the scalp which I recommend to others too. But I am not getting the length the thickness back. When ever it gets some length the lower part becomes thin or split ends appear. And every time I'm trimming the ends and the hair goes back to its previous length
Hi Nikhat! Have you tried rice water?
For how many hrs or days should the rice wanted collected after cleaning the rice be stored, before putting it on your hair? 🤔
Hi Hafsa! It will depend on how warm the room temperature is - the warmer the better - but it will usually take between 24-48 hours.
Such a great article about secret to growing the longest hair in the world. everyone should follow your blog.
Thanks for the kind words, Mohit!
Hi my hairs are curly and very short. I love long hairs and badly want.. last 8 to 9 years there is no growth.. i feel so bad.. i can do anything to get long hairs pleas tell me is there any way. Any treatment available in India or anywhere so that i get my long beautiful hairs m so so so desperate to see me myself with long hairs
Hi Komal! Which methods have you tried?
Ok, So everything I’ve read about the fermented rice water so far seems every interesting. I’ m start using it. But I got a couple of questions. For example, Why boiling the rice water after fermentation? Do I have to give up Shampoo and Conditioning if I want the results? Furthermore, I overheard that the time of fermentation is longer than 24-48 hours. It could be like a month or more.
The time it takes for the water to ferment will depend on a few different factors - things like the quantity of rice water, the room temperature, etc. You don't have to completely give up shampoo and conditioner either.
Hi I ve same question again as I want long hair bt day by day my hair falling so badly and gone vry thin m really disappointed due to the lose of hair fall I ve heard and watch video of this China village huanglou where women’s have long hair and they are using rice water formula for there hair long growth plz suggest me how I could buy this product is this really worthy
Hi Monika! We've included instructions for how to make your own.
Hi I have chemically over processed hair. It was bra strap length and now it’s 2 to 3 inches off my head and literally my hair rained little pieces everyday for weeks. Imagine getting a 1/4 in haircut everyday?! It’s so upsetting I can’t even describe in words. I typically have healthy fine hair and now I had no choice but to get tape in extensions in. I don’t have the hair very long, I had it cut into a long bob. I wish I never touched my real hair! How long will it take to grow shoulder length? What is the best method for rice wash? How long do you cook the rice? And how many days does the water have to ferment? And can you use it over and over saving the water?
Hi Angelina! I'm sorry to hear that. You just need to cook the rice as you normally would if you were having it for dinner. The length of time for the water to ferment will vary depending on the conditions you store it in, but typically about 1-2 days. It would be quite difficult to reuse it.
I have been doing a lot of research about the correct method of making the rice water. Here is the result of my research: First of all the Yao women wash the rice then drain. That is to remove any impurities in the rice. Then they rub the rice in the water (using both hands, rub the rice in between your hands) which it will be boiled in. Between two to three cups of water to one cup of rice. The next step is to let it sit for about 15 minutes in the water. Place the liquid, rice and pomelo peels (I use tangelo peels) and bring to a boil. They also add tea seed that has been made into a paste. I think that is what keeps their hair dark and not graying. (Not sure needs further verification, also don't even know where to get tea seed paste. Anyway, you only boil for about 10-15 minutes, you should have about 1 to 2 cups of the rice water. Strain rice but keep peels. Put the whole thing in a closed jar and let ferment . The Yao women ferment this liquid two weeks to one month. THEY DO NOT HAVE REFRIGERATORS. I also add peppermint and bergamot essential oils once the liquid has cooled. Warning: once it has fermented it smells like baby vomit. Before using after fermentation, reboil and strain. Wet your hair, then pour the fermented rice water through your hair catching the drop off and reusing until your hair is completely saturated. Leave for 20 minutes, then rinse. Yao women wash their hair only with rice water and do not use shampoo. They also NEVER brush their hair and only use a wooden comb. If anyone has any other info on the tea seed paste, please let me know.
Thanks for sharing that, Evelyne!
If you use the water as a mist or spray can you leave it in your hair for a few days
Leaving it in your hair for days without washing it out is not recommended. Rice water is rich in starch, which can create a breeding ground for bacteria if left in the hair for too long. Additionally, leaving any product in your hair for an extended period can lead to buildup and weigh down your hair. It's best to use rice water as a rinse or a mist and then wash it out after 30 minutes to an hour.
Hi.Am coloued my hair color has changed from dark to light brown I have never used dye on my hair n a scared of using it... My hair stopped growing when I was 12 all it does is break off, I love my hair though it's mixed with African n I want it to grow not break off.....
Hopefully, rice water will help to strengthen your hair!
I'm preparing my rice water as we speak. I hope it works. God knows I've tried everything else I'm excited to try it. I don't like my hair right now and it's to my shoulders and I want it longer.
Good luck, Cheryl!
hi, I would like to confirm the method to use this. Do we have to use this as an alternative to Shampoo or conditioner?
Hi Tanvi! That depends on which method you use. It's up to you.
Can you store extra fermented water in the fridge. If so, how long?
Hi Mona! The maximum amount of time I would keep it refrigerated for is about 3 days.
I just made my first batch of rice water and mine didn't smell. I placed the rinsed white rice and orange peel (1 orange) in a plastic container for 48 hrs (in my cupboard) When I opened the jar it has a slight citric smell and rice - the smell was not offensive. I then added Tea Tree, Vitamin E & Castor oil to the water. Will use this for my rinse (will not use any shampoo). Will keep leftover in the fridge for up to 3days as you suggested.
That's a great idea. Thanks for sharing, Lorraine!
Hi! I want to ask if i could to use the rice after
Yes, you can use the rice after making rice water. The rice can be cooked and eaten or used in other dishes, while the rice water can be used as a hair rinse, toner, or cooking liquid.
Hi! Since the rice water is a protein treatment. Would following up ( right after the rice rinse) with a moisturized conditioning treatment be beneficial ? Thanks!
Following up rice water rinse with a moisturizing conditioner can help restore moisture to the hair, leaving it soft and manageable. Finding the right balance of protein and moisture for your hair type is essential.
can we use boiled rice water with orange peel inside it? how long will it take for the results??
Yes, you can! The results of this treatment may vary depending on your hair type and current condition. However, you may notice stronger, shinier, and healthier hair with regular use. You can use this treatment once a week or every other week for the best results.
Hi I have chemical hair which means I use relaxers, so can I use the rice water on my hair or is it for natural hair only
Rice water can be beneficial for chemically treated hair, including relaxed hair, as it can help to strengthen, moisturize, and promote hair growth. However, starting with a small amount is essential to see how your hair responds before using it more regularly. Follow a healthy hair care routine appropriate for your hair type and any chemical treatments.
hi is it okay for me to leave d rice water for 2 days
Leaving rice water at room temperature for two days is not recommended as harmful bacteria can grow. Instead, store rice water in the refrigerator and use it within 1-2 days.
how will i condition my hair
To condition your hair, choose a conditioner appropriate for your hair type, shampoo your hair first, apply the conditioner to the mid-lengths and ends, leave it in for a few minutes, and rinse thoroughly with cool water. Avoid applying conditioner to your scalp and using too much, and consider using a leave-in conditioner or hair serum for extra moisture and shine.
Hi can someone use rice water that's like 2weeks or a month old to rinse the hair?
It is not recommended to use rice water that is two weeks to a month old to rinse your hair due to the potential accumulation of harmful bacteria. Instead, freshly made rice water is recommended for best results and to prevent any possible skin or scalp irritation. It's recommended to use the fermented rice water within a week and store it in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth
Hello.. I have Alopecia where my hair is very thin & weak. The top crown of my head is extremely thin and bald spots. I've tried several things to grow it back. I'm going to try this method..
We hope it helps!
How do you cook rice with extra water? Isnt that rice soup also known as congee? We cook rice all the time and there is no left over water, the rice absorbs the water and its dry when its cooked.
Hi Kyee! You won't cook the rice for as long as you do with congee.
Hi if you make lets say 1 liter of solution for how many days i can use it before making another batch? Thanks
Rice water for hair can last for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator if stored properly in an airtight container. However, making a fresh batch every time you want to use it is recommended, as the nutrients and benefits may deteriorate after a few days.
Why do you have to boil the fermented rice water after it is fermented? Wont you kill some of the good bacteria?
Boiling fermented rice water can help kill harmful bacteria and preserve it for longer, but it may also reduce some beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Whether to boil or not boil is a personal preference and may depend on the intended use and desired outcome.
Do men use too
Yes, you're welcome to try it!
Can i fermente the cooked rice water??? Will it give me the same result???
It is best to use uncooked rice as it has more nutrients to ferment. When the rice is cooked, it loses some of its nutritional value.
How do I keep the rice water from getting moldy as it ferments? Do I use some sort of special fermentation lid?
To prevent rice water from getting mouldy during fermentation, use a clean container with a fermentation lid, store it in a cool place and check regularly. Cover with a cloth to allow air to flow but prevent dust or dirt from contacting the liquid surface; this keeps the environment as clean as possible.
Hi there can I use rice water to grow my hair faster in a week
hi, can this work in my nose?, because I don't have hair in my nose and it's causing me to sneeze anytime I encounter little dust
We wouldn't advise using rice water. It is not possible to directly control the growth of nose hair. Still, you can promote overall hair health by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and avoiding tweezing or waxing nose hair.
Do fermented rice water smells , if yes.. How should I avoid it.... And can i use it after washing off the onion juice from the hair Please help me
Fermented rice water can have a strong odour due to the fermentation process, but you can reduce the intensity by adding essential oils or diluting it with water. It is safe to use fermented rice water after washing off onion juice from your hair, as both benefit hair health.
Hi, I'm an African girl from Nigeria, i cut my hair last 5months ago, can this rice water help me to grow it back just in a week? please help!!
It depends on how much you want your hair to grow, but you should see some results in that time.
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