Rice Water: The Cheap Secret To Growing The Longest Hair In The WORLD

Rice Water: The Cheap Secret To Growing The Longest Hair In The WORLD


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?

yao women
They're a bit of a mystery! ©Longji

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

rice water for hair
Who'd have thought it? ©Pixabay

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

yao women longest hair in the world
It's absolutely incredible! ©WikiCommons

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.

Cures dandruff

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

GHD blue straighteners
Hair styling leads to 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

  1. Place a tumbler full of rice in a large amount of boiling water.
  2. Boil the rice until cooked - you can use this for dinner!
  3. Strain the excess water which should be cloudy in colour.
  4. Wait until it's cooled to a comfortable temperature, then add a few optional drops of your favourite essential oils.
  5. Shampoo your hair before pouring the rice water over it. Leave for at least 15 minutes whilst gently massaging your hair.
  6. Rinse with cool water.

Fermented rice water wash

  1. Rinse a cup of rice to get rid of any dirt.
  2. Place in a bowl and cover with water for 15 minutes - stirring occasionally.
  3. Strain the water into a plastic bottle.
  4. Leave it at room temperature for a day or until it turns slightly sour and starts to ferment.
  5. Pour into a pan, boil it then allow to cool.
  6. Add a few optional drops of tea tree, lavender or rosemary essential oils.
  7. Use the water as an alternative to shampoo by gently massaging it into your scalp and through the length of your hair.
  8. Rinse thoroughly. 

How many times should you wash your hair with rice water?

pilau rice uncooked
It's so easy!

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!

Next up, why not learn how to get hair out of drains? It could be useful info! 

Who's excited to try this easy-peasy hair growth remedy? Share your secret hair hacks with us in the comments below. 

Anushka F


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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  1. Author Charlie on November 18, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    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

    1. Author Anushka F on November 27, 2015 at 11:10 am

      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.

    2. Author Kate on March 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      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.

    3. Author Anushka F on April 6, 2016 at 11:02 am

      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.

    4. Author Valerie on March 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm

      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. ????????????

    5. Author Diva on January 22, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      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!

    6. Author Joanne A on January 23, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Hi Diva! White rice works best.

    7. Author Shaan on October 23, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Can Men use it..?

    8. Author Joanne A on October 23, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Hi Shaan! Yes - men can use it.

    9. Author Shaan on November 6, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      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?

    10. Author Joanne A on November 7, 2019 at 10:51 am

      Hi Shaan! These are essential oils. For hair, I would suggest trying either Lavender, Peppermint, Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Thyme or Tea tree.

    11. Author Amber a on February 24, 2020 at 4:48 am

      i have all the oils and white rice works best but it does not make your hair so long just a bit

    12. Author Joanne A on February 24, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Amber!

    13. Author Dev on May 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      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

    14. Author Lynn lee on November 27, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      I heard sweet rice workd best which is what the Tao women use

    15. Author Prajwal S on July 13, 2021 at 7:35 am

      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

    16. Author Joanne A on February 1, 2023 at 12:02 pm

      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.

    17. Author Joanne A on February 14, 2023 at 11:52 am

      Yes, that's true!

    18. Author Joanne A on February 27, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      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.

  2. Author Krishna Madhuri Addepalli on March 4, 2016 at 7:59 am

    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..

    1. Author Anushka F on March 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

      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!

    2. Author Camila on January 31, 2017 at 6:01 am

      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..

    3. Author Ishani Nigam on December 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      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...??

    4. Author Jay on December 14, 2020 at 10:55 am

      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.

    5. Author Susan on August 1, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      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?

    6. Author Joanne A on November 10, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      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.

    7. Author Joanne A on February 13, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      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.

  3. Author Crazy Lila on March 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hai Thanks for great news, its wow to see and read on it,

  4. Author Pakistan Jobs on April 29, 2016 at 9:42 am

    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...

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      No worries, hope it has given you some hope. You can only try!

    2. Author Sarah on February 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Hi, there can I use rice water on my own dreadlocks hair?

    3. Author Joanne A on February 28, 2019 at 10:56 am

      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.

    4. Author Pia Young on March 10, 2019 at 1:41 am

      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.

    5. Author Joanne A on March 11, 2019 at 9:27 am

      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.

    6. Author Annerose nshimbami on April 13, 2019 at 8:13 am

      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 ....

    7. Author Joanne A on April 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

      That's great to hear, Annerose!

  5. Author Darryl on May 10, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Don’t abuse your hair Don’t use heat Don’t color it Don’t wash it Don’t cut it. Hair grows.

    1. Author Kareema on June 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm


  6. Author A. Ahmed on July 1, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Hi I am a bold man. Can I make use of that??? Thanks to you.

  7. Author A. Ahmed on July 1, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Hi, I am a bold man. Can I make use of that??

    1. Author Anushka F on July 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      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.

  8. Author Sana KHan on August 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    HI ma'am Can I use it on hair which is being colored! Will it have a good impact or no? Thanks in advance

    1. Author Anushka F on August 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

      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.

    2. Author Doreen C on November 23, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      Before stumbling on this article, the first one I read on rice water was written by a lady with coloured hair. She said her hair grew volume and was shinier than before as well as feeling stronger. She put a before and after picture and the difference was clear. In te first picture the hair was dull and flat. So based on this article, I would assume it's ok for you.

    3. Author Joanne A on April 19, 2023 at 11:30 am

      While some people have reported positive effects on their hair from using rice water, it is essential to note that everyone's hair is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a professional hair stylist or a dermatologist before trying any new hair care regimen, including using rice water.

  9. Author Sana KHan on August 4, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    One more question.. Should I stop shampooing my hair with a start of this treatment?

    1. Author Anushka F on August 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Hi Sana, the rinse is an alternative to shampoo so I would avoid shampooing on the days you use the rice rinse.

  10. Author saumya on August 7, 2016 at 6:16 am

    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!!

    1. Author Anushka F on August 25, 2016 at 9:46 am

      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.

    2. Author Tirhas on June 30, 2018 at 11:44 am

      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

    3. Author Miranda on March 14, 2022 at 9:31 pm

      Do i boyl the rice weter

    4. Author Joanne A on March 8, 2023 at 5:23 pm

      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.

  11. Author Haley on September 26, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Does the water from brown rice work as well? I never cook white rice anymore.

    1. Author Anushka F on September 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

      As far as I know white works better, but brown can be used as well.

  12. Author Alicia on September 30, 2016 at 1:30 am

    It may be helping to retain length not grow hair.

  13. Author amo on October 5, 2016 at 6:03 am

    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.

    1. Author Anushka F on November 7, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Hi Amo, it should work too. Please try it and let me know if it works for you.

  14. Author amo julius on October 5, 2016 at 6:17 am

    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.

    1. Author lauren on November 1, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      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

    2. Author Anjo Bravo Jose on August 16, 2020 at 1:56 am

      Isn't the rice suppose to be cooked and the water collected from the boiled rice be kept and fermented?

    3. Author Missy Jarman on August 1, 2021 at 7:02 pm

      In the recipe it says to boil the rice and eat it for dinner if you like. Rice water wash 1.Place a tumbler full of rice in a large amount of boiling water. 2.Boil the rice until cooked - you can use this for dinner! 3.Strain the excess water which should be cloudy in colour. 4.Wait until it's cooled to a comfortable temperature, then add a few optional drops of your favourite essential oils. 5.Shampoo your hair before pouring the rice water over it. Leave for at least 15 minutes whilst gently massaging your hair. 6.Rinse with cool water.

    4. Author Joanne A on March 6, 2023 at 4:05 pm

      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.

    5. Author Joanne A on April 25, 2023 at 10:36 am

      Thanks for recapping!

  15. Author CherryRulz on December 17, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    When will the effects start showing. Week, Month?

    1. Author Anushka F on March 9, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Hi Cherry, everyone is different but I noticed a difference pretty much overnight and my hair was noticeably longer in a week.

  16. Author Jasmine on January 3, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Cooked rice water or washing rice water? I do I use it? After use How long take it to hair long?

    1. Author Anushka F on January 6, 2017 at 11:42 am

      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.

    2. Author Jacinta nkatha on January 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      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?

  17. Author Linda on January 28, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    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.

  18. Author Mimir on March 28, 2017 at 7:29 am

    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!

  19. Author Marian Rious on April 2, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Here is my email address is marianrious1908@gmail.comHere

  20. Author Marian Rious on April 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    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

    1. Author Nia on June 20, 2017 at 7:03 am

      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.

  21. Author Marian Rious on April 2, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    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

    1. Author Anushka F on May 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      Oh no sorry to hear that. I hope these tips will help you!

  22. Author Nathaniel on June 12, 2017 at 12:30 am

    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?

  23. Author Kareema on June 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm


  24. Author Janine on June 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    do you condition after using the rice water?

    1. Author Anushka F on July 5, 2017 at 11:29 am

      yes you can condition afterwards if you like.

    2. Author Laura Thompson on May 23, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      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?

    3. Author Joanne A on August 16, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      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.

  25. Author Disha on July 12, 2017 at 10:48 am

    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

    1. Author Anushka F on July 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

      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?

  26. Author Zipporah on July 22, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Thanks you guys it's really great to know the source of long hair

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Hi there. Im glad you enjoyed the article and hope some of our tips helped you :)

  27. Author Denise Mitchell on July 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

    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

    1. Author Anushka F on August 2, 2017 at 10:34 am

      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.

  28. Author Rebecca L Taylor on August 8, 2017 at 7:31 am

    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.

    1. Author Anushka F on August 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Rebecca, thanks for sharing your story. I'm pleased your hair has grown back and stronger than ever!

  29. Author Bharat on December 18, 2017 at 1:52 am

    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 :)

    1. Author Stephanie C on December 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

      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 :)

  30. Author James Angela on February 8, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    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

    1. Author Stephanie C on February 16, 2018 at 9:52 am

      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 :)

  31. Author Angela Smith on March 4, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I tried your secrets now my hair grows 3 to 4 and half inches a month. Thanks! Amazing!

    1. Author Stephanie C on March 5, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Hi Angela. Wow!! Those really are impressive results. We're so glad our tips helped you :)

    2. Author Wen on February 4, 2019 at 2:43 am

      Angela Smith can you share pictures. Please

  32. Author Sonda on March 31, 2018 at 9:06 am

    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?

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Hi Sonda, Follow the advice in the article and your hair should grow faster :)

  33. Author Madrid Heartwig on April 13, 2018 at 3:00 am

    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!

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      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 :)

  34. Author Ebby on May 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    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

    1. Author Stephanie C on June 4, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Hi Ebby, Great to hear you've noticed an increase in hair growth. Keep up the good work :)

  35. Author Victor on June 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Hi there, can this fermented rice water be used by males?

    1. Author Joanne A on August 16, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Victor, of course, it can! If you're aiming for long, luscious locks then go ahead and give it a go.

  36. Author Lovia Amoako on June 9, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on August 16, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Lovia! We're sure it will help! Give it a go and let us know how you get on?

  37. Author Priscah on June 27, 2018 at 9:08 am

    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

  38. Author Beautysmartcare on July 24, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    This is really good and informative. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 25, 2018 at 11:59 am

      You're welcome, Beautysmartcare!

  39. Author Michelle S Henriques on August 1, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Hi, Good morning. Does this lather?? I oil my hair regularly. Will this remove the oil???

    1. Author Joanne A on August 16, 2018 at 2:36 pm

      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.

  40. Author Rebeydory on October 9, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    As a new user how long before i see new hair growth or how many months before my hair see growth.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 10, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Hi Rebeydory! You should notice improved hair growth in 1-3 months of using this method.

  41. Author Sid on October 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 18, 2018 at 9:13 am

      That's amazing! Glad it's working for you, Sid!

  42. Author Juliet on November 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Hi will my African hair became abit soft after using the rice water because my hair is so dry and hard to manage

    1. Author Stephanie C on November 5, 2018 at 9:48 am

      Hi Juliet! Rice water can be used as a replacement for conditioner, so you should notice that your hair is smoother after use.

  43. Author previous on November 6, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Thanks for the info....but can ii use any rice?

    1. Author Joanne A on November 6, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      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.

  44. Author Frances on November 9, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Can I use the rice water consecutive times as in today I try it then tomorrow I do it again

    1. Author Joanne A on November 12, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Hi Frances, yes you can!

  45. Author Naz M on November 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    I have shoulder length dreads, can I use it and benefit from it also

    1. Author Stephanie C on November 12, 2018 at 9:53 am

      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!

  46. Author Mary dominic on November 11, 2018 at 10:52 am

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on November 12, 2018 at 9:54 am

      Hi Mary! I think you might find rice water works better, but any hair treatment is completely personal and may not work for everyone.

  47. Author Melody Wilson on November 27, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    What moisturiser to use after washing it outf

    1. Author Joanne A on November 27, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Melody. You can use any hair conditioner. Thanks for getting in touch!

  48. Author Ladykat on December 1, 2018 at 4:16 am

    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.

    1. Author Stephanie C on December 3, 2018 at 9:09 am

      That's great to hear!

  49. Author Ellee Lu on December 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I'm definitely going to give this rice water a try on my 4b hair and see the results after three months.

    1. Author Stephanie C on December 10, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Let us know how you get on, Ellee Lu!

  50. Author Cristiana Nicolae on December 16, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    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!

    1. Author Joanne A on December 17, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Thanks for sharing, Cristiana!

  51. Author Margie Faith on December 23, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    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

    1. Author Joanne A on January 2, 2019 at 9:07 am

      That's great to hear, Margie!

  52. Author Amir on January 1, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I'm getting bald do i should try this.... i mean now! Lots of love...... thank you for this very informative article.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 2, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Good luck, Amir!

  53. Author Nkem on January 10, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    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.??

    1. Author Joanne A on January 11, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Great to hear Nkem! Thanks for getting in touch.

  54. Author Iris on January 22, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Anushka F: What is the purpose of boiling the rise after it is fermented?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 22, 2019 at 9:32 am

      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.

  55. Author Rachael on February 3, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    It works really good. Thanks for the information.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 4, 2019 at 9:10 am

      You're welcome, Rachael!

  56. Author Lori on February 25, 2019 at 3:03 am

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 25, 2019 at 10:01 am

      That's great to hear, Lori!

  57. Author Cassie on April 11, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    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?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 15, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Hi Cassie! It's completely up to you.

  58. Author Arfi on April 28, 2019 at 7:08 am

    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?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 29, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Hi Arfi! Most people like to store it in the fridge. I'd recommend a reusable glass bottle for this.

  59. Author Sanjana on May 5, 2019 at 8:21 am

    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?

    1. Author Joanne A on May 7, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Hi Sanjana! There should be enough water in the pan so that it won't all evaporate away.

  60. Author Spa on May 13, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Is it necessary to boil the water?

    1. Author Joanne A on May 13, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Hi there! Yes, boiling the water is an essential step.

  61. Author Ezrah May on May 15, 2019 at 10:54 am

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on May 15, 2019 at 11:03 am

      You're very welcome, Ezrah!

  62. Author jenyfa on June 25, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    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?

    1. Author Joanne A on July 1, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Yes, you can do that!

  63. Author Nikhat on July 10, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    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

    1. Author Joanne A on July 10, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Nikhat! Have you tried rice water?

  64. Author Hafsa on July 13, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    For how many hrs or days should the rice wanted collected after cleaning the rice be stored, before putting it on your hair? ?

    1. Author Joanne A on July 17, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      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.

  65. Author mohit jain on July 25, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Such a great article about secret to growing the longest hair in the world. everyone should follow your blog.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 25, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Mohit!

  66. Author Komal Dhondiram Bhosale on September 18, 2019 at 4:17 am

    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

    1. Author Joanne A on September 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Komal! Which methods have you tried?

  67. Author Eli on September 23, 2019 at 3:11 am

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 23, 2019 at 10:53 am

      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.

  68. Author Monika on September 26, 2019 at 7:39 am

    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

    1. Author Joanne A on September 26, 2019 at 9:44 am

      Hi Monika! We've included instructions for how to make your own.

  69. Author Angelina ballerina on October 15, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    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?

    1. Author Joanne A on October 16, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      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.

  70. Author Evelyne Pauld on October 17, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on October 18, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Thanks for sharing that, Evelyne!

    2. Author Dkb on May 23, 2020 at 10:51 pm

      If you use the water as a mist or spray can you leave it in your hair for a few days

    3. Author Joanne A on February 24, 2023 at 11:31 am

      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.

  71. Author Angela Alucia on November 28, 2019 at 9:30 am

    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.....

    1. Author Joanne A on November 28, 2019 at 11:56 am

      Hopefully, rice water will help to strengthen your hair!

  72. Author Cheryl Stone on January 20, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on January 21, 2020 at 12:41 pm

      Good luck, Cheryl!

  73. Author Tanvi on January 22, 2020 at 8:24 am

    hi, I would like to confirm the method to use this. Do we have to use this as an alternative to Shampoo or conditioner?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 22, 2020 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Tanvi! That depends on which method you use. It's up to you.

  74. Author Mona on February 17, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Can you store extra fermented water in the fridge. If so, how long?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 18, 2020 at 11:41 am

      Hi Mona! The maximum amount of time I would keep it refrigerated for is about 3 days.

  75. Author Lorraine Hadden on March 22, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 24, 2020 at 4:54 pm

      That's a great idea. Thanks for sharing, Lorraine!

  76. Author Lola on April 16, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Hi! I want to ask if i could to use the rice after

    1. Author Joanne A on March 1, 2023 at 10:27 am

      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.

  77. Author Lyadis on April 26, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Is it a must u wash it after using rice water or u can leave it in for more than 3 weeks

    1. Author Joanne A on April 12, 2023 at 5:30 pm

      It is advisable to rinse your hair with clean water after using rice water as a hair treatment. Using rice water as a hair treatment no more than once a week and following up with your regular hair care routine can help maintain healthy, clean hair.

  78. Author KP on May 19, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    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!

    1. Author Joanne A on February 27, 2023 at 12:45 pm

      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.

  79. Author Lucy kabii on May 26, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    This thing is real. I learned from my friend whose hair has changed. That gave me confidence. My hair has curly perm and was wasting off falling too much. I just sprayed rice water and stayed with a shower cap 6; hrs, and the hair falling has reduced by 79%. My scalp felt relief and hair a little dense.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 13, 2023 at 12:25 pm

      That's great! Rice water is rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, such as inositol, which can help nourish and strengthen the hair.

  80. Author Istrate Ionela on June 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    My hair grows very slow. I have to wait 3 years until it will cover my shoulders, however for 3 months i started a cure with some vitamins only B complex and my hair grows like crazy. I like to experiment all kind of stuff but nothing really worked. And also gur shampoo and conditioner are very important because you don t lose a lot when you wash it. So I use Redken is the best and sometimes i change with Wella I also used Kerastasse but i was not impressed.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 13, 2023 at 12:16 pm

      B vitamins can promote healthy hair growth, and using the right shampoo and conditioner can prevent excessive hair loss. However, overall wellness and healthy lifestyle choices can also influence hair growth.

  81. Author Laxmi on June 5, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    I take 10,000 units of biotin almost every day. I have very long hair. I used to have dreads and they were very healthy but I cut them off a couple years ago. I'm going to try the rice water because I think there is some good things about that. I use natural hair care. But I have some thin areas and I would like to see if it fixes those spots. I would think Rosemary would work good in the rice water because it's good for your scalp. I'm looking forward to see the great results!

    1. Author Joanne A on April 12, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      Taking 10,000 units of biotin daily may not be necessary and could have potential side effects. Rice water with added Rosemary may help promote hair growth and soothe the scalp, but individual hair care needs may vary.

  82. Author zainab on July 2, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    can i use only rice water

    1. Author Joanne A on April 17, 2023 at 12:14 pm

      While rice water can benefit hair growth and overall health, it should not be relied upon as the sole treatment. Maintaining a balanced diet, avoiding harsh chemicals and heat styling tools, and practicing good hair care habits are also crucial for promoting hair growth.

  83. Author Augusta on July 20, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Can someone use vitamin E oil only?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 14, 2023 at 12:13 pm

      While vitamin E oil can improve hair health, it is not a standalone solution for hair growth. Instead, a comprehensive approach, including a healthy diet, proper hair care, and lifestyle modifications, is recommended for significant hair growth.

  84. Author GRACE on August 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    can we use boiled rice water with orange peel inside it? how long will it take for the results??

    1. Author Joanne A on February 21, 2023 at 12:57 pm

      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.

  85. Author Zarah on August 11, 2020 at 7:10 am

    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

    1. Author Joanne A on February 21, 2023 at 12:54 pm

      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.

  86. Author precious on August 17, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    hi is it okay for me to leave d rice water for 2 days

    1. Author Joanne A on February 20, 2023 at 3:04 pm

      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.

  87. Author precious on August 17, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    how will i condition my hair

    1. Author Joanne A on February 20, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      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.

  88. Author Omolola on August 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Hi can someone use rice water that's like 2weeks or a month old to rinse the hair?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 20, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      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

  89. Author Anil Kumar on August 31, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Hi, I have a query regarding the fermented water wash. The water once fermented can be used for how many days? I mean, is it have to be used the very next day or can be used for multiple days?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 17, 2023 at 12:30 pm

      Fermented rice water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. If it smells bad or appears mouldy, it should not be used and should be discarded immediately.

  90. Author Jess on September 29, 2020 at 8:53 am

    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..

    1. Author Joanne A on February 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

      We hope it helps!

  91. Author Kyee on October 7, 2020 at 5:38 am

    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.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 16, 2023 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Kyee! You won't cook the rice for as long as you do with congee.

  92. Author Willow R Forest on October 10, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    To the lady who said our hair has a predestined length it grows is true in very few cases. For the most part scientifically your hair keeps growing. Which further explains many people have very long hair. There has been scientific evidence that rice water help grow hair quicker due to it's ingredients that soaks in the root. I am a student scientist and I know this for a fact. I've used this and saw results within a month or two. In health and growth. So before you speak science know that science has to be observable and measurable. Also if a person is African with a certain hair type then it may need to be on longer due to course and thick hair. It's all about self care.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 19, 2023 at 11:26 am

      Hair growth rate can vary among individuals due to genetics and other factors. Therefore, consulting with a healthcare professional or a licensed cosmetologist before trying new hair care products or treatments is always recommended.

  93. Author Doreen Chindezwa on December 4, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Hello Anushka, I am first week into my rice water hair growth journey. The woman I follow says that the Yao women also use the pomelo fruit skin in their rice water. She says she wonders why no one ever mentions this. Pomelo is a highly nutritious fruit that’s low in calories and full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant. It's a large citrus fruit grown in Asia. It is in the same family as grape fruit, although it's much sweeter.They boil it together with the rice water. I am told it takes away the smell from the rice water. The lady says the closest citrus fruit to pomelo is the grape fruit. Other citrus fruits like oranges,lime, lemons,clementines/satsumas will do as well. I am not sure about about the vitamins in the skins. The skin is very rich in antioxidants and one fruit has over 400% of the daily recommended vitamin C content.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 19, 2023 at 11:29 am

      Pomelo fruit skin is a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants, which can benefit hair health when added to rice water. However, more research is needed to determine its effectiveness for hair growth, and natural remedies should not replace medical treatments for hair and scalp conditions.

  94. Author Fleur Jane Debono on April 26, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Hi if you make lets say 1 liter of solution for how many days i can use it before making another batch? Thanks

    1. Author Joanne A on February 2, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      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.

  95. Author Colleen on May 12, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Why do you have to boil the fermented rice water after it is fermented? Wont you kill some of the good bacteria?

    1. Author Joanne A on February 2, 2023 at 9:52 am

      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.

  96. Author Gabriel on July 12, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Do men use too

    1. Author Joanne A on September 22, 2022 at 12:04 pm

      Yes, you're welcome to try it!

  97. Author Krishnarani Mahakud on September 20, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Can i fermente the cooked rice water??? Will it give me the same result???

    1. Author Joanne A on January 27, 2023 at 12:32 pm

      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.

  98. Author Elizabeth Riehl on September 29, 2021 at 1:29 am

    How do I keep the rice water from getting moldy as it ferments? Do I use some sort of special fermentation lid?

    1. Author Joanne A on January 11, 2023 at 2:09 pm

      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.

  99. Author Robert on October 14, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Hi there can I use rice water to grow my hair faster in a week

    1. Author Joanne A on October 15, 2021 at 11:42 am


  100. Author owoicho on December 9, 2021 at 7:39 am

    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

    1. Author Joanne A on January 19, 2023 at 4:23 pm

      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.

  101. Author Umme kulsum on March 31, 2022 at 9:42 am

    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

    1. Author Joanne A on March 8, 2023 at 5:14 pm

      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.

  102. Author Nkem Marvellous on April 28, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    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!!

    1. Author Joanne A on May 31, 2022 at 12:40 pm

      It depends on how much you want your hair to grow, but you should see some results in that time.


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