Rice water can make your hair grow longer and stronger: A guide to making it at home

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Rice water contains vitamins and minerals that can stimulate hair growth and improve its appearance.
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  • Rice water has many vitamins and minerals that are good for hair strength and growth.
  • To make it, let about a cup of rice ferment in two to three cups of water for one day before use.
  • Use it one to two times per week and you can expect results within a few weeks/months.
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    Rice water has been used for hair and skin care in many Asian countries for centuries. For instance, Japanese court ladies from the Heian period (794 to 1185) had floor-length tresses that they would rinse in rice water for healthy growth and better elasticity. In India, rice water is used as an Ayurvedic remedy to treat eczema.

    So, can adding this ancient beauty product to your routine actually improve the look and feel of your hair? According to cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green, MD, rice water is full of vitamins and minerals that are essential to hair growth and can in fact help improve the look and feel of your hair. She says these nutrients help strengthen hair follicles, improve the density of hair, and make it look healthy and shiny.

    Rice water can be used on all types of hair, according to Green, although some people may

    Here's what you need to know about the benefits of rice water for hair and how you can use it.

    Is rice water good for hair growth?

    "Rice water contains many antioxidants and vitamins which are beneficial for hair health and growth," says Green.

    According to Green, these some of the nutrients in rice water that can benefit your hair are folic avid, niacin, magnesium, and inositol.

    Rice water can help undo some of the damage caused by stress, health issues, and chemical products (like dyes or relaxants) that can cause your scalp to become dry and your hair follicles to get damaged, according to Green. "When you have a clean, well-functioning scalp, you will in turn have healthy strong, shiny hair that grows," says Green.

    Can rice water damage your hair?

    There is some debate about whether rice water can be used on hair with low porosity. Porosity refers to how much moisture your hair can absorb. You may have low porosity hair if:

    • Your hair typically doesn't absorb a lot of water or conditioner in the shower, so washing it takes longer because it takes longer to get properly wet
    • Your hair is prone to product buildup
    • Your hair floats at the top of a glass of room temperature water for a few minutes, before sinking to the bottom

    However, Green says rice water can work for all hair types. If you think rice water may not suit you because you have low porosity hair, you can test it out on a small patch first and see how it feels. If your hair feels more frizzy, avoid using rice water on your hair.

    It's important to remember that the use of rice water on hair is a home remedy, and like most home remedies, it may help some people and may not help others.

    If you feel like rice water is not suiting your hair, you should stop using it.

    Insider's takeaway

    Applying rice water to hair is an ancient practice used in many Asian countries. Some people even apply it to their skin, to soothe it and treat eczema.

    Rice water may help you get stronger, shinier, and healthier hair. You can try it out and see whether it works for you - if you see results, you should use it once or twice a week. However, if you feel like it's not suiting your hair, you can stop using it.

    If you have thinning hair or hair loss, you should see a dermatologist, as there are treatment options that can help, says Green.

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