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Rice Water for Hair

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It’s often the small things that matter the most and this also holds true when it comes to using beauty products. But most of us are attracted to the glam, glitz, and expensive marketing materials. The use of rice water to strengthen hair is not new. Rice water has been used as a potent hair treatment product for centuries in Japan, China, and Southeast Asian countries. But not everyone knows the beauty benefits behind such use.

What is Rice Water?

You might be thinking about what rice water is and how to prepare it. If you know how to cook rice you must know how to soak it in water before straining it. Well, the next time you soak the uncooked rice in water do not throw away the water as that is the product that can work wonder for your skin and hair. Rice water looks like a milky solution because of the starch residue that is left behind from the rice. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and makes for a healthy drink.

Drinking rice water can help in tightening the skin and improving the health of your hair. Besides, it also enhances blood circulation in the body, helps in skin cell growth and makes the skin appear young and rejuvenated. After getting to know about this simple hair treatment solution you must be eager to know how the usage of rice water can help in ensuring healthy hair.

How Is Rice Water Good for Hair?

What’s in that strained rice water that makes it so effective on hair? Research studies have found that an ingredient called inositol found in rice water is able to penetrate the hair roots and repair it from inside out. The inositol settles in the hair even after the rice water has been rinsed off from the surface. This acts as a protective shield for the hair guarding it against any hair damage.

Rice water also contains an amino acid that aids in increasing hair volume, strengthens the hair roots, and makes it smooth and shiny. It is all-natural and safe with absolutely no side-effects, improving the condition of your hair in a healthy manner.

Rice water provides the following benefits when used on hair –

  • Improves hair growth
  • Hair rinse
  • Reduces split ends
  • Smoothens the hair strengthens its roots
  • Protects the hair from damage
  • Removes lice
  • Cures dandruff
  • Acts as a natural hair conditioner

Which Is More Effective – Fermented Rice Water or Plain Rice Water?

Rice water might sound to be as simple as straining soaked rice and applying the water. But it has a few variations as well, of which fermented rice water and plain rice water are more commonly used.

Fermented rice water increases the existing nutrients and vitamin levels in the rice making it more effective for your hair follicles. It improves the overall condition of your hair by promoting healthy hair growth. Also, during the fermentation process, a substance called ‘pitera’ forms in rice water which is rich in amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and organic acids. The substance is known to promote cell regeneration keeping the hair and skin healthy.

The pH level of plain rice water is higher than the pH level of the hair. The pH level of plain rice water helps in closing the cuticles for protecting the hair.

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