What is rice water?
Rice water is the starch-filled water left behind after rice is cooked or soaked. There are a lot of different variations of rice water, for example, plain versus fermented rice water. The different variations are said to have different impacts on the hair and skin. When using rice water, wash and shampoo your hair like normal, then rinse your hair well with clean water—afterward pour the rice water onto your hair and gently massage it into your hair and scalp. Then let it set in the hair before thoroughly rinsing the hair with warm water.
What to expect
There is not a lot of scientific evidence to back the claims of people using rice water, so much of the information is anecdotal. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t potential for some benefits. Rice water is thought to contain vitamins and minerals, such as amino acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, and trace amounts of zinc, potassium, and magnesium, as well as antioxidative properties. Because of this, there is a chance that rice water can be a good pick me up if your hair is lacking in nutrients. Additionally, the antioxidative properties can be beneficial in ridding the hair of toxins and, by extension, potentially preventing premature alopecia. One potential side effect is that rice water can dry out the hair. So, if you are a person with a dry scalp, be careful about overusing rice water.
While there is little scientific evidence, using rice water won’t really hurt your hair or skin. Some of the benefits can also be attributed to other practices (such as the massaging of the scalp). As such, it’s difficult to say if the final results are due to a person paying more attention to their hair and subsequently taking better care of it because they are implementing a new hair practice or if it’s the rice water itself.
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