Accelerated Hair Growth Hack With Rice Water


Are you on the rice water wagon yet? It’s a new year but the quest for thriving healthy hair continues. Needless to say, there is another challenge and this time it’s the rice water challenge.

Many YouTubers and hair related groups all over the different social media platforms have been touting the benefits of using rice water for hair care. Believe me, it’s a thing. So much so that in the many haircare forums I’m a part of, the new year’s resolution is to finally try the rice water treatment.

The YouTube Buzz

I always figured there is only one way to use it, but YouTuber Lana Summer shared that it can be used as a pre-poo a deep treatment or a post-wash rinse. Another youtuber recently also did a video outlining what we should know about using rice water. In a nutshell:

  • You don’t want to use this consistently if you have protein sensitivity.
  • It is not a moisturizer even though it makes hair feel soft, so don’t skip your regular moisturizer.
  • It’s not for everyday use as overuse can form a film that coats the hair and makes it brittle.
  • Consistency is key when working with rice water.

Of course, you can also find both videos at the end of this article.

In case you haven’t heard, rice water is a potential hair care treatment which boasts anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has been used by Asian women, particularly the Yao women for ages to not only help grow their hair to phenomenal lengths, but for health benefits as well.

The Yao Women’s Rice Water Tradition

The Yao women of Huangluo in Guangxi China, have a tradition of using fermented rice water to wash their hair in a natural stream; no shampoos or store-bought concoctions just the rice water that they cook rice in. They are convinced that the rice water is the main reason that their hair gets up to a length of 1.4 meters. Their elders have raven black hair even in their 90s, another feat that is attributed to the use of rice water.

They do not have intricate styles that require lots of manipulation. In fact, they usually have one jumbo braid or wrap their loose hair in a pattern and secure it with their wooden combs atop their heads. They do not use appliances such as curling wands, flat irons or instylers. Their only tools are a wooden comb and a scarf of some kind.

Their hair is usually wrapped in a turban around their heads, which serves two purposes: to keep the ends from being damaged and for cultural beliefs. They believe a woman’s beauty, which is her hair, should only be reserved for her husband so no other person should see their hair down. That custom has been slightly relaxed since 1987 to allow for the women to play their roles in contributing to the economic benefits to their region in the form of tourists. Tourists visit the region to see the modern-day Rapunzels. This is why in recent times we have been able to find videos of their remarkable manes which have earned their place in the Guinness World Book of Records.

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