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5 TRUTHS OF RICE WATER

5 TRUTHS ABOUT RICE WATER

5 TRUTHS ABOUT RICE WATER

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So, what is rice water? It’s actually pretty simple. If you boil rice as per usual, the milky water that the boiled rice produces is rice water. You can use white, brown, jasmine, basmati or any other type of rice for most recipes.

1. NOT A TREND 

Most naturals have recently discovered an amazing DIY protein, strengthening and repairing treatment called a rice water rinse. While using rice water as a treatment to grow your hair in the natural hair care community, using rice water isn’t a “trend”, it has been used for hundreds of years in China and Japan.

You may have heard about the Yao women from China. ” A thousand miles from Beijing, the village of Huang Luo in China’s Guangxi Region is famous for the dramatically long hair worn by its female residents. These manes require special maintenance. The hair is washed—lowered, really—into rice water that has been combined with a few other organic ingredients. The mixture is boiled in a pot and then poured into an enamel bowl; a wooden comb is used to methodically work the solution into the hair from tip to root. This routine is said to be the reason for the hair’s preternatural shine and luster and the way it remains pitch-black even when the possessor is quite elderly.” – Vogue.com

2. RICE WATER IS PROTEIN

Rice water is surprisingly beneficial to hair because it contains an impressive array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids – the building blocks of protein. Rice water contains 16% protein, making it an effective DIY protein treatment. Use it to strengthen your hair, and add sheen by smoothing the cuticle.

Being that rice water is protein, you need to use it cautiously. You need to use it appropriately for your hair porosity to not cause breakage. This is one occasion where less is more is the way to go!

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3. TRADITIONAL RICE WATER IS FERMENTED

Fermented rice water is water that has been prepared in the same way as above but left to ferment and turn slightly sour. The benefits of rice water are further enhanced when it’s left to ferment.

The process of fermented rice water is a little bit different from plain rice water.

4. TRADITIONAL RICE WATER CAN BE DRYING

As rice water is a protein/strengthening treatment it can be drying with overuse and always needs to be followed with a moisturizing treatment. Here are some tips to counteract the drying effects.

5. RICE WATER DOES HELP WITH HEALTH GROWTH

The answer, in short, is yes. Why because rice water contains many of the building blocks of the hair strand as well as assist within the healthy scalp. Any time you are practicing healthy hair care and focused on protein/moisture balance, your hair will grow. Rice water is not a magical elixir but used properly you can have impressive results.

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