Rice water is a natural care product for healthy hair. Find out how to make a rice water rinse yourself and how to use it effectively.
Rice is a popular dish worldwide and one of the most consumed foods. During cooking, a by-product is created: rice water. In addition to starch and protein, it contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. For centuries, women in Asia have used rice water for face, body and hair care, and now you can too.
Rice Water for Hair: How to Use a Rice Water Rinse
Before you can use rice water for your hair, you have to “make it” first. This involves next to no effort on your part. Simply wait until the next time you want to cook rice and then strain the cooking water into a clean jar. When sealed tightly and stored in the fridge, the water will keep for a week or so.
Rice water is a great substitute for man-made hair care products and works especially well as a replacement for conditioner.
Here’s how to use a simple rice water rinse:
- Wash your hair as usual and then pour the rice water onto it.
Tip: If you have very long or thick hair, use a comb to work the water in evenly.
- Wrap a towel around your head and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse your hair with lukewarm water.
Easily integrate this rice water rinse into your routine and use it several times a week!
Rice Water Benefits: Not Just for Hair
Not only will rice water make your hair shiny, but you can also use it for skin care! Try using it for mosquito bites, blemishes, or stomach problems.
If you are prone to pimples, blackheads and generally blemished skin, you can use rice water as a homemade facial toner. Just dip a reusable makeup remover pad in some rice water and dab it on your face. For best results, use it every night after removing your makeup and leave it on overnight.
Tip: For even gentler care, you can also apply diluted rice water to your face. Simply mix 3 oz. of lukewarm water with one to two teaspoons of rice water.
Freeze it in an ice cube tray to use on irritated skin, insect bites, or to treat sunburn.
Rice water is also said to be good for digestion – drink it to help with intestinal problems like diarrhea. Drink it straight or mix it into juices and homemade smoothies.
For more natural hair care tips:
- How To Exfoliate Your Scalp: All Natural DIY Scalp Scrub
- Olive Oil for Hair: Natural Hair-Care
- How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair Care: Benefits and Hair Rinse Guide
This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can view the original here: Reiswasser: Sanfte Pflege für Haare und mehr** Links to retailers are partially affiliate links: If you buy here, you actively support Utopia.org because we get a small portion of the proceeds.
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