Often we speak about beauty customs and rituals that were handed down from generations of our beautiful ancestors. However many traditions were lost due to the masculine role many women had to play during the time of war, that may have been lost or forgotten. I would like to begin this first guide into natural beauty by including this attribution by HarlemHair.co with this graphic.
Until further notice, rice water isn’t bottled and packaged to be bought in the stores. Some brands do add rice water to their products but rice water isn’t sold individually.
But, you don’t have to wait to get longer and healthier hair. You can head into your kitchen and make your own rice water today. Don’t worry sis, you don’t have to be an expert cook to make this.
Since fermented rice water has the most benefits for your hair, it’s the most common one that women make themselves. Want the details on the process? We’ve got them covered below:
- Begin by taking half a cup of rice and soaking it in 2 cups of water, keep it aside between 15-20 minutes or you can boil it for 15-20 minutes until it’s a milky, white liquid
- Extract the water by straining the rice and transfer the liquid you’ve obtained to a jar or container
- Once you notice a sour smell coming from the fermentation, place your container in the fridge
- Add a cup or two of warm water to the fermented rice water because it will be highly potent and direct use is not recommended
Remember, you don’t need to add any additional ingredients to your rice water. Unlike making rice as a side dish, rice water doesn’t need a scoop of butter or a pinch of salt. Your hair only needs the vitamins and starch, not the flavor.
Now, to store and preserve your rice water, simply pour it in a spray bottle or pour it into a bottle if you want to use it as a deep conditioner. You can also keep the rice water in a bowl to pour it over your hair for a deeper condition.
Other Benefits Of Rice Water
Have some rice water left over after you’re done with your hair? While the ingredients are a commodity with hair, it’s also great to use on skin. As mentioned before, it is a myth that rice water can make your skin flawless. While it may not give you perfect skin, it’s still an effective ingredient for your face regime since it’s packed with antioxidants and no harmful chemicals.
Rice water is an inexpensive and effective beauty balm that can be used for cleansing, toning, and even help fight against hyper-pigmentation, and sun spots. You can place the rice water in a spray bottle or keep it in a regular bottle and use a cotton ball to apply it over your full face.
A two-for-one bundle that’s inexpensive? Sounds like a win-win! Have you tried rice water before or thinking about using it on your hair? Tell us your results and how you enjoyed it!