Accelerated Hair Growth Hack With Rice Water

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Benefits of Rice Water

Though rice water has been around for generations in the Asian culture, the western world is just now playing catch-up to try and capitalize on this well-kept hair secret. More companies are trying to make shampoos and other cosmetics with rice water as the base ingredient because they are becoming more aware of its benefits for hair care. These benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties which fight bacteria and scalp conditions such as eczema of the scalp.
  • Antioxidant properties which limit the effects of free radicals that contribute to aging cells.
  • Bond repairing capabilities which are made possible by the presence of protein and other minerals in rice. This aids in strengthening of the strands which lead to length retention.
  • Elasticity enhancing capabilities.
  • pH balancing that matches our bodies
  • Instant relief from dandruff

Wow! All that from little old rice water?

Research Revelation

Even though old cultures like the Yao have been knowledgeable about rice water as a hair care product, there are not many scholarly papers on it. In fact, we found evidence of just one: “ The Effect of Rinse Water Obtained from Washing of Rice (Yu-su-ru) as a hair treatment.” The study is published in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Basically, research confirms that rice water contains a carbohydrate called inositol, also called the anti-alopecia factor, which seems to promote cell regeneration and makes rice water potent as a restorative treatment for hair. Inositol acts like a vitamin and is found in many plants and animals but as with many things, it can be replicated in the lab. It has been found to help mitigate against the effects of PCOS and anyone who has PCOS knows it has a huge impact on hair growth, so inositol looks great in that regard.

Using infrared synchrotron radiation absorption spectroscopy, researchers were able to create a visual of what happens when the hair is treated with rice water. The fluorescence imaging technology was used to track the movement of inositol in the hair as it worked its magic there. It revealed that inositol continues to work in the hair even after the rice water is rinsed off.

What is still unknown is the quantification of the effects of inositol on the hair. In essence, they can’t tell the exact measurement of inositol that must be present for the rice water treatment to be potent or the time-frame in which the product will work. Even so, this is groundbreaking for all of us who have a vested interest in hair care studies.


The study credits rice water as having B vitamins, vitamin E, and traces of piteria which is a substance that results from fermentation. Piteria is said to have anti-aging and regeneration properties. Researchers theorize that washing with fermented rice water may be more beneficial than rinsing with plain unfermented rice water since the process of fermentation lowers the pH to one that better suits our bodies and promotes follicle health.

Though any rice can be used, organic rice is considered the best. It has also been found that the protein levels in rice differ, which is significant since the protein is of great benefit to hair. White rice reportedly has 3.5 – 4.6 grams of protein in comparison to wild rice which has a staggering 25 grams of protein and brown rice has just 3.6 grams. While not a fact proven by scientific studies, it is speculated that though rice water will work regardless of the rice used, the difference in protein levels will have some effect on the potency of the rice water used to treat the hair.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

  1. Joi Davis

    For all who going to try this please used brown rice. Some companies bleached their rice and traces can left.

  2. Donna Graham

    I have my rice fermented now I use spring water instead of tap water and I use organic brown rice

    1. Olivia

      Page 4 just click the next page link.

  3. Rashida Smith

    I started using rice water about a month ago. It makes my hair so soft. I have two bald spots in my head due to a concussion i suffered about 18 months ago. The neurologist said the nerves were dead and my hair probably would never grow back. Since i started using the rice water i have a little more than ‘peach fuzz’ in these areas. So I’m really excited about this treatment. I’ll keep at it for 3 to 4 months .

  4. Mia

    What’s the difference between this and just using a good protein conditioner?

  5. Si\'mantra

    My low porosity type hair is hard, dry and brittle behind rice water because of the protein is carries, so at first it was good but now it’s not for me

  6. Tekisha Washington

    Michele so we shouldn’t use rice water daily, mainly on wash day and we have to have a clean diet. Oh and the video said that wild rice has the most protein. #somuchinfo

  7. Tamika Jones
    Tamika Jones

    First,y’all swear our hair has letters&numbers(kinky b 12 and other dumbness)and now y’all telling us to waste rice by cooking it&putting the water in our hair?? I’m good dawg,I don’t have letters&number hair and I’m not gon smell like a Sunday breakfast at Grandmas.

    1. Charlotte Johnson
      Charlotte Johnson

      Tamika Jones this really works I’ve been doing it for 6 months now it makes your hair very silky and it grows very fast. You don’t have to cook the whites take a half a couple rice put it in a couple water let it sit overnight strain the rice after you shampoo and condition your hair for the rice water on your hair let it sit for a hour with the pastor cap on rent it out and I promise you you will feel the difference in your hair it is the bomb I am 65 years old and I wouldn’t lie to you.

    2. Atoysha Toy Wells-Bassene
      Atoysha Toy Wells-Bassene

      Tamika Jones you don’t cook it and you use very little. you can also simply buy it already made. There’s a lady on Etsy that I buy from and love her products

  8. Charlotte Johnson
    Charlotte Johnson

    Personally I like to use it as a post rents because it coach your hair and at least my hair silky all the way up until the next shampoo it keeps my hair hydrated my area

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