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Rice Water for Hair: The Complete Guide

Updated: May 20

Preity Prerna Rice Water

In our search for perfect hair, we often find ourselves investing in lots of products promising frizz control, hair softening, shiny hair, increased hair density, bouncy hair, moisturized hair, and to make your hair manageable.

However, these products are not only heavy on our wallets but can also lead to adverse reactions at times.

So, what’s the solution?

The solution is simple and is right there and lies within your arm's reach – right there in your kitchen cupboard! This simple, humble ingredient can solve all your hair problems. Any guesses?

The answer to all your hair problems is RICE!

In this article, we’ll learn about the history of rice water usage, its numerous benefits, methods of preparation, application techniques and proper storage. It has yielded great results for me and my subscribers, and you too can benefit from it. But before we dive into it,

Let me introduce myself!

Namaste, I'm Prerna your go-to trusted source for natural skincare and haircare remedies. Preity Prerna’s YouTube channel is loved and supported by a family of 5 million. Well, you don't have to trust my words, visit the comment section of this blog or YouTube and see yourself (after you've finished reading this article, of course)! 😊

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I’m sure you’ve come across the buzz about rice in the world of Korean skincare. It’s hard to miss, isn’t it? But what if I told you that rice isn’t just another passing trend? It's been a trusted companion in skincare routines for generations, from ancient times to the modern day in Korea.

Rice is more than just a skincare ingredient – it's a symbol of timeless beauty and natural efficacy. It's like a magical multitasker, effortlessly ticking off every box for goodness.

The gentle exfoliating properties of rice help get off dead skin cells, revealing smoother, more radiant skin and reducing hair fall, strengthening strands, promoting growth, and enhancing shine.

What's even better is that rice doesn't come with a hefty price tag like some trendy skincare ingredients do. It's widely accessible and affordable.

So, the next time you're looking for skincare or hair care solutions, consider rice water – a natural treasure that's been cherished for its remarkable benefits through the ages.

If you like to watch the video version of this article, you can watch this: (And don't forget to check the comment section 😊 )

History of rice water usage in haircare:

If you watch periodic Asian dramas, you must have seen the long, smooth, shiny hair of ladies of those times.

Stories of elegance and timeless beauty are famous for the Heian era of ancient Japan. Ladies' long hair touched floors (like for real 🙃). Their hair was a symbol of grace and allure, drawing admiration from everyone who saw it.

And what was the secret behind it?

Believe it or not, it was none other than rice water. It emerged as the cherished companion in their hair care rituals. With its gentle touch and nourishing properties, rice water became the most important part of their beauty regimen.

Yao women

In Huangluo town of China, lived Yao women, known for their impressive average six feet long hair (you read it right, average). And that's not all – what's truly remarkable is that their hair retains its vibrant colour for decades, with nary a grey strand in sight until they reach the ripe age of 80!

And what was their secret?

None other than rice water. Passed down through generations, the tradition of using rice water for hair care was deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of the Yao women. Their resilient and radiant hair stood as a testament to the nurturing powers of rice water.

About Rice Water

For generations, rice water has held a special place in the world of beauty and wellness and is cherished for its extraordinary effects on hair, health, and overall beauty.

It's a simple yet powerful ingredient that has stood the test of time, captivating the attention of not only scientists but also beauty enthusiasts like us.

In recent times, researchers have delved deep into the potential of rice water to enhance and strengthen hair, uncovering its hidden treasures. Among its many wonders, one standout component steals the spotlight – inositol.

This remarkable element has been celebrated for its ability to deeply penetrate damaged hair, working its magic from the inside out. Not only does it mend existing damage, but it also acts as a protective shield, safeguarding our precious locks from future harm.

With each study and discovery, its efficiency in fortifying and beautifying hair becomes more apparent.


Rice water has many benefits for hair. You might have seen some hair products like shampoos and conditioners that promote "rice extracts" or "rice water" as their main product. Rice water as it is super beneficial for your hair!

Here are some benefits of rice water for your hair:

1]. Reduces Hair Fall:

You can speed up the growth of your hair by replenishing the keratin and essential proteins in your hair with rice water. What else? Due to the additional protein boost your hair receives, which makes it strong and more flexible, it also aids in reducing hair loss.

2]. Strengthens Hair:

Just like protein is essential for maintaining a healthy diet, it also plays a crucial role in keeping your hair in top condition. The protein found in rice water contributes to overall hair health, leaving your locks stronger and more resilient.

3]. Promotes Hair Growth:

Packed with amino acids that support hair regeneration, rice water can help stimulate hair growth. Additionally, the presence of vitamins C, B, and E in rice water aids in promoting hair growth by strengthening the hair shaft, allowing it to grow longer and healthier.

4]. Smoothes Hair:

Bid farewell to frizz and split ends! The nourishing proteins in rice water work wonders in balancing moisture levels, reducing breakage, and improving hair texture, resulting in smoother, more manageable hair.

5]. Moisturizes Hair:

Achieving the perfect balance of moisture is key to maintaining healthy hair. Rice water serves as an excellent protein treatment, helping to restore balance to overly moisturised locks and prevent hygral fatigue – all while keeping your hair moisturised and nourished.

7]. Detangles Hair:

Tame those tangles with ease! Rice water softens strands, making them easier to untangle and leaving your hair feeling silky-smooth and knot-free.

People who favour applying rice water to their hair assert that it can soften strands, which also makes them simpler to untangle.


Utilising the nourishing benefits of rice water begins with understanding the different methods of preparation. Each technique offers its unique advantages, allowing you to customise your rice water to suit your needs and preferences.

The ultimate goal of every method is to allow the nutrients and goodness of rice to infuse into the water, creating a potent elixir for your hair care routine. Let's explore the diverse approaches to preparing rice water and discover the benefits of each.

First Method: Basic Soak

Start this method by taking a handful of rice and rinsing it thoroughly. Then, place the rice in a container and add double the amount of water compared to the rice quantity. Allow the rice to soak in the water for 1-2 hours, ensuring that all the goodness of the rice is infused into the water. After soaking, strain the water, and voila! Your rice water is ready for use.

Second Method: Overnight Soak

Follow the same steps as the first method, but this time, let the rice soak in water overnight. Allowing the rice to steep for a longer duration ensures maximum absorption of nutrients, resulting in more potent rice water.

Third Method: Fermented Rice Water

For those looking for more benefits, fermented rice water is the way to go. Similar to the first two methods, begin by soaking the rice in water. However, this time, use more than double the amount of water and let the mixture sit for two days.

During this time, natural fermentation occurs, indicated by the appearance of bubbles in the water. Once fermented, strain the rice water, and it's ready for use. Although fermented rice water may have a slightly sour smell, its potent properties make it a popular choice for hair care enthusiasts.

Fourth Method: Cooking Rice

An effortless way to obtain rice water is by utilising the water leftover from cooking rice. When preparing rice for a meal, simply add more water than usual to ensure a surplus of rice water after cooking. Once the rice is cooked, strain the remaining water and allow it to cool.

This water, often referred to as "maand ka paani" in Hindi, is not only suitable for application on hair but can also be enjoyed as a refreshing beverage.

Choose the method that best fits your needs and preferences, and embrace the natural goodness of homemade rice water for your hair care routine!


Before diving into the application process, here's a step-by-step guide to help you achieve optimal results:

Step 1: Preparation

Start by rinsing your hair thoroughly with rice water. Make sure to cover both your scalp and hair lengths, allowing the rice water to saturate every strand.

Step 2: Massage and Bun

Massage the rice water into your scalp, ensuring it is evenly distributed. Then, gather your hair into a bun to keep it secured during the treatment.

Step 3: Shower Cap

To prevent any dripping or mess, consider wearing a shower cap over your hair. This will contain the rice water and allow it to work its magic without any inconvenience.

Step 4: Duration

Leave the rice water on your hair for 30 minutes to one hour. This will give ample time for the nutrients to penetrate your hair and scalp effectively.

Step 5: Rinse

After the 30-60 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly using a mild shampoo. This will ensure that any residue is removed, leaving your hair clean and refreshed.

Extra Tip: Don't let the remaining rice water go to waste – give it to your plants.

If you're concerned about the messiness of applying rice water, consider using a cotton pad for a more controlled application. This method works particularly well with fermented or boiled rice water, providing targeted nourishment to your hair strands.

For a visual demonstration of the application process, you can refer to instructional videos available online.

For best results, do this remedy into your hair care routine every alternate day or thrice a week. You'll be amazed by the transformative effects of rice water – it's a natural solution that can rival any conditioner or complicated remedy.

Give it a try for just one week, and prepare to be amazed by the magical power of rice water on even the most damaged hair!

Key Takeaways

  • Rice water has been a cherished beauty secret for centuries, with ancient cultures like Heian-era Japan and the Yao women of Huangluo town attributing their long, vibrant hair to its use.

  • Rice water is rich in nutrients like inositol, which penetrates damaged hair, mending existing damage and acting as a protective shield against future harm.

  • Rice water offers a multitude of benefits for hair health, including reducing hair fall, strengthening strands, promoting growth, enhancing shine, smoothing hair texture, moisturising, and detangling.

  • There are various methods to prepare rice water, including basic soaking, overnight soaking, fermentation, and utilising cooking water, each offering unique advantages.

  • Applying rice water to the hair is a straightforward process involving rinsing, massaging into the scalp and hair lengths, leaving it on for 30 to 60 minutes, and rinsing thoroughly with a mild shampoo.

  • Incorporating rice water into a hair care routine just a few times a week can yield transformative results, making hair stronger, shinier, and more manageable.

  • Unlike commercial hair care products, rice water is a cost-effective solution that offers comparable, if not better, results without the hefty price tag.

  • Rice water serves as a natural alternative to chemical-laden hair care products, providing a gentle yet effective solution for various hair concerns.

  • The tradition of using rice water for hair care is deeply rooted in various cultures, highlighting its enduring popularity and efficacy.

  • Embracing the simplicity of rice water as a hair care remedy allows individuals to reconnect with natural beauty practices while achieving healthier, more radiant hair.

I've shared multiple videos on rice water. You can watch them on my YouTube Channel or from here.


If you embrace the transformative power of rice water prepared by the mentioned steps and then apply it religiously your hair will get healthier and look more beautiful.

Do this remedy into your hair care routine every alternate day or thrice a week. You'll be amazed by the transformative effects of rice water.

P.S.: Did you get great results by trying this natural rice water? Don’t forget to come back and write a review based on your experience, and inspire others to try it too.

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Somya Sharma
Somya Sharma
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Prerna Di, I absolutely love how you explain everything so clearly. Your way of breaking down complex concepts and providing options is truly remarkable. It helps me understand things better and make informed choices. Thank you for your incredible guidance, Di! 🙏💕


Somya Sharma
Somya Sharma
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Amazing article🤍


Somya Sharma
Somya Sharma
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Rice water is the most amazing conditioner indeed❤️

I have tried it and the results are just superbbbbb🥳🥳

It's a must try remedy for all!😃🤍

Thank you for sharing such beautiful articles which are not only interesting but useful too!!🤗❤️

Thank you di💖


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Lakshmi Tanuja
Lakshmi Tanuja
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Wonderfully explained Prerna didu with all details. Thanks for bringing such wonderful magics 😊💖🎉🎉.

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