The rice water method has been around for centuries to bring in volume, strengthen roots and making the hair all together shiny and luscious.
Half of us are under the microscope scrutinizing the air for novel beauty trends flying about because we are well,…women, ever so consistently exceptional at nitpicking at our insecurities.
That’s how we women, the beauty private eyes of the world came around to the Rice Water Method, a solid topic of fresh interest around the internet and we took it onto us to give it a prod to spy if it’s worth the hype.
What is the Rice Water Method?
Rice water has been renowned for its majestic properties in hair and skin care for centuries running and has been utilized by the Yao Women in Huangluo, China and women in Japan from the Heian period (794 to 1185 CE) who are famed for their significantly long tresses.
Rice as we are aware of is packed with a freight of essential nutrients; amino acids, B vitamins, vitamin E, minerals, antioxidants and voilà, our guest of honor, starch, all of them working in harmony to bring in volume, strengthen roots and making your hair all together shiny and luscious.
Rice Water Method: How to Prepare it?
Rice water can be found in three forms; rice water that has been extracted from soaked rice or boiled rice and fermented rice water.
To obtain rice water from soaked rice simply let a substantial amount of rice sit in water for 1-2 hours, separate the rice and its water. The water is ready for the use.
To collect rice water through boiled rice, add in an extra helping of water to your contemporary rice boiling routine and drain out the cloudy emulsion when the rice comes to a boil. Once the liquid has cooled off, it is permissible to get on with your hair care regime.
To try out fermented rice water, allow the rice water derived from either of the two methods above to lie awaiting in a closed jar for 2-3 days. Halt the fermentation process when the jar starts giving off a putrid acidic smell. The fermented rice water is now all yours. Knock yourself out!
The pH value of rice water obtained either from soaking rice or boiling rice is lower than the pH value of hair as opposed to fermented rice water neatly matching the pH value of hair.
There has been considerable arguments over which method would suit the hair the best but all factors taken into consideration, it ultimately boils down to preference, we would say.
How to use rice water?
Section off the hair into manageable parts after shampooing and go all out applying the rice water into your scalp, roots, ends and everything in between. Go about with your shower routine and let the rice water marinade in your hair.
When you are finally ready to step out of the shower, rinse your hair with lukewarm water and towel dry. Rice water is used here in place of a conditioner.
To swap out rice water as a skin care element, bathe your face with rice water and wash off with lukewarm water, twice a day.
Rice water is arguably one of the least maintenance haircare methods prevailing. At an affordable, DIY friendliness and proven results ambience, the rice water method remains undefeated.
Try it out and let us know. You wouldn’t want to sleep on this.
Written by zoomaburst
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