Rice water has amazing hair benefits. A Chemist’s study found that applying rice water on hair can reduce friction between the hair strands as well as improve hair elasticity. Rice water has a carbohydrate called inositol which help can repair damaged hair.
Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water will decrease breakage and make hair more manageable and healthier: the amino acids in the rice water strengthen the hair at its root to promote stronger, thicker new growth.
Rice water has many skin applications as well because of its cooling and soothing effects on the skin, it is an effective ointment to cool off the inflamed skin.
Rice water is loaded with antioxidants in it which help to prevent or fade age-spots, ease skin irritations and give you soft, glowing, clear skin. By leaving it on the skin, it is said to offer mild protection from the sun.
Fermented rice water is rice water that is left to ferment and has gone slightly sour. It is rich in antioxidants, minerals, B vitamins, vitamin E, and traces of pitera, a substance produced during the fermentation process.
You can use fermented rice water as a face cleanser or a skin toner. The nutrients in the fermented rice water can help shrink pores, reduce fine lines, and tighten and brighten your skin – this is a perfect recipe to look radiant and youthful.
Fermentation lowers the pH of the liquid, and this is similar to our hair’s pH, which is also on the lower side (slightly acidic). So, this slightly acidic pH plus the added nutrients from the fermentation process help restore hair’s pH balance, nourish hair follicles and improve the overall condition of hair.
To make rice water rinse half a cup of rice in a cup of water then, place the rice in a bowl and cover with 2 cups of water. Let it soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Swirl it around or lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair and skin.
Now strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Your rice water is ready to use.
To make Fermented Rice Water
Prepare as above and then leave it at room temperature for a day or until it turns slightly sour (it has started to ferment). It can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours, depending on how warm it is. So the warmer the room temperature the faster the fermentation process.
Fermented rice water is quite potent, so you may need to dilute it with a cup or two of warm water before use. Adjust according to your hair’s needs, use more for dry hair and less for oily hair.