Rice water has been all the rage in the beauty world for a while now. On every corner, someone tells you to use a rice water toner on your skin or a rice water conditioner on your hair.

But how do you actually make this wondrous liquid? This post will guide you through the steps of easily making your very own rice water at home, how to store it and how to use it on your hair.

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What are the benefits of rice water for hair?

Before we go into the actual making of our rice water, let’s quickly recap why rice water is so good for your hair. What are the actual benefits?

While so far there isn’t proper scientific research to prove these benefits, anecdotal evidence suggests the following:

Rice water

  • strengthens the hair, preventing damage
  • straightens and smoothens the cuticle, making hair shinier
  • increases hair elasticity, reducing breakage
List of the benefits of rice water for hair: hair strengthening, damage preventing, smoother cuticle, shinier hair, increased hair elasticity, less breakage

How do you make rice water?

The super nice thing about rice water is that you can easily make it at home. Simply follow the steps below and you’ll have it in no time!

Rice water recipe

  • clean water (ideally distilled water, especially if your tap water is hard)
  • 1/2 cup of rice (uncooked)

Wash the rice thoroughly. Then, simply place it in a cup or a bowl or something like that.

Pour the distilled water over the rice until it is completely covered. And let this sit for about two days at room temperature.

Make sure to cover your container so nothing falls in during that time.

Why 2 days?

You might be wondering why you need to let your rice water soak for this long. The reason behind this is that you want to let the water ferment.

Don’t worry! This actually makes the tincture more effective as a beauty treatment because fermented water contains more antioxidants.

So there you go! Your rice water toner or conditioner is ready for use!

Rice water conditioner

So now it’s time to make good use of your rice water conditioner.

Simply let it slowly run over your hair after washing it. You can even massage it into your scalp a little bit.

Let the tincture soak in for as long as you would with a normal conditioner. but at least a few minutes.

Then, rinse it out thoroughly.

Related: Homemade conditioner with MSM: It’s actually easy!

Can I leave rice water on my hair?

Some people have been asking if they can leave the rice water on the hair.

I personally do not recommend that for two reasons: One of them is that this is fermented water, after all. So you don’t want this to stay on your head forever until it starts to smell.

The second reason is that rice water acts kind of like protein for hair which means that it can have a slightly drying effect.

Either way, you will need to moisturize after using a rice water conditioner. So I would wash it out and moisturize well afterward.

A great way to do this is this styling gel/leave-in conditioner*. It doesn’t leave your hair sticky, but provides some moisture. Or you could simply use your favorite hair oil.

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