Rice is a staple in most Indian households. Rice water has long been known to possess the power to nourish the hair and scalp. The concoction can be used for different body parts, including the face and skin too, as it is said to have amazing results.
From improving and toning your skin to treating skin conditions like dryness and flakiness, rice water can even repair damaged hair strands as well as strengthen them. You can use fermented rice water on your hair as well as your face, both as a cleanser and toner.
You can very easily make this rice water at home. Here’s how to can make and store it:
Step by step guide:
Pour a cup of clean rice into a mason jar.
Fill up the mason jar with water.
Let sit for 24 hours.
Drain the rice. It is fit for eating.
Infuse the rice water with an essential oil of your choice like lavender, hemp, jojoba, olive oil, etc. (This step is optional)
Now that your rice water is prepared, you can give your hair a rinse of this water after your normal shampoo-conditioner routine. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes to an hour. You can also use this water as a skin toner. It has a moisturizing and brightening affect on skin.
The starch in rice water can help to strengthen hair. The water also infuses the skin with vitamins and amino acids. Be sure to rinse off the rice water thoroughly, and not overdo it, as the abundance of protein in the water may actually dry out your hair.
Additionally, you can store unused rice water in the refrigerator for up to a week. Shake it well before using. You can always save the extra in the fridge for next time. When a sour smell appears, it is time to discard it and make a fresh batch.