How to Do a Fermented Rice Water Rinse for Stronger and Softer Hair

That rice you have lingering in your cabinet has another use besides being a complement to your dinner, you can use it in your hair! Rice water rinses are used to strengthen, soften and add shine to your strands.

Step #1: Rinse your rice 

rinse rice first

Rinse off your rice to remove any dirt or impurities

Step #2: Boil two cups of water

Add rice to boiling water and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Swirl throughout this process until the water looks a little cloudy.

Step #3: Strain out the rice

how to make rice water

Strain the rice out and place the water in a clean mason jar. You can stop here if you wish and just use the rice water once it has cooled but, it will not have all the enhanced vitamins that fermented rice water has!

Step #4: Ferment

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Let the rice water sit in a mason jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours.

Step #5: Stop the Fermentation Process

Once you are done fermenting the rice water you are going to pour it back into a pot and boil it. Just a minute or two is fine, don’t let it evaporate watch closely.

Step #6: Dilute the Rice Water

rice water in bowl

Once you are done boiling place the rice water into a large bowl. Then dilute it by adding a couple of cups of water. Rice water on its own is too potent.

Step #7: Let it cool and use!


After the mix has cooled it is ready for use. You can add a few drops of essential oil or use alone. On freshly washed hair add the rice water to your hair and scalp. You can let your hair soak in the bowl or you can put it in a spray bottle to apply to your hair. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse out. If you have any leftover store in the fridge for 7 days and then discard.


Asian women have been using rice water for their hair and skin for centuries. A 2010 study focused on Japanese women who used rice water found that it improved the condition of the hair’s elasticity. So if you are looking for an all natural way to strengthen your hair the amino acids, vitamin E and minerals in fermented rice water may just do the trick.

There are a plethora of rinses out there that you can try from beer (yes beer!) to coconut water, but what impresses me the most about rice water rinses, is that there is scientific research to support that this can actually benefit your hair.

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