Don't throw away the rice cooking water, as it can do wonders for your hair. Although these effects have not been proven, this water can improve hair strength, growth and health, and is safe to use.

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What if the solution to all your hair problems was in a glass filled with rice? Rice water is a hair treatment that has been used for centuries in China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Thanks to the Internet, beauty ceremonies have become popular all over the world. The good news is that this product is very simple to prepare and use. Find out how.

 Why is it interesting?

According to fans, the water left over after cooking rice makes hair smooth and shiny, helps it grow faster, detangles, makes it stronger, reduces dandruff, eliminates lice and repairs damaged areas. But are these benefits proven by science? According to two studies cited by Medical News Today, they probably are. Researchers have found that rice water reduces friction on the surface of the hair, as well as hair elasticity. These findings need to be verified, however, but one thing is certain: no side effects have been observed so far.

How to prepare rice water?

There are several ways to prepare rice water, but the easiest way is to rinse half a cup of rice, place it in a bowl with about two cups of water, soak for 30 minutes, and filter the water in a clean bowl. You can also cook the rice and collect the cooking water afterwards, but remember to add more water than usual. 

 How to use it?

Rice water can replace both shampoo and conditioner. In both cases, wet your hair with lukewarm water, pour the rice water on your head, massage the scalp, leave on for about 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Plain or fermented rice water?

Some rice water users find that fermented rice water is even more effective than plain rice water. According to a study conducted in 2012, fermented substances contain a higher amount of antioxidants, according to Medical News Today. Antioxidants can combat damage to hair and skin cells, which is why they are typical ingredients in cosmetics. To ferment rice water, let it sit at room temperature for at least two days, then filter it in a clean container.