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As we all know, rice is one of the most popular grains eaten around the world. Actually, it also is one of the most overlooked natural beauty products. For instance, natural hair vloggers rave about the benefits of using rice water on their hair, and even Cardi B swears by it. Today, we will share something about rice water, including what rice water is, how to make rice water, how to use rice water, and so on.
First of all, let us be aware of so what exactly is rice water?
Rice water is the starchy water left over after rice is cooked or soaked. It’s filled with nutrients such as vitamins B and E, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and inositol, which can offer topical benefits to the hair and scalp.
Though the use of rice water for hair health may be a relatively new concept to some, it’s quite a common practice in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. In fact, women in Asia have used rice water on their hair for centuries.
The Yao women are the most well-known for utilizing rice water for both hair and even skincare benefits. Hailing from the ancient Chinese village of Huangluo, Yao women are known for their long, thick, shiny hair that earned them the title of “World’s Longest Hair Village” in the Guinness Book of World Records.
As a non-trivial beauty influencer, Rapper Cardi B shared the recipe for the DIY hair mask that is the secret to growing her hair and keeping it hydrated. In the video, she sprayed homemade 24-hour rice water that is already soaked in the sun on her hair before shampooing and conditioning.