Is Rice Water Effective in Growing Hair?

Rice water is undoubtedly one of the easiest DIY beauty treatments to produce and apply out of all the methods. Simply soak rice in water before applying the liquid to your hair. It’s intended to make your hair healthier, shinier, and even longer by encouraging hair development. Is it, however, effective?


Why would it work, was my main question. Nothing you put on your hair from the outside typically has no effect on its growth. A skin cell can spend 2 to 6 years in the cell cycle stage of growth when it is continually developing a strand of hair. When a skin cell reaches the end of its growth stage, the resultant hair is as long as it will get—12 inches is usual if the cell grows at a pace of six inches per year for two years. Some individuals’ cells live longer than others, which explains why some people can grow their hair to knee-length while others can’t seem to grow it out anyway. (This is also why your eyebrows don’t need to be trimmed on a regular basis; their development cycle is actually shorter.)

Despite the buzz over rice water for hair growth, no one has shown solid proof that it works. Several publications reference a 2010 research, only accessible as an overview, that claims rice water was once utilized by a group of ladies known for their long hair. That doesn’t rule out the possibility this was the cause of their long hair.

Rice water “expressed hair care benefits, such as lowering surface friction and enhancing hair elasticity,” according to the authors. When hair was handled with [rice water] alone, however, splitting appeared on the hair surface, making direct addition of [rice water] impossible.” They suggest that cosmetic chemists investigate into creating rice water ingredients that may be added to hair care products, although there is no confirmation that it increases hair growth. Rice water, according to expert Gaby Longsworth of, does not appear to be taken into the hairline or scalp, therefore it’s difficult to understand how it may promote new hair growth.


Rice water, on the other hand, may assist to keep hair roots healthier simply by covering strands and avoiding breakage, as well as calming an irritated scalp. If these theories are correct, rice water will not strengthen or extend healthy hair, but it may be beneficial for hair fall or scalp skin diseases.

DIY solutions


I tried it until rice water is simple to create. I have wavy, waist-length hair that I’ve taken good care of; I haven’t dyed it in a long time and don’t use steam or chemical treatments on it.

I soaked a cup of dried basmati rice in a jar with roughly a cup of water (since that’s what I had on hand). I shook the container to combine the ingredients, then refrigerated it till the next day. I drained the rice water into a spray bottle when I was ready to shower. (I returned the rice to the fridge because it had not been affected throughout the process.) I’m going to make it tomorrow for supper.)

The rice water should be used after washing your hair, however, DIY guides differ on whether it should be used before, after, or instead of conditioner. Because conditioner is an essential element of my detangling process, I chose after.


So I shampooed and conditioned my hair, rinsed it completely, and brushed out any extra liquid. Then I sprinkled half of my hair with rice water, leaving some other half as a reference, and twisted through it while spraying and, when my spray bottle broke, poured it on. (I’m not sure how much rice water you’re meant to use, but I think I used around half a cup.) Then I rested for five minutes to allow the rice water to absorb completely before rinsing away any excess.

I collected my jury after my hair was dried. It consisted of two people: my husband, who is an adult who can follow orders, and my 10-years daughter, who is meticulous and doesn’t mind being brutally honest.

My kid came to the conclusion quickly: “I don’t believe it worked.” My partner talked for a few minutes before determining that now the right side “looks 1 percent shinier,” while the left side “feels 1 percent better.” On the left was the rice water treatment.


Is it effective? Growth is improbable; shininess and softness, however, may be different. (Some rice water devotees claim that you have to use it all for weeks to notice a change.) In any event, it’s an easy treatment to prepare, and brushing or pouring the chilled liquid into your hair feels good. It also has a pleasant scent and no evident risks or drawbacks, that is more than we may say for many other DIY beauty tips.

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