There is a village in China called Huangluo with the Guinness book of world records for being the village having the "world's longest average hair length". Average length of the hair for women here is six feet, with first gray hair appearing only after 80 years!! WOW!!
When asked about the secret behind their lustrous long hair, these women credited it to one simple ingredient that they have been using for generations - fermented rice water and a DIY hair growth mask they prepare out of this.
That's right, the milky coloured liquid from boiling rice can transform your mane, like never before. Rice water is rich in vitamins E, B, minerals, antioxidants; and when fermented, it leaves traces of a compound called 'Pitera'.
Vitamin E cleanses the scalp of dirt residue and nourishes dry ends and vitamin B complex stimulates hair growth. Minerals, on the other hand, add shine, silkiness and flexibility to the hair.
And antioxidants strengthen the roots, repair the damaged hair follicles and bolster production of new hair cells. Plus, rice water also contains saponins that work as a natural cleanser.
Using rice water as a herbal mask to boost hair growth is not as simple as collecting the cloudy end residue and using it to rinse hair.
You need to allow it to ferment to make it concentrated enough to penetrate deep into the hair shaft. So, here is a step-by-step guide on how to improve hair growth naturally using this DIY fermented rice water hair growth mask.
Take 1 cup of rice and rinse it well, until all the dust particles come off. Boil this rice with an equal amount of water.
Once the rice is cooked well, and the water turns into a thick milky consistency, take it out in a separate bowl.
Now starts the fermentation process. Transfer the water into a pot, close the lid and leave the water in room temperature for a day, until it turns sour.
Then, boil the rice water in high flame for 5 minutes. This will stop the fermentation process. Allow the water to cool down completely.
Add 3 to 4 drops of tea tree oil to the rice water mask for hair growth. Antibacterial properties of tea tree oil will cleanse the scalp of dandruff and kill the bacteria that cause dandruff from regrouping again.
For added nourishment, you can also add a couple of drops of rosemary or other essential oil of your choice. It is optional though.
Store the fermented rice water in the refrigerator until further use. After shampooing, rinse your hair with the solution.
Massage your scalp for 5 minutes, and then let the DIY hair growth fermented rice mask sit for another 10 minutes, before rinsing it clean with plain water.
Things To Remember
- Use rice water on hair for not more than once a week.
- Try making a fresh batch every time you rinse your hair, instead of using an old stock.
- In case if you live in an area with hard water supply, consider adding natural clarifier, such as apple juice, to cleanse the buildup on your scalp.
Within the first two applications of the DIY hair growth rice water mask, you will notice your hair become visibly softer and shinier. And when used consistently, you hair can grow twice as faster.