Rice water for hair growth

Rice water for hair growth has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many people claiming it gives them longer and healthier locks. Rice contains a mix of amino acids, B vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. The starchy substance left behind when rice is soaked or boiled gives rice water its unique hair-strengthening properties.

Rice water contains inositol, a carbohydrate that can repair damaged hair. Additionally, the proteins in rice form a protective barrier on your hair, preventing breakage.

Here are several ways to use rice water for faster hair growth:

Boiled Version


  • ½ cup of clean, raw rice
  • 2–3 cups of water
  • 3–7 drops of skin-safe essential oils
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil


  1. Cook rice in a rice cooker or on the stove.
  2. Strain when rice is nearly cooked.
  3. Let water cool to room temperature.
  4. Add essential oils mixed with carrier oil.
  5. Rinse hair with the rice water.

Easy Version

This method doesn’t require boiling and can be done when you plan to make rice.


  • ½ cup of clean raw rice
  • 2–3 cups of water
  • Moisturizing product


  1. Wash rice thoroughly to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Place rice in an airtight container.
  3. Add water.
  4. Add a moisturizing product, like a conditioner, hair mask, or glycerin-based product.
  5. Close container.
  6. Leave to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
  7. Strain the rice water into a spray bottle or another container.
  8. Apply rice water to hair.

Fermented Version


  • ½ cup clean raw rice
  • 2–3 cups of water
  • 3–7 drops of essential oil of choice
  • 1 tbsp carrier oil


  1. Place rice in a container.
  2. Add water and mix.
  3. Cover and leave at room temperature for 1–2 days.
  4. Strain the water.
  5. Add essential oils mixed with carrier oil.
  6. Rinse hair with rice water.
  7. Store remaining water in the fridge to stop further fermentation.

Application Tips

Experts suggest varying the duration and method of application to find what works best for you:

  • Leave on for up to an hour before rinsing thoroughly.
  • Leave on overnight if possible.
  • Apply rice water as if rinsing your hair and then wash your hair right after.
  • Massage your scalp with rice water, cover with a shower cap for 10 minutes, then rinse.

Pro Tip: Using a spray bottle helps ensure your hair is completely saturated.