Rice Water - What's all the fuss about?

Posted by Adria Marshall on

Rice water has been gaining popularity in the hair care world, with many people incorporating it into their routines. In this blog post, we'll explore the history of rice water, its benefits, how to determine if it's suitable for your hair, and how to prepare it. Whether you're curious about this trend or looking for a natural hair care solution, read on to learn more about the buzz surrounding rice water. And yes, Ecoslay's new Rice Pudding is indeed worth trying!

What is Rice Water?

Rice water, the starchy water left over from cooking or soaking rice, has a long history of being used as a hair treatment. Women in Japan during the Heian period used rice water to care for their floor-length hair. In present times, the Yao women of China, residing in the Huangluo village, attribute their average hair length of 6 feet to the use of rice water. These women also claim that their hair maintains its color for a longer period, with gray hair not appearing until their 80s. The impressive hair results associated with rice water have contributed to its continued popularity today.

The Benefits

Rice water is rich in nutrients such as amino acids, B vitamins, inositol, vitamin E, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients are believed to provide several benefits for the hair, including:

  1. Easy detangling: The amino acids in rice water help to smooth the hair cuticle, making it easier to detangle and reduce frizz.
  2. Increased shine: Rice water can impart a natural shine to the hair, making it appear healthier and more lustrous.
  3. Stronger hair: The proteins and amino acids present in rice water can help strengthen the hair strands, reducing breakage and promoting overall hair health.
  4. Deferred greying: Some people claim that using rice water regularly can help delay the onset of grey hair, although scientific evidence for this is limited.

It's important to note that individual results may vary, and more scientific research is needed to fully understand the specific effects of rice water on hair.

    Too Much of a Good Thing

    Yes, it's important to be mindful of your hair's response to rice water. While it can provide benefits, overuse or sensitivity to rice water may lead to certain undesirable effects, including:

    • Buildup: Rice water can leave a residue on the hair if not rinsed out properly, leading to buildup over time. This can make the hair feel heavy or weighed down.
    • Dryness: Excessive use of rice water or leaving it on the hair for too long can potentially strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and lack of moisture.
    • Breakage: Some individuals may experience increased hair breakage if the hair becomes too fragile or weak due to excessive use of rice water or if it is not suitable for their hair type.

    If you notice any of these effects, it's recommended to discontinue or reduce the frequency of rice water use and assess how your hair responds. It's essential to listen to your hair and adjust your routine accordingly to maintain its health and integrity.


    If you look online, you'll find approximately 15 million methods to prepare your Rice Water. Here are some basics to get you started.


    Soaking is the quickest way to make rice water.

    To use this method:

    • take ½ cup of uncooked rice

    • rinse thoroughly

    • place rice in a bowl with 2–3 cups of water

    • leave to soak for 30 minutes

    • strain the rice water into a clean bowl


    By nature, fermented substances contain a higher amount of antioxidants which combat hair and skin cell damage. This is the reasoning behind the effectiveness of Fermented Rice Water.

    To ferment rice water, follow steps 1–4 of the soaking method. Before straining, leave the rice water to stand at room temperature for up to 2 days, allowing it to ferment. Strain the rice water into a clean bowl before use.


    To make Boiled Rice Water, cover ½ cup of rice with double the water typically used for cooking. Cook the rice in boiling water and strain the rice water into a clean bowl and allow to cool before use.




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    • Thank you for the brief history and different ways to make it. I’ve only seen the fermented way but may try to boil method

      Angela on
    • Don’t know where I got this but think I’ll give rice water a go. It came up on my feed so it must be what I need! Thx!

      connie land on
    • What guidance would you offer for using the Rice Pudding? Instructions just say apply liberally. Use alone or before/after a moisturizing conditioner? Everyday or 1x/month? I know everyone has different hair, but some general guidance would help 😊

      Michelle on
    • I am now devoted to Ecoslay’s Rice Pudding! The past couple of days I’ve refreshed my hair in the shower so it’s about 60% wet. I take two pumps of Ecoslay’s Rice Pudding and squish to condish, leaving that until I hop out of the shower and add two pumps of Ecoslay’s Orange Marmalade with praying hands. My 2B/2C/3A/3B are defined with minimal frizz and I’m on day 5 hair as I type this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! xoxo

      Kathleen Donaldson on

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