Updated: Jul 13, 2020
In November 2018 I was in the midst of my quarter-life-crisis and decided to shave the underneath of my hair cause I wanted to be "cool" (lets address neither).
So naturally after I came back to my senses, I needed to find ways of growing my hair back ASAP.
In general, my hair had got to a place where it was in terrible condition due to bleaching it on and off since 2016.
I'd also experienced hair loss due to stress a few times since then too, so it really was crying for help.
I started researching online for ways to grow your hair naturally and stumbled across a lot of YouTube videos claiming that "rice water" was the answer.
So what is fermented rice water and what does it do? It's water that's made by leaving rice to soak for 24-48 hours in water, and used as a hair treatment to help stimulate hair growth. Rice water is rich with amino acids, B vitamins, vitamin E, minerals and antioxidants.
So, how do you make your own rice water? I love this DIY beauty treatment because it's super easy to make. You can use any rice but I would recommend either organic or black rice (photographed above).
Wash one cup of rice thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear, then simply add to a bowl and cover with cold water.
Leave to ferment for 24-48 hours - the longer you let it ferment, the more potent the nutrients!
Once your rice has fermented, sieve out the rice and add the water to a bottle with a spray top or nozzle, whichever you prefer.
Top up the rice water with a little more water to dilute it.
Spray/apply the water all over your hair and leave for a minimum of 30 minutes, (if I'm just chilling at home then I'll try and leave it on as long as I can!) then rinse out and shampoo/condition as normal.
Just a pre-warning, it does have a slightly weird smell to it, especially if you leave it to ferment for 48 hours. Although I did find that out of white, brown and black rice, the black rice has the least smell. The smell isn't enough to put you off in my opinion and I saw massive improvement in condition and length after using the rice water for just 3 weeks!
I try and do the treatment once a week or once every two weeks, go with what works for your hair.
Let me know if you end up trying this! Whats your favourite DIY hair hack?