Yes, you read that headline right. You can actually boost your hair growth with rice water. It's easy to make and will not take a toll on your pocket. So next time you plan on cooking rice, you might want to think twice before pouring that milky white water down the drain.

Many beauty companies across the world have formulated various products which they promise will give customers long, healthy hair, but judging by the mixed reviews that come after each product launch, it's safe to say that the 'winning product' that works for everyone hasn't been made yet.

So why dole out lots of cash on hair products that you're not sure will work for you, when you can use one of Mother Nature's remedies - rice water?

Rice water has been used by Asian women for centuries. The result is healthy, soft and beautiful waist length hair. When fermented, rice water contains amino acids, proteins, vitamin B, C, E, minerals, antioxidants, and pitera which is a by-product of the fermentation process. The effect of all these is strong, healthy and manageable hair.

Aside from boosting hair growth, rice water also darkens the hair, giving it a glossy sheen. Okay, enough talk already! Let's tell you how to use rice water on your hair.


- To prepare fermented rice water, add 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of water in a bowl, swirl it to mix up dirt then rinse off the dirty water.

- Add some more water and swirl again. Then transfer the mixture into a jar and cover it with a plastic wrap for 12 - 24 hours. You can leave it for longer if you like, as that would make the water even more potent. The fermented water should appear cloudy with a mildly sour smell. Now you can strain it and use the water to wash your hair. 
- You can as well boil the rice water before the fermentation process. If you don't want to use fermented rice water, let the mixture sit for 30 minutes before straining. Then it's ready to use.

- Since rice water helps to restore your hair ph level, it's best to use it after shampooing and conditioning your hair. Leave it in for about 30 - 60 minutes before rinsing out with water. Plus you can use this mixture at least twice a week.