Fermented Rice Water & Pummelo for Hair

Asian women have been using rice water as a natural hair treatment since the Heian period (794 to 1185 CE) in Japan. In modern-day China, the Yao women of the Huangluo village are renowned for their long, long hair – and they swear by rice water rinses.

Why rice water?

Rice water is starchy, and rice itself contains many nutrients, including:

  • Amino acids
  • B vitamins
  • Vitamin E
  • Minerals
  • Antioxidants

Our version adds the goodness of pummelo peels to enrich the traditional formula. Pummelo peel is also rich in nutrients and other beneficial compounds.

  • Vitamin C
  • Flavonoids (antioxidants)
  • Protein

Adding fermentation to the process increases the antioxidant concentrations.

While the scientific evidence is scant, the anecdotal evidence is strong – and it can’t hurt your hair. Here’s how to do it.

What you’ll need

1 cup organic rice
1 pummelo, peel only
4 drops essential oil of choice, optional

  • Rinse the rice out 2-3 times with cool water.
  • Place it in a pot, and cover with water. Leave to soak for at least 1 hour, and when it’s ready, strain the water into a saucepan.
  • Cut the pummelo peel into small pieces, and add to the rice water in the saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, and allow it to simmer gently for a minute or so.
  • Transfer the water, peels included, to one or more clean, resealable glass jars or bottles.
  • Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature, and add the essential oil of your choice. Lavender or mint are lovely options.
  • Cover the jar with the lid, and place it in a cool, dry area. Allow it to ferment for two days up to a week.
  • Strain out the pummelo peels, and it’s ready to use.
  • It can be stored, covered, in the fridge for up to 10 days.

How to use it

Use it once a week for four weeks for best results.

Day before:

  • Wash your hair

Next Day:

  • Apply the fermented rice water to your hair from roots to ends, saturating it.
  • Put on a shower cap, or wrap loosely in plastic wrap, and allow your hair to absorb it for up to 1 hour.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Let your hair air dry.

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