Hollywood stars like Kim Kardashian seem naturally blessed with healthy hair. The secret is rice water! It's that easy to do at home.
From vampire facials to lasers and microdermabrasion - there is a lot in the beauty routines of the stars. But affordable and simple beauty tips are also very popular in Hollywood. One of them recently aired beauty icon Kim Kardashian on Poosh, her sister Kourtney's online magazine. Accordingly, rice water is the well-kept secret of Kim's strong, healthy hair, which has caused "a noticeable difference in growth." Read here how it works exactly and how you can easily do it yourself at home.
Rice is a very common ingredient in various beauty products (especially in Korean and Japanese recipes). When rice is applied to the skin, it can help even out skin tone and promote a healthy glow, so it's a part of toners, cleansers, and exfoliants for good reason. Rice water also has a positive effect on the hair. It has a thickening effect as it creates a layer of starch on the hair shaft that adds volume. It contains folic acid, which helps to strengthen and thicken hair, and niacin, which contains vitamin B3, to prevent dullness and provide the coveted shine.
To use rice in your own home, Kim Kardashian suggests rinsing uncooked grains of rice and then soaking them in water. Then sieve out the rice and massage the water into the scalp (after shampooing it once) and let the mixture take effect. Finally, rinse the mixture well. For more beauty recipes that require fermented rice water, the rice grains can be soaked in water for two to three days until they have a pungent odor.
Here are recipes on how to incorporate rice water into your hair and skincare routine and benefit from Kim Kardashian's miracle cure for thick hair.
Due to the fact that rice contains a carbohydrate called inositol, rice water can strengthen and maintain the elasticity of the hair as well as reduce the surface friction of the hair. For dyed or bleached hair, rice water and the avocado mask have a moisturizing effect and prevent hair breakage. This mask is rich in vitamins B and E, which also reduce oxidative stress on the scalp.
Add neem leaves to the rice water and mash them to make a thick paste that will help treat hair that is prone to dandruff. Rice water is high in selenium, which reduces dandruff and promotes hair growth. The neem leaves have antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them the perfect dandruff fighter.
Rice water increases the elasticity of the hair and closes the cuticle so that it looks smooth and shiny. Mix a few drops of apple cider vinegar into the rice water to balance the pH on the scalp and improve the shine by breaking down and washing out any debris and impurities.
Rice is high in nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamins B1, C, and E and ferulic acid, all of which help balance and brighten the skin. You can use rice flour like a moisturizing toner by mixing it with aloe vera gel. Both ingredients are able to soothe the skin and help against blemished skin.
The production of rice water in your own four walls couldn't be easier. How to make rice water yourself in five steps:
Rice water works best overnight. To do this, apply the rice water directly to the previously cleaned scalp and massage it gently. If necessary, also spray the lengths with rice water and distribute it with a coarse comb. Wrap your hair in a soft towel and wash it well the next morning. If you want it to go faster, the rice water can also be easily used as a conditioner after shampooing.
It takes time to make rice water. For the best possible effects, the uncooked rice should be steeped in a water bath for at least 30 minutes. So that the pH value of the water is optimally adjusted to our scalp, the water can stay at room temperature for at least another twelve hours without rice. This step ferments the water and is extra gentle on skin and hair.
Rice water provides the hair with an extra dose of protein and starch. To avoid a surplus, you should not use a rice water cure more than once or twice a month.
However, rice water is also a wonderful base for other DIY beauty hacks. Here are recipes on how to incorporate rice water into your hair and skincare routine and benefit from Kim Kardashian's miracle cure for thick hair.