There are a lot of benefits to using rice water rinses on your curls. If you've never tried it, it might sound kind of weird, but this DIY curl care treatment has a lot to offer. Not only is it really cheap, it's been used in China and Japan for centuries to improve hair health. Why's that? It's because rice water has a ton of healthful components, such as minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started.
How Rice Water Can Improve Your Curls
To put it simply, there are a ton of ways rice water rinses can improve your curls. Here are just a few:
Helps with elasticity, and createsmore bounce
Thickens curls, and adds strength
Helps soften and smooth dry, frizzy curls
Manages dandruff, and dry, itchy scalps
Increases blood flow, which leads to healthier, stronger curls
Additionally, rice water contains inositol. This is the key ingredient that nurtures your curls, helping your strands stay strong and recover from damage. Inositol penetrates in your curl's shaft and stays behind even after you rinse. Therefore, it's a great ingredient to add to your curl care routine.
To make this rinse, take 1/2 cup of rice, and boil it with 3 cups water. Allow the rice to become mushy and cloudy. If you'd like, you can strain the water and use that as a rinse. You can also continue to allow the rice to boil down more, and add a dollop of deep conditioner to create a rice hair mask. Either way works. If you do just a rinse, take the water into the shower with you, and after shampooing use the rice water to rinse through your curls. Allow it to sit for about 20-30 minutes, and rinse. You'll want to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment after to help make sure your strands are well hydrated