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Rice water for hair - Dr. Axe

Rice Water for Hair & Skin: Does It Really Work?

  • Author: Jillian Levy
  • Total Time: 24 hr
  • Yield: 1 use 1x


Does rice water for hair growth and skin health work? While there are limited studies on its efficacy, it does contain beneficial compounds.


  • 1 cup rice (ideally organic rice, whether white or whole grain/brown rice)
  • 1 cup water (ideally use filtered water so the finished product is free of impurities)


  1. First rinse the rice well under running water for about a minute. Strain it to remove the water.
  2. Add the rice and water to a bowl, and let it sit for several hours or more.
  3. Strain the rice, and keep the water that is left over in the bowl.
  4. Put the rice water in a glass far, cover it with a lid and let it sit at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours. This will allow fermentation to take place, in which beneficial microbes develop in the water.
  5. Once fermented, put the jar in the refrigerator. Try using it within about one week.


  • You can use rice water directly on your hair or face or incorporate it into other products, such as shampoo or hair masks.
  • Prep Time: 24 hr
  • Method: Mixing