Fermented Rice Water: Ancient Shampoo Rice

Rice water can become a perfect alternative to store bought shampoo as rice may significantly improve hair condition. That milky-colored liquid left over from rinsing or boiling rice is a secret ingredient to beautiful hair.

As an important part of daily beauty regimes, each of us regularly uses products, typically in the form of a viscous liquid, that is suitable for cleaning hair. This is the easiest and most conventional way to make hair clean. However, most people notices that homemade shampoo based on the right choice of ingredients can bring more benefits than any other things from supermarket.


The majority of us possibly came across different sources mentioning the usage of rice in skin and hair products. And then a reasonable question rises: “Is it possible to wash hair with fermented rice water?” Yes, definitely! But if you wish to take out much of usefulness from natural procedure, follow simple steps and prepare everything in a right way.




What is Fermentation?


Fermentation is the conversion of a carbohydrate such as sugar into an acid or an alcohol. More specifically, it can refer to the use of yeast to change sugar into alcohol or the use of bacteria to create lactic acid in certain foods. This process occurs naturally in many different foods given the right conditions, and humans have intentionally made use of it for many thousands of years.


In ancient times people did not know the process of freezing and canning, and fermenting was the only method they could know. For example, milk could be fermented into cheese. Processed fish (a sauce) was widely used in the diet of ancient Rome. People always appreciated the nutritional value and the unique properties of pickled cucumbers, carrots and beets. They knew that fermented foods could be kept longer than the unfermented ingredients used to make them. For example, fresh milk goes bad easily, but fermented dairy products such as yogurt and cheese can be kept longer. The Japanese use fermented (with a special mold) rice, barley and soybeans for cooking their national dishes. And in India, dishes from fermented rice and beans are very popular.


Even nowadays fermentation is used in various ways in our day-to-day lives. But who knew that fermented rice water could be so good for hair condition and solving various hair problems?

First, let’s start our talk about benefits of fermented rice rinse for hair. I guess, there are some facts you still didn’t know.

  • Rice contains so called “water-soluble vitamins” and “minerals” and it is more abundant of vitamins of B group (by the way, B vitamins help hair cells to produce black pigment).

  • Rice contains rich protein and amino acids and the process of fermentation method will make the process of protein turn into amino acids, so nutrition value of such rice is very rich.

  • Rice water boosts hair elasticity and decreases surface friction. It is rich in inositol – a carbohydrate that everyone must look for. Not only it protects hair against damage, but it also repairs it. The inositol remains inside hair cells even after rinsing. In other words, it protects a top-notch protection over long periods of time.

  • Fermented rice water is acidic, our hair is suitable for acidic environments. Rice water makes hair smooth and soft so regular wash with rice will bring amazing results and you will wonder how this possible that rice water is much better than any commercial products you used to apply on your hair for such long time.


How to Make Fermented Rice Water Shampoo?


Fermented rice water can be directly used to rinse the hair avoiding using shampoo. Long-term use of such homemade shampoo will make your hair darker and thicker.

Here are tips how to prepare natural rice shampoo:



  • Thoroughly rinse rice to remove any dirt from grains. In this step it is important to use clean (better filtered) water because tapped water contains chemicals and other impurities. Also use clean water while cooking rice.

  • First, collect water again (not the water you use on the initial rinse to get off any dirt) after you let rice stay in water for 15-20 minutes and then drain. For example, if you cook rice two to three times a week, you should be able to collect enough liquid for two to three hair washes.