Wishing and expecting long, flowing hair seems to take forever to see noticeable results. It’s quite a frustrating situation if you’re dealing with a bad haircut or just want to change your look. You may feel emboldened a week where it feels like a little longer, only to have your hairstylist tell you your ends are messed up and you need a good cut to freshen things up. Sigh. You wanted your longer, flowing look to happen, well, yesterday. Get excited, though, because there’s a TikTok hack you need to know about — and it has to do with using rice water for longer hair. This trick can be your solution to long, flowing locks sooner than expected.
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There’s a viral hair secret sweeping the city, and according to TikTok videos, it’s a recipe for full, ultra-healthy hair. The best part about it is that you can whip it up right in your own kitchen. The TikTokers concocted a water-based rice wash that the rice soaked in and tagged it #ricewater. The process that appears to help TikTokers’ hair grow longer faster and save their damaged locks is getting a lot of attention. In fact, as of this writing, the hashtag #ricewater has received over 505 million views, so you know people are curious about this simple (seemingly magical) concoction for long, luscious locks.
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Rice washing is nothing new in hair care, and neither is the desire for beautiful, healthy locks. Apparently dating from 794 to 1185 CE, Japanese women had beautiful, healthy, long hair on the ground, and rice water was their way of washing it. In more modern times, in the village of Huangluo in China, Yao women are also apparently big fans of a rice water hair care routine, which promotes shiny, smooth and also gray-free hair. According to vogue, Yao women wash their hair in a bowl filled with a boiled mixture of rice water and organic ingredients. The women then brush the rice water mixture through the strands with a wooden comb.
Yao women aren’t alone – many of us want gorgeous, long manes. Hence the popular TikTok rice water trend. One TikToker, Isabella Rose, breaks down the hair care routine. Rose first salutes the Yao women for this amazing haircare tradition, and captioned the TikTok video’s intro, “WARNING: The best HAIR GROWTH DIY method to come.”
Rose chose jasmine rice for this particular concoction and combines a cup of it with water to cleanse it of all impurities. After that, the rice is added to a glass jug with lukewarm water. (Rose recommends being careful, as hot water can break the glass.) Rose then seals the container and shakes it for 30 seconds. The container is stored for 24 hours. In the upcoming TikTok video, Rose demonstrates the hair application process and notes that drops of rosemary, lavender, cedarwood, or thyme essential oils can be a great addition and soothe the scalp. It is sprayed on Rose’s hair, then poured over it and massaged in for 30 seconds.
Dr. Robert Finney, board-certified dermatologist at Entire Dermatology in New York, says Today“[Rice water] contains antioxidants, which can theoretically help calm scalp inflammation,” and adds, “It typically contains the compound inositol, which has been anecdotally shown to increase the growth phase and also decrease friction between the hair shafts. Finney explains that the blend contains amino acids and starches, which can also contribute to the health and shine of your hair. Hair may even appear thicker due to starches, which cause hair shafts to separate. .
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If you want to test the results of rice water on your hair but don’t want to make your own product, there are plenty of products available in the market. You can grab a bottle of Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Rice Water Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment ($42, Sephora), which is good for damaged hair and boosts shine. Or buy Hairitage The Rice Is Right Rice Water Hair Rinse ($8, Walmart), which improves the overall look of your hair, soothes hair follicles and scalp, and keeps your strands hydrated.
We spoke with Johnna Dineley, owner of JoDavi Salon, who told us, “There are plenty of shampoos out there that contain the vitamins, minerals, and growth ingredients found in rice water.” She also notes that the long-term effects of rice water can dry out your hair, so keep that in mind. “One of the products I sell, RPM, has a hair growth booster to add to any shampoo… I guess it’s something similar to rice water, but more easy.”