The Benefits of Rice Water for Hair Growth: A Complete How-To Guide

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Rhonda Fitzpatrick

Rhonda Fitzpatrick

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While Rice Water has been popular in Africa and Asia for centuries, it has only recently started becoming talked about in the West. With its all-natural composition, it is a product that is packed with super healthy nutrients that emerge as a result of the fermentation process, e.g. protein. Regardless of whether you are using rice water for hair growth already or whether you are interested in trying it out, this article is intended to help you learn more about it and how to use it efficiently.

How to Use

Here are some items you need to have on hand:

  • Rice Water
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Towel


Now that you have everything ready, we will guide you through the application process, which consists of a few simple steps:

  • Step 1: Make sure you have washed your hair with shampoo first
  • Step 2: Divide your hair into sections and apply the mixture to still damp hair and scalp
  • Step 3: Make sure to distribute evenly - we suggest you use a wide-tooth comb for help or massage thoroughly with your fingers
  • Step 4: Leave it in for 10-15 minutes depending on the sensitivity of your scalp and hair
  • Step 5: Thoroughly rinse your hair, making sure you got rid of all the residue
  • Step 6: Follow up with Chebe Deep Conditioner to strengthen the effect


We recommend repeating each step after once a week or every other week.


Tip N1: Use it as a protein treatment.

Due to the protein naturally contained in the Fermented Rice Water, it is PERFECT as a natural protein treatment because it helps build up the keratin in the hair shaft and makes strands stronger. We suggest using it as a protein treatment once every two weeks. For this, you would need to leave it in for longer than usual - from 30 minutes to 2 hours.


Tip N2: Try it as a substitute for regular hair conditioners.

Rice Water also works as a great substitute for the more harmful chemical hair conditioners. Not only does it help detangle your hair and improve its texture just like the regular conditioners but unlike them, it can also be applied to your scalp. If anything, vitamins B, C, and E it contains help repair damage and boost scalp health.


Tip N3: Try combining it with other products to diversify the effect.

Due to the fact that Rice Water for hair is a natural hair product, it works in combination with other natural products, such as:


Coconut Oil, which contains fatty acids and lauric acid that can penetrate the hair shaft and provide deep conditioning. Together with fermented rice water, coconut oil will be perfect for not only strengthening but enhancing your natural hair texture.


Chebe powder which has a herbal formula is perfect for nourishing, preventing breakage and fortifying hair, resulting in voluminous, waist-length locks. There are different types of chebe powder-containing products - but whether it be chebe hair butter, chebe hair paste or chebe hair oil, they are all complementary to the benefits of fermented rice water.


Essential Oils which are highly concentrated plant extracts that offer many benefits for hair and scalp. They contain a variety of natural compounds that can help improve hair health, stimulate hair growth, and soothe the scalp.


How often should I use rice water for hair growth?

Depending on whether you intend to use it as a hair conditioner or protein treatment, the frequency changes. For hair conditioner, it’s after each wash. For protein treatment - once every two weeks.


How long should I keep rice water in my hair?

Once again, the answer depends on the purpose. As a hair conditioner - no more than 10-15 minutes. For protein treatment - from 30 minutes upwards.


What is the difference between regular rice water and fermented rice water?

While some people use the words rice water and fermented rice water interchangeably, the two are actually quite different. Fermented rice water is a far more beneficial product, filled with not only the nutrients contained in regular rice water but also other elements that emerge as a result of fermentation.


Rice Water for Hair Growth is a great product to incorporate into your hair routine for hair growth and length retention because it is entirely risk-free. Whether it be as a protein treatment or as a substitute to chemical hair conditioners, you will see the results almost immediately. Just try it for yourself!


Get your own bottle here - and share your own results on a social media platform of your choice!