How to make fermented rice water for haircare

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Rhonda Fitzpatrick

Rhonda Fitzpatrick

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Fermented Rice Water is on the rise in popularity and it’s not surprising why. With its all-natural composition, it is a product that brings lots of benefits and no harm whatsoever. Regardless of whether you are using Fermented Rice Water already or whether you are interested in trying it out, this article is intended to help you learn more about it, including how to make it yourself. But first…

What is Fermented Rice Water?

To put it simply, fermented rice water is the liquid left behind after washing or cooking rice - except, as the name suggests, it has also gone through the fermentation process. It is precisely this process which allows this product to gain all of its beneficial properties, which help treat not only your shaft but your scalp as well. It is packed with super healthy nutrients that emerge as a result of the fermentation process, e.g. protein.


While fermented rice water has been popular in Africa and Asia for centuries, it has only recently gained popularity in the West. But don’t worry, we can show you how to try it out for yourself at home so you don’t miss out on the trend!

How to Make

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of uncooked white or brown rice
  • a container with a lid
  • 2-3 cups of water.

Follow the instructions below step-by-step for the best results:

  • Place clean rice and water in a container, then mix.
  • Cover with the lid and leave at room temperature for around 1-2 days.
  • Strain the water and get ready to use it on your hair!


    DON’T FORGET to store the remaining rice water in the fridge for future use and to avoid further fermentation.

    How to Use

    Now that you know how to make it, we will also guide you through the application process, which consists of a few simple steps:


    • Make sure you have washed your hair with shampoo first
    • Generously apply Fermented Rice Water on your scalp and hair
    • Massage into your scalp and hair, saturating the strands. Leave it in for 15-30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. You can follow it up with a deep conditioner to strengthen the effect.

    Top Benefits

    As a Protein Treatment

    One of the nutrients that emerges as a result of fermentation is protein. In fact, we often suggest using fermented rice water specifically as a protein treatment once every two weeks. The reason we do so is that the protein produced as a result of fermentation helps build up the keratin in the hair shaft and makes strands stronger and less prone to breakage. This means that your overall hair health is improved as well.


    As a Hair Conditioner

    Apart from using it as a protein treatment, you can also use fermented rice water as a 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.


    For Hair Growth

    While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, on average, fermented rice water has been shown to speed up the growth process and get the results you want faster. This is because it contains tons of proteins and amino acids, which not only fortify your hair but also ensure its consistent growth.

    Best commercial Fermented Rice Water to try out

    With all of the “how-to”s and benefits of fermented rice water out of the way, we have to mention that while you can go ahead and try making the product at home, we suggest reading our Guide about Rice Water and trying out the commercial version first to know what it’s supposed to be like and the effect it’s supposed to have. Plus, while you can try to do it at home yourself, professional hair products will always have a better concentration of all the necessary nutrients that can boost your hair length in the quickest way possible.


    While there are many fermented rice water brands available on the market, we don’t exaggerate when we say Chebeauty’s Fermented Rice Water is the way to go. It is sourced directly from Africa with only the highest quality ingredients and it is fully manufactured in the United States meaning that it adheres to the highest production standards. Furthermore, for convenience’s sake, it comes in two different sizes so you can choose which one works best for you based on the thickness of your hair and frequency of use.


    Fermented Rice Water is a great product to incorporate into your hair routine because it is entirely risk-free (unless you are allergic to rice). If anything, its all-natural composition ensures that there are multiple benefits packed into a single product with no harmful side effects whatsoever. It is relatively easy to make at home as well if you want to try it out for yourself. In case, however, you would like to try professional haircare first or compare it to your homemade version, we suggest you try Chebeauty’s Fermented Rice Water as part of your experimentation.