Hey Beautiful people
So you have a protective style like yours truly and you absolutely love how they are looking. You want to wash and condition your style but you still don’t want to ruin your look. In order to achieve this, you also have to take care of your braids and your hair underneath it. Well l am one person who is definitely all about the DIY on my hair. So l came across this exciting hair treatment known as the Rice Water rinse which is mostly used by the Asian women. l learnt of this treatment earlier this year but never took it to heart. After hearing good reviews and how it’s a game changer in a natural hair care regime l figured, how about l give it a try. So lets explore more about this rinse:
Rice Water is the starchy water that remains after cooking rice or soaking. In recent years, most hair blogs have caught on to this tradition. It is one of Asian’s ancient secret to long healthy hair growth. Now that rice water is on a rise, lets discuss the amazing benefits it has for the hair:
It is believed to
- Improve hair growth
- Reduce split ends
- Protect hair from damage
- Strengthen hair roots & smooth hair
- Cure dandruff
Benefits: It contains many vitamins and minerals. These include:
- amino acids
- B vitamins
- vitamin E
HOW TO MAKE RICE WATER: There are various ways of making rice water and l will discuss two ways:
Fermenting: firstly wash the rice to remove any impurities , add water and cover the rice for about 24-48 hrs. Fermented rice water produces a potent substance called Pitera which is said to have higher amount of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Fermented rice water can be in used as a protein treatment.
Take 2 tablespoons of rice add 1 1/2 cups of water to the rice and let it soak
N.B You can use any rice of your choice…(white, parboiled, organic)
Boiling the Rice: you just have to boil the rice for a few minutes until the water turns cloudy. The excess water left after boiling rice is what you need for the rice water rinse.
How to Wash the Braids/Twists
It is vitally important, to wash your braids or twists after about two or three weeks depending on how dirty your hair feels. Washing your hair in braids is similar to washing your hair without braids. You can pick a cleansing shampoo of your choice if you have too much product build-up on your head.
Apply your preferred shampoo and work through your braids and scalp. Be gentle so as to avoid causing tension on the braids. Once you have lathered the shampoo and gently massaged your scalp, rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water. Squeeze the excess water out of your braids.
Instead of using conditioner, let’s welcome the new world of a rinse. Yass hunnay, you read that right, rinse is the new word buzzing. The problem with conditioning your hair while in braids is the mess it can be afterwards. Conditioner has to be applied to the strands and this means squeezing it into the synthetic hair. Unlike natural hair, synthetic hair in braids does not rinse off easily. You will end up with particles of this conditioner stuck to your braids. It’s rather pointless since you cannot reach all your strands under all the braids.
A rice water rinse can condition and double up as a protein rinse. Rice rinses also promote healthy hair growth and therefore should be considered when you have braids.This past weekend l had my first rice water rinse with my protective style. l used the fermenting option to use the rinse. To my rice water mixture l had to add a few drops of lavender oil to the rice water to remove the strong scent. Fermenting helps to release Inisitol, which is the substance that we want for our hair. Put it in a dark and warm area for a day or two so that it can ferment. After rinsing off shampoo, pour the rice water all over your scalp and hair. You can also gently massage the scalp to stimulate absorption. Let the rice water sit on your head for about 1 hour and cover with a plastic cap then rinse it off with cold water to seal your hair cuticles. Save the water for the second wash and place it in an airtight container.
After the rinse, my hair felt extra clean and my braids were dry after 3 hours. For an alternative protein treatment, l suggest trying the rice water rinse. Hope you enjoyed this post.
**Let me know below if you have done the rice water rinse before and what’s been your experience?