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.
Then leave the rice water at room temperature for a day or two until it turns slightly sour and starts to ferment. After that most people advice to boil the liquid in order to stop fermentation process (most of them write about this tip on their websites). It is a huge mistake. Fermented rice water contains enough useful nutrients and once you boil this liquid – you will get plain water in which all vitamins are gone. It is the same as if you decide to drink beer but boil it beforehand. From the other hand, liquid can be pasteurized. Pasteurization kills bacteria and the easiest way to do this is microwaving. Exposure to microwaves delivers energy evenly and deeply into the whole liquid, it allows for gentler and shorter heating, so that almost all heat-sensitive substances in the rice water are preserved. So, if you prepared rice water and want it be nutritious to your hair – never boil it before application! Just place it in a fridge to stop fermentation process. If you wish to have nice scent on your hair you can add few drops of essential oils (for example, lavender, rosemary or tea tree oil).
Anyway the resulting liquid contains no preservatives so it cannot be stored even in fridge more than a week. It will usually last about a 5-6 days and after that you have to prepare another portion of rise water for hair.
Fermented rice water is very potent, so you may need to dilute it with a cup or two of warm water before use.
If you think that fermented rice shampoo takes much time to prepare then I suggest you to try plain rice water for hair. Follow simple instructions below:
- First rinse the rice with about a cup of water to remove any dirt or impurities.
- Then, place the rice in a bowl and pour it with water. Let the rice soak for 30 minutes. Swirl it around or lightly knead it until the water turns cloudy. This will help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair.
- Now strain out the rice water into a clean bowl. Your rice water is ready to use!