Rice water for hair growth: Is it effective?

It’s great for sushi, but what about your hair.

Rinsing and soaking your hair in rice water to make it grow longer and more shiny has long been a staple of East Asian beauty practices. TikTok is now promoting the idea. Users claim that rinsing your hair with rice water results in “extreme hair growth.” Does this work? If not, how can it be made to work?

What is rice water?

Health explains that rice water is leftover water from rice after it has been washed. This water may contain starchy runoff or vitamins. Rachel Nazarian MD, a New York City dermatologist, explains. Rice water can be made quickly by soaking 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Then strain the water into a clean container. Though plain rice water is fine, some TikTok users add grapefruit peels and essential oils to ferment the water over time before putting it on their hair.

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Rice water can increase hair growth.

There are no studies that prove rice water can speed up hair growth. There might be something. Health is told by Mona Gohara MD, an associate professor of Dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. Rice water contains vitamins E and B, which are linked to hair growth. According to a review published in Dermatology and Therapy in 2019, hair loss is associated with vitamin B12.

What can rice water do for your hair?

Dr. Nazarian says that washing your hair with rice water might only temporarily improve some people. This has not been proven, and it is likely to be minimal.

Dr. Gohara says that while rice water can increase the vibrancy of your hair due to its vitamin content, it won’t accelerate your hair’s growth as the rice water is unlikely to penetrate your hair shaft.

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What can rice water do for your hair?

Dr. Nazarian says that washing your hair with rice water might only temporarily improve some people. This has not been proven, and it is likely to be minimal.

Dr. Gohara says that while rice water can increase the vibrancy of your hair due to its vitamin content, it won’t accelerate your hair’s growth as it is unlikely to penetrate your hair shaft.

What are the other options for hair growth?

Both Dr. Nazarian and Dr. Gohara suggest dermatologist-recommended treatments, such as spironolactone, topical minoxidil, and even platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, which have been shown to improve hair growth. Dr. Gohara says that PRP is a procedure where nutrients are taken from the body to awaken hair follicles.

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