The Rice Water Challenge: Is it right for you?

One of the biggest crazes on YouTube is the miraculous rice water challenge. Once we heard that the natural ingredient, rice will do wonders for hair growth in just a short amount of time, we were on it! According to the naturalistas I’ve seen, the results are amazing!

Seeing breathtaking results was exciting, I must admit. Even I got pumped up and let some rice sit in a closed container for almost 24 hours and applied it to my hair. But right before I put this miracle ingredient in my hair, I began to wonder:

What if this is a hoax? 

What if this pulls my hair out? 

Am I even doing this right

While I waited for the rice water to ferment, I did my own research. I wish I would have done that before wasting one cup of my jasmine rice, but it’s all good. I’m going to let you know what I found out because you don’t get much information in many of the videos.

First and foremost, please know your hair porosity. Knowing your hair porosity makes a huge difference in how often you apply rice water to your hair, if at all. Why? Rice water contains protein, so consider it like a protein treatment. Technically, too much protein isn’t good for any hair type.

If you have low porosity hair like I do, you may want to proceed with caution. Having low porosity hair means your hair isn’t too fond of large amounts of protein. Now, I’ve seen YouTubers say they applied rice water every day over the course of ten days or longer. I’ve also watched YouTubers admit to putting the product in their hair once a month. Do what you feel is best, but you should definitely listen to your hair and don’t over do it.

Minerva Joy discusses her experience with the rice water challenge.

For those that are conscious about the products that are put into their hair care regimen: rice contains arsenic which is the same ingredient used to kill rodents. Though I’m not certain if the amount of arsenic in rice is harmful or if it’s even in all rice, but there is more arsenic in brown rice. In addition to arsenic, there are other things to be concerned about such as debris and possibly other harmful chemicals. Some recommend to boil the rice while others are against it because it boils down the nutrients that help with hair growth. Another recommendation is to clean the rice by letting it sit in water for about 10-15 minutes and then rinsing it before starting the fermentation process.

The next thing to be aware of is how much rice should be used. Technically, it depends how you’re going to use it and how often. When I soaked my rice, I used one cup to one cup of water. After going back and checking the process, I noticed the rice absorbed some of the water, so my end result was me adding two more cups of water.

Because I am low porosity, I sprayed the fermented rice water on my scalp and covered it with a plastic cap for about 20 minutes and rinsed it out with warm water. I didn’t use the magic ingredient on a daily basis like I’ve seen others do. In fact after reading that rice water is only good for up to three days, I threw the rest out. My goal is to use once every two weeks or once a month depending on the reaction I get from my method.

Though this is only my first time using rice water and haven’t seen significant results, I have gained so much information that many don’t inform you about on YouTube. So ladies and gents, if you don’t want to ruin that beautifully natural mane, KNOW YOUR HAIR POROSITY and DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH!

Have you tried the rice water challenge? Give me the tea on your experience or any information you’ve gained.

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