So, how exactly does rice water benefit the hair? “The part we do know is that rice contains amino acids, B vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. … The thought is how could this not benefit hair?” says Jill Buck, a senior stylist at Nine Zero One. “By soaking, the hair absorbs the nutrients causing stronger, shinier, and smoother hair.” She adds that since it’s a newer treatment on the market, its benefits are not exactly scientifically proven yet, which she’s honest with her clients about.
With all that in mind, take a look at some of the benefits below.
1. It strengthens hair: “The starch and protein are thought to be absorbed by the hair which can add strength. The B vitamins such as folate and minerals are an added bonus in potentially strengthening the hair,” Farhang adds.
2. It adds shine.
3. It de-frizzes.
4. It detangles.