Yao Rice Water Recipe | How To Make Rice Water At Home – Both Yao rice water and fermented rice water help repair and strengthen your hair cuticles leaving your hair soft and silky. They are loaded with nutrients that help promote new hair growth.
Rice water can be used by all hair types including colour treated hair.👍
If you have low porosity hair, instead of every 3 days, reduce the frequency of usage to once a week only. Also, you can dilute it with equal amount of water before each use if needed.
RICE WATER BENEFITS
Contains Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants
All natural & no side effects
Works as a shampoo & conditioner
Cleanses the scalp and hair of dirt and oil
Moisturises the scalp and hair
Leaves hair smoother, shiny and frizz free
Soothes itching and dandruff
Prevents mild scalp infections
Promotes faster hair growth
Reduces hair loss
Strengthens hair follicles
Repairs dry hair and damaged cuticles
Adds shine and lustre
Leaves a mild citrus fragrance on hair
Below you can find,
- Video tutorial with results
- Frequently asked questions
- Yao women hair care routine
- How to make rice water (Original Yao Women Recipe)
- Alternative ingredients you can use
- How i use rice water
- My six month experience and results
Scroll down for Photo Instructions and FAQ
YAO WOMEN HAIR CARE ROUTINE
📌 Hair mask with rice water and the peels. Use once week leaving it for an hour before rinsing it off.
📌 Natural Hair Cleanser with rice water, natural cleanser and pomelo/grape fruit peels. Use every three days for 20 minutes only.
Yao women do not use any kind of conditioner.
YAO WOMEN HAIRCARE TIPS
📌 Yao women flip the head upside down while combing their hair.
Flipping your head upside down does improve the blood flow to your scalp. This means, More oxygen and nutrients reach the scalp which encourages hair growth.
📌 Yao women protect their hair from the wind.
Wind causes cause damage to the outer cuticle layer which leads to tangles and split ends. It also reduces the moisture level of your hair.
📌 Yao women always use cold water to wash their hair.
Cold water helps close the hair cuticles preventing build up(Dirt, pollutants) in the hair follicles. As cold water does not strip the natural oils, the hair and scalp stays moisturised. This helps in reducing frizz.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YAO RICE WATER & FERMENTED RICE WATER
1.To make Yao rice water you have to use white rice.(Recipe 1 in the video) While the fermented rice water recipe can be prepared with other types of rice like, black rice and wild rice. (Recipe 2 in the video)
2. Yao rice water does not stink at all. To be honest, it smells amazing even after a month. The fermented rice in water does stink a bit.
3. No need to refrigerate Yao rice water up to a month. But fermented rice water has to be refrigerated within 72 hours.
4. You do not have to dilute Yao rice water. But the fermented rice water has to be diluted in a 1:1 ratio to prevent protein overload.
5. While Yao rice water can be used every 3 days, it is advisable to use fermented rice water only once or twice a month.
I did some research on Yao women and came to know that their rice water recipe was actually different from mine. And hence, i have been using their recipe for almost six months now and guess what, it works.
No need to shampoo afterwards too. And, my hair smells amazing. Isn’t that Great?
The main ingredients of Yao rice water are White rice, Tea seed cake, And Pomelo peels. Each of these ingredients contribute to heathy hair in different ways.
Rice water contains the vitamins B & E, amino acids, minerals and antioxidants in it.
The ingredient inositol present in rice water has the ability to penetrate into the hair and repair cuticle damage. This helps add shine and reduce frizz.
The amino acids in rice water help promote hair growth. Using rice water helps make your hair stronger, smoother and shinier. The healing properties of rice water help soothe the scalp in case of itching and other irritation.
BUT, those with low porosity hair may have trouble with protein build up. Just keep that in mind and use accordingly.
TEA SEED CAKE/POWDER
Tea seed cake is the meal left behind after extracting the oils from it. It is rich in protein which is highly beneficial for repairing as well as maintaining healthy hair.
Tea seed cake has antimicrobial properties and hence, it prevents scalp infections like seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and itching. It also promotes blood circulation and activates follicle growth.
The tea saponins present in the tea seed helps cleanse both the hair and scalp thoroughly without drying it out.
The amino acids help new hair growth and also moisturises, conditions, and strengthens the hair strands. Amino acids also help repair cuticle damage which is the main reason for frizzy, lacklustre hair.
In short, it makes your hair stronger and thicker But also, super soft and silky.
ALTERNATIVE – GRAPEFRUIT PEELS (I use whatever citrus fruit peels i have with me and it worked just fine. But it have pomelo/grapefruit peels, stick to the original recipe)
Pomelo peels contain antioxidants that help promote hair growth. It stimulates the scalp and encourages blood flow to the surface of the scalp. This simply means, more oxygen and nutrients reach the scalp thereby promoting hair growth.
The anti-septic, anti-allergic and anti-fungal properties of the pomelo peels treat mild dandruff and prevent scalp infections. It also soothes itchy irritated scalp. You do not have to worry about any kind of bacterial growth anymore.
Vitamin C helps neutralises and protects your hair against free radical damage and adds an invisible coating to your hair to prevent further damage.
The vitamins and minerals in pomelo helps repair the outer cuticle layer of the hair by sealing it properly. When the cuticles are sealed, it adds shine to your hair and leaves it frizz free.
If your are using styling products, using pomelo rice water may get rid of product build up. It is perfect for dull, dry lifeless hair.
Pomelo peels cleanses your scalp of sweat, dirt and cleans out clogged pores and thus, prevents dandruff, itching and other scalp infections.
It also prevents hair thinning.
You may not feel much difference in a single use BUT, eventually it will work and improve your hair quality. Now it makes perfect sense as to why YAO women have strong, soft, shiny and silky hair.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Yao rice water. I have tried to answer them to the best of my knowledge.
If you cannot find your answer here, let me know in the comments section below.
WHAT DO YAO WOMEN USE FOR THEIR HAIR?
Yao women depend on natural hair treatments for their lustrous healthy hair like, natural hair cleansers and rice water conditioner.
Boiled and fermented rice water promotes hair growth and nourishes the scalp and conditions your hair too.
You don’t even have to use shampoo or conditioner when using this recipe. This Huangluo Yao village hair serum cleanses and conditions your hair leaving it soft and frizz free.
HOW LONG DO THE YAO WOMEN FERMENT RICE WATER?
Traditionally, the rice water is boiled with two other ingredients and fermented for about two weeks to one month.
RICE WATER GROWNING MOLD🤔
Keep the glass/ceramic/wood jar tightly closed and in a cool dark place far away from moisture. Keep it away from areas like the kitchen and bathroom where humidity is high.
Once every 3-4 days, open the jar to let air circulate. Even if you skip this, the rice water will definitely ferment without fail. I have tried and tested it.
HOW DOES YAO WOMEN USE RICE WATER?
Huangluo yao village hair serum can be used by itself as it works as an All-In-One protein hair mask, cleanser, and conditioner.
The fermented rice water act as hair conditioners smoothing and closing the cuticles. The closed hair cuticles reflect the light that falls on them making your hair look dark, lustrous and shiny.
NO NEED TO DILUTE THE YAO RICE WATER, unless you have low porosity hair.
WHICH RICE DO YAO WOMEN USE?
When you buy make sure the rice is organic and free from harmful pesticides. Basmati rice and rice that are grown in certain parts of the world like India, and Pakistan contain the least amount of pesticides and Arsenic in them.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR RICE WATER TO GROW YOUR HAIR?
You should be able to see noticeable difference in your hair length and texture in about a month’s time. I am not sure about how long it would take on damaged hair though.
Within a month’s time, my hair quality improved even without using a chemical shampoo or conditioner. My scalp looked healthy and moisturised rather than dry.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU USE RICE WATER?
Yao women use fermented rice water every three days.
In winters, they use it once a week.
CAN WE ADD ESSENTIAL OILS TO RICE WATER?
Yes, you can add tea tree oil or even Pomelo essential oil to the original rice water recipe.
HOW ABOUT ADDING MORINGA POWDER OR HIBISCUS?
I get asked this question a lot but honestly, i have never tried modifying the recipe.
While browsing the net, i came across an article that says Fermented moringa powder has more soluble proteins.
You can also add directly moringa powder to the fermented rice water to make an instant hair mask.
When trying new ingredients, Always make a small test batch first.
I would still recommend you to stick to the original Yao rice water recipe because it is a proven fool proof recipe for healthy hair.
HOW TO USE RICE WATER?
- Shake the bottle before use
- Pour the rice water all over your head and hair
- Wait for 20 minutes
- Massage for 2 minutes be rinsing
- Rinse with cold water
- Repeat every 3 days
Yao women use cold water to wash their hair even in the cold winters.
YAO RICE WATER RECIPE
RICE – 1 CUP
Take about a cup of organic white rice.
Rinse the rice to remove dirt and dust.
Throw out this water.
WATER – 3 CUPS
Add 3 cups of water to the cleaned raw rice.
Let it rest for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, rub the rice between your palms or fingers.
Continue to do until the water turns Milky White. This may take about 5 minutes
Drain the rice water.
Here i have used sweet lemon peels of 2 whole lemons. You can use whichever is easily available to you. Yao women use Pomelo Fruit peels. (The closest thing to a pomelo fruit would be a Grapefruit)
TEA SEED POWDER/CAKE, 2-3 TABLESPOONS
You can boil it along with the pomelo peels or just add the powder after you switch off the gas stove.
Tea seeds powder does helps cleanse and moisturise the hair and scalp. It also promotes hair growth and combats dandruff and itching.
It is an amazing hair cleanser with many additional benefits.
- Shikakai Powder
- Soap nut Powder (Reetha)- Best for colour treated/Chemical treated hair
- Shikakai and Aloe Vera Powder for extremely dry hair
- Shikakai and Hibiscus powder(Leaf/Flower) for extra conditioning
Boil the rice water for 5 minutes on medium flame.
Once the mixture cools down, transfer it to a clean glass jar.
In case you are using an air tight jar, make sure you open the lid every few days to let the air circulate. Why? Because oxygen is needed for fermentation.
Let the rice water ferment for 2 weeks to a month.
Two weeks later, You have your own 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner ready to use.
Yao rice water stays fresh up to 2 month without refrigeration.
YAO RICE WATER RECIPE
- Rice water – 3 cups
- Citrus peels – peels of 2 citrus fruits
- Tea seed powder – 2 Tablespoon
Boil rice water and the citrus peels for 5 minutes. Do not add the cleansing powder.
Once cooled, transfer it to a glass container. Let it ferment for 2 weeks.
Pour the rice water all over your hair and scalp.
Wait for one hour.
Shampoo and condition as usual.
Use once a week.
Hope that helps.
I always rinse my hair with a Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse to finish off.
Leave it for 3 minutes and rinse off. This does make my hair soft and frizz free while also preventing mineral deposit/product build up.
You can use your favourite conditioner here.
My hair smells like oranges which i love. It leaves such a refreshing smell behind.
Rice water does promote new hair growth as i can see lot of tiny fly away hairs when i air dry my hair. 🙂 Using fermented rice water does not exactly stop hair fall but reduces it to an extent.
After six months, my hair thickness has increased so it can confidently assure you that this rice water recipe works.
I can see that my hair has become softer, blacker and shinier than before. It has less tangles too.
Another thing i noticed is that, when i use rice water it cools down my hot head. My head is usually hotter than the rest of my body. Am i the only one like this i wonder? But because of this, my grandma always used to give me an oil bath to cool my body. Childhood memories.😇
In short, The rice water recipe has slowly but surely improved the quality of my hair. And i am super impressed with the results.👍👍👍I can certainly see myself using this for a long long time.
Try this recipe and let me know if you have any doubts. Share your experience below as that really helps the community.