When it came to showering, I thought I had everything figured out: rise, lather, repeat. But as it turns out, making a small tweak to your hair routine, like adding a rice-water rinse, can add a lot of benefits. The tradition of rinsing your hair with rice water originates in Asia but is recently gaining widespread popularity thanks to TikTok. In this special beauty ritual, the water left behind from rinsing rice is used as a soak for your hair.
The idea is that after shampooing, you pour rice water over your hair and let it sit for two to three minutes. Then, you rinse the rice water out. It leaves your hair looking shinier and feeling stronger, and some people even say that rice water is good for hair growth. Because of the recent spike in popularity, the hashtag for #RiceWater on TikTok has gotten over 350.3 million views.
This isn't another one of those beauty trends that is better left untried - the water left over from rice is actually loaded with nutrients that pack beauty benefits, including the ability to soothe and hydrate dry skin. That's why you'll see the ingredient listed in a few of your favorite hair and skin-care products. For example, the Tatcha The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser ($35), MyKirei by KAO Shampoo with Moisturizing Japanese Tsubaki & Rice Water ($18), and Curl Rehab Rice Water & Grapeseed Length Retention Shampoo Conditioner ($10) all contain it.
To learn more about incorporating rice water into your hair routine, watch the videos ahead.