From castor oil to black seed oil, we’re always longing for natural alternatives to help with hair growth. So when rice water came on the scene, the beauty world flocked to promote its benefits and easy techniques for making it at home.
We reached out to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai, to give us the scoop on this beauty trend and answer the big question: Does rice water actually help with hair growth?
“Rice water has been used for decades in Eastern cultures to treat the hair,” says Dr. Zeichner. In fact, there’s a village of women in Huang Luo, China, that has earned the name “Land of Rapunzels” due to the fact that these women have hair up to six feet long. Their secret? You guessed it: rice water.
“But despite its popularity, there is no real data showing that it truly enhances hair growth,” Dr. Zeichner explains. There are, however, many other known benefits of using the ingredient. Here’s what we’ve learned: