There has recently been a beauty buzz concerning the secret to shiny, strong, voluminous, and long hair: It does exist!
In fact, it originates from ancient times, to the women living in the village of Huangluo, which is also referred to as the ‘Long Hair Village’. They have been using this secret for centuries to make their locks long, shiny, and grey-less.
The hair of some of the Yao woman reaches 1.4 meters, that’s why these women frequently make appearances in the Guinness Book of Records. So what’s the secret to Rapunzel-long, shiny, and voluminous locks?
Without further ado: The secret of the Yao women is the regular use of fermented rice water.
Since ancient times, the women from the village of Huangluo have used the water they cooked rice in as a hair wash. For these women, keeping their hair long and shiny was vitally important, as they always believed that their hair is their most precious possession, providing them with wealth, prosperity, good luck, and longevity.
Their locks are considered to be sacred by the Yao women, so they cut their hair only once in their in their lives, when reaching 18 years of age. They also never allow anyone to touch, or even see it: This exclusive privilege rightfully belongs just to their husbands and kids.
As mentioned above, the Yao women used fermented rice water to wash their hair. Studies suggest that this misty colored water from boiling rice is very beneficial, as it’s rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and minerals, which have perfect restoring properties.
Another benefit of rice water is inositol, a carbohydrate that has perfect repairing and protective properties, and which keeps the hair healthy and undamaged for a longer time. In addition, fermented rice water is rich in amino acids, which are vital for the the hair roots to grow stronger and to make the hair strands shinier. Besides, these amino acids are a great help when it comes to lines, scars, and inflammation on the skin.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to give this beauty lifehack a try! So, how can you prepare this magic concoction at home?
First, rinse and clean a cup of rice in warm water. Place the rice in a bowl, add some water, and let it rest, stirring it occasionally for about 15 minutes. Afterward, you should sieve the water into a separate container and leave it at a room temperature for about 1 or 2 days.
How do you know that the water is ready? When it starts to ferment and becomes sour, it’s time to boil it and let it cool one more time.
Now you can add a few droplets of your favorite essential oils and use this all-natural mixture as a hair shampoo, massaging it into your scalp. Then, rinse thoroughly and enjoy the benefits.
If you cook rice at least two or three times a week, you should get enough rice water to prepare enough natural hair shampoo tfor 2 or 3 washes.
Give this method a try and watch how your hair gets shinier and more voluminous! Do you know any additional hair or beauty secrets? Feel free to share them with us in the comments!