For those of you who take pride in your appearance, your hair will no doubt receive a fair amount of attention on a daily basic. Looking after the hair and keeping it healthy and attractive is not an easy thing. For many of us, our hair isn’t just something growing from our heads, it is a part of our identity and is what makes us who we are. Browse the haircare section of any store or salon, and you will be met with hundreds upon hundreds of products to choose from. With everything from shampoos and conditioners, to hair masks and toners, you will be spoilt for choice when choosing products designed to promote healthy hair. It turns out, though, that one of the oldest remedies in existence might be arguably the best when it comes to your hair, and skin for that matter. That remedy in question is none other than rice water for hair, and it is this very solution which we’re going to be looking at today.

What is rice water for hair?

Regrow hair with rice waterRice is one of the most delicious and most versatile food stuffs in existence. For hundreds of years now, women, and men for that matter, in the East of Asia, have used rice water for their hair. In countries such as China, Japan, and other parts of East/South East Asia, people have been applying rice water to their hair in order to keep it looking and feeling its best, and in order to keep it long, thick, and healthy. But what is this magical solution that we know so little about? Well, rice water for hair is literally just the water left behind when rice has either been cooked in it, or left to soak in it. If you like to cook fresh rice yourself, instead of the nasty stuff you get in a microwavable packet, you’ll know that you have to rinse the rice several times before you can cook it. Each time you rinse it, you’ll notice that the water turns a cloudy colour and becomes thicker. This is because starch from the grains of rice turns the water that colour and consistency. It is the starch that we want when it comes to making rice water for hair, though, as these starches are believed to possess many health and beauty properties. Rice is packed full of goodness, and so it only makes sense, that so too is rice water. Despite people in Asia using rice water in their hair for many centuries, it is only recently, that rice water for hair has become a thing in the Western world.

A quick history of rice water for hair

Rice water for shiny hairBefore we can start talking to you about the many benefits of using rice water on your head, we’re first going to go back in time several hundred years, and learn about the history of rice water. Our trip back in time takes us to ancient Japan. As you probably know, Japan is a country which is renowned for its consumption of rice. Rice is a staple in the country, and rightly so. If you noticed women living in Japan in the Heian Period from 794 – 1185CE, you’d see that the women had amazingly shiny, thick, and dark hair which almost as long as they were tall. Back then, there were no hair conditioners, salons, curling tongues, straighteners, etc. The women instead washed their hair and kept it so shiny, long, and healthy, in rice water. Now, you might think that this is just an old wives tale and was just a case of making use of what little resources were available at the time, but in fact, many women still do it to this day. In China, Yao Women, who reside in a village known as Huangluo, are well known for having hair which reaches lengths exceeding 6 feet. The women also have strikingly dark hair, despite some of them being fairly elderly. They don’t dye their hair to hide the greys, they simply have fewer greys. You can probably guess what their secret is. Yep, it’s rice water.

What are the benefits of rice water for hair?

So, we now know what rice water for hair is, and we know a little more about where it originated and why women and men to this day, are still using it on their hair and skin. Now, then, we can look at some of the many reported benefits of using rice water on the hair.

Long hair with rice waterPromotes growth – One of the main reported benefits of using rice water on the hair is the fact that it is said to help promote growth. As mentioned, the women in ancient Japan, and the Yao women in China, primarily had incredibly long hair. We aren’t talking shoulder-length hair, we’re talking hair exceeding 6 feet in length for some women. Most of the women actually had/have hair which is longer than they are tall. This is believed to be due to the fact that they bathe their hair in rice water.

Rich in amino acids – It’s easy to sit here and talk about how rice water is so great for the hair, but we need some sort of science to back up these claims, right? Well, one thing that is very apparent when it comes to rice water for the hair, is the fact that it is packed full of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein molecules. Rice water is actually comprised of 16% protein, making it a very impressive protein treatment for the hair. As you may know, the hair itself is made up of protein, so treating it with a protein-rich solution would only make sense, right? The amino acids found in rice water provide numerous benefits for the hair.

Strengthens the hair – Not only is rice water said to promote growth of the hair, but it also shows great promise when used to strengthen the hair as well. Again, this is largely due to the fact that rice water contains amino acids. The amino acids found in rice water help to strengthen the hair and prevent it from becoming weak and brittle. Washing your hair in rice water is therefore a great way to prevent split end and weak and brittle hair in general. Rice water also contains a compound known as inositol. Inositol helps to increase elasticity within the hair, which makes each strand a great deal stronger and more flexible. This makes the hair more manageable, and it also helps to give it a more defined shape and pattern.

Promotes shiny hair – Having long and strong hair is one thing, but if your hair looks dull and lifeless, you certainly won’t feel happy or content with what you currently have. Would you rather have dull and lifeless hair, or long, healthy, shiny, bright, and glossy hair that gleams? The amino acids and nutrients found in rice water help to give the hair a glossy and shiny finish, by smoothing the cuticle.

Helps prevent dandruff – Dandruff is not a serious condition when it comes to your hair, but for the hair, it is not pleasant, nor is it pleasant for your self-confidence. Rice water is also rich in the mineral selenium. Selenium is very useful when it comes to dandruff prevention, as it kills off a yeast known as Malassezia. This yeast plays a key role in the formation of dandruff. Dandruff can suppress hair growth so by killing this yeast, not only do you prevent dandruff, you also ensure that the scalp is able to breathe, and that the hair is able to grow.

Rich in magnesium – Magnesium is a mineral which plays a number of key roles in our health and well-being. If the water that you bathe in regularly is especially hard, hard water can promote a build up of calcium on the scalp and on the hair. Overtime, as calcium accumulates, it can smother your hair follicles and leave them brittle and hard. This means that the hair won’t grow as well as it should, nor will it be as soft, or as healthy as it should be. Rice water, however, is rich in magnesium. The magnesium will help to dissolve the calcium and strip it away from the scalp and hair follicles. This in turn means that your hair will be softer, stronger, and healthier. As an added bonus, magnesium also promotes rest, relaxation, and sleep so you’ll find it easier to sleep and relax after a long day.

Great stress relief – As we mentioned above, rice water is packed full of magnesium, which helps to relieve stress and promote sleep in many ways. It turns out, though, that rice water can actually help to prevent stress in many other ways as well. Stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss, and it can also result in weak hair, premature greys, and many more detrimental effects on your hair, your appearance, and your health in general. Rice water is rich in thiamine, which is a B vitamin, B1 in fact, which has been found to help alleviate stress in a number of different ways. This in turn will help to improve your quality of life, and the health and appearance of your hair in general.

Packed full of goodness – In truth, rice water is loaded full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients which promote healthy hair, and a healthy body, in many different ways.

Great for the skin – It turns out, that washing your hair with rice water isn’t the only way to benefit from this awesome liquid. Those that bathe their skin with rice water also find that the solution gives the skin a healthy glow, it helps to prevent lines and wrinkles, and it softens and moisturizes the skin. If you want to look healthy and youthful, rice water is the solution that is perfect for precisely that, and a whole lot more besides.

How to make rice water

As you can see, rice water is serious stuff, and in truth there are even more benefits associated with using it, than what we listed above. If you’re now thinking of using rice water yourself, you can purchase it from various outlets, although in reality it is far easier, and cheaper, to make your own. Making your own rice water couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cups of raw uncooked white rice
  • 4 cups of water

First, begin by taking your rice, and giving it a very quick rinse under cold running water. This first rinse isn’t to put on your head. It is instead designed to help wash away any dirt and impurities clinging to the rice. After all, you wouldn’t want to be washing your hair in water full of dirt and dust.

rice water bowlNow, take your rinsed and clean rice, and place it into a bowl. Cover it with your 4 cups of water and give it a gentle stir. You should notice that, the more you stir and agitate the rice, the cloudier the water becomes. This is the starch being released from the grains, and it is this that you want.

Leave the rice to soak in the water for around 30 minutes.

Now, strain the rice away from the water and set it aside. Ideally you should now cook the rice to prevent it going to waste, so why not look up some delicious rice recipes?

Pour the rice water carefully into an air-tight bottle/container and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. The solution will last for one week.

How to use rice water for hair

How to use rice waterWe’re going to finish up today by talking about how to use rice water. You can use rice water on the face, as a cleanser, toner, or moisturizer. It can also be used to treat spots, sunburn, and skin complaints. To use rice water on the hair, after shampooing and conditioning the hair, pour a very generous amount onto the hair, and leave to soak in for several minutes. Massage it fully into the hair and scalp, and then rinse with warm water when finished.

Hair Regrowth with Stem CellsAndrogenic alopecia is one of the most common types of hair loss. It develops mainly in men starting averagely from the age of 25. In the majority of cases the genes are the key cause of this unpleasant and unappealing state when hair follicles simply stop producing new hair and die away. As a matter of fact, normal functioning of stem cells can play a crucial role in fighting this type of hair loss and full hair regrowth.

Stem cells are the cells which can be grown and transformed into any other types of cells and even whole organs. Although treatment with the use of stem cells is considered to be a very promising field in modern medicine, scientific studies involving them are not intense and deep enough nowadays. Moreover, the results of such studies are rarely applied in practice.

Nonetheless, researchers have discovered that the amount of stem cell in the area of normal hair growth and the area of baldness is the same. The difference is that the stem cells that are present in bald spots of the scalp are not active enough in transforming themselves into mature and fully functional hair follicles. Fortunately, it is possible to restore the normal functions of these cells. Thus, future treatment of androgenic alopecia should be directed to the activation of these stem cells in order to regrow hair follicles in the bald areas of the scalp and make them develop normally.

Modern medical science has already reached certain results in this direction. For the first time hair follicles have been raised from the stem cells in vitro what can be considered a real breakthrough in treatment of hair loss. The researchers used stem cells of animals at this stage, but they hope to repeat their success with human stem cells and make hair regrowth possible in the nearest future.

We can hope that in several years androgenic alopecia will become history. The scientist claim that the operation during which new hair follicles could be implanted in the scalp of the patients would allow to fully regrow lost hair. Just imagine that baldness would be the attribute of those who don’t really want to do anything about it!

Hair Loss ProgramThis is a review of the Hair Loss Black Book, an eBook which describes a comprehensive anti hair loss program and offers an alternative, yet very effective hair loss solution.

The book doesn’t offer you another “miracle” that doesn’t work. It’s a serious investigation that centers around the key causes of hair loss. Hair loss is the result of various internal malfunctions and treating only one cause doesn’t lead to good and stable results. A great feature of the offered anti hair loss program is that it is all-inclusive, valid and beneficial for general health.

The program includes proper nutrition, detoxification, fitness and creating “hair growing environment” on your head. Thus, the main idea is a whole-body treatment for hair loss. It combines several simple but working methods to regrow hair and maintain the results for the whole life.

Of course, we all want results now (or as soon as possible). But in case of hair loss there is no quick fix and the book tells that straight (contrary to numbers of scam products). Some people who will start following this program may achieve good result already in 6 months, for others it may take up to 2 year to have their hair regrown, but in any way it will be real.

The reason why this program will stand the test of time is that it is intended for everybody who experience hair loss, irrespectively of age, lifestyle, sex and stage of the condition. There are sections, parts, and even chapters devoted to each particular case (for example separate chapters for women), so you can easily customize the program accordingly.

The book is written by a real expert. It is very detailed, “scientific”, but easy to understand. It has logical structure and is supplied with plenty of pictures illustrating each significant point.

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Thinning hair and hair loss is something that a great number of men face sooner or later. No wonder, popular problems give birth to popular myths. The following list does not only consider causes of male hair loss but also represents the average man’s opinion and attitude to the problem. Some statements are humorous and could not be taken seriously – just as the myths themselves.

Myth 1: Hair loss often results from wearing tight caps and hats.

There is a widespread opinion that those men who wear headgear all the time are subjected to hair loss. It is explained by the fact that hair follicles don’t get enough oxygen in this case. Well, in reality the scalp receives most of oxygen from the blood flow. How many professional sportsmen that have to wear helmets, caps, hats, etc. can you remember going bald? Still overdoing with headgear certainly deteriorates hair condition, but it’s not connected with hair loss directly.

Myth 2: Steroids have nothing to do with baldness.

Many men who are into bodybuilding and other related sports tend to believe in that. In reality, the situation is contrary to that. Anabolic steroids that include sex hormone testosterone aggravate male pattern baldness in those men who are subjected to it. The thing is that testosterone converts into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which gradually shrinks and closes hair follicles. More testosterone = more DHT = less hair.

Myth 3: Baldness comes from the mother’s family line.

There is an assumption that kids inherit hair loss genes from their moms. Does it mean that men tend to blame their mothers for this misfortune? Well, there’s pretty much scientific ground proving that baldness can be passed on to you from your dad as well. Still this mother-blaming myth continues to live on.

Myth 4: Cutting your hair may increase hair growth.

Some people think that hair is thicker closer to the root than it is at the ends. Thus, when you cut your hair short it appears thicker. Of course, most men prefer a short haircut, but it does not affect hair growth at all.

Myth 5: Shampoos give you more hair.

Certainly, there are some hair products including shampoos that can make your hair look fuller and thicker. But obviously, they don’t give you more real hair. They give you the feeling and immediate effect is what we need, right?

Myth 6: Scalp massage can prevent hair loss.

Well, it’s true but only partly. Scalp massage stimulate blood circulation helping your hair follicles get necessary nutrients and oxygen from the blood flow. Thus, it will prevent hair loss only when it’s caused by the lack of the latter. Unfortunately, scalp massage will be of no use when hair loss is hereditary, hormonal, disease- and toxin-related, etc. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make scalp massage less pleasant (especially when performed by a close and dear person).

Myth 7: Blow drying and excessive washing lead to hair loss.

Not exactly. While overdoing with these procedures, as well as with bleaching and color treatment, you can damage your existing hair so that it will look fragile and lifeless. But hair roots and follicles will remain safe, thus, hair loss is out of the question here. By the way, too few men have been spotted while washing their hair excessively, to say nothing of blow drying and bleaching.

Myth 8: Hair loss can be caused by sun exposure.

One must remember that hair loss occurs at the follicle level. Since it’s rather difficult for the sun rays to get to your hair follicles (and it is especially difficult if you are fond of caps, hats and helmets), technically, the sun can not be the main cause of hair loss.

Myth 9: Combing your hair is less harmful than brushing it.

Show me the man who cares much about it. Just as it goes with scalp massage, both combing and brushing should be done carefully to avoid hair damage, splitting ends, hair broken, twisted or pulled out. Malekind is a strong and hard part of the world, but there’s no need to be too hard in this particular case.

Myth 10: Diet is not related to hair loss.

But it is. Many men are just careless about what they eat and, consequently, can’t make any logical connection between what they don’t care about with what they start caring about (meaning receding hair line, thinning hair, loss of popularity among women… more to follow). But our hair always needs proper nutrition and the saying that your hair is what you eat is not an exaggeration.

Here are simple everyday tips to regrow your hair and keep it healthy.

Don’t cut your hair too short and don’t do it too often. To avoid splitting ends and to keep your hair in a decent condition it is recommended to cut your hair approximately 1 cm a month. As far as the hair grows about 1 cm every month you will not want to have it being cut more (unless you want a shorter haircut). So make your hairdresser aware of your preferences.

Comb and brush your hair tenderly. Long hair is fragile. As a matter of fact, it can be compared to soft nylon stocking. The longer the hair, the softer you should be while treating it. So don’t be too hard in combing and brushing to avoid the damage.

Never brush wet hair. Your hair is very vulnerable when it is wet. So never attempt to brush your hair in this case. Only when they are more or less dry, start a gentle brushing from the ends and proceed gradually to the roots.

It’s important to clean your brushes. Clean your brushes and combs regularly as they quickly collect dead-skin cells and become greasy and dirty. Clean them with boiled water or shampoo.

Braiding of hair. You hair feels much better when they are free. If you prefer it having in knots and braids, don’t overdo with it. If your hair is really long, you are welcome to braid before you go to bed to avoid tangles in the morning (but don’t make braiding too tight).

Choose right hair accessories. Always watch what you use to take care of your hair. Avoid sharp metal accessories and make preference of wooden ones.

Do not use too much shampoo. Shampoo always seems to be a quick fix. But try to wash your hair less frequently to avoid its harmful effect. In order to smooth it use more conditioner. But remember not to apply it on the scalp, rather put it from the ears down to your hair ends.

Dryers,straighteners and bleach. Avoid them as much as you can. You definitely don’t want your hair be like dried straws. It could have been awesome as it is with much less sacrifice.

Think about food. Make your diet healthy and varied. Add more B and E vitamins to your plan, as they are essential to your healthy hair. Remember, good nutrition is just as important for your your hair as the rest of your body.