Hair care crafts are a favorite of many, including Cardi B. If you follow her on Insta, you’ve probably noticed that the superstar is turning to the new hair growth beauty trend: homemade rice water. In fact, her home hair tutorial was the first time I had ever heard of applying rice water to hair. Needless to say, as a beauty editor, I was intrigued. So I started using Pattern Beauty’s Rice Water Infused Treatment Mask, which has been a great transformation for my thirsty, color-treated 4-way curls. To learn more about this trending hair treatment, I turned to experts Stacey Chimento and Gretchen Freeze.
As it turns out, it wasn’t Cardi B, but Japanese court ladies who were the first to use rice water on their udders. Historically, their hair care routine involved rinsing their suberakash (floor-length hair) with rice-wash water, which may have contributed to their incredible length.1 So whether you’re growing your hair out or not, strengthen it. — or both — rice water might just be the treatment that makes your hair dreams come true. Rice water for hair increases shine, smoothes hair and helps in detangling.