If you were to make your way along the Chaliaohe River, up the mountains and into the village of Huang Luo, you would find women with long jet black hair that extends below the knees. The secret to their famously beautiful locks? Leftover cooking water.
For centuries, Yao women have washed their hair with fermented rice water. The leftover cooking water from rice is mixed with a few other select ingredients, allowed to ferment and then combed through the hair. Yes – the secret to some of the best hair in the world is that simple.
We know what you’re thinking – old rice water, really? Fermented rice water is packed full of vitamins and minerals that have great benefits for your hair, here’s a breakdown:
In order for your hair to grow, you need keratin – a fibrous protein. Keratin needs a mixture of amino acids to thrive in the body – eighteen acids to be exact. Rice water contains an impressive eight of these acids, giving the hair the nourishment it needs to grow.
As well as the amino acids, rice water contains high levels of vitamins E, B and C.
Vitamins E and B help to increase blood flow to the scalp and supply the hair follicles with the nutrients they need to grow. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps to prevent against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. This can help your scalp to protect itself against dryness and irritation. Vitamin C is also vital for the production of collagen – an important part of the hair’s structure.
It is amazing to think of the incredible benefits that come from rice water fermentation. In fact, we’ve been hooked ever since we discovered this natural hair care ingredient.
We’ve been experimenting with rice water for some time and discovered that is was so effective that we should focus our haircare range around it.
So, that’s what we did!
Our entire hair care range includes fermented rice water as a key ingredient that helps to keep hair healthy and shiny. We truly believe that this is a groundbreaking ingredient that will soon sweep the hair care industry. Don’t believe us? There’s only one way to find out – select one of our products and discover the wonders for yourself!
Picture credit: Foto T