One TikTok user even claims her hair “grew two inches within a month of using it.”
Social media fans are making their own version of the old recipe, which is fermented rice water — using a few spoonfuls of rice and some regular tap water, then combining the two in a spray bottle.
Stored in a cheap spray bottle, the solution is then either left to ferment or used directly – either as a hair mask or as a post-wash conditioner.
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The remote Chinese village in Guangxi province has become a hit on TikTok, with images of the women using the fermented rice mixture to enhance their hair appearing in reels on the social media site
Before and After: This TikTok user claims the cheap hair trick gave her two inches of growth in just a month — on average, hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 an inch a month
Locals use rice water to wash their hair – a secret for them to keep tresses healthy, smooth and shiny
The women from the village of Huanglo in China are true rapunzels, with jet-black hair up to 2.1 meters long.
For centuries, women have rinsed their hair in rice water used in cooking and wrapped their locks protectively around their heads to soak up the mixture.
There are 600 members of the tribe in a total of 78 families.
With 60 members of the tribe having hair longer than a meter, most women’s hair hangs down to their ankles.
The longest hair in the village is two meters long. 51-year-old Pan Jifeng belongs to a tribe that has kept the tradition of cutting one’s hair only once in a lifetime.
According to Pan, the secret has been passed down from generation to generation for local women to keep their long tresses healthy and shiny — and now TikTok has shared it with the world.
She said villagers would save the water they use to wash glutinous rice and then use it to wash their hair. She told reporters about the tribe’s traditions, saying, “We don’t cut our hair from birth.
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Success? One woman seems very impressed with the rice water hack and this video has garnered thousands of views
“When we turn 18, we get our first haircut as part of a coming-of-age ceremony, which means the girl is now grown up and ready to get married.
While some of this may be down to genetics, TikTok users say they’ve had hair growth success with the mix.
TikTok user @moniquemrapier has an instructional video titled: “The Right Way to Make Rice Water for EXTREME Hair Growth”.
She recommends placing 1 cup of rice in a clean jar, adding 1 cup of water, and shaking until milky. Then let the brew sit at room temperature for 24 hours. The video has 179.6K likes and 4K shares.
The milky liquid left over from cooking rice contains vitamin E, which is said to aid in hair growth and add shine to even the dullest of locks.
@yamihanna has shown her progress on TikTok, where her hair has grown from 28 inches to 30 inches down her back – after a month of using rice water. On average, hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 inch per month.
She used #ricewaterhairchallenge for her clip. @wiglife2020 posts her own solution of adding orange peel to the rice water mixture and seems amazed at her hair growth. She even features clips of women from Huanglo Village tossing their record-breaking tresses and wearing traditional attire.
Female members of the Yao ethnic group in China cut their hair once in their lives just before marriage
How do you get your hair so shiny? Women wash their hair with glutinous rice and water from the nearby river
Hair Growth: The Facts
Many online trends claim that hair growth can happen quickly or overnight when using oils, lotions, and even bananas.
Every hair grows at a different rate and diet plays a big part, experts say.
Well-known luxury hair brand Keratese says, “Keeping your hair and scalp clean is crucial for healthy hair growth, but keep the water warm as hot water can dry out your scalp and hair strands.”
The brand also says: “First of all, it pays to understand how hair grows. There are four different phases. Hair grows during the anagen phase, followed by the catagen phase, in which hair growth stabilizes.
“The length of these phases is determined by your genetics, which is why some people can grow their hair to their waists while others have trouble growing past their shoulders.”
However, some other users are wondering if the homemade hack is worth it. @abbeyyung posted a video titled Signs You’re Using Too Much Rice Water.
She asks, “Is your hair brittle or does it break off more often than normal?” Or does it look more boring?’
One commenter said, “Rice water is a no-no for low porosity hair.”
According to site healthline, “Hair porosity is a term used to describe how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture and oils.
“If you have low porosity hair, it means the structure of your hair doesn’t allow for moisture to be easily absorbed into your hair shaft. This can make it harder for water to saturate your hair when it is washed.
More expensive options include products like Mimosu Rice Water Shampoo and Conditioner – 2 in 1 Fermented Rice Water which sells for £14.99 on Amazon or Kiehl’s Rice and Wheat Volumising Shampoo for £26.
Many have claimed success with this particular trend, and some ‘swear by it’ for longer hair, glowing skin or helping to replenish a shrinking scalp.
K-Beauty guru and blogger Alicia Yoon says rice is a great beauty ingredient for a youthful complexion in Korean beauty culture.
However, an unpleasant side effect of using rice water can be the smell.
Bustle author Courtney Leiva said, “I noticed that on the sixth day, my rice water started to smell a little sour.
“But despite the sickening smell, Yoon says the slightly tart odor is caused by the natural fermentation of rice water, which is said to be able to treat your complexion with necessary antioxidants and anti-aging benefits.
“If you let your rice water sit at room temperature for a few days or so, the smell becomes more acidic,” says Yoon. “When it’s fermented, there’s a more concentrated amount of antioxidants and it’s used by many beauty brands for its anti-aging properties.”