As women, we are always looking for ways to achieve fuller, healthier hair and while there are new products invented every day to cater to these specific needs, some women have been uncovering ancient methods to fulfill their hair desires. One of those methods for hair growth is rice water.
Rice water for hair growth has been used by women in Asia for centuries and some subcultures, such as the Yao women in China, have credited their long hair to bathing in rice water. Now, it has become a trend with various beauty influencers on YouTube raving about it and even Jess Hilarious talked about it on The Breakfast Club. But what is rice water exactly?
Rice water is the water left over from cooking rice. It is said to have essential vitamins such as vitamin B, vitamin E, and minerals used to promote healthy hair. Some of the benefits associated with using rice water are that it makes your hair softer, less frizzy, shinier, stronger, and it helps your hair grow longer, faster. I've only used rice water twice and I quickly noticed how much more soft and shiny my hair became.
There are a few ways to incorporate rice water for hair growth in your hair regimen. For starters, I'd recommended that you use organic brown rice as it has less starch. If you do decide to use rice that isn't organic, just make sure to rinse the rice off a few times before starting the process.
How To Use Rice Water For Hair Growth
The Rice Water Boiling Process:
You can cook the rice by placing a ½ cup of uncooked rice in the water and let it boil. Once it cools, strain the water into a separate container (bowl, jar etc.).
The Rice Water Soaking Process:
This is the method I chose to do and it's fairly simple. All you need is organic brown rice, a container with a lid to place the rice in, and water. Take a ½ cup of uncooked rice and place it in a container and rinse the rice off. Then, take 2-3 cups of water and pour it into the container with the rice. Let it soak for 30 minutes and strain the water into a separate container.
For both methods, you can place the rice water into a spray bottle and use it right away, or if you want to receive even more benefits, you can do the fermenting process.
The Rice Water Fermenting Process:
The fermenting process requires you to soak the rice in the water for 24-48 hours before straining the water into a separate container. The fermenting process does produce a foul smell, so try not to let it ferment longer than 48 hours. However, many suggest that this develops higher antioxidants, which does wonders for damaged hair. A tip to dilute the smell: You can add an essential oil such as lavender.
Once your water is fermented, you can place it in a spray bottle and use it right away or place it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Rice water is a great step to add to wash day. Just simply wash your hair like normal and after you condition it, spray the rice water on your hair, let it sit for an hour, and then rinse it out. When you spray the rice water over the hair, make sure to spray it all over, especially the roots and the ends.
Many beauty influencers on YouTube have reported significant hair growth from using it weekly, bi-weekly, and even monthly. But because rice is a protein, I recommend that you gradually work your way up to weekly treatments to avoid using too much protein on the hair. If you're not feeling the DIY methods, there are now products on the market that has rice water infused in them such as Royal Organics Fermented Rice Shampoo and Honey Mint Conditioner.
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Our teeth are connected to so many things - our nutrition, our confidence, and our overall mood. We often take for granted how important healthy teeth are, until issues like tooth sensitivity or gum recession come to remind us. Like most things related to our bodies, prevention is the best medicine. Here are five things you can do immediately to improve your oral hygiene, prevent tooth sensitivity, and avoid dental issues down the road.
1) Go Easy On the Rough Brushing: Brushing your teeth is and always will be priority number one in the oral hygiene department. No surprises there! However, there is such a thing as applying too much pressure when brushing…and that can lead to problems over time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in smooth, circular motions. It may seem counterintuitive, but a gentle approach to brushing is the most effective way to clean those pearly whites without wearing away enamel and exposing sensitive areas of the teeth.
2) Use A Desensitizing Toothpaste: As everyone knows, mouth pain can be highly uncomfortable; but tooth sensitivity is a whole different beast. Hot weather favorites like ice cream and popsicles have the ability to trigger tooth sensitivity, which might make you want to stay away from icy foods altogether. But as always, prevention is the best medicine here. Switching to a toothpaste like Sensodyne’s Sensitivity & Gum toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth will help build a protective layer over sensitive areas of the tooth. Over time, those sharp sensations that occur with extremely cold foods will subside, and you’ll be back to treating yourself to your icy faves like this one!
3) Floss, Rinse, Brush. (And In That Order!): Have you ever heard the saying, “It’s not what you do, but how you do it”? Well, the same thing applies to taking care of your teeth. Even if you are flossing and brushing religiously, you could be missing out on some of the benefits simply because you aren’t doing so in the right order. Flossing is best to do before brushing because it removes food particles and plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. After a proper flossing sesh, it is important to rinse out your mouth with water after. Finally, you can whip out your toothbrush and get to brushing. Though many of us commonly rinse with water after brushing to remove excess toothpaste, it may not be the best thing for our teeth. That’s because fluoride, the active ingredient in toothpaste that protects your enamel, works best when it gets to sit on the teeth and continue working its magic. Rinsing with water after brushing doesn’t let the toothpaste go to work like it really can. Changing up your order may take some getting used to, but over time, you’ll see the difference.
4) Stay Hydrated: Upping your water supply is a no-fail way to level up your health overall, and your teeth are no exception to this rule. Drinking water not only helps maintain a healthy pH balance in your mouth, but it also washes away residue and acids that can cause enamel erosion. It also helps you steer clear of dry mouth, which is a gateway to bad breath. And who needs that?
5) Show Your Gums Some Love: When it comes to improving your smile, you may be laser-focused on getting your teeth whiter, straighter, and overall healthier. Rightfully so, as these are all attributes of a megawatt smile; but you certainly don’t want to leave gum health out of the equation. If you neglect your gums, you’ll start to notice the effects of plaque buildup, which can irritate the gums and cause gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease. Seeing blood while brushing and flossing is a tell-tale sign that your gums are suffering. You may also experience gum recession — a condition where the gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, exposing more of your tooth. Brushing at least twice a day with a gum-protecting toothpaste like Sensodyne Sensitivity and Gum, coupled with regular dentist visits, will keep your gums shining as bright as those pearly whites.
Russell and Nina Westbrook are one of those low-key, unproblematic couples we don’t talk about enough. They met in college and got married in 2015. They also have a beautiful family with three kids. While Russell is an NBA star, Nina is a licensed family and marriage therapist and a mental health advocate.
She recently launched the podcast The Relationship Chronicles with Nina Westbrook, and in the latest episode, she had none other than her husband on as a guest. The college sweethearts dived into important topics from marriage to children and how they navigate it all.
One of the topics they touched on was dealing with resentment in your relationship. The former MVP highlighted the sacrifices his wife has had to make in order for him to pursue a career in the NBA, and that’s why it’s also important for him to support his wife whenever he can.
“For me is respecting and understanding what your partner do and the time it takes,” Russell said. “Not kind of downplaying what they do, understanding the time and energy and effort they're doing to make sure whether it’s their job or making sure home is taken care of, and understanding that, I think that is the challenge of not being resentful.”
Nina agreed and also shared her thoughts on resentment. According to her, one of the best things couples should do is have their own identity and passions outside of the relationship in an effort to be fulfilled.
“I also think that when you’re in a relationship, that’s why it’s so important that each individual kinda pursue their own passions and follow their own dreams as I feel like it only becomes or leads to resentment when one person is not feeling fulfilled in what they're doing in their lives,” she explained.
“And so, they will start to look at the other partner who’s happy or excelling or promoting or moving along in their journey, then they’re left feeling stuck like they sacrificed themselves, their happiness, their career, their future and have not pursued it in the name of the relationship or their partner. So, it’s so much easier to avoid those feelings of resentment when you’re each equally pursuing your passions.”
The couple has many passions that they work on together and separately. Outside of basketball and his family, Russell has become known for his eclectic style and started the fashion brand Honor The Gift. Nina has her podcast, and she also started the mental health website Bene. Together, they run the Why Not? Foundation, which works with kids in underserved communities.
“I’m a firm believer that one person can’t be everything to you, so you have to sort of seek out those different friendships or groups or hobbies or activities that help to fulfill you,” Nina concluded.
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