Woman uses rice water to create game-changing hair treatment for shiny, glossy locks

The common household ingredient has long been known as a beauty secret in Asian countries.
The common household ingredient has long been known as a beauty secret in Asian countries. Photo credit: TikTok.

The warmer months can mean a lot of damage for your hair thanks to the hot sun and salty sea water drying it out. 

If you spend hundreds on hair masks, oils and treatments to try and fix it, it might be time to put them all away in the bathroom cupboard and head to an unexpected spot for a solution - the pantry. 

One beauty lover has revealed on TikTok how she restored her hair's shine using a common household ingredient - rice water. 

Australian woman Bekkii Vosper explained in her video that her hair had become "super damaged and dry".

"It doesn't look that bad but it's pretty bad for me. It's really, really gross," she added, showing a close-up of her damaged locks.

"I wanted to try this rice water trick that people use." 

To make the solution, Vosper rinsed long grain rice in a sieve, before putting it in a jar and adding water. 

She then poured the murky water into a spray bottle, before adding a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. 

After washing and conditioning her hair, Vosper sprayed her head liberally with the solution, and revealed the glossy, shiny result. 

"Oh my God my hair looks so good. It's so silky and so shiny. I can't believe it," she narrated the clip. 

While it's an easy and cost-effective hack, it won't come as a surprise to some people.

Asian women have used rice water for centuries to beautify their face, body and hair. Traditionally, female rice farmers from China, Japan and other Southeast Asian countries used to bathe and wash in rice water.

According to 'Hair Buddha', the Yao women from the rice-farming village of Huangluo in China reportedly made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the "world's longest hair village".