If you are like me who is always curious to know the secrets of anyone with long hair, you will be interested in what makes the hair of the Chinese people of the Red Yao ethnic group so long & shiny. By long, I mean that the length of their hair reaches all the way down to their ankles. Sounds like your hair goals, right? So then, let’s find out the secrets of the long black hair of Yao women.
For these women, hair means a lot to them. For them, it is also a symbol of long life, wealth & prosperity. Also, their hair is considered sacred until recently when no one was allowed to look at a woman’s hair except her husband & children. Anyone aside her family caught looking at her hair will be forced to spend three years with her family as a son-in-law, but all these have changed probably because of the increase of tourism in their area.
According to China.org.cn, the Red Yao tribe as they are called dates back some 2,000 years. They currently have 600 members of the tribe in the total made up of 78 families. Most of the long black hair of Yao women is as long as 6 feet. Some of the Yao women live in the mountains of southern China’s Guangxi province.
Since I began washing my hair with the fermented rice water, I notice that my hair feels softer, stronger, and more manageable.
I find that the fermented rice water hair treatment cleans my hair well without drying it out. My hair has gotten used to it, and I found that when I occasionally use a commercial-brand shampoo, my hair is stripped of its natural oils and becomes wispy and almost too fragile to brush. Then I have to use a hair-repairing product to moisturize it.
How to Make Fermented Rice Water
By now, you might be anxious to know how to make fermented rice water.
- Rinse a cup of rice then throw away the water you use to wash it the first time.
- Steep the rice in 2 cups of water for about 20 minutes stirring every 5 minutes or so.
- Afterwards, strain the water into a bottle and set aside for a day until it turns slightly sour & starts to ferment
- Boil it & allow it to cool
- Add a few drops of your preferred essential oils such as lavender essential oil & store it in your fridge.
How to Use Rice Water for Stronger & Longer Hair
You can use fermented rice water like a shampoo or use it as a final rinse. Fermented rice water is acidic, and when you rinse your hair with it, it restores and balances the pH of your hair. Note that rice water is concentrated so you need to dilute every cup of rice water with about 2 cups of water.
So, next time you clean or boil rice, think twice before throwing away the leftover water.
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