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How to Make and Store Rice Water for Locs

Known for its incredible benefits in promoting hair growth, reducing breakage, and enhancing shine, rice water is a must-try for anyone committed to maintaining healthy locs.

In this blog, we'll walk you through the simple steps to make rice water at home and share tips on how to store it for maximum freshness and effectiveness.

Benefits of Rice Water for Your Locs

Rice water is packed with nutrients that can strengthen and nourish your hair:

  • Amino Acids: Help to repair hair damage and promote growth.

  • Vitamins B and E: Enhance hair elasticity and shine.

  • Minerals: Such as zinc and magnesium, which are essential for healthy hair.

Regular use of rice water can result in stronger, shinier, and more resilient locs.

How to Make Rice Water


  • 1 cup of uncooked rice (white, brown, jasmine, or basmati)

  • 2-3 cups of water


  1. Rinse the Rice: Begin by thoroughly rinsing the rice to remove any dirt or impurities.

  2. Soak the Rice:

  • Place the rinsed rice in a bowl and add 2-3 cups of water.

  • Let the rice soak for at least 30 minutes. You can also soak it overnight for a more potent mixture.

  • Swirl the rice around occasionally to help the nutrients seep into the water.

  1. Strain the Rice:

  • After soaking, strain the rice water into a clean bowl or container, discarding the rice.

Optional Fermentation Step:

Fermenting the rice water can enhance its benefits by lowering its pH level to more closely match your hair's natural pH.

  • Ferment the Rice Water:

  • After straining, leave the rice water at room temperature for 24-48 hours.

  • You’ll know it’s ready when it develops a slightly sour smell.

  • Once fermented, boil the rice water to stop the fermentation process. Let it cool before use.

How to Use Rice Water on Your Locs

  1. Shampoo: Wash your locs with your regular shampoo.

  2. Apply Rice Water: Pour the rice water onto your locs, ensuring that every strand is saturated.

  3. Massage: Gently massage your scalp and locs for 5-10 minutes to ensure the rice water penetrates.

  4. Rinse: Rinse thoroughly with cool water.

  5. Condition: Follow up with your favorite Loc Em Up conditioner for extra moisture and protection.

How to Store Rice Water

To keep your rice water fresh and effective, follow these storage tips:

  • Refrigerate: Store your rice water in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to a week.

  • Label: If you’re making large batches, label the container with the date to track its freshness.

  • Shake Before Use: Nutrients can settle at the bottom, so give the container a good shake before each use.

Incorporating Rice Water into Your Routine

Using rice water 1-2 times a week can yield noticeable improvements in the health and appearance of your locs. Pair it with your favorite Loc Em Up products for an enhanced hair care regimen that promotes strong, beautiful locs.

We hope this guide helps you harness the power of rice water to achieve healthier locs. For more tips, tricks, and product recommendations, stay tuned to the Loc Em Up blog and follow us on social media.

Happy hair care!

The Loc Em Up Team

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