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Fermented Rice Rose Water for Natural Hair Growth
A bowl of fermented rice rose water with rose petals and uncooked rice beside it

Fermented Rice Rose Water for Natural Hair Growth

Fermented Rice Rose Water for Natural Hair Growth

I love making recipes that can do double duty hair care.  However, this fermented rice rose water does triple for your natural hair!   It’s full of a lot of natural goodies to help improve the quality of your hair.  First, it contains rose petal water which offers conditioning and anti-bacterial properties for hair and scalp health.  Next, silk peptides provide the right boost of protein which provide deep penetration for improved hair elasticity.  Finally, fermented rice water strengthens hair and can stimulate hair growth.

I use this recipe when I want to give my fermented rice water a boost!

Rose Water

People have been using rose petals and rose water in hair and skin care for centuries.  I love it because it’s full of many different properties to keep my scalp healthy and happy. First, rose water is an anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants.  It is useful for stabilizing the pH of your hair and scalp. Therefore, it’s beneficial for protecting them from infection and damage. 

Next, it contain vitamins, including A, C, E and B which allow it to nourish your follicles for improved hair growth. 

Lastly, rose water is a natural conditioner that softens hair and improves your hair’s moisture levels.  Since rose water is also good at controlling the oil produced by your scalp, it provides the benefit of reducing frizz and improving shine.

Silk Peptides

I love silk peptides.  Needless to say, they’re a must have addition for my hair care creations.   Even though I consider myself to be protein sensitive, I have used silk peptides daily for over ten years. 

Silk peptides are also known as hydrolyzed silk and they are created by processing the cocoon of the silk worm into powder.  When added to cosmetic formulations, this powder packs quite a punch!   Silk peptides contain 18 different amino acids and are a natural protein.  The size of this protein is quite small compared to non-hydrolyzed proteins such as gelatin. As a result, this type of hydrolyzed protein is able to penetrate below the surface of your hair and skin. 

Hydrolyzed silk can also improve the elasticity of hair.  It enhances your hair’s shine and creates smoother strands. Furthermore, hydrolyzed proteins have humectant qualities, which means that they have the ability to attract, hold, and release moisture depending on the temperature and humidity of their surroundings.  In addition to attracting and absorbing water, as a protein they release water slowly.

Vegetable Glycerine

“Hard hair” is one of the things that “pro” rice water users warn me about. To counteract this, I add additional emollient ingredients to my mixture. For this reason, I’ve selected vegetable glycerine, which is another humectant.

Similarly to silk peptides, vegetable glycerine pulls moisture from its environment to itself.  For this reason, vegetable glycerine is often of use in hair care cosmetic formulations to help hair feel soft, moisturized and pliable. In the right quantity, vegetable glycerine leaves my hair feeling soft and and full of body.

Fermented Rice Water

Originally used across Asia as a hair and skin tonic, fermented rice water has gained popularity in other parts of the world.  The water that remains after rice has soaked in it is called fermented rice water.

Making your own fermented rice water is quite easy, which may be the reason why rice water has gained popularity in the natural hair community.  Women and men with highly textured hair use it as a method for strengthening their hair and improving length retention.  Fermented rice water is believed to boost hair growth, prevent premature alopecia, and stave off grey hair. 

Caution Using Fermented Rice Water on Natural Hair

There is no doubt, that rice water can leave your hair feeling stiff if overused.  In addition, rice water can feel quite strengthening. Therefore, people with low porosity hair or hair that is protein sensitive should exercise caution.

How to Make Rose Petal Rice Water

Making rose rice water is simple and doesn’t take much time to make.


1 1/3 cup (10.5 oz) hot water

1 tbsp rose petals

1/2 tsp vegetable glycerine

1/2 tsp silk peptides

1/2 cup (8 oz) fermented rice water


To make the rose petal tea:

  1. Boil 1 /3 cup of distilled water
  2. Once the water boils, add rose petals, glycerine, and silk peptides.
  3. Stir, cover, and let steep for 20 minutes.

To make the rose petal rice water:

  1. Filter the rose petal tea using a muslin or cheese cloth.
  2. Add ½ cup of fermented rice water to the rose petal tea, then stir.

Finally, your rose petal rice water is ready to use!


I like to put this mixture into an applicator bottle.  I find that the applicator bottle makes it easier to apply the mixture to my hair and scalp.

After that, I apply the mixture to my hair and then I cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing it out.

My scalp is now nourished and my hair isn’t overly strengthened.   

What are your favourite herbs to add to fermented rice water?

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