Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

Hello everyone,

The various hair care products available in the market are loaded with chemicals and are not at all effective in stimulating the hair growth. Recently, there has been a sudden increase in natural beauty products all over the globe. People are switching to a more natural hair care and skin care regime rather than opting for commercial products. I have made the switch recently and  I am amazed to see the results. The various Diy hair oils, hair packs or natural shampoos are much more effective and I have  seen instant results within a few usage and they are not harmful for our health too. It is estimated that by 2019, the global shampoo market is going to reach the value of $25.70 billion but deep in the mountains of Southern China’s Guanqxi province, the women of the Huangluo Village won’t be contributing a single cent to the billion dollar industry because they have the cheapest natural secret for growing the longest hair in the world.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

I have been trying out a lot of Diy hair rinses and diy hair shampoos these days and I am more than happy as they are so mild on the scalp and yet so effective. My quest for learning new diy’s and different methods for washing my hair with natural ingredients is increasing and in that search I stumbled upon a post where I read that women of a remote region in China owe their famously long hair to a very natural and very cheap natural method. For the Yao minority of women, their hair is the most prized possession. The ancient settlement is known across China as the “Long Hair Village” and is even recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Longest Hair Village”. The average length of the women in Huangluo is 1.7 meters and the longest hair length exceeds to 2.1 meters long and they manage to keep it looking strong and healthy and free of grey hair well into their old age.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

Hair has always played a big part in the lives of the Yao women of the Huangluo. Until a few years back it was considered that no one, apart from the husband and children of the women were allowed to see their hair when let loose. During the summer and the autumn season, all the women would go to the river to wash their hair and would keep it covered with a blue scarf to keep it hidden. Only the man who would become her husband was allowed to see their wife’s hair in all its beauty and that would happen on their wedding day. If a local or foreigner accidentally saw the woman with her hair open, he was forced to spend three years with her family as their son-in-law. But thankfully this old tradition were abandoned in 1987 and now the Yao women can proudly show off their beautiful jet black hair in public without worrying about the consequences.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

The women of the Huangluo village can only cut their hair once in their lifetime, when they turn 16 but the hair is not thrown away, it is given to the girl’s grandmother and made into an ornamental headpiece. When the girl gets married, the hair is gifted to the groom and the headpiece later become a part of the women’s everyday hairdo. It is said that a Yao women hair is made up of 3 bunches. One is her original hair, the other is the cut headpiece and the third bunch is made from the falling strings of hair, which are collected every day. They all are joined together to form elaborate hairstyles which represent the social status of the women. It is an ancient belief that growing their hair long brings longevity, wealth and good fortune. The longer the hair, the more fortunate one will be.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

The different hairstyles of the Yao women depict different stages of her life and it is really interesting to read their customs and how hair plays such an important part of their lives. For example, if the hair is wrapped like a circular tray on the top of the head means she is married but has no children. If she sports a bun at the front of her wrapped style-it means she is married and has children. If she wears a scarf around her head, with her hair hidden, it means she is looking for a husband, who traditionally will be the only man who will have the privilege to see her hair in all it’s beauty. So enough about the customs of the Huangluo village, now lets get into the real secret for such long and beautiful hair.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

Do you guys want to know their secret to Rapunzel like hair, then keep on reading this post.

FERMENTED RICE WATER, yes, generations of Yao women have been using fermented rice water to wash their hair, which has resulted in their impressively long and beautiful hair. It’s been their secret to long hair for centuries. According to various studies, the fermented rice water found to be rich in antioxidants, minerals and Vitamin E as well as restorative properties and improve hair’s elasticity and condition. Inositol, a carbohydrate that is found in rice water has the ability to repair damaged hair as well as protect it from future damage. In addition to this, amino acids in the fermented rice water helps to strengthen the hair roots and surface of the hair making it much more shinier.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

Fermented rice water can become a very good, healthy and cheap alternative to commercial shampoo as it may significantly improve your hair condition. I personally have this opinion that homemade hair rinses or shampoo, based on the right choice of ingredients can be much more beneficial than any other commercial product.

How to Prepare Fermented Rice Water?
  • Rinse a cup of rice to get rid of any dirt.
  • After rinsing the rice cover it with enough water and leave it for 15-20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes stir the rice a few times or till the water becomes sort of cloudy.
  • Strain the rice water into a bowl, cover it with a lid and leave it at room temperature for a day or two or until it starts smelling slightly sour and starts to ferment.
  • After 2 days when the rice water ferments keep it in the refrigerator for 1 hour to stop the fermentation process.
  • You can add a few drops of essential oil like rosemary or lavender essential oil if you feel like.
  • Use the fermented rice water to as an alternative to shampoo.

For example if you cook rice  two to three times a week, you should be able to connect enough liquid for two to three hair washes .

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

How to use the Fermented Rice Water to wash your hair?

Rice Shampoo  works in a different way  than commercial shampoos  so don’t expect a foam while massaging  your scalp with it. Do not expect a miracle after the first application- it is possible that you won’t like the effect after the first application- this is just because your hair need some time to get used to such natural products. So you need to be a  little patient while trying out natural and chemical free products.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

  • Fermented Rice Water is a  concentrated liquid so you may need to dilute it with a cup of water before use.
  • Wet your hair as usual and then slowly pour this rice water onto your scalp and hair length and massage gently.
  • You can take a container with you while you wash your hair with fermented rice water. When you pour the rice water  on your scalp you can collect the water in the container and dip your hair in the collected water for some time. Dipping your hair is water for 5 minutes is advisable for better results. You can massage your scalp for around 2 to 3 minutes and after the massage leave it for 5 minutes and then rinse off completely with tap water.
  • You will have an unpleasant smell of fermented rice on your hair but that is going to disappear once your hair dries up. You can use this fermented rice water on your scalp twice a week.
  • In the beginning you can use this rice water after shampooing your hair with a mild shampoo. Once your hair gets use to this hair rinse you can slowly say goodbye to your commercial shampoo and use only the rice water for cleaning and washing your hair.
What is Fermentation?

Fermentation is the process of conversion of a carbohydrate such as sugar into an acid or alcohol. To be more precise, it can refer to the use of yeast to change sugar into alcohol or the use of bacteria to create lactic acid in certain foods. This process often occurs naturally in many different foods given the right condition. Fermentation lowers the pH of the liquid, and this is similar to our hair’s pH, which is also on the lower side( slightly acidic). As a result, slightly acidic pH plus the added nutrients through the fermentation process help restore hair’s pH  balance, nourish  hair follicle to promote healthy hair growth and improve the general condition of the hair.

Benefits of Fermented Rice Rinse for Hair:

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

  • Rice contains so called water soluble vitamins and minerals and it is more abundant of vitamins of group B(Vitamin B helps hair cells to produce the black pigment present in the hair).
  • Rice water contains rich protein and amino acids and the process of fermentation will make the process of protein turn into amino acids, so nutritional value of such rice is very high.
  • Rice Water boosts the elasticity of the hair and decreases surface friction which helps to reduce frizziness of the hair. It is rich in Inositol, a carbohydrate that not only protects the hair against damage but also repairs it.
  • Fermented Rice Water is acidic which makes our hair smooth and soft, so regular wash with rice water will give you amazing results and will make your hair healthy and shiny.
  • Fermented Rice Water also stimulates blood flow to the scalp, nourishing the hair follicles which aids in the healthy growth of the hair and improve the total condition of the hair.

I came to know about this fermented rice water for hair around a month back and I have washed my hair 8 times with it. I’m really amazed to see that how something as simple as fermented rice water can be so effective and can do wonders to the hair. The women of the village have been using fermented rice water to wash their hair since hundreds of years and their hair is so long and healthy. It is really hard to believe that all the women of the village have such long hair. I really wish that someday my hair also grows as long as their hair. Hahaha…

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

Washing your hair with this milky coloured liquid may sound a bit strange because we’re so used to washing hair with commercial shampoo. Women in China, Japan and in Southeast Asia have used rice water to wash and rinse the hair since ages and you can clearly see in the picture how long and healthy their hair looks.  When I heard about this myself I was a bit skeptical to try it out but when I read about it in detail and saw the pictures of the ladies with such long black and healthy hair, I knew I had to try it out, for sure. My hair feels much more soft and healthy after the rice water rinse.  These days I have been really interested in natural ways to prevent hair loss and since I have started using natural remedies for my hair I feel my hair is much more stronger, softer and manageable. I can also spot new hair growth around my hair line.

Do not make the mistake of washing your hair with the concentrated rice water. If you use the concentrated liquid your hair will stick together in clumps because the rice water is too potent for your hair.  You will need some time to  find out the correct ratio for your hair, I prefer 1:1 ratio, means one cup rice water to 1 cup of plain water. Adjust the ratio according to your individual need. Use less plain water if you have oily hair and vice versa. Once you get this ratio right, you will find your hair responding very positively to this rice water wash.

Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

It took me a couple of weeks to adjust to this hair washing technique and now that I have adjusted it to this one I am surely going to use it as I too want that long hair. Fermented Rice Water  acts as an excellent conditioner for the hair. Rice water may build up on the hair shaft overtime so you will have to use a clarifying rinse once a month to remove the buildup.

You can read about the Clarifying Hair Rinse HERE.

I was really satisfied with the results of washing my hair with such natural product and I wanted to share it with you. I am not sure how many of you will actually go ahead and try this out but trust me guys do not rule out this hair rinse without giving it a shot. This one certainly deserves a trial. Please do comment if anyone has tried out this hair rinse because I myself hadn’t heard of this before so I really wanted to know the experience of someone who has been using this hair rinse for some time.

49 thoughts on “Ancient Chinese Secret for Growing the Longest Hair in the World:DIY

  1. Wow they really do have some long hair! It was interesting to read about their customs. I can see why it would be important for them to take extra care with their hair.

    • Yeah Lisa,it is really interesting to read how important their hair are for them.

  2. I haven’t tried it but I would like to try! Tempted looking at the gorgeous mane of Chinese ladies!

    • Do give it a try Shatchya.If washing hair with fermented rice water gives hair like that I will keep on using it.

  3. Kim

    Hi is fermentation carried for raw rice or cooked rice? It us nit mentioned in the post
    Thanks for sharing

    • Hi Kim.You have to wash raw rice and and take out the water in which the rice had been soaking for 30 minutes and then ferment that water.

  4. Wowww now this is something!!!

    • Really Amrutaa.Never thought something as simple as rice water would do wonders to the hair.

  5. This world is made up of so many strange and unique facts! Never knew about this.. I am not sure I can take the smell of fermented anything, it is a bit too strong for me..but then I can put in some essential oils. Too much hairfall happening nowadays, need something potent to get back to good hair growth stage and this might be the only miracle that would work! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Yeah Richa this world os really made up of some strange facts.The fermented smell is not that overpowering because you have to mix in equal quantity of water in it.You can definitely add in a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil.Do try it out.I have uploaded some diy oils on my blog recently which are so damn effective,if you are going through a hair fall phase try them out and I am sure you will see some improvements dear.

  6. This looks so tempting 😛
    Those ladies have such gorgeous hair <3 <3

    • Really Anumeha it is really tempting to see such long and thick hair with such a cheap and effective ingredient.

  7. I eat rice two times a day, so it’s very easy task for me 😀 Would love to try out this hair rinse method, lovely post 🙂

    • Anamika you should surely try this out.I have been using it for a month and I am pretty happy with the results.Do let me know your experiences.?

  8. I so want to try it our Yamini 🙂 thank you for coming with innovative posts 🙂

    • I have been using it for 2 months now and I must say it really helps if you want to grow your hair. Do give it a try Sonali.

  9. Love your posts Yamini. I am your FAN!! I loved reading their customs and now I am tempted to try it. I cook rice twice a day and this is going to be an easy task for me. I currently use ACV Rinse twice a week and love the results. Keep such amazing posts coming my darling <3

    • Thanks a lot Soumya.Your sweet comments make my day dear.Do use the fermentated rice water,maybe your hair also grows as long as the hair of these chinese woman.

  10. Love all comments. I would like to find out if this type of growth happened to anyone else. I will try this soon; right now I am healing from Major Surgery and a Stroke. I want to see the results an African American will get,

    • I have been using it for a couple of months now and I can feel that my hair is growing at a fast pace and it has also become thick with usage. Try it out and share your experiences. Wish you a speedy recovery dear.

      • Rosemary

        Hi Yamini
        It’s really confusing, some articles say not to boil etc. I’m trying it this way. I have been rinsing rice to clean then putting (1/2 cup rice to 3-4 litres water) in a container then covering. I leave it for several days, the smell isn’t strong. Then just using it after straining. I rinse and massage for 5 mins then leave on as a conditioner for approx 30 mins with shower cap. I’m 66 very grey and my hair was falling out drastically. I have been using non sulphate paraben free shampoo for 6 months and fall out has improved greatly. So am I using the rice water correctly. Please help in making absolutely clear for this poor old lady (brain still good?) the proper traditional method. I also use for my face, neck and hands as a conditioner. Much appreciated Rosemary

        • Hi.. I do not boil the fermented rice water.. I just keep it in the refrigerator to stop the fermentation process..I think you also should not boil it. Boiling the rice eater may ruin or change the chemical composition of the rinse.

  11. Gayle Potter

    I will try this. Have been using an Indian recipe made of hibiscus flowers and leaves which is excellent and costs nothing as the bushes grow everywhere around here. I was losing too much hair when combed or brushed until I found biotin (Vitamin H) which had quick results and now only a few hairs on my comb. Oiling the scalp and massage daily is important. I use a light oil like apricot oil as my hair is very fine. Hair length is also genetically determined – mine will not grow beyond waist length. I once saw a photo of Chinese coolies during the Australian gold rush days in the 19th century. Although most of their head was shaved as was the custom, their pigtails reached to their heels. I have seen a local girl with amazing red hair down to her ankles where it is cut to keep it off the floor!
    – Gayle, Perth Western Australia.

    • Gayle i haven’t tried apricot oil for head massage but will definitely try it out. I have heard that mixing biotin tablets in hair oils also accelerates hair growth, never tried it out but will definitely give it a try. Try out the fermented rice water for rinsing the hair, it does help to outgrow the hair.

  12. Comfort

    Although I’m suprised but i’m tempted to try this method

    • Hello. Do try it out, it surely works. I have tried it out myself and it gives amazing results.

  13. sathya

    It is very useful and thank u for the long hair chines people

  14. Gabrielle

    Hello, I just learned of this a couple of months ago, and have been rinsing my hair with rice water for about a month now..I must say, I love it! The first time I tried it, I’ve noticed my hair was a lot softer and manageable. The second time, my hair felt a lot stronger. I am truly thankful to have learned of this remedy, and can’t wait to see long term results!! Btw, I am African American (responding to the lady who wanted to read of this working on other African American women). There are also tons of videos on YouTube. (:

    • Great, rinsing hair with rice water works wonders for the hair.

      • Mani

        Thank you for your generous sharing. Luv n blessings

        • Hi Mani, I am glad you liked the blog post.

          • Archita

            Hi..arent we supposed to use shampoo?
            If not using shampoo and just this water to wash, will or hairs get clean ? Wont our hairs feel dirty and sticky ? Pls reply

          • Hi, the rice water acts as a natural shampoo. You do not need to apply any shampoo.

  15. Andy

    Hi, Yamni. Thanks for sharing the valuable info. I have two questions about it.

    1. I am a 48 year old male and found out that I have lost lots of hair recently. Does this method work for the middle age man for hair re-growth?

    2. There are several types of rices and they have different nutrition. The component of the white rice is carbohydrate and the component of the brown rice is fiber. Therefore, the result must be different. What kind of rice did you(and the Chinese ladies) use?

    • Andy ancient chinese women use white rice so it will be better if you use white rice.

  16. Andy

    I am sorry, but have come back as I forgot to ask you more questions.

    3. I tried the onion juice for hair re-growth, but it didn’t work so much. Is this method more efficient than the onion juice?

    4. How long does it take to get a result?

    • Andy onion juice is great for the hair but if that didn’t work for you, you can try this out as well. You will be able to see the results within 2 weeks, I guess, it may differ from person to person.

  17. Ashley

    Hi there! Loving this post thanks so much for posting! I’m just curious what type of ride you use I know you said raw rice but what kind of raw rice? Tyia!

    • Ashley you can use any variety of raw white rice, nothing in particular.

  18. Flower

    Hello. I was wondering if I could just spray it on my hair and leave it there then apply my leave in conditioner on top. Do I really need it to wash it out ?

    • Hi, never used it in this way, you can definitely try it out.

  19. Ashh

    Does it help? I have very thin and short hair, tried lots of natural remedies. No growth lowers my self esteem also lowers my motivation to try something new and getting no good results.

    • Do try this out. It really helps.

  20. I’m african american and learned about this method about eight months ago…Last year I turned 40 and suffered major hair loss for a 2nd time after semi growing my hair back from the 1st hair lost…I was doing research on youtube and this is by far the best and effective method to regrow and thicken your hair! Every week I 1st wash my hair with shampoo, rinse and then pour my fermented rice water onto my hair…I then sit under a hair dryer for 15 min and allow it to completely dry and drys like a protein treatment (hard)…I then rinse it without using any conditioner…I put home made okra gel into my hair and style as usual…I wish I had pictures to show my growth and its thickness! Its amazing! My hair appears black(NO LIE) and the thining on my crown, edges and top of my hair is RAPIDLY growing back! Its truly a blessing from GOD!

    • It is great to hear that your hair loss has stopped completely with this ancient secret remedy. I have never tried okra gel on my hair, will definitely try it out.

  21. Addie

    After you have made the rice water and it has fermented, is the rice safe to eat? I think that I missed that part.

    • Yes, the rice is safe to eat.

  22. I have blond hair . I color it to lighten. With natural coloring. Will the rice water darken it.

    • No, rice water won’t darken it.

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