The Rice Water Debate Persists—Does It Actually Benefit Natural Hair?

Nikki Brown

Somewhere between the beginning of stay-at-home orders and that first sign of actual summer weather, I decided to let my hair just be. You know–cutting myself off from an abundance of products, letting the curls live their best lives without gel, and putting more intention into my routine, which inevitably shrunk in size. This ultimately led me down a very long rabbit hole of rice water hair products and rice water challenge YouTube videos, because Sunday afternoons are just like that sometimes.

The fascination with rice water within the natural hair community isn’t new, but when a global crisis caused most of us to stay put and cancel appointments, hair growth and overall health...

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