As far as natural hair home remedies go, rice water is one of the best. If you don’t remember how it works, you basically soak clean rice in water until the water is infused with rice protein and ready to use as a rinse. Now, that sounds time consuming, doesn’t it?
Well, luckily for us, we now have a bunch of clean hair products from brands we love and trust that infuse their moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, oils, and hair rinses with rice protein for us—no rice soaking necessary (on our end, at least!)
Now all of the products aren’t worth buying, but we’re a little biased because we definitely have our favorites! Here are 3 rice protein products for stronger, longer (and shinier!) natural hair.
Briogeo Rice Water Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment, $40
Packed with strengthening rice water protein and moisturizing Sweet Almond Oil, Briogeo Rice Water Protein + Moisture Strengthening Treatment is perfect for those of you struggling with dry, damaged hair that has really been through it. This formula was especially made for hair that’s been weakened and stressed by hair dye, chemical straighteners, and keratin treatments.
While it still offers a balance of protein and moisture, making it incredibly safe to use on all types of hair, it’s still a pretty powerful formula that should only be used on a weekly basis, not daily. Just apply right after shampooing, leave in for 10 minutes, and then rinse.
Mielle Rice Water Split End Treatment, $10
Split ends are especially important to consider when trying to grow strong, healthy hair because both length and moisture retention depend on it. This is why we try to avoid split ends as much as possible because the more they split, the more we’ll have to trim our hair— which is obviously counterproductive. However, sometimes our split ends can be saved before they get to the cutting stage. That’s why Mielle’s Rice Water Split End Therapy is a lifesaver.
It’s a lightweight mix of rosemary, sweet almond, and grapeseed oil that’s designed to penetrate each hair strand in order to prevent and repair split ends and other damage to hair. The best part is that it strengthens your roots, too! So apply it from root to tip for best results.
Inala Rice Water Reset Rinse, $30
Inala Rice Water Reset Rinse is the closest thing to homemade rice water in a bottle because it’s made with 100% pure rice water extract that we know and love. Also made with lactic acid, aloe vera, and glycolic acid, this nourishing blend is everything you need to remove product and dirt build up from your hair and scalp, while also promoting growth and length retention with every weekly use.
The best way to use this Reset Rinse is to place it in your hair routine as a pre-poo. At the end of the week, finger detangle and section of your hair and thoroughly rinse your scalp with the product. After you’re done, just shampoo and condition your hair, dry it, and you’re good to style and go!