On this episode of under the turban we take a closer look at the rice water trend hitting social media and the natural hair community. Before we get into it I would like to implore everyone to remember that no one method works for all hair types. Your genetics, diet and overall health impact this more than anything else. With anything I suggest that start slow by testing a small portion of hair or use on whole head a few times a week to see how your hair reacts to it.
The recipe I include in this post is from Josiphia Rizado and it is by far the best tutorial I have see. She has done a lot of research and I have to say that I have seen thicker and faster hair growth over the last 2 months of using her method. What makes her method different is the addition of citrus and other herbs into the mixture to further the growth potential of the mixture.
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Using rice water as hair care is said to originate from the Heian period (794 to 1185 CE) in Japan where the women had hair down to the floor.
In modern times the Yao women in the village of Huangluo in China use rice water for their hair with many having an average of 6 foot of hair. Along with hair length many of the women do not begin to gray until they reach their 80’s.
The hair community have caught wind of these techniques and you will find many videos and testimonials of the “miracle” of rice water.
- Add water to rice- It is suggested you use long grain white rice but you can experiment with any rice except instant rice.
- Rinse the rice lightly. I skip this step and she mentions you do not have to do this step.
- Wash the rice thoroughly rubbing between the palms. This allows the nutrients to be expelled from the grain.
- Pour the liquid into a cup or directly into a small pot
- Peel your citrus, you can use orange, grapefruit, lemon ect. Remember whatever citrus you use will be the dominate fragrance of your final mixture.
- Pour rice water liquid into pot, if already in pot add citrus into pot.
- You can also add your other additives here. I add rosemary, garlic and mint. Start off simple with just the citrus and add as you go along. Remember that whatever you add will alter the fragrance.
- Bring mixture to a boil this should take 5-10 minutes.
- Let sit for a few minutes and add liquid, citrus and other ingredients into a container with a lid. like using mason jars.
- Let sit for one week-a month. What I like to do is let sit for a week and then transfer some of the mixture into a spray bottle. I let the remainder of the mixture sit longer in the mason jar and add new rice water to the jar as I make it.
- detangles the hair
- makes hair smoother
- increases shine
- makes hair stronger
- helps hair grow long
- Too much rice water can cause protein overload which can harden hair. Because of this it is suggested you use it only monthly.
- I have 4c bleached hair so using this as a spray a few times a week has not shown any negative effects. I also use it along with LOC method and regular scalp massages.
How to use rice water
- wash hair with shampoo
- rinse thoroughly with water from the tap
- pour rice water onto their hair
- massage the rice water into the hair and scalp
- leave on for up to 20 minutes
- rinse hair thoroughly using warm water from the tap
- I’ve played around with the original recipe. I do add citrus by way of lemon or orange, whichever I have in hand.
- I only make rice water when I’m about to cook rice which is usually every other week or so. That way I don’t waste the rice. You can put a label on your rice container to serve as a reminder.
- I’ve added dried rosemary, mint, garlic and even onion as they are all natural hair growth ingredients.
- Remember that adding other things will effect the scent of your mixture. You can add a few drop of essential oil to help with the scent but start small and work your way up.
- Create two container one you keep in a mason jar that you can let sit for weeks at a time. Another in a spray bottle that you can use regularly and refill as you add new rice water into mason jar.
- I use the L.O.C (liquid, oil, cream) method whenever I use this mixture. Liquid is the rice water, followed by and oil and then a cream. I massage my scalp and go on with my day or pop on a shower cap and turban to do a deep conditioning treatment.
How To Make Rice Water - THE TRUTH RECIPE NOBODY SHOWS YOU ON YOUTUBE - Fine Low Porosity Hair
How To Make Rice Water - THE TRUTH RECIPE NOBODY SHOWS YOU ON YOUTUBE - Fine Low Porosity Hair
Heian Period Woman
Heian Period Woman
Yao Women from Huangluo ,China
How to Wear a Cloth Face Covering
Cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Sew and No Sew Instructions
Sewn Cloth Face Covering
- Two 10”x6” rectangles of cotton fabric
- Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
- Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
- Sewing machine
1. Cut out two 10-by-6-inch rectangles of cotton fabric. Use tightly woven cotton, such as quilting fabric or cotton sheets. T-shirt fabric will work in a pinch. Stack the two rectangles; you will sew the mask as if it was a single piece of fabric.
2. Fold over the long sides ¼ inch and hem. Then fold the double layer of fabric over ½ inch along the short sides and stitch down.
3. Run a 6-inch length of 1/8-inch wide elastic through the wider hem on each side of the mask. These will be the ear loops. Use a large needle or a bobby pin to thread it through. Tie the ends tight.
Don’t have elastic? Use hair ties or elastic head bands. If you only have string, you can make the ties longer and tie the mask behind your head.
4. Gently pull on the elastic so that the knots are tucked inside the hem. Gather the sides of the mask on the elastic and adjust so the mask fits your face. Then securely stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering (no sew method)
Bandana Face Covering (no sew method)
- Bandana (or square cotton cloth approximately 20”x20”)
- Rubber bands (or hair ties)
- Scissors (if you are cutting your own cloth)
Face Mask Tips and Guidelines
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues through much of the world many governments have recommended or mandated that people wear masks while practicing social distancing for their protection. They also stress that in order to ensure healthcare workers are able to access much needed equipment that those that are not immunosuppressed/compromised or sick refrain from using PPE (personal protective equipment) or medical surgical masks.
- Do not place masks on children 2 years of age and under
- Wear mask whenever you go out
- Make sure mask covers nose and mouth
- Make sure you can breathe through mask
- Wash mask frequently
- Do not use masks intended for healthcare workers (PPE & surgical mask)
Who Should Not Wear Masks
- Children under age 2
- Anyone who has trouble breathing
- Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance
- Anyone who has a disability that prevents wearing a mask. People with disabilities who are unable to wear a mask are provided reasonable accommodations per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read “Should I wear a face mask?” on https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/coronavirus_FAQ.pdf
What if I Cannot Find/Make a Mask
During this public health emergency, surgical and N-95 masks are reserved for health care workers and first responders. To reduce the risk of transmission, you may use scarves, bandana-style neck covers and other similar face covers to cover your mouth, nose and the sides of your face. A cloth mask is better than not having a mask at all to prevent the spread of disease and protect the people around you.
Check out our selection of face masks
Vintage Turban Looks
I thought we would take a trip on the way-back machine to take a look at some of history’s best turban looks.
The great thing about vintage turbans is the amount of detailing and craftsmanship that was involved. Many were made my milliners who would make them on sturdy foundations made to fit on the client’s head. Take a look and comment below on some of your favorites.
Zainabu Turbans Catalog
Check out our full range of fashionable turbans that are made to go with your style and mood. Turbans are a great way to update your style and add a a unique element to your already individual style.
We carry both lined and unlined styles but rest assured that all of our turbans are safe for your hair. The fabrics used are smooth inside to keep hair from tangling and breaking.
- Signature Lined Turban comes in 12 vibrant colors
- Amie Zigzag Striped Turban
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Top 5 Oils for Your Hair
Hair oiling is a great way to not only keep you hair and scalp moisturized but the act in itself can help to relax you while promoting hair growth.
We recommend that you try the oils by themselves first both on dry and wet scalp. The reason is so that you can be able to see how your hair reacts to the oils. If you find your hair reacts well to the oil you can then mix a few together and even add essential oils for fragrance.
How do you know the oil is working or your hair is reacting well to it? The oil will absorb into the hair and scalp as opposed to just sitting on top. We recommend you try this 2-3 times a week depending on your hair needs.
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What is the New Moon?
A new moon is just one of the phases of the moon and marks the beginning of the lunar cycle. The new moon happens when the moon and sun align and is a sign of new beginnings. This new moon will be the last of this decade and is in Sagittarius.
What is a New Moon Ritual ?
A new moon ritual can be whatever you make of it. It is not religious but can be depending on your beliefs. It is simply looking within, setting intentions and using that energy through the to manifest those intentions.