The ancient Chinese 50p TikTok hair hack had woman claiming her hair grew two inches in a month

Can ancient Chinese ‘Rapunzel’ hack really transform hair? One woman claims rice and water trick – that’s trending on TikTok – saw her gain two inches of growth in just a month

  • The ancient Far Eastern hair hack has become trendy on social media site TikTok
  • For centuries, women in a remote Chinese village used the method and have been dubbed ‘Rapunzels’ for their long locks – stretching over two metres
  • Using just fermented rice and water in a spray bottle, the hack costs as little as 50p to make yourself at home – fans say they’ve seen higher than average growth
  • On average, human hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 an inch every month 

A hair hack that started in the remote hills of Guangxi province in China is now trending on TikTok as a hair growth hack. 

One TikTok user is even claiming her hair ‘grew two inches in one month after use’. 

Social media fans are making their own version of the ancient recipe, which is fermented rice water – using a few spoons of rice and some regular tap water, and then combining the two in a spray bottle. 

Stored in a cheap spray bottle, the solution is then either left to ferment, or used right away – either as a hair mask or an after wash rinse. 

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The remote Chinese village in the Guangxi province has become a hit on TikTok, with images of the women who use the fermented rice mixture to enhance their hair appearing in reels on the social media site

The remote Chinese village in the Guangxi province has become a hit on TikTok, with images of the women who use the fermented rice mixture to enhance their hair appearing in reels on the social media site

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Before and after: This TikTok user claims the cheap hair trick has given her two inches of growth in just one month – on average hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 an inch a month

Locals use rice water to wash their hair - a secret for them to keep locks healthy, smooth and shiny

Locals use rice water to wash their hair – a secret for them to keep locks healthy, smooth and shiny

The women of Huanglo village in China, are real-life Rapunzels, with their jet black hair reaching as long as 2.1 metres (6.8 feet). 

For centuries, the women have rinsed their hair with rice water used for cooking, coiling their locks around their head in a protective style to soak up the mixture. 

There are 600 members of the tribe in the total made up of 78 families.

Most of the women’s hair hangs down to their ankles with 60 members of the tribe with hair longer than three feet.

The longest hair in the village is seven feet long. 51-year-old Pan Jifeng is one of the tribe who has kept to the tradition of only cutting her hair once in her life.

According to Pan, the secret has been passed down by generation to generation for local women keep their long locks healthy and shiny – and now TikTok has shared it with the world. 

She said villagers would keep the water they use to wash glutinous rice, then wash their hair with it. She told reporters about the tribe’s traditions, saying: ‘We do not cut our hair from birth.

The 50p hack that could give you lust-worthy locks without the celebrity price tag has gone viral on social media

The 50p hack that could give you lust-worthy locks without the celebrity price tag has gone viral on social media

Success? One woman seems very impressed with the rice water hack and this video has amassed thousands of views

Success? One woman seems very impressed with the rice water hack and this video has amassed thousands of views

‘When we reach the age of 18, we get out first haircut as part of a coming of age ceremony which signifies that the girl is now an adult and can marry.

While some of it may be down to genetics, TikTok users say they’ve had hair growth success using the mixture. 

TikTok user @moniquemrapier has a how-to video called: ‘The right way to make rice water for EXTREME hair growth’.

She recommends putting one cup of rice into a clean jar and adding a cup of water and shaking until milky. Then leave the concoction at room temperature for 24 hours. The video has 179.6K likes and 4K shares. 

The milky liquid leftover from cooking rice contains vitamin E, which is said to aid hair growth and add shine to even the dullest of tresses. 

@yamihanna has shown her progress on TikTok which has seen her hair grow from 28 inches to 30 inches at the back – after a month of using rice water. On average hair grows 1/4 to 1/2 an inch a month. 

She used #ricewaterhairchallenge on her clip. @wiglife2020 posts her own solution where she adds orange peel to the rice water mixture and seems amazed by her hair growth. She even shows clips of the women from  Huanglo village brandishing their record worthy locks, wearing traditional dress.

Female members of the Yao ethnic group in China cut their hair once in their lives right before marriage

Female members of the Yao ethnic group in China cut their hair once in their lives right before marriage

How do they get their hair so shiny? Women wash their hair using glutinous rice and water from the nearby river

How do they get their hair so shiny? Women wash their hair using glutinous rice and water from the nearby river

Hair growth: The facts

Lots of online fads claim hair growth can happen quickly or overnight with the use oils, lotions and even bananas.

Everyone’s hair grows at different rates and diet plays a large factor, say experts.

Well known luxury hair brand Keratese says ‘Keeping your hair and scalp clean is crucial to healthy hair growth but keep the water warm as hot water can dry out your scalp and strands.’ 

The brand also says: ‘First, it’s worth understanding how hair grows. There are four different phases. During the anagen phase the hair grows, next there is the catagen phase, during which the hair growth stabilizes. 

‘The length of these phases is determined by your genetics, which is why some people can grow their hair down to their waist while others struggle to get past their shoulders.’ 

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However some other users are questioning whether the homemade hack is worth it. @abbeyyung has posted a video called ‘signs you are using too much rice water’. 

She asks ‘Is your hair brittle or breaking off more than normal? Or does it look more dull?’ 

One commenter said ‘Rice water is a no for low porosity hair.’ 

According to site healthline ‘Hair porosity is a term that’s used to describe how well your hair is able to absorb and retain moisture and oils.

‘If you have low porosity hair, it means the structure of your hair doesn’t easily allow moisture to be absorbed into your hair shaft. This can make it harder for water to saturate your hair when it’s washed.’

Pricier options include products such as Mimosu Rice Water Shampoo and Conditioner – 2 in 1 Fermented Rice Water which is sold on Amazon for £14.99 or Kiehl’s Rice and Wheat Volumising Shampoo for £26. 

Many have claimed success with this particular trend, and some ‘swear by it’ for longer hair, radiant skin or helping to fill in a receding scalp. 

 K-beauty guru and blogger Alicia Yoon states that rice is a big beauty ingredient in Korean beauty culture for a youthful complexion.

However an unpleasant side effect of using rice water can be the smell. 

Bustle writer Courtney Leiva said ‘I noticed that my rice water started to smell a little bit sour come day six. 

‘But despite the nauseating smell, Yoon says the slightly sour odor is caused by the natural fermentation of rice water, which supposedly can treat your complexion to necessary antioxidants and anti-aging benefits.

‘When you leave your rice water at room temperature for a couple days or so, the scent will become more sour,’ says Yoon. ‘When fermented, there’s a more concentrated amount of antioxidants and is used by many beauty brands for its anti-aging properties.’

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