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Trav White here,
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So today, I want to address a question
I've been getting quite a bit.
That question is,
"How do I speed up the awkward phase?"
You're growing your hair out,
but it gets to this annoying length
where you can't put it into a bun because it's too short,
and wearing it down
ends up looking like some horrible bowl cut out of the 90s.
And I've been scouring the internet,
checking for some hacks on how to speed up hair growth
and escape that awkward phase a little bit faster.
I'm not gonna talk about the obvious choices
that you guys have probably already seen a lot of.
Things like argan oil,
coconut oil, castor oil.
Those have all been addressed tons of times.
I might make some videos on those in the future,
if you guys are interested,
drop a comment.
Let me know if you're interested.
But this hack that I discovered,
I haven't seen discussed on too many channels
outside of female beauty channels.
Surprisingly, that hack is rice water baths.
- What, what the (beep).
- Yeah, rice water.
So, trust me,
when I saw this,
I had some questions.
Is this legit or is it some old wives tale?
In this video,
we're gonna answer the big question,
is rice water actually legit for hair growth?
Now, I do wanna drop a big disclaimer.
All the info that I'm about to share
is not considered medical advice
or a prescription of any kind.
This is all the opinion I've formed
based on my own independent research.
And I know you guys are smart,
but I just had to get that out of the way real quick.
Okay, so for centuries,
women in Asia have attributed
their incredible hair health, thickness and length
to rice water baths.
For example, the women of the Heian period
had floor length hair,
and they gave credit to frequent rice water bathing.
We can also look at the modern day equivalent
of Yao women who live in the Huang Luo village in China
and are known for having hair growth
up to six feet long.
In addition to its incredible length,
the Yao women's hair is also said
to keep its color for longer as they begin to age,
and they don't gray as fast
until they reach much older,
like in their late 80s.
And they credit their hair length and color
to the fact that they bathe it in rice water.
So I just wanted to address kinda two questions.
Does rice water work for men
as a natural supplement to treat hair loss, number one?
And number two,
a natural supplement to speed up hair growth
and, or protect it from damage?
So those are kinda the two questions
I wanna answer with this video.
Recently, I've seen a flood of female beauty channels
talking about rice water,
but I haven't seen a lot of men's channels talk about it.
I think I might have found one or two videos.
So I decided to do some research to answer the question,
is it legit for guys as well?
So what does the science say?
Well, honestly, I was really only able to find two studies.
And the first one was published
in the Journal of Cosmetic Science in September 2010.
It's titled The Effect of Rinse Water
Obtained From the Wash,
that's a mouthful, hold on.
The Effect of Rinse Water
Obtained From the Washing of Rice as Hair Treatment.
Now, in that study,
the authors mention that rice water may
"Reduce surface friction"
and increase your hair elasticity.
However, this study heavily relies on historical anecdotes
and it doesn't have any modern tests,
therefore no modern conclusion.
So not 100% reliable.
Now, the second study I found
highlights the development
of haircare products from rice water.
So the study's claim
is that there's this carbohydrate or sugar
found in rice water called inositol.
And inositol has the ability
to repair damaged hair
as well as protect the hair
from further damage and breakage.
However, it's important to point out
that the company that ran this study
sells haircare products.
They are obviously going to have a bias
and a direct commercial incentive
to produce positive results.
Even though that study
said that inositol is phenomenal for protecting hair,
I do have to question the outcome
because obviously the company has a bias.
I had to do some of my own detective work on inositol.
So I started looking up,
what is inositol?
What is it used for in the medical field?
Typically, inositol for a long time was called vitamin B8,
but it's actually a type of sugar
that influences the action that insulin has
and can affect some neurotransmitters
like serotonin and dopamine.
In fact, some of the uses I found online for inositol
range from treating diabetic nerve pain and panic disorders,
even infertility in women.
Most of the articles I read
linking inositol to preventing hair loss or promoting growth
said the evidence is insufficient.
They're not gonna say it doesn't work
but they're not gonna say it does.
They need more research.
Do I consider it 100% effective?
So when it comes to question one,
is this a legit supplement for male pattern boldness?
I'm gonna give it a no.
I'm gonna say there's not enough evidence.
And if you're suffering
from something like male pattern baldness, or MPB,
I would consult your doctor
and look at the other two treatments that you can have
like minoxidil, which is Rogaine,
or finasteride, which is Propecia.
Question number two,
if you don't have MPB,
can it help speed up hair growth
or at least protect your hair from damage?
I'm gonna say maybe,
I'm gonna say it's definitely possible.
We can look at that inositol study
showing that it does repair and protect hair from damage
that could be caused by heat or heavy rinsing,
or scrubbing or anything else
that could cause breakage in your hair.
Obviously, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence
for rice water working.
Of course, we can go back
to looking at the Yao women in China.
And if you look at the reviews
for inositol hair supplements on Amazon,
I actually found thousands and thousands of good reviews.
One called SugarBear
actually had almost 7000 reviews and a four star rating.
And most of the bad reviews
were due to side effects of other ingredients
found in the supplement
like biotin or different vitamins.
And nothing that bad was actually said
about inositol not working.
However, keep in mind,
that supplement mixes a bunch of other ingredients
so it's not just a pure inositol supplement.
So if it were me,
I probably wouldn't ingest this supplement.
But instead, I'm gonna be testing a homemade rice water kit
that I will be applying to my hair topically.
And I'm gonna see if it can speed up hair growth
and make your hair thicker,
things like that.
So one more thing I wanna add really quick,
is, in addition,
that I also found an article
on the Academic Association of Medicine
saying that inositol can be a great supplement on its own
for hair growth,
but it's even more powerful
when you combine it with choline.
When the two mix,
it produces phospholipids,
which is the compound
that helps produce more hair follicle membranes.
So choline is naturally produced in our bodies,
but is also found in egg yolk.
And it may be worth doing something like an egg mask
and then rinsing it out,
and then immediately doing a rice water bath right after
to get that sort of compound effect
of choline and inositol stacked on top of each other.
So I'm not your doctor, obviously.
I will never tell you that you must ingest supplement,
it is 100% your decision.
So I'll leave the links to all the research I did
in the description below
so you can do some of your own detective work.
I'm not gonna write off
rice water working for men's hair growth.
In fact, I'm gonna try it.
I'm gonna test it on my own for a couple weeks,
and then I'll come back with another video
and I'll post the results on there
of my full rice water tutorial.
So stay tuned for that,
and down in the comments,
I wanna know,
have you ever tried rice water,
and what were your results?
And let me know in the comments,
and I'll see you guys in the next video, peace.