How to Grow Hair With DIY Hair Growth Oil & Rice Water Shampoo

by Laurscurls
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1 Hour

I will show you how to make your very own shampoo and hair growth oil for thick, bouncy natural curls. I love using both these products as they give my hair definition and moisture. Let’s begin!

Note that this shampoo with rice water is perishable. Keep it in the fridge for up to a week and a half as It has active live ingredients. The DIY hair growth oil isn’t perishable, but I probably wouldn’t keep it past 12 months.

Tools and materials:

  • Pure African black soap
  • Fermented rice water (mine has two cups of rice inside)
  • Aloe vera
  • Applicator bottle
  • Essential oil of choice
  • Jojoba oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Olive oil
  • Baobab oil
  • Squalene oil
  • Empty container
  • Spoon
  • Clean bowl
  • Strainer
  • Leave-in hair butter
  • Distilled water (optional)

How to make rice water shampoo

Chopping up the black soap

1. Chop the black soap

Chop up the African black soap bar, so it’s easier to dilute in water. 

Tip: To ensure it’s 100% organic, check that it's rough and bumpy. Also, ensure it’s not 100% black in color because that’s fake stuff.

Adding hot water to the black soap

2. Add hot water

Transfer the African black soap cubes into a bowl and add hot water. Use distilled water for the best results. 

Mixing and melting the soap

3. Mix the soap

Now mix the contents to create a black soap liquid. It’s ok if you don’t get all the chunks. 

Straining the soap

4. Strain the soap

Strain the soap with a strainer. 

Black soap water

Now, you should have some nice, sudsy black soap water. 

Fermenting rice water

Straining rice water

5. Strain the rice water

Strain your rice water (I let two spoonfuls of rice ferment for 24 hours). As you can see, the water looks very cloudy and starchy. Add essential oil to the water before closing the lid. This will add a pleasant scent as it usually smells bad on its own. 

Adding the ingredients together

6. Add the ingredients together

Transfer your black soap water into an applicator bottle together with the rice water.

Adding aloe juice to the recipe

Next, pour in about ½ a cup of natural aloe vera juice, which is excellent for hydration. I made the juice by scooping out the gel from an aloe leaf and blending it.

Adding drops of lavender essential oil for fragrance

Add a few drops of lavender oil (or any scent of your choice) just to make the shampoo smell great. 

DIY African black soap and rice water shampoo

Shake up the bottle, and that’s it! You have yourself a super-hydrating African black soap and rice water shampoo. 

DIY hair growth oil recipe

Using olive oil as the carrier oil

1. Start with olive oil

Pour 4 tablespoons of olive oil into an empty container. We will use olive oil as the carrier oil as it has amazing strengthening and hydrating properties. 

Adding Baobab oil

2. Add Baobab oil

Next, add around 2 teaspoons of Baobab oil. This is amazing for softening the hair shaft and also promotes hydration and moisture. 

Adding squalene oil

3. Add squalene oil

Add 2 teaspoons of squalene oil. It’s a miracle oil that literally changes your hair and skin. 

Adding scented essential oils

4. Add scented oils

Add around 5-10 drops of peppermint oil. It’s fantastic for stimulation! It’s my second favorite oil after lavender oil.  

Adding drops of lavender oil

Then, add 5-10 drops of lavender oil. 

Adding jojoba oil

5. Add jojoba oil

Finally, add 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil, which is amazing in repairing hair damage. 

DIY hair growth oil

Give your DIY hair growth oil a good shake, and you’re done! 

How to use the growth oil and shampoo

Applying the rice water shampoo to hair

1. Section and apply shampoo

Section your hair into four sections and apply the shampoo to the roots first. I’m focusing the application on the roots more as I get the most build-up on my scalp. 

How to use the rice water shampoo

Rub and massage the shampoo into the roots and carry the excess to the ends. Then, twist each section and move on to the next. 

Applying the shampoo to the scalp

Then, apply more directly to the scalp and rub. 

Hair up in a towel after washing

2. Detangle and rinse

Detangle hair and rinse out the shampoo. 

Applying leave-in conditioner

3. Add a leave-in conditioner

Apply your favorite leave-in hair butter, section by section. 

How to use the DIY hair growth oil

4. Add the DIY hair growth oil

Apply the hair growth oil through your hair. Use a few drops and see how it makes your hair shine with amazing definition. 

Blow drying hair

5. Dry your hair

Let the product set in for about 10 minutes, and then blow dry your hair on low heat. Some people use a diffuser head, while I prefer to scrunch my hair up with my hands. It’s totally your preference. 

Applying more DIY hair growth oil

Use a little more oil to manipulate your bouncy natural curls. This will break apart any bunched-up curls and give off more definition. This DIY oil serum does a good job of separating without frizzing my hair. Also, ensure you place more oil on the scalp; this is where all the growth happens!

How to grow hair with DIY hair growth oil & rice water shampoo

How to grow hair with DIY hair growth oil & rice water shampoo

As you can see, my bouncy natural curls are super defined, moisturized, and voluminous. These DIY hair growth oil and rice water shampoo products are my favorites! I highly recommend that you try it, and if you do, let me know what you think of them in the comments. 

Suggested materials:
  • Pure African black soap
  • Fermented rice water (mine has two cups of rice inside)
  • Aloe vera
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  • Evanea Phelps Evanea Phelps on Sep 13, 2022

    Shouldn't some of that oil go on the scalp? I'ma white girl and would not be able to rock oily hair but it does sound like a good scalp treatment.

  • Dmotan Dmotan on Sep 14, 2022

    Does this work for us white ladies? My hairstylist has ruined my hair and it's falling out, not at the root but it's breaking off.