The Yao minority ethnic women from Huangluo Village, in Guangxi Province, in southern China, have one striking feature in common—their extraordinarily long hair that stays black until they are around 80 years old.
The Yao women believe that having long hair is an auspicious sign of good health, good fortune, and longevity, and they cut their hair only once, when they are old enough to get married.
Their secret to long locks? Fermented rice water. Yes, generations of Yao women have been using the water they cook their rice in to wash their hair for years, which has resulted in their impressively beautiful hair.
The Yao women believe that the fermented rice water helps to keep their hair black up past the age of 80.
For the rice shampoo, they use rice water, peelings of pomelo fruit and tea seeds.
You can use rice water for your face, body, and hair. Washing your face with rice water helps soften the skin and improve your complexion by firming the skin and reducing the size of pores.
This video depicts the secret, mystery and meaning behind their black and long hair. The long haired Red Yao women hold the record for the world’s longest hair (According to the Guinness World Records).