This is a simpler version of Yao fermented rice water. The ingredients are readily available and the procedure is much simpler and less time consuming. This is the recipe that I started out with and I am glad to say that I witnessed some good results. Unlike plain rice water, this solution contains pitera. This is component that is formed during the fermentation process and its primary benefit is to promote cell regeneration.
Fermented rice water can be smelly and harsh. The most effective way for eliminating the unwanted smell is using essential oils. Personally, I add lavender, ylang ylang, and orange essential oils to this mixture. For those that do not have essential oils, citrus peels are a decent substitute.
This water is good for most naturalists but it is deemed as harsh if it dries out hair or causes flakiness. One way of dealing with these side effects is cutting out the number of times that you use it. For example, if you have been using it once a week, you can adjust the frequency to once in two weeks.
The second approach is leaving the product on hair for a very short time before rinsing out with warm water. Lastly, you can dilute the water to reduce protein overload. If all these remedies turn out as ineffective, then it is time to discontinue the use of the product.
Personally, I mostly use the water as a leave-in conditioner at intervals of one week and it does cause any side effects on my hair. I believe there is no standard way for using it and that explains the need for experimenting and adjusting the routine according personal hair needs.