Usawa: Fermented Rice Essence

A feather-light mist that swathes hair and scalp in nourishing care, fortifying strands, balancing oil production, and enhancing natural luster.


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A feather-light mist that swathes hair and scalp in nourishing care, fortifying strands, balancing oil production, and enhancing natural luster.

Usawa is the Swahili word for balance. This essence delivers balance to your sacred hair care ritual, hydrating and protecting so that you – and your hair – feel free. 

Reset, refresh and revitalize hair with rice fermented essence designed to shower hair and scalp in layered benefits, nourishing the scalp, fortifying strands, and amplifying hair’s natural shine. A lightweight mist spray perfect for pre-style prep, pre-poo or post-wash to detangle, moisturize & protect.

Fermented rice water and Sudanese hibiscus work together to hydrate dry strands and smooth the cuticle for silky, weightless shine. Generous infusions of traditional plant extracts like aloe vera soften and soothe the scalp while strengthening roots. An innovative blend of snow mushroom works dually to deeply penetrate strands and scalp for enduring hydration, then forms a transparent film over hair to support moisture retention and offer protection from the elements.

Upcycled rambutan extract hydrates and protects the scalp from pollution, and sarcosine maintains the scalp’s microbiome to alleviate dry skin, flaking, and overproduction of oil, leaving hair light, vibrant and refreshed.



  • Improves Manageability
  • Maintains Moisture
  • Smoothes and Detangles
  • Fortifies Hair Strands
  • Nourishes and Hydrates
  • Restores Shine


  • Softens and Protects Scalp
  • Rehydrates Dry Skin
  • Maintains the Scalp Microbiome
  • Alleviates Itchiness
  • Soothes Irritated Skin
  • Strengthens Hair Roots

The ingredients that make a difference


Fermented rice will smooth the cuticle and soften the hair shaft.” Research has indicated that active ingredients like vitamin B, vitamin E, trace yeast, and inositol—the benefits of which can be furthered through fermentation, as noted—can serve to smooth and moisturize hair.


Snow mushroom is well-known for its remarkable ability to retain moisture. Its polysaccharide-rich formula creates a hydrating layer on the hair and scalp, preventing moisture loss and dehydration. This reduces dryness, frizz, and dullness, leaving hair soft, smooth, and well-hydrated.


Hibiscus contains amino acids that can help to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp, which can encourage hair growth. It can also help to strengthen the hair shaft and prevent breakage. Conditions the hair: Hibiscus can help to condition the hair, making it smoother and more manageable.

Full ingredients list

Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water+, Saccharomyces/Rice Ferment Filtrate, Water, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Panthenol, Propanediol, Trehalose, Sarcosine, Polyglycerin-6, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sorbitol, Betaine, Biotin, Niacin, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp (Snow Mushroom) Extract, PCA, Hyaluronic Acid, Nephelium Lappaceum (Rambutan) Seed Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Humulus Lupulus (Hop) Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Panicum Miliaceum (Millet) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, , Sodium Anisate, Sodium Phytate, Maltodextrin +Certified Organic Made with 100% natural glycols, conditioning agents, actives and aromas

How to use it

Morning & Night

Apply mist pre-wash to dry hair. Let product rest and saturate strands for a few hours before washing. Post-wash, apply mist to wet hair and allow to dry along with strands. Repeat as needed when your hair is calling for a refresh.

Founder, Leona's Tip

"To us, natural means sourced from nature, or cultivated in a way that protects and preserves nature. Our bio-actives are ingredients that are transparently sourced, safely synthesized, and tried-and-true tested for results. Through natural ingredients, we see natural results. Every product at UZIMA was designed to bring softness, weightlessness, shine, and resilience to natural textured hair. So that you can grow it, show it, and own it all day, every day."

Jazmin's Tip

" I love this as a light refresher."

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