Bottom Line: I’m done with my old ways.
For the past month I’ve switched up my hair care routine to include Rahua shampoo and conditioner, and I could not be happier. I have short, thick, DRY hair with unruly waves that are more frizz than curls. Even when I lay off the hair straightener and blow dryer for the summer, my locks take a lot of abuse and consequently a lot of care to bring them back to life. Honestly, I usually just buy what’s on sale and what comes in bulk when I’m looking for hair products. With labels like “shea butter” and “nourishing” and “all natural” plastered on big sea-foam-green bottles, it’s easy to buy without a second look. But as I’ve become more educated in the science behind the ingredients in beauty products, I’ve been a much more alert consumer. Not only are these name-brand products failing to revive my hair, but they’re full of cancer-causing toxins and allergens! Rahua – organic, free of parabens, free of sulfates, 100% natural, vegan, and gluten-free – seemed like a safe bet. And I’m glad I took the chance on it.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the shampoo does not suds the way that normal shampoos do, since it’s oil based. THIS IS A GOOD THING, trust me. A lot of people complain about similar products, thinking that the lack of lathering means hair isn’t getting clean. Just the opposite. The excess bubbles are all a result of the sulfates most manufacturers put in their shampoos. It doesn’t add to the cleansing process but acts as a placebo, making consumers think that the more suds, the better. It’s cheap to add and keeps uninformed users coming back. Really sulfates further damage hair and once down the drain leave a deadly trail of toxins that enter aquatic ecosystems, either endangering species or ending up back on our dinner plates. Would you eat shampoo normally? Didn’t think so. So don’t get discouraged when you don’t see Rahua foam up, just make sure you apply it evenly and start at your scalp first, letting the water carry the gel down your hair. The molecules of the oil are much smaller than intensive chemicals and are able to bind to the hair follicles rather than graze them with foam. The result is softer, shinier – but not greasier – hair that just feels healthy on your hand and to the touch.
The second thing you’ll notice – and I’ll admit it was a bit pungent for my taste at first – is the scent of palo santo – a sacred tree often used for aromatherapy and whose oils have many healing benefits, including cancer symptoms. Sounds a lot better than cancer-CAUSING ingredients. It smells a bit like licorice which is not my favorite and it took some getting used to but now when I smell it, it actually gives me a soothing feeling that my hair is clean and also safe.
Overall, I love these products. I don’t have to wash my hair as frequently, it looks healthier and feels healthier, and it feels even better knowing that it actually IS healthier. I highly recommend this product and will continue to use it from now on!