Have you ever heard me describe something as being magical?
Miraculous, even? I don’t think so and I honestly didn’t think I ever would until I met Rahua.
See those bottles up there? They’ve changed my life, profoundly and incredibly, for the better. Prior to meeting Rahua, my tresses have flirted with brands the likes of Wen and Nioxin and Jason Thick To Thin. I had such high hopes for each relationship but inevitably, it would end because of irreconcilable differences. Meaning, I was in search of something which would plump up my hair, give it some bounce even as it strengthened and stopped the shedding. Because of all the medications and steroids I’d been taking these days, my hair is less mane and more mousey.
On a sidenote, there is truth in calling it one’s crowning glory. When mine was lush and in abundance, I felt like Wonder Woman. That sensation of being powerful and in charge has not happened, in a very long time.
Until a week ago.
Here’s how my hair looked right after a thorough wash/conditioning with the Jason Thick To Thin pair of shampoo with conditioner. Although I’m standing before you with a clean head of hair, is there volume? Is there bounce? Is there gloss? No. No. And no.
Now, for comparison, take a look at my hair after I used Rahua.
To see a video of me whipping my hair, go here
Just. Look. At. That. And here’s my hair the next day, after a full 2 hour workout the evening before which ended with me being all sweaty and gunky. You get the picture. (talking about pictures, these are really bad, I know, sad face)
Bent on testing this wunderkind further, I refrained from washing my hair that night just to see how it would fare 48 hours after the initial wash and 24 hours post exercising.
Whilst it’s gotten a little wavy (I braid my hair when in the gym), my hair still looks fuller than when it was freshly washed using a different product (see the first image). It was as though with using Rahua, each strand had joined me in working out (as in doing squats and/or lunges), and developed definition, shape, strength (if only actual exercising revealed such dramatic results that quickly). One other thing I must, I simply MUST, highlight is that throughout the process of washing and conditioning, I lost 17 strands of hair. Yes, only 17. In the past, I’d have several balls of hair to deal with.
Oh Rahua, dear beloved Rahua. What is it in your formula which makes you oh so potent and magical??
Have I mentioned the scent? Oh, it’s lovely. Eucalyptus with the merest hint of Lemongrass which soothe and calm, making me feel that the world is really quite alright.
The list of ingredients is exotic but nothing could detract from its shining star, Ungurahui Oil (also known as Milpesos) which has been recently shortened to the more familiar name, Rahua. I had no idea that Rahua Oil was such a miracle worker. For instance, unrefined, it has been used for centuries by Amazonian tribes for treating scalp problems, and is considered the best remedy for dandruff and hair loss due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It stimulates and regenerates follicle cells controlling scalp disorders caused by bacterial infections, thus increasing circulation and capillary strength, and, on the whole, improving the health of hair and scalp.
In my case, I saw an immediate decrease where hair loss is concerned (alleluia). I realise this might not be the same for everyone but hey, what’s clear is that there’s hope.
Rahua Oil is also a superior emollient, possessing a noteworthy array of essential fatty acids, sterols and amino acids. Heralded for its ability to nourish hair and scalp, the oil’s high absorption capacity allows it to easily penetrate the hair shaft, saturating and strengthening the hair’s cortex while simultaneously restoring the natural oil balance of the shaft itself.
So many products out there promise volume but instead, weaken the hair, drying them into brittle strands of straw. Rahua’s Voluminous Conditioner, on the other hand, delivers precisely what it promises. A single application of this gave my hair body and bounce, shimmy and shine. Its potent, 100% organic and nontoxic yet gentle formula is simply perfect for my hair which has been bleached and treated and permed and tortured with a million different colours.
Don’t be daunted by the price in proportion to the size of these bottles. Trust me when I say a little goes a long way with both shampoo and conditioner. With the shampoo, what took me around 50 pumps with another brand required only two palm-full servings, my friend, just 2. I would suggest one palm-full for the first wash, then another for the second wash (for reference, my hair is down to below my shoulder blades). It lathers BEAUTIFULLY.
My official verdict?
What are you waiting for? Get your own bottles at Safe & Chic (these people are the cooliest, I’m telling you, each time an order arrives, it’s drowning amidst a sea of samples, seriously) and use the code sheelagoh to save 10%. Who doesn’t like to save some money?? 🙂
Now it’s your turn. What other organic haircare lines are you loving?
p/s as with anything else, results will differ from head of hair to head of hair so do take that into consideration 🙂
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