Rahua Shampoo

Rahua Shampoo

Despite all of our beauty know-how, it’s not entirely clear to us here at the Gloffice how much actual difference a good shampoo makes—it’s only on your hair for a few minutes. (Or maybe less than one minute, depending on how swiftly you shower—did anyone go to a summer camp that limited your shower-time to conserve water? You got three minutes. There was a whole method to it.) This, versus conditioner, which soaks in to your hair for five to ten minutes, or a leave-in treatment, which really soaks in, all day long. But then again, if you consider the purpose of shampoo as cleansing your scalp of naturally produced oils as well as the grime you walk through all day—well, that function seems pretty damn important.

That’s why we’re especially fond of Rahua’s rainforest-grown Shampoo. It’s made with 100% natural, 100% vegan, certified-organic ingredients that are free of synthetics, parabens, and sulfates, and includes the Omega 9-rich rahua nut oil (it's pronounced “ra-wa,” and short for ‘Ungurahua’) fand palo santo oil, which comes from the same botanical family as frankincense and the bottle tells us “provides a mood-calming experience.” (Should we drink it? Just kidding! Don’t drink it.) The Incas used palo santo oil to purify and cleanse the spirit from negative energies ('palo santo' means 'sacred wood' in spanish, so there you go—aura- and scalp-cleansing in one! Your psychic hairdresser will be thrilled).

The smell of it is...different upon application, more herbaceous than your average drugstore fruity mishmosh (which is a welcome change, in our opinion, and wholly due to the holy palo santo), but it rinses out and leaves only a faint scent behind. And it did calm us down quite a bit, not least when we noted the results: glossy, strong, shiny, soft, bouncy hair that felt healthy. Rahua refers to its products as "insurance for your hair." They’re onto something.

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  • Ekaterina

    I actually tried this a year ago and didn't really like it :/ Although it could very well just be that it didn't go well with my hair type (fine and lifeless). I don't like using conditioner on my hair, I prefer a mask once or twice a week, so I need a shampoo that won't strip too much of my natural oil, and this felt like it just made it *too* clean. For anyone that might sample this and have a similar problem, I suggest trying this one:


    I'm not African-American, nor do I have a particularly dry scalp (kind of the opposite actually), but something about this stuff just works! Cleans my hair, and leaves it shiny and bouncy! And it's natural just like the Rahua :)

  • http://www.thesparkle.net/ erin

    i am really turning towards more natural products these days and it's REALLY hard to find an effective shampoo! thanks for the info on this on, ITG! x


  • SF City Editor

    Keratin based beauty products are the future of healthy skin and hair....

    • Max

      Oh yes? Do tell.

  • kaouchips

    i think many cheaper natural shampoos are already great (Avalon organics', Aubrey Organics', Jason etc).
    More expensive does not always mean better enough to justify the price tag...

    • L.

      Hi Kaouchips.
      Except that Rahua uses next to none synthetic chemicals (1 is naturally derived or something), and Avalon, Aubrey's and Jason do use synthetic chemicals in their products. Just not the ones that are now being named as bad. Phenoxyethanol isn't exactly recommended either, but many 'natural' brands use them any way.
      It comes down to what you feel is best. Just don't assume that it is a 100% clean, because that's how it is marketed. Reading the ingredients works for me.

      • 4jsc

        I totally agree with you. Acure seems to fit the bill pretty well and with a lower price point though I'm always looking for more options.

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Wow, this sounds absolutely lovely! I'm always interesting in learning about new natural hair products, so thanks for sharing! :)



  • VotreAmie

    I recently gave this shampoo and conditioner a whirl in the shower and I've gotta say my hair has been much shinier as a result...or maybe it's all in my mind - Whatevs. I'm not wild about the price, but I wash my hair about 2x a week so I'm not exactly racing through the stuff. A random side note, I've noticed that it lathers epically well the second go-around so I would definitely recommend a wash, rinse...repeat!

  • Sashi

    on the subject of hair washing, can anyone comment on the use/ effectiveness of a shower filter ?? The principle being- what gets onto your hair the MOST during a shower is the water.

    • Jodes

      I've considered buying one for a while, but am reluctant to spend the money without first knowing if they are worth it. ITG, could you please review shower filters?!

    • kneelbeforetigers

      I have one, and i have to say it's made an epic difference. I'm Af-Am, and my hair has never been healthier, stronger, or LONGER. It's stopped snapping off at the ends, and the moisture retained on my hair and skin just feels less itchy and drying! DO IT!

  • Alana

    Can we get an ingredient list?! You guys give some great product ideas but never share what the ACTUAL ingredients are. I have found most companies only list the "active" ingredients and misleadingly leave out the rest. The "rest" being the not so great ones...

    • Nicole Friend

      Aqua, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Lonicera Caprifolim (Honeysuckle] Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis, Shea Betaine, Coconut Betaine, Glycerin, Sea Salt, Caprylic Fatty Acid, (natural aroma), Glycine Amino Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Corn Amino Acids, Vitamin E, Ungurahua oil (Oienocarpus bataua), Rahua oil, Lecithin, Palo Santo Oil (Bursera graveolens), Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Citric Acid.

  • Mouthfulofstyle

    I have this Shampoo and love it! I also use their finishing treatment which works wonders all day long.

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  • Nic Tokyo

    I love Rahua so much. My hair is fine and gets tangled all the time as it's pretty damaged, but when I use Rahua my hair feels completely different. The only thing I didn't like was the smell. It's very expensive for shampoo but worth it :)

    The Beauty Maniac in Tokyo

  • Elon Burnett

    I started using this product in my salon and it is incredible! All of my clients are loving it!


  • http://genuineglow.com/ Lilly

    I wish I would have read this post sooner, I would have not waited so long to try Rahua. I am using the Rahua Voluminous Shampoo and I love it. It smells a lot better than the original one and gives really nice body to my hair. Also, it makes my hair nice and shiny. My new favorite shampoo!

    Lilly, GenuineGlow