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.