Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Rahua Finishing Treatment Review
Goodness me, these Amazonian types do like their hair products, don't they? There's Ojon, Surya Amazonia Preciosa and now Rahua.
I like Ojon, despite the slightly odd smell, and didn't care much for Surya, as the shampoo and conditioner left my hair very tangled and not clean-feeling at all, although they smelled lovely.
So, what's different about Rahua? There are no silicones in the formulations, unlike Ojon, which does contains silicones in some of its older products. The foaming ingredients in the shampoo are shea betaine and coconut betaine - no lauryl sulfates here. Rahua also avoids parabens, synthetic ingredients, and are suitable for vegans. The box states that the product is made with certified organic ingredients, but doesn't specify which these are and I am sceptical that all ingredients can be organic.
I bought the Finishing Treatment from Liberty, and was given sample sachets of the shampoo and conditioner too. The Finishing Treatment is very expensive for a hair product at £36 for 60ml (it's not the most expensive haircare product I've ever bought; Philip B White Truffle shampoo just beats it!)
Finishing Treatment is a cream texture that's rich but not thick or paste-like. After washing my hair, I take a small (between 5-10p piece sized) blob and rub it between my palms and distributing it through my damp ends and mid lengths. I wasn't hugely impressed the first time I used this as it didn't immediately give me silky soft and perfect hair (at this price, I don't think that's an unreasonable ask) but over a month of continuous use after each wash my hair is in noticeably better condition and I have defined waves and curls without frizziness. Finishing Treament doesn't feel heavy on the hair, and doesn't feel like it's coating the hair like some heavier silicone/oil based smoothing products can.
Picture of the texture, and the amount I use for my hair.
My hair is long and the ends have been abused by colouring. I wash and leave to air dry naturally so it's also prone to frizz. I find many finishing products too heavy or they leave my hair feeling a bit crispy and so the Rahua is worth the high price tag to me - if you have more normal hair then you might not see enough of a result to justify the price. If you have very thick hair, I'd recommend the Ojon Restorative Leave-In Treatment instead.