I’ve been trading in my chemical-laden beauty products for clean, nontoxic versions. As recommended by No More Dirty Looks, the first to go is shampoo. Since the scalp is the most absorbent part of your body, it’s a sponge for all the harsh chemicals. Many conventional shampoos use sodium laureat sulfate (SLES) or sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) which produces a carcinogen. There are also the preservatives, fragrances and additives to worry about.
I’ve tried using different shampoos from health food stores and they were okay, but their formulas still contained chemicals andÂ I really wanted to go 100% natural. I chose Rahua’s Voluminous shampoo and conditioner because the reviews are good and the bottles look so pretty sitting in my bathroom.
To my surprise, Rahua’s shampoo lathers quite wellâ€”better than the health food brands. You don’t need a lot of product. A quarter-size amount with plenty of water will do it. The line is pricey, but I’ve had my bottles for a couple of months now and I’m not even halfway through. I wash my hair three times a week. I have a lot of hair and it’s pretty strong and healthy, but my scalp is sensitive and my hair can get dry. I used to wash my hair every day because it used to get oily after 24 hours, but I realize that was the result of conventional shampoos stripping my hair of its natural oils and making my body overcompensate.
After about a month, I saw a difference. My scalp was way more balanced. I could probably cut my shampooing down to twice a week, but I exercise, so I usually don’t.
If you’re not a good candidate for the “no poo” method (I’m not!), using 100% natural, 100% organic hair care is the next best thing. Rahua’s products are also vegan and gluten-free. I like that Rahua has a sustainable, earth-friendly business model where they work with women from Amazonian nations. “Rahua,” a restorative oil only found deep in the Amazon rainforest, has been the women’s secret to their lustrous hair for centuries. Here’s the company’s video about the process and the interesting history behind Rahua:
It’s a pretty lengthy process!
Overall I really like this line. The shampoo and conditioner both have green tea, lemongrass, lavender and eucalyptus, and they smell nice. They perform how I expect products from a clean, luxury haircare line to perform.
A con is that I can’t do withoutÂ the conditioner because the shampoo alone would leave my hair too dry and matte. It’s also winter right now, so my hair is usually a bit more dry this time of year, but I would still like my hair to feel softer.
Since this is my first real introduction to clean shampoos, I want to try another line to see how they compare. I’ve heard good things about the Intelligent Nutrients line, started by the founder of Aveda. I’ll try and review that next. If that doesn’t work out, at least I have Rahua as my go-to.