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Rahua Shampoo and Finishing Treatment reviewed

Is a Solution for:
Oily Hair, Thinning Hair & Shedding, Dry or Brittle Hair, Limp Hair, Dull Hair
June 12, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 8 Comments
I resisted for the longest time trying out the Rahua shampoo, conditioner and finishing treatment line by Amazon Beauty on the perfectly reasonable grounds that its main ingredient, the so called rahua nut, doesn’t exist. I don’t much care for being lied to by a shampoo, so I decided to pass even though the rest of the ingredients seemed mostly harmless (and at least they were real). But people kept jumping on my post about the phony rahua nut raving about how good this stuff was and so I decided to give it a try.

This proved to be an expensive and somewhat frustrating decision.  I ordered the Rahua Shampoo ($32), the Rahua Conditioner ($32) and the Rahua Finishing Treatment ($45). Instead of the conditioner, I received two bottles of shampoo. Amazon would only refund, not exchange and so I still don’t know what the conditioner is like. And in a way, I don’t really think I know what to say about the shampoo and finishing stuff either – and it’s not like me not to form some kind of an opinion.

I find that the shampoo, which foams enthusiastically, makes my hair feel a tad too squeaky clean and I feel that conditioner is definitely needed afterwards. Alas, not Rahua’s; I’ve been using the one by Creo and it does a fine a job. On balance, I think Rahua isn’t nourishing enough for my hair, but I’ll probably use up the bottle in the hope that antioxidant green tea and raspberry, as well as some amino acids are doing some good. I’m not holding out much hope for the non-existent rahua or ungurahua oil, an industrial palm oil. Palo santo, by the way, is an essential oil used mostly for its smell.

The Rahua Finishing Treatment has me perplexed. I’m not sure what it is for or – despite instructions to put it on damp hair “paying special attention to the ends” – what to do with it. Rahua Finishing Treatment is a very thick paste. We are talking spackle and even a dime size amount leaves my shoulder length hair greasy and clogged. I have resorted to taking the tiniest amounts and applying them as evenly as possible. But on drying my hair, I can’t see that there was any point.

Ingredients in shampoo

Purified water, certified organic herbal water of green tea, honeysuckle and raspberry leaf, organic aloe vera, shea betaine, coconut betaine, vegetable glycerin, sea salt, caprylic fatty acid, wheat protein amino acid, corn amino acids, vitamin E, ungurahua oil, rahua nut oil, lecithin, palo santo oil, panthenol, oat protein, and citric acid.

Ingredients in Finishing Treatment

Purified Water, Rahua Nut Oil, Ungurahua Oil, Jojoba Oil, Green Tea, Honeysuckle, Raspberry Leaf, Organic Aloe Vera, Behentrimonium Methosulphate (colza oil), Vegetable Glycerin, Stearalkonium Choride (plant derived), Vegetable Glyceryl Stearate, Oryza Sativa Extract, Bran Wax, Cocos Nuvifera Oil,(natural Aroma), Caprylic Fatty Acid, Hydrolized Wheat Protein, Corn Amino Acids, Vitamin E, Lecithin, Palo Santo Oil, Panthenol, Oat Protein, Glycine Amino Acid, Molasses Extract.
  • November 6, 2017

    by Limner

    The testimonials sound like someone selling snake oil. Good health comes from within. We'd benefit more from drinking green tea and eating those raspberries. Hydration must also come from within, and since salt tends to dehydrate, I cannot imagine it rehydrating hair. If the Amazon natives have all those chemical additives on hand . . . Well, they sure fooled me.

    Save your money.

  • July 30, 2014

    by GMikhael

    I was too hesitant to try Rahua Shampoo after I read the blog posted by Marta about Rahua Nut. But I read so many reviews people raving about the product. So I finally took the plunge and bought it from Naturisimo UK. I have to say that I simply love it. I can get away without Rahua Conditioner in British Summer. My hair is full, alive and shiny after I shampoo'ed with Rahua and I am so happy that I got my beautiful teenage hair back. I am so tempted to try Rahua finishing treatment and Hair Mask now.

  • March 9, 2012

    by Jessica

    It's a shame that you didn't receive the conditioner. I would recommend it as a truly stand-out product. Trust me, it has to be pretty fabulous to get me to part with £27.50 for a bottle! My long, dyed hair and I have just returned from two months of daily sun and salt water swimming in Australia and my hair is as silky and shiny as a teenager's. Highly recommended!

  • July 21, 2011

    by Emily

    I was very amused by the controversy around this line--I remember Marta's first post about the non-existent Rahua Nut! so when I had the chance to try the Finishing Treatment I jumped at it. And my experience was quite unlike Marta's: I'm really loving it; I'm applying somewhat generously to damp hair and it is doing a great job on hair that has recently been both dry and weather (humidity)-challenged. But I don't find it greasy at all...I do have a lot of hair so perhaps that's why. I commented last month that I tried Sarah's Vanika, which is a wonderful rich preparation to use as a treatment, but I like this for using before drying and styling. Whether the nut exists or not--for me, there's some there there. Thanks!

  • July 2, 2011

    by Kayly Newcomer

    Ungurahua oil is *not* an industrial palm oil. It is an expensive and time consuming oil to produce and therefore not cost efficient for large scale use.
    My guess is that "rahua" oil is a derivative of ungurahua oil (hence the exact same spelling) and that is why it is trademarked (because of the process.)

  • June 13, 2011

    by Jaysie

    Marta - I hear you about the shampoo leaving hair "squeaky" clean. Amazon Beauty makes a point of telling customers it's imperative to use the conditioner afterward. The company was very cordial about sending me samples so I'd bet if you emailed them about your incorrect shipment they would oblige you with enough conditioner samples to test.

  • June 12, 2011

    by Olivier

    I have been using the full line and I really like it. It's too bad you haven't tried the conditioner because it is absolutely wonderful! Very hydrating and it leaves the hair very silky.

  • June 12, 2011

    by Valerie

    I was going to try this brand. I ask for samples and they sent the shampoo and conditioner but in sachet form.I haven't tried them yet; however, since I have many strands of fine curly hair and the size of the samples is very little , it will be difficult to say if it's working or not.

    so thank you for the review.

    Have you tried Rare El'ments hair care line ?

    I read so may good reviews about this natural hair care line. I contacted Nature of Beauty, an online retailer that sells the brand if they had samples of the line; they told me they do but The line gave such great results that I should go ahead an purchase the full sizes.

    They have a trio collection that sells all 3 full sizes; maybe I should try this instead of Rahua.

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