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.