3 posts tagged "Rahua"
The calendar might say mid-July, but the state of my hair looks a lot more like late August. Sun-faded color; itchy and irritated scalp, due to serious product build-up; and ends with a dry, almost straw-like consistency. Yup, before I turned my now waist-length locks over to Max at New York’s Mizu salon, an airy enclave in midtown, it had definitely seen better days. Thankfully, my hair was in very able hands, both with Max, as well as Rahua, the cult-favorite line that is the star of a new treatment aimed at rebooting even the most discontented coifs. Avowed hair-care naturalists are likely already well aware of the goodness that is Rahua. Based entirely around high-performing organic ingredients sourced from the Amazonian rain forest, the products all have a skin-care-like feel and efficacy. The treatment starts with a thorough double shampoo to strip away product residue and ready the hair for the deep conditioning to come. Next, Max whipped up a batch of the Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask, and carefully applied it to my hair, combing it in from root to tip, letting extra pool at the ends. As the treatment settled into my strands, Max indulged me with a lengthy and vigorous scalp massage. After rinsing it out, Max dabbed a bit of the Rahua Finishing Treatment into my hair before blow-drying it into soft waves (the heat actually helps seal in the product). Just under an hour later, my summer-broken hair had been fully repaired—a luster and shine I hadn’t seen in months was restored, my color appeared significantly more vibrant, and my ends looked, well, happy. Rahua recommends not washing your hair for at least twenty-four hours afterward—a particularly easy instruction to follow, considering my head smelled like a bouquet of exotic fruit. All in all, a remedy we can definitely get behind.
Mizu, 505 Park Avenue, New York, NY, www.mizuforhair.com.
PALO SANTO / (pal-oh san-toh) / n. / 1. Also known as Bursera graveolens, a spidery, fragrant tree that flourishes in South America’s coastal regions; / n. / 2. Translated in Spanish as “holy wood,” a mystical shrub that is frequently used as a spiritual healer and energy cleanser by shamans in ayahuasca ceremonies; / n. / 3. A “smudge stick” that acts to remove bad energy, improve meditation, and repel insects when burned; / n. / 4. A tea that reduces inflammation and relieves cold and flu symptoms, asthma, and headaches when consumed; / n. / 5. A woodsy-scented essential oil with uplifting properties frequently used in natural-minded beauty products, e.g., “Ward off bad energy and add an aromatic element to any hairstyle with Palo Santo.”
Try it: Rahua Hair Wax with essences of Palo Santo, $32, www.rahua.com.
It’s hardly news that the Amazon rain forest is something of a treasure trove of beauty-enhancing ingredients; the super-antioxidant power of the açai berry made its way into everything from face creams to smoothies a few years back. But as more and more foraged comestibles from the region are billed as skin and hair saviors, I’ve become more and more skeptical. It’s often hard to tell what’s legit and what’s just a marketing ploy to capitalize on a burgeoning trend. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when stylist Fabian Lliguin introduced me to Rahua. In the late nineties, Lliguin and his wife sourced the nut of the same name from the Quechua-Shuar tribe in Ecuador, where its restorative oils have been used for centuries to foster long, thick lustrous hair. After procuring it in limited quantities for years, the couple recently made a self-sustaining arrangement with members of the tribe, which ensures that all harvesting and extraction methods are done in an earth-friendly manner. The resulting product range includes a Shampoo, Conditioner, Finishing Treatment, and an Elixir—all of which are formulated with the pure oil and other natural ingredients for an 100 percent organic, 100 percent vegan collection that’s paraben- and sulfate-free to boot. The oil’s small molecular structure means that it bonds to the hair shaft and repairs damage rather than merely coating it. My short, asymmetrical bob was bouncier and glossier than ever when Lliguin invited me to test-drive the Finishing Treatment on a recent trip to his Cocoon Salon on the Upper East Side. I also managed to garner a “Did anyone ever tell you that you look like Selma Blair?” comment later that night, which made me an even bigger proponent of the line.