Today we’re kick-starting a beautycalyptic month of May with a five-weeks-in Rahua Color Full “before and after” + my current hair care must haves for healthy, shiny hair.
You asked me – and I promised – to share my opinion on the brand new Rahua Color Full range for colour-treated hair after a month of use. Does Color Full truly reduce “brassiness”? Does it add shine? What about protection from mechanical damage? – And we’ll talk about that. But because I haven’t shared my hair care routine for over a year (and keep getting questions), I want to offer you brief reviews of some of my favourite products as well because I think are a) very well-made, b) from trusted brands and c) totally worth trying.
Rise and Shine:
Organic Scalp and Hair Care
The brand John Masters Organics doesn’t need any intro in the green bubble that I live in (key word here is: cult), but if you’re new or haven’t heard of the brand yet: it’s a New York-based, award-winning company founded some 25 years ago that offers a wide range of USDA Certified Organic hair care and styling products.
I’ve always said that a good deal of hair care is scalp care.
And a purifying scalp massage before shampooing is always a good idea. So far, I’ve been using oil-based serums (such as the Less is More one), but now with Summer on the doorstep, the water-and-aloe-based john masters organics deep scalp purifying serum (29€) was quite a revelation for me.The somewhat runny gel texture spreads easily, while the essential oils of Spearmint, Peppermint, Wintergreen freshen the mind – and mildly so, without any harsh or “ice mint” sensations on the skin, I’d like to add. Anti-inflammatory Meadowsweet extract and a Vitamin B complex strenthen the hair roots to prevent hair loss.
BEAUTYCALYPSE TIP: a scalp massage is often dismissed as a somewhat time-consuming beauty ritual, but if there ever was anything healthy you could pull off while watching your favourite tv show, it’s this. Sometimes, multitasking works.
Because the introduction, the first impression review and the ingredient check of the new Rahua Color Full range is already out, let’s move to the announced “does it work” before and after comparison without further ado.
Now, my hair is not colour-treated. However, the tips lose a lot of their natural pigmentation in the sun and acquire a certain brassy touch during winter months. While it might seem lovely to have natural highlights, the result is too random to be beautiful – my natural hair colour is a neutral, slightly ashy tone that’s closest to dusky Wenge brown, while lighter strands ranging somewhere from warm Bronze to very light Gold.
Because it’s not very easy to capture the minimal but very pleasant shift in colour, I have used the “average blur” filter on just the hair to see the average colour. I hope the result is visible to you, whatever screen you’re just looking at.
In terms of shine and protection, I’ve got to say it’s the Conditioner that has earned itself a special place in my heart and on my bathroom shelf. I call it my “brush in a bottle” – my hair, no matter how tangled, is silky and flows like a shiny river, once treated with the Rahua Color Full Conditioner.
In terms of repair and protection, I’ve been using the Conditioner (that smells heavenly – reminds me of a delicious, juicy berry Pawlowa) after each hair wash, and the Hair Mask only twice so far, so I can’t tell which one it is, or whether it’s the combination of both but… If you have long hair, do you know that sensation of how when you touch your hair, it feels silky-silky-silky-silky-straw? After five weeks, I would say that the amount of scratchy, damaged “straw” hair in the hair ends has moved from about 1/6th of the overall length to just the very tips. Because I’m planning to donate my hair when getting a shorter hair cut, I couldn’t be more pleased.
Bounce and Texture:
Organic Hair Care and Styling
The young Berlin-based company Lovely Day offers a collection of highly efficient skin and hair care products that are organic, vegan, free from known irritants – and quite affordable.
The Coco Gloss hair oil (18€) has only a few select ingredients (full disclosure: Coco Caprylate, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Camelia Oleifera Seed Oil, Jasminum Sambac Absolue, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citral*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Limonene*) and a bold promise to add as much shine to your mane as conventional silicone-based products.
This crystal-clear oil liquid has a fresh and light smell that reminds of a fine green tea, so those of you who desire coconut effect without the often overwhelmingly sweet coconut scent, do try Coco Gloss.
BEAUTYCALYPSE TIP: You can apply just one to two drops of Coco Gloss to your dry hair or you can work two to six drops (for very long or very thick hair) into damp tips for heat protection. Especially dry and damaged hair ends will “soak up” the light texture and look particularly shiny and healthy after dry-brushing.
When it comes to styling, I’m known among my friends as the “girl with the self-styling hair”: I literally do NOTHING to style my hair. However, the john masters organics bourbon vanilla & tangerine texturizer (€25) is a product I’ve come to love when it comes to taming baby hairs, defining the parts, adding texture – for voluminous braids.
It’s the first styling or texturising product I have ever used to leave the hair soft and nice: john masters organics bourbon vanilla & tangerine texturizer has a pleasantl melt and completely non-stick, non-greasy texture as well as a mouthwatering citrus and vanilla smell. Magic effect: add just a touch of it to your hair at the roots, and you can add bounce and volume anytime throughout the day.
Full disclosure: Ricinus communis (castor seed) oil,* glycerin,* butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter,* sorbitol, panthenol, vanilla planifolia (bourbon vanilla) fruit oil,* citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) flower oil,* citrus reticulata (tangerine) peel oil,* citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil,* rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract,* helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil,* phytic acid.
Finally, when it comes to keeping hair fresh or adding texture for interesting hair styles, the Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair (at 22€, and with mostly organic ingredients, it’s very fairly priced) from the Gloucestershire-based, award-winning, British-made organic hair care brand TABITHA, founded by Tabitha James Kraan, is a treat I don’t want to miss.For years, my favourite dry shampoo was Lulu Organics Organic Jasmine Hair Powder, and not just the brand but the very same jar. A little goes an ultra long way here. The Tabitha dry shampoo came as an early birthday surprise with an Outsider Fashion order, and when I read the ingredients, I was dying to try it:
tapioca starch (flour)*, oryza sativa (rice) powder*, arthrospira platensis (spirulina) powder*, sodium bicarbonate, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed powder*, citrus limon (lemon) peel*, solanum tuberosum (potato) starch*, cicer arietinum (chick pea) seed powder*, castanea sativa (chestnut) fruit powder*, arctium lappa (burdock) root*, anthemis nobilis (chamomile) flower*, symphytum officinale (comfrey) leaf powder*, urtica dioica (nettle) leaf powder*, euterpe oleracea (açaí berry) fruit powder*, nigella sativa (fennel) seed*, cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass) leaf oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil*, styrax benzoin (benzoin) resin extract, litsea cubeba (may chang) fruit oil*. (citral, geraniol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, citronellol, farnesol, limonene, linalool – naturally occurring components of essential oils).
Luxuriously packaged, the fragrant Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair has a grey-green colour and lends the hair a soft texture and an exquisite smell. The hair is softened and refreshed, and yet not looking “powdered”, it maintains the healthy shine. You simply “spray” the powder part by part and you’re good to go. This is easily the most efficient and the most elegant looking tox-free dry shampoo I’ve ever used.