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Rahua’s Smoothing Hair Balm: Perfect for Shiny Hair Fans?

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For tackling my naturally frizzy (read: triangular) hair, I’m a huge fan of Rahua (pronounced ‘ra-wa’), the US-based brand sustainably harnessing Amazonian ingredients for shiny, healthy locks. And one of my favourite products is their Smoothing Hair Balm.

But do you *really* need a hair balm (on top of the other roughly 10,000 hair products we all seem to collect)?

Read on to find out!


Rahua's Smoothing Hair Balm: Perfect for Shiny Hair Fans?

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This is new, up-to-date information. We updated this article in April 2024 to add our further thoughts on Rahua’s balm, complete with updated prices.


Rahua Smoothing Hair Balm review

Free from parabens and sulphates, this wax-like balm contains sunflower seed, coconut, rapeseed, cocoa seed, clary sage, rahua, sacha inchi seed and morete fruit oils to nourish, tame frizz and add shine.

The addition of gardenia oil also adds a light floral and feminine scent, while vitamin E provides antioxidant protection.

In colder temperatures, this balm initially takes on a slightly hard texture but melts quickly in the warmth of hands, making it easy to work through hair. The results on my thick, damaged tresses are heightened control, softness, natural shine and zero frizz (a must for my hair in the slightest humidity).

For finer hair types I suspect only the teeniest amount of this balm would be needed as its texture is so rich and it’s going to be frizzier or even on those with short hair who are likely to benefit most from the control properties here.

As well as controlling frizz and adding shine, I really enjoy knowing that the ingredients here are only doing good things to my hair, not drying it out.


Rahua's Smoothing Hair Balm: Perfect for Shiny Hair Fans?

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How do you use it?

To get the full de-frizzing, moisturising benefits from Rahua’s Smoothing Hair Balm, warm a small amount between palms before smoothing over lengths and ends.

This balm can also be used on skin as a moisturiser so massage over any dry spots for glowing hydration.


What other people have to say about this product

This product has a lot of really positive reviews, however, some with fine hair types have said this isn’t a suitable product for them. One customer on the Rahua website says “This Rahua was bought for my extra fine, thin hair. It is far too heavy and thick – even in the smallest amount. So not fit for purpose.”

On the positive side, another says “This hair balm is amazing. I was worried it might make my fine hair a bit greasy because it is a balm, but I smooth some into my hair before I use my hair dryer and it makes my hair so silky and soft.”


The takeaway

For those who like their hair products on the natural side, as well as some control alongside their shine, then this could well be the perfect product.

Yes, it’s expensive, but because it’s a solid texture it’s almost impossible to use too much and my tiny pot still has loads left. And, as an added bonus, this natural balm can also be used to moisturise lips, cuticles and dry skin, making the value here slightly better.

Finally, sustainable beauty fans will probably be pleased to support a company dedicated to protecting the rainforest and indigenous tribes in the Amazon.

For those who prefer their products with a more serum-like texture though, IGK’s Mistress and Gisou’s Honey Infused Hair Oil are both excellent frizz-taming (and beautiful-smelling) alternatives.

Great for: Natural product fans and anyone whose hair veers towards the fluffy (me, me!).

Not-so-great for: Budget buys, although this is really quite a rich formula and I just don’t need to use a lot.

Rahua’s Smoothing Hair Balm is £32 for 17 g, Naturisimo, UK and $32 for 17 g/ 0.62 oz, Rahua



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Sally Underwood is a journalist, *serious* beauty fan, and Editor-in-Chief of Live That Glow. Formerly Editorial Director of one of Europe's largest newspaper groups, Sally has been a beauty obsessive since her teen years spent dragging her long-suffering (but immaculately-groomed) friends around every beauty counter in London. She now leads Live That Glow's editorial operations.

Expertise: Skincare, Body care
Education: University College London

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