Rahua Voluminous Shampoo & Conditioner | SECONDBLONDE

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I’ve been trying out these Vegan 100% natural and organic hair products by Rahua. Rahua AMAZON BEAUTY  was founded by Fabian Lliguin a New York hairdresser and advocate for the conservation of the Amazon. Amazon Beauty® Inc. have devised its own standard called, Symbiotic®. Meaning a Symbiotic® ingredient must be harvested from virgin forests in the Amazon, cultivated and obtained using the same, traditional methods used by Amazonian tribes for centuries.

The bottles are really attractive with attention to detail such as embossed logo’s on both sides of the bottle and fancy gold flip top lids. I like that the bottles are completely clear allowing you to see the product inside and it’s consistency.

I’ve got the Voluminous range as my hair is very fine and gets greasy really quickly. It is also safe for colour treated hair. The smell is a love hate situation, although completely natural it is quite strong – you really smell the lavender and eucalyptus. I really love the smell it really turns shampooing your hair into a relaxing pleasant experience.

The shampoo lathers really well much more than I imaged for a Vegan/Organic free from everything shampoo (if I’m honest I do love a bit of man made silicon in my hair!) It rinsed out really well and left my hair very clean, almost raw feeling which I’m not sure if I love – perhaps just different. I applied the conditioner mid lengths to ends which again smelt beautiful and left on for a few minutes before rinsing off. When combing my hair it was slightly more tangled than usual so I needed to use a light prep spray to help comb through before styling. It did style well without going static which is always a good sign with my hair type. The feel of my hair when dry was smooth and I’m not sure what best word to use other than raw – perhaps I needed the regular conditioner as the Voluminous is very lightweight.

Overall I do really like Rahua as a brand and their ethos – how they support the rainforest, however personally I don’t think it will be my go-to daily shampoo/conditioner. It’s more likely to be my 100% natural alternative option.

There’s a whole range of beautiful hair shampoo/conditioner/treatments/styling and body products. I’ve heard amazing things about the results of the Omega 9 hair mask.

Take a look here 275ml Voluminous Shampoo £28, Voluminous Conditioner £29

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Power of The Baobab: My Review of Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder| secondblonde

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You may of heard me raving about this superfruit powder on my YouTube Channel I’m not really one for jumping on the band wagon of the latest health foods. A few of my friends at work were already taking it regular and said it was really good so I took the plunge and gave it a go.

The Product The baobab fruit is the only fruit that dries naturally on the branch. Aduna work with small scale producers in rural Africa to harvest, remove seeds and sieve to produce a raw wholefood powder. It’s rich in Vitamin C (single dose provides 33% of your daily requirement and 50% fibre) Baobab fruit contains the highest antioxidant level. It’s 100% natural and organic so therefore absorbs into your body with no preservatives or additives, Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is kosher certified.

The Promise To bring out your natural vibrancy making you look good and feel good by promoting good skin health and giving energy release and support immune functions.

My Verdict The first time I tried this I added two teaspoons to my porridge with almond milk before popping it in the microwave. It did give my porridge a slightly bitter taste but it was still enjoyable. I was on an early shift at work so was up at the crack of dawn. Normally by 11:30/12:00ish I have a bit of a slump feeling tired, sluggish and a bit blah! Basically like I need a coffee or food. However…after taking this “magic” powder I had so much energy and was literally dancing around the room! I felt really energised the whole day and ready to face anything.

As not to change the taste of my breakfast I sometimes put 2 teaspoons in a cup, add a little water to mix into a paste – then add two tablespoons of natural yoghurt and stir until blended. Then eat it on it’s own, I prefer the taste this way. It’s kind of like a sour citrus. I don’t love it but it’s ok. Aduna have won “great taste awards”.

To see the skin benefits by supporting collagen formation to get the baobab glow you need to take daily, I haven’t been taking it daily yet and only been taking on days I feel I need it.

Summary This is a fantastic food supplement what does exactly what it promises to do and I really like the ethos of the brand. Aduna have other health powders and energy bars in their range. I will definitely re-purchase the Baobab Superfruit Powder when mine is finished. Maybe I should start taking daily and come back to you with results of my skin.

Take a look at the Baobab Superfruit Powder here £14 170g

Let me know if you’ve tried any superfood supplements that you got results from, I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Secondblonde x

Living the Coconut Dream

 I normally use Almond Milk to make my porridge each morning when I thought I’d try something new…

Coconut Dream is (as almond milk is) low in fat & easy to digest as it is naturally lactose free. It is also enriched with calcium and vitamins D2 & B12. Coconut Dream is the perfect choice for vegans, vegetarians or for use in kosher dishes. 

It tastes yummy (just like coconut) and it’s also refreshing as a cold milk drink or used in smoothies as a healthier non dairy alternative. It’s 100% natural, this non-dairy drink is made with the finest coconut cream and Italian rice.

It’s a big thumbs up from me, give it a try you might like it! I picked mine up from Tesco, you can also buy it at Asda and Sainsbury’s.

Secondblonde x 

 

Pureology COLOR FANATIC Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier 200ml

This new “magic in a bottle” product was launched in the salon at work last month and has been flying off the shelves! I’ve just gotten round to testing it out after Graham our lovely rep from Pureology dropped me off my own to try out!

IMG_9151.PNGThe Promise:
A first of it’s kind multi-tasking hair treatment spray to prime and protect being being for colour treated hair.

The Science Bit:
Combining the exclusive AntiFadeComplex with Fennel Seed extract and a natural blend of camelina, coconut and olive oil, this leave-in hair treatment protects and strengthens for longer-lasting, perfect-looking colour everyday.

COLOUR FANATIC 21 ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PRIME
Hair Color Protection
Leave In Conditioner
Hair Detangler Spray
Blow Dry Spray for Quick Drying
Moisturizer for Dry Hair
Low Porosity Hair Care
Weightless Conditioner
Hair Cutting Lotion

PROTECT
Split End Treatment & Prevention
Hair Breakage Treatment from Daily Brushing & Combing
Hair Fiber Product
Repair and Protect Heat Damaged Hair
Shields Hair Against Environmental Damage

PERFECT
Hair Smoothing Treatment
Silky Hair Treatment
Seals Hair Cuticle
Hair Moisturizer Spray for Reduced Dryness
Anti Frizz Hair Spray
Reduces Hair Static
Hair Refresher Spray for Restyling
Hair Shine Treatment

My Verdict:
It goes on damp hair before styling. Spray a few spritz, comb through and go about your normal styling routine. It smells nice, perhaps a bit too floral/fruity for some. The smell kinda takes me back to my early teens reminding me of the scents of The Body Shop, like Dewberry!!!

It feels really good in the hair and not like you have any product at all. The smell is nice not overly strong , it fades a to a subtle scent when your hair is dry. When my hair is dry this blonde fine hair of mine isn’t fluffy and it feels silky and looks shiny with no static! So far so good! I’ve only used it a couple of times so will need to use over a longer period to see the full results such as the Antifade Complex®

Summary:
I think this is a genius product and as all Pureology products the quality of ingredients are high and the results speak for themselves! All Pureology ingredients are 100% Vegan.

This will definitely become a holiday “must have” for me this year as it’s an all in one multi tasking hair Beautifier you can’t go wrong with this thrown in your beach bag along with your SPF and Tangle Teezer!

At £19 I think it’s a brilliant find, purchase yours here

What Pureology products have become your must have hair care routine?

Secondblonde x