I love the packaging. Simple. Clear instructions. You mix half a bottle of oil into a pot of cream, then stir with a little wooden spatula. There’s something very gentle, almost ritualistic about the mixing process; and it smells as if you’re standing a little too close to a bonfire – it’s slightly smoky, it’s not an English bonfire, it must be somewhere in the rainforest. It’s less pass the hotdogs and more pass-the-Ayahuasca-and-didn’t-there-used-to-be-a-field-of-trees-there-not-so-long-ago? You see how a fragrance can take you somewhere special?

The burning question (if you’ll excuse the pun) is will it work? It requires a commitment – you have to comb and massage for a minute, then leave for 30 minutes, before shampooing and conditioning. This gives me time to remember all those treatments for hair I’ve tried before that have required either a complex layering of oils, followed by washing, conditioning, more layering, applying heat via a blowdryer, then rinsing… that haven’t made the slightest bit of difference. Should all hair treatments be left to the professionals?
While the mask is on I tidy my desk. Stroke the cat. Contemplate the use of sulphates in shampoos and conditioners. (A whole ‘nother blog, hopefully coming soon..)

Time for the big reveal – and this is a keeper. Once you rinse it out, it combs through easily (I didn’t have to use a Detangling spritzer), and leaves hair feeling fresh, not lank at the roots either. I shampooed and conditioned with the Rahua shampoo and conditioner as well, just to keep it in the family, but in theory you could use this with any other brand.

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