Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Rahua vs Yarok




Ladies and gentlemen please get comfortable for the fight of your life. While your are relaxing in the comfort of your own home (or maybe having a sneaky peek at this post while at work?), two shampoos will be battling it out for the privilege of washing your hair.

In the left corner we have Yarok, he looks like a happy go lucky chap with a slight hippie vibe. In the right corner we have Rahua original, looking like an upmarket dandy trying to appeal to your inner warrior.

Let the battle commence!

Round 1 Packaging:

While visually I find Yarok slightly more appealing (it gives me that I am a "green" product vibe, while Rahua looks like it would be at home in any mainstream salon), in the shower Rahua is a lot more user friendly. It can be a little tricky getting the product out from Yarok when you used up half of the bottle, no such problems with Rahua.

This round goes to Rahua.

Round 2 Smell:

Yarok has a scent that is a mixture of sweet grasses and wild flowers, I get an image of a sunny meadow every time I use it. Rahua original has a herby scent much stronger than Yarok  Rahua voluminous smells similar to the original, maybe a little sweeter. While I don't mind the Rahua scent I am not too keen on how strong it is.

This round goes to Yarok.

Round 3 texture and foaming action:

Yarok is a little more liquid than Rahua, both foam nicely which is rare in the natural shampoo world. Still not the kind of suds you get with your conventional products, but plenty enough to easily spread it around. I think Rahua foams a little more, and as it is not as runny, it is easier to use overall.

This round goes to Rahua.

Round 4 time laps before it works:

Both Yarok and Rahua needed a two week adjustment period before they started to work with my hair. After that my hair looked and behaved exactly the same after each wash.

This round is a draw.

Round 5 hair manageability and need for conditioner:

With Yarok I need hair conditioner every other wash. When my hair was shorter it was really easy to brush, when it is at the current length (slightly below the middle of my back) it gets a bit knotted. Rahua for the first few washes required use of conditioner every wash, but after I could skip it most of the time. Hair was ridiculously easy to brush, a few times the brush was not really needed.

This round goes to Rahua.

Round 6 volume and hair drier compatibility:

Well Yarok gives nice volume and Rahua original can't beat that since it is not a volumising shampoo, so that is not surprising. When I blow dry my hair (requirement in winter) I look like stepped out from a salon, and I am not skilled when it come to styling, so it literally all is thanks to Yarok. With Rahua however my hair looked a poofy mess, so clearly need to use something extra (be it skill or products) to make it work.

This round goes to Yarok.

Round 7 value for money:

Rahua is more expensive per bottle to begin with. A 8.5 oz bottle of Yarok lasts 3-4 months and so does a oz bottle of Rahua. But by my calculations I would use more conditioner with Yarok. So it works out that in terms of total hair care expenditure it is about the same.

This round is a draw.

After 7 rounds ( 3 to Rahua, 2 to Yarok ), Rahua original is Victorious, however in the winter I will be sticking with Yarok.

Bonus round with Rahua voluminous:

Well this one did not require any adjustment period for me, the very first use resulted in beautiful hair, and then it all went down hill. Rahua voluminous smells similar to the original, maybe a little sweeter. After the third wash it was drying out my hair and giving me an itchy scalp. I came to the conclusion that it could work well as a shampoo after oil treatment, or just for occasional use but not as regular shampoo on my hair. Since I like to have just the one shampoo and not a small collection for different occasions, this one was quickly out of the running.

Now that Yarok has released a new moisturising version, maybe we will need to have another battle...

15 comments:

  1. Ahhhh I loved this post and that amazing artwork! I'm quite intrigued to try the new Yarok moisturising shampoo.

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    1. Oh thank you, feel so happy :) yeah I'm super intrigued by the new Yarok although I probably won't need new shampoo for like half a year ;) xx

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  2. Wow, Beautiful drawing!! you're an artist! For me Rahua is not a winner but i think is depends of hair type :) I would try Yarok in the coming month :) JulieXx

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    1. Oh thank you so much! :) I was trying to be objective and Rahua worked really well for my hair, Yarok is always a winner though ;)

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  3. So creative Tamara! Thanks for this review, I actually was contemplating really hard between the 2 brands but Rahua had me coz I tried a sample. Will keep Yarok in mind when my Rahua runs out. xo

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    1. Thank you! I love Yarok if it wasn't for my quarterly subscription I would not have even bothered with Rahua, but now I like it a lot xx

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  4. Love the artwork Tamara so beautiful! I actually have both of these to try in my stash but am using up some other shampoos and conditioners first, looking forward to comparing thoughts when I have :) Xx

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    1. Thank you! Ooh really look forward to your thoughts :) xx

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  5. If I remember rightly Yarok is a no go zone for me (allergy related) my only experience of Rahua is the sample we got on the field trip and I'm not overly impressed, prefer my Desert Essence conditioner. Love your artwork, hope you will create more for future posts :)

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    1. Yes it has some citrus oils which are a no no for you :( I still haven't tried the conditioners, I rarely use those I normally use the leave-in sprays. Thank you, I have used some of my artwork as background in some reviews but this is the first time I did an illustration of products. I will try to do some, finding time can be tricky ;) xx

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it! ;)

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  7. Great post! I wasn't impressed with Rahua, but maybe I needed a longer trial. Must try the Yarok at some point (maybe the new moisturizing one now!) - I'm a big fan of their mousse and leave in conditioner :)

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    1. For me time made a big difference. I am so intrigued by the new moisturising Yarok, I love the mousse too! They also released a moisturising mask.

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  8. That artwork is out of control amazing and GREAT post! I've been trying to decide between these two, and this definitely swayed my decision :)

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