Hair Talk: the Last Stretch. What Has Worked for My Hair this Year

Four years ago when I was about to move to Belgium, I predicted my hairdresser would be one of the people I miss the most. Just to make things clear, I think this goes past the typical tricky Asian hair problem. It is more about the fact that he has never disappointed me during the 6 years and a half years I’ve known him. I am a minimalist when it comes to hair. I want a good cut that I can easily blow dry to make it look presentable. I use next to no styling products (I do need a curling mousse now after the perm), and after I successfully reduced the frequency of shampooing in the beginning of the year, it seems like I’m on the right track.

Even though at this moment there’s nothing else I want to do besides going straight to my hairdresser’s from the airport next Wednesday (it’s not a joke. The appointment has been booked!), I am here to share some products that have helped me through the year!

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Hair Care Review: Macadamia Natural Oil Get Hooked Pack Got Me (Partially) Hooked!

Despite the fact that I have pretty much found my holy grail hair mask (Kerastase Masquintense for Thick Hair), I felt compelled to give Macadamia Natural Oil a try. Natural oil in hair care products has been all the rage for a couple of years now, and naturally I am pretty curious. I got a perm last July. It’s holding up pretty well, but with the length of my hair sometimes it is drier than what I’d like to see. Since I want to try not to go to a hairdresser in Belgium (I am very attached to mine back home), my hair really could do with some extra help before I go home in summer.

The Macadamia Natural Oil Get Hooked Pack contains 30 milliliters of their Healing Oil Treatment and 30 milliliters of Deep Repair Masque. The Healing Oil Treatment is described by Beautybay (I’m taking the descriptions from Beautybay because the Macadamia Natural Oil website doesn’t say much) to be “a therapeutic oil perfect for all hair types and is especially beneficial to dry, damaged hair; instantly absorbed and infuses the hair with moisture and nutrients for silky smooth, healthy looking hair whilst providing natural UV protection from sun damage.” The Deep Repair Masque is said to be “a revitalizing hair reconstructor for dry, damaged hair. A combination of Macadamia Oil and Argan Oil along with Tea Tree and Chamomile Oils. Extracts of Aloe and Algae rejuvenate and rebuild the hair, leaving it deeply nourished for improved elasticity and shine with long-lasting conditioning benefits.” However, since it is very intense, it should not be used for no more than twice a week. I’m guessing if you use it for more than that, it could weigh your hair down.

I was expecting both products to have a nutty smell, kind of like coca butter or something along that line, but the smells are pretty surprisingly un-nutty. The Deep Repair Masque smells very fruity while the Healing Oil Treatment smells like sandalwood. I don’t dislike any of them, but I personally prefer nutty smells and wish they would smell like that. The consistency of the Deep Repair Mask is very thick, and it feels “drier” than a lot of deep conditioning masks I have tried before. The Healing Oil Treatment has a runny gel-like consistency. I was worried about getting too much out each time, but it actually flows out slowly enough for a bit of control.

Since there are two products and I want to review both of them as fairly as possible, I tried them out like this:
1. Deep Repair Masque + my usual leave-in conditioner (Mucota Veil for Straight)
2. Mixing the Healing Oil Treatment with a less nourishing conditioner + my usual leave-in conditioner
3. Kerastase Masquintense + Healing Oil Treatment
4. Deep Repair Masque + Healing Oil Treatment

The Deep Repair Masque on its own gives excellent results! It is highly concentrated, so I only needed a tiny little, and my hair was easily detangled. Once rinsed off, I could tell my hair is a lot softer. It doesn’t weigh my hair down at all either. After blowing my hair dry, it stayed soft and bouncy for 2-3 days until I shampooed it again. Normally the ends would start feeling dry and brittle before I shampoo my hair again (I normally do it every other day, but with my hair growing longer and longer I’m trying to reduce the frequency), but it didn’t happen with this treatment!

The second time I mixed the Healing Oil Treatment with a less nourishing conditioner (L’Occitane Repairing Mask for Dry and Damaged Hair). It used to work very well for me when my hair was straight, but now that it has been chemically treated it is simply not effective enough anymore). My hair wasn’t as easily detangled than when I used the Deep Repair Masque, and the ends were also a little drier. But still my hair was soft and bouncy, and it really was only the very ends of my hair that was not completely soft and smooth. A day later however, I could see the results weren’t so amazing. My hair was already getting rough and dry!

The third time I used my Kerastase Masquintense, followed by the Healing Oil Treatment. The treatment already did a good job nourishing and detangling my hair, but since I blow-dry every time, I need a leave-in conditioner. The Macadamia Natural Oil website promises the treatment can reduce drying time by “an amazing 40-50%.” I don’t know if it really halves the drying time, but it did shorten it to a certain extent. However, the Healing Oil Treatment didn’t work that well as a leave-in conditioner either. Compared with my usual leave-in conditioner Mucota Veil for Straight, the ends of my hair didn’t feel as smooth afterwards, and they dried out before I next shampooed my hair.

The fourth time I used the Deep Repair Masque and Healing Oil Treatment. The Deep Repair Masque still detangled my hair amazingly, but the Healing Oil Treatment still didn’t work as well. I feel that I get better results using the Deep Repair Masque paired with my usual leave-in conditioner.

Bottom line: Did Macadamia Natural Oil Get Hooked Pack get me hooked? Well, partially yes. I do like the Deep Repair Masque, and I plan to purchase a tub when my Kerastase Masquintense runs out. However, I am not convinced about the Healing Oil Treatment. I will keep experimenting with it, but as far as I can see it is not the best leave-in conditioner I have ever tried.

How about you? What is your favorite hair treatment and leave-in conditioner? Have you tried anything from Macadamia Natural Oil? Are you tempted?

Sunny xx