I've just finished a couple of bottles of the hyped-up Macadamia Natural Oil shampoo and matching conditioner.
I must admit that while I liked how it was working initially, the longer I used it the more buildup I noticed on my hair. I have never noticed this with any other brands of shampoo and conditioner so I was quite surprised to see my hair becoming flat and lifeless as I was nearing the end of my first bottle of this brand. I guess I probably should have expected this considering the oil content in all of the Macadamia Natural Oil line, but I thought that would be beneficial for my naturally dry hair (I do not color my hair nor use much heat on it at all - it just has a very fluffy texture which is quite difficult to manage in the summer) but alas, it just worked to create buildup and began to leave a strange film on my hair.
I also noted that occasionally my roots seemed clogged up right after shampooing, which gave the feeling of unclean hair. I've had experience with SLS-free haircare products in the past (after having a salon keratin treatment done, so I was not expecting that completely squeaky clean, stripped feeling of the majority of regular shampoos but I definitely have never had this level of buildup and weighed-down feeling particularly in the roots with other sulfate free brands.
So I decided it was time for a change... I certainly need to give my strands a rest from this filmy buildup that the Macadamia Natural Oil products have coated it in. (see below for my new shampoo and conditioner routine that I'm trying)
Oh, before you think I'm dismissing the brand completely, let me just sing the praises of their hair mask! Yes, the Deep Repair Masque by Macadamia Natural Oil actually works brilliantly. I think the fact that it is only applied to the mid-lengths and ends means that the oils that it obviously contains don't actually penetrate directly into the roots and scalp area like the shampoo does. I don't use it everyday like some people seem to like to do (in place of a regular conditioner) because again, the heavy, built up feeling bothers me with these rich kind of products. I don't know exactly how often they recommend to use this mask, but I slather it on in the shower whenever my ends are feeling a little thirsty and it seems to give me back that soft, hydrated feeling.
So the Deep Repair Masque is well worth the money in my opinion, unlike the shampoo and conditioner. I can't speak for the other products in the line but so far the masque is my favourite. I love the rich, creamy consistency and the fact that it lasts a heck of a long time as long as you don't go overboard and use it every day. As an added bonus, it smells AMAZING!
Or if you prefer to buy in-store in Australia, Hairhouse Warehouse stocks the entire Macadamia line.
StrawberryNet also stocks it at quite a reasonable price -
If you're in the US, Folica stocks it -
As does Ulta -
So that's my quick round up and review of a few of the products in the Macadamia Natural Oil line, not sure whether I'll branch out and try any of the others that they have on offer because at the moment I'm happy with the results that the deep repair masque gives me and I find that that is enough oil content for my particular hair type without adding their other treatment oils into the mix.
Let me know of any other decent hair treatment masks you've discovered... I'm always on the lookout for a good mask. What do you think is the best hair mask/masque out there?
So, next up... the new stuff -
I decided it was time to give Joico a go. I've heard some great reviews about their Moisture Recovery shampoo and conditioner so I checked to see if RY stocked the Joico line and sure enough, they do!
I'll let you know my thoughts when I've given it a chance on my hair... so, let's see how this goes.
I also ordered a clarifying shampoo which I've never really ventured into using much before so I'm interested to see how that works out after I add it into my haircare routine. I think I'm only planning to use it bi-weekly for start but it'll depend on the amount of buildup, if any is noticeable, from the Joico Moisture Recovery. I just think it'll be a good test because my other products (ie: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny serum, Tigi S Factor Flat Iron Heat Defender, Kerastase Creme Oleo Relax Slim and mousse and hairspray) that I use occasionally seem to leave a bit of coating on my hair that doesn't always wash out fully with normal shampooing.
Anyway, I chose the Shampoo Three by Paul Mitchell. It seems to have fairly decent reviews and people claim that it does in fact do its job of removing excess product buildup and such, so we'll see. I'll hopefully post a review of this one as well after I've used it for a while.
You can also get this from RY -
That's all folks... let me know what shampoo & conditioner you're using at the moment?