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Well Oiled — Give Hair A Silky Feel With New Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Haircare Collection

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Could it be that a powerful natural haircare ingredient, one that leaves hair silky soft, has been right under our noses for years?  That certainly appears to be the case! The main ingredient in the new Dove Pure Care Dry Oil haircare collection — which consists of the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo ($5.49 at Walgreens.com), Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner ($5.49 at Walgreens.com), and Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment ($12.99 at Walgreens.com) — is not some exotic fruit found exclusively in a secluded area of the Amazon or grown during a short-lived season in the Swiss Alps but, rather, it’s a nut most of us have consumed in everything from ice cream sundaes to gourmet cookies: the macadamia nut.

Sure, Dove isn’t the first haircare line to tout the benefits of this nutty ingredient — after all the Macadamia Natural Oil Hair Care brand ‘s entire philosophy was built around the nourishing powers of macadamia oil. What’s so lovely about this particular nut? Well, monounsaturated fats account for 70-80% of its constitution, with palmitoleic acid being the main component. This Omega-7 fatty acid stimulates cellular regeneration, thereby making hair healthier and shinier. Macadamia oil also contains nearly five times the amount of vitamin E found in olive oil, a substance that protects hair from harmful UV rays, and boasts a high concentration of manganese, which provides free radical protection. Its constitution aside, macadamia oil has the practical benefit of being easily absorbed by hair given that it mimics the sebum (the oil naturally produced by the scalp and strands), thereby leaving behind no greasy residue and never weighing strands down.

The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo has the added benefit of containing no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), that harsh detergent that strips hair of its natural oils and dulls your color, and which has only been used in the past to create a rich lather. It does, however, contain sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Though these substances are easily confused, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is significantly milder and generally deemed safe to use in skincare, haircare, and cosmetic products. Because it’s a surfectant, it creates that lovely foam most of us relish when washing our scalps. That said, SLES isn’t without its critics — environmentalists suggest that the ethoxylation process involved in converting sodium lauryl sulfate into the less irritating sodium laureth sulfate produces a chemical called 1,4-dioxane as a byproduct which, in turn, contaminates ground water and can lead to cancer. But since it’s a cheaper alternative to other natural-based cleansers, it’s readily embraced by cosmetic and personal care manufacturers aimed at the mass market. And, while there are drawbacks to using SLES in haircare products, the compound is still a significant improvement from SLS.

I’ve been using the shampoo for weeks now and have found it heavenly. It creates a rich, frothy foam and is easy to work into strands without them feeling tangled or knotted (which can often happen if you already have dry and damaged hair). In terms of cleansing agents, the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo contains hydrogenated castor oil, a natural analgesic and antibacterial agent, while also incorporation hydrogenated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and macadamia oil to condition and hydrate strands.

The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Conditioner is even more delightful, leaving strands feeling softer than silk — just as the bottle promises it will. This lightweight conditioner is formulated with macadamia oil, sweet almond oil (which locks in moisture and smooths the hair cuticle), coconut oil (which has a low molecular weight that allows it to penetrate the hair shaft, where it works to reduce protein and moisture loss), and lactic acid (which smooths dry and unruly strands, making them less frizzy).

After using the shampoo and conditioner for a few weeks, you’re likely to notice a significant improvement in the texture of your hair since it really does make it extremely soft. Your hair should also appear a bit shinier and bouncier. Even my curls have a bit more oomph after I use these products and, when I do straighten my hair, I notice the strands don’t feel as straw-like as they once did.

Last but not least, the collection includes the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment with African Macadamia Oil, a lightweight but heavily concentrated oil meant to nourish and protect hair. The golden oil contains macadamia oil, along with sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, and palm oil — all known for their ability to be absorbed readily by strands. You can apply two to three drops to your hair after conditioning it as a leave-in treatment, add a drop or two to your conditioner to make it all the more powerful (I love doing so), apply it as a pre-wash treatment, or smooth it onto styled hair to tame any fly-aways.

And here’s the kicker: though it’s marketed for use on the hair, you can even use the oil on your skin. I’ve applied it to damp skin after showering and have noticed my skin feels smooth and soft after doing so. Sometimes, I’ll even add a drop to my body moisturizer when my skin is feeling a bit dry or itchy.

If you’re in the market for a new shampoo and conditioner that are affordable, readily accessible (no online ordering and no trips to Sephora, Ulta, a salon retailer, or a high-end department store required), and effective, consider these top-of-the-list material!

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