The Nut Job — Take A Crack At The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Collection
It’s been four years since I first discovered (and subsequently raved about) the Macadamia Professional hair care line, which back then was a limited collection consisting of six nourishing products designed primarily for dry and frizz-prone strands. Since then, the brand has grown exponentially — doubtless, in part, thanks to bloggers and beauty enthusiasts like myself whose glowing reviews helped to intensify its word-of-mouth buzz. As it has continued to expand and evolve, then, Macadamia Professional has also learned that, when it comes to haircare, personalization is key. To that end, then, the brand just unveiled three care and treatment collections, each catering to a specific hair texture grouping. The three collections are: Weightless Moisture, developed for baby fine to fine hair; Nourishing Moisture, designed for medium to coarse hair; and Ultra Rich Moisture, aimed at women with very coarse to coiled hair.
Since my hair isn’t extra fine but also doesn’t quite fall into the very coarse category, I opted to test out the key offerings in the sulfate-, paraben-, and gluten-free Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture collection. All of the products in this collection (as in its two sister lines), count on macadamia oil as a primary ingredient. What’s so fantastic about macadamia oil? Well, it’s remarkably rich in monosaturated fats (they account for 70-80% of its constitution), the main type being palmitoleic acid, an Omega 7 fatty acid that’s vital for cellular support and regeneration. Macadamia oil also contains nearly five times the amount of vitamin E found in olive oil and boasts a high concentration of manganese, which provides free radical protection. On a practical level, macadamia oil is extremely lightweight and it mimics the sebum (the oil naturally produced by your scalp an strands), so that it’s easily absorbed, leaving no greasy residue behind.
Now, I never had any complaints about the original Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo and Moisturizing Rinse, but I do see how some women might have needed an extra helping of nourishing ingredients or, on the other end of the spectrum, an airier, more lightweight formula. The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, then, probably best resemble the original cleansing products previously mentioned. In the current schism, these products offer a medium moisture intensity, a notion that is conveyed by the antique gold color chosen for their packaging (the Weightless Moisture products, in contrast, are packaged in luminous pearl white bottles, while the Ultra Rich Moisture offerings come in deep bronze bottles).
The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Shampoo ($22 at MacadamiaHair.com) is formulated with macadamia oil, argan oil (which contains Omega-9 fatty acids that repair damaged strands), avocado and hazelnut oils that nourish and soften hair, collagen to give strands more bounce, and vitamins A, C, and E to protect strands from environmental aggressors. The shampoo has an ideal consistency, so that it’s not overly viscous or, conversely, disturbingly runny. A quarter-sized amount of product is enough to wash my entire head of hair and it effectively removes any dirt and product build-up without leaving my hair tangled (as so many shampoos do). All the shampoos in all three lines contain macadamia oil, argan oil, and avocado oil, but it’s the concentration of these substances, along with the other ingredients in the formula, that differentiate the cleansers from each other. In this case, hazelnut oil was chosen over the jojoba oil used in the Weightless Moisture Shampoo. Why? Because hazelnut oil has a 66% concentration of oleic acid, which quenches dry hair and skin but is also heavier and mores low-drying than other natural oils, making it ideal for women with medium to coarse hair and not for those with fine strands that could easily be weighed down.
Similarly, the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Conditioner ($22 at MacadamiaHair.com) also packs the 1-2 punch of the macadamia oil and argan oil combination and it, too, counts on avocado and hazelnut oils to hydrate and nourish the scalp, but it completes the moisture-infusing, damage-repairing, strengthening operation thanks to the addition of both collagen and silk amino acids. The silk amino acids are key to the conditioner’s effectiveness since these possess high levels of serine, which helps strands retain moisture. Since the shampoo doesn’t leave strands feeling parched, porous, and straw-like, it’s easy to work in this creamy conditioner. And while it might seem a bit heavy when first squeezed into the palm of the hand, you’ll notice it won’t weigh down your hair since the ingredients chosen for its formula are all readily absorbed by hair fibers.
Once a week, I apply the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque ($36 at MacadamiaHair.com), massaging the product onto my scalp and working it through my strands. I then let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. The mask contains higher concentrations of argan oil and macadamia oil, hence making it a more intensive treatment.
By far my favorite product in the collection, however, is the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment ($39.95 at MacadamiaHair.com), which is formulated with macadamia oil, argan oil, and vitamin E. Because oils are best absorbed by damp hair, I typically apply this treatment after cleaning and conditioning my hair. By doing so, I give my mane an extra shot of moisture, boost shine, control frizz, make my hair more manageable, and also protect my hair color from UV rays (which is all the more important in the summertime!). If there’s any tangling post-shower, by the time I’m done smoothing this treatment onto my hair, those little knots vanish. Also, once my hair dries, it has this buoyancy to it — my curls seem sprightly and my color looks radiant (even when it’s time for a salon touch-up). It also helps to protect my hair whenever I’m blowdrying it.
Sometimes, if my hair feels particularly parched, I’ll add a drop or two to my conditioner and I’ll work the concoction into my damp strands. Also, it’s great for taming frayed-looking ends and smoothing any fly-aways.
The entire Nourishing Moisture line is fantastic in terms of its frizz-busting and deep conditioning benefits, and the products have a light fragrance that’s slightly earthy and exotic but which won’t overwhelm the senses.