Having had such a  good experience with Macadamia Natural Oil Reviving Curl Cream, which  gives a lovely light bounce to curly tresses imparting mostly (certainly not entirely, but definitely mostly) nourishing natural ingredients, I was looking forward to trying Macadamia Natural Oil’s shampoo and conditioner. Sadly, the experience hasn’t quite lived up to my expectations.

Like the leave-in styling cream, the Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse ($16) and the Rejuvenating Shampoo ($12.91) play nice with curly hair. These are not curl tamers – they give a light bounce and definition to curls, so that you learn to love them. However, I think the shampoo and conditioner are more suited to greasier locks than mine, as I found them a little drying and the Moisturizing Rinse, billed as a daily conditioner that detangles, did not detangle my hair nest at all.

Although the performance, at least for me, wasn’t optimal, it certainly wasn’t bad. Mostly, I was disappointed by the ingredients, especially in the Rejuvenating Shampoo. Macadamia Natural Oil has recently reformulated the shampoo and has made some good upgrades, removing the laureth sulfate and replacing cocamide DEA, which has associations with cancer, with cocamide MEA. This is non-irritating, but the CIR Expert Panel has acknowledged that MEA can react with an aldehyde to form DEA, which then can be nitrosated. Some things from the old formula are still included, such as Disodium laureth sulfosuccinate - another ingredient that has the nitrosamine link to cancer, although it is considered gentle. The fact that it is used in car washes and engine degreasers does not endear it to me.

Although I like the wheat protein, linseed and argan oils, plus green tea in addition to the eponymous macadamia, they feel a little overwhelmed by these standard detergents and surfactants. Not to mention, the odd paraben, fragrance, phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate.

Much as I wanted to like Macadamia (and I will keep using the cream styler), I have returned to Nutra-Lift's Simply Superb Goat Milk Shampoo and Shielo's conditioner, for ingredients that do much more good than harm.

Ingredients in shampoo: Water (Aqua/Eau), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide MEA, Cetyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Glycol Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance (Parfum), Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Sea Salt, Aminomethyl Propanol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 4 (CI 14700)