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Macadamia Natural Oil Repair Masque and Healing Oil- reader reviewed and rejected

Is a Solution for:
Dry or Brittle Hair, Limp Hair, Dull Hair
June 15, 2012 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 1 Comment
Reviewed by Shannon

I had very high hopes for these products when I was given them to test, but instead I was greatly disappointed. In the past I have used Ojon’s repair mask and I loved it, so I expected similar results from the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque and Healing Oil Treatment ($12 for the duo). The brand has a very similar concept to Ojon, except that macadamia nut oil is used [instead of a blend of Ojon nut oil, coconut oil and Kukui tree oil in Ojon’s Rare Blend Oil].

At first, I thought that these products were natural, but after looking at the ingredients, I realized that they are not. Upon looking at the brand’s website, the company states “For maximum performance we have determined that our products need to also contain ingredients that do not fall under the ‘natural’ definition in order to achieve enhanced benefits as well as to sustain the oil, maintain a competitive shelf life and allow the Macadamia and Argan oils to remain blended and not separate.” Therefore, if you are looking for a natural hair-care product, this product is not for you.

When I opened the packet containing the Deep Repair Masque, the first thing that hit me was an incredibly sweet and fruity fragrance. I did not like this at all; it was a very juvenile and overpowering scent. As for the masque itself, it felt like it left a greasy film on my hair after I rinsed it out. When used by itself, the masque weighed my hair down and did little to improve the texture. I feel that it made my hair appear frizzier than it normally is, and my waves did not last as long as they do after I brush my hair a few times.

It is recommended that you use the Healing Oil Treatment with the masque. You can also use it by itself, and I tried both. I did not like the method of dispensing, which is an open-mouth cap. It is very easy to pour too much of the product and make a mess; it is best to just take a capful, or half a capful, and mix it with the masque.

When I used the oil treatment, it made my hair look very greasy, like I had not washed it for a week. The oil treatment also gave me a very unpleasant surprise – acne on my scalp! These breakouts occurred each time I used the oil (about six times over four weeks), and the breakouts subsided once I stopped using the oil.

Upon reviewing the ingredients, I believe that this is due in part to the large amount of dimethicone, a silicone, which is used in the product. It is the first ingredient listed, followed by another silicone and then the oils; I believe this is why the product made my hair appear greasy.

Overall, while the brand has a nice concept, I do not believe that I will be using these products, or its other products in the future.

Ingredients in Deep Repair Masque: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quaternium 80, Amodimethicone, Ricinus Commmunis Seed Oil (Castor), Parfum/Fragrance, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methypropional, Hexylcinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, C11 15 Pareth 7, C12 16 Pareth 9, Trideceth 12, Trimethylsilosyamodimethicone

Ingredients in Healing Oil Treatment: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Macadamia Temifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexylcinnamal, Butylphenyl Methypropional, Coumarin, Linalool, Limonene
  • June 15, 2012

    by Macadamia Natural Oil

    Hi Shannon! We came across your review and we're very sorry to hear about your negative experience with Macadamia Natural Oil.

    The Deep Repair Masque is a salon professional restorative treatment intended mainly for dry or damaged hair. Because of its thick consistency, it must be rinsed out extremely thoroughly, otherwise you may experience heaviness and the "greasy film" you described.

    Regarding the Healing Oil Treatment, we do appreciate your feedback on the dispenser. Our larger Healing Oil sizes do come with a pump for more convenient dispensing. Like most other hair oils, a little bit goes a long way. We recommend only starting with a dime-sized amount of Healing Oil, and increasing from there depending on your hair length and thickness. That will help prevent the greasy feel you mentioned.

    Once again, we are very sorry to hear about your experience. We have thousands of fans who find Macadamia Natural Oil products very helpful to their hair. If you have generally healthy or fine type hair, you may find our other products (like our Healing Oil Spray or Moisturizing Rinse) more beneficial to your hair type than these, which are better suited to dry or damaged hair.

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