Macadamia Natural Oil is a hair care range that wants you to learn to love your hair. It focuses on damage and frizz, or hair that is irredeemably wild, bushy or dull. My own hair has proven this year to be a fair weather friend and my curls are inconsistently a frizzy mass or droopy waves. Not any more, Macadamia Natural Oil Reviving Curl Cream ($25 for 8.5oz or $10 for 2oz) has given me curls that I am learning to love.

Reviving Curl Cream is a thickish lotion that is best applied to damp hair that has been combed. After experimenting in several ways, I have come to the conclusion that it is best to let the hair dry naturally and not be tempted to brush it out. In my case, the end result is a cascade of corkscrew curls. But be warned, this is not a curl tamer or a styling product. It doesn’t play particularly well with a hair dryer. But left to its own devices it does give a soft hold and form to curls and the end result is pretty and very au naturel.

And Reviving Curl Cream does so by imparting lots of good things. The eponymous macadamia appears about two-thirds down the ingredient list. The oil of the macadamia nut is lightweight and stable, and 22% of it is omega 7, a fatty acid. High in phosphoros and calcium, macadamia also contains phenolic compounds that are antioxidant. Macadamia Natural Oil’s other signature ingredient is argan, also a deliverer of fatty acids.

The wealth of other botanicals include maidenhair fern (adiantum pedatum) that is a well-known hair tonic that is also featured in another TIA favorite, Shielo’s Volume Bounce Style. I like the inclusion of antioxidant beetroot, biotin (a member of the vitamin B family and necessary for healthy hair growth), several algae, as well as proteins from wheat and soy.

I’m not sure what black walnut shell extract is doing here. Perhaps because it has astringent properties, but I believe it is also used by the fragrance industry. We are on much more familiar ground with nettle, sage, panax ginseng and ginkgo biloba. All (and many more in this densely packed formula) are known for making a contribution to hair health.

With all this going on, even if I wasn’t loving my curls, my hair would surely learn to love all these good things. I’m pleased to have to got to know Macadamia’s Reviving Curl Cream (which was sent to me as a free sample) and am now curious about the rest of the range.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polyquaternium-37, Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Adiantum Pedatum Extract, Alcohol, Algae Extract, Anacyclus Pyrethrum Root Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Benzophenone-4, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Biotin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Juglans Nigra (Black Walnut) Shell Extract, Keratin, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Lecithin, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Methyl Gluceth-10, Niacin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Panthenol, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract, Polyquaternium-24, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Propylene Glycol, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Swertia Japonica Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Fragrance (Parfum), Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol