Over the last couple of years, I’ve been really focusing on nourishing my natural hair and trying to get it in the best condition to enable it to grow long and healthy. I really feel as though I’m getting somewhere with it and at my last trip to my hair dressers, Frances Marshall in Sunderland, I caught a glimpse of my hair from the back and couldn’t believe how much it had grown.
I’ve made lots of changes to help my hair to grow, from washing it less but focusing on really nourishing products and blowdrying on a low heat to using heat styling tools less often and even having my Great Lengths hair extensions put back in (they’ve been out now since October) to give my hair a break from styling. All of which have combined to really help my hair grow and be super healthy. I’m over the moon with it.
Some of the most nourishing products that I use are from Macadamia Professional. I have been using products from the original Macadamia line for YEARS and then started using the pro line last year.
You might remember my review of their Healing Treatment Oil which is my all time favourite hair oil and I always repurchase it without fail! It was that oil that restored my faith in nourishing products as I’d always thought that they would be far too heavy for my mega oily roots but they’ve actually helped my hair a lot.
The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Shampoo is the product that I use to wash my hair if it is feeling particularly dry; usually after a holiday in the sun or after I’ve had my hair pinned up with lots of hair spray to set it in place.
Only a small amount is needed as a little goes a long way, which makes the bottle great value for money as it lasts FOREVER, and it is very rich. I smooth it through wet hair and really spend time massaging it into my scalp to cleanse it but also to nourish my hair as I find that when I use this shampoo, I can actually skip the conditioner step of my haircare routine. This shampoo effectively cleanses my hair while hydrating it, leaving it nourished, soft and smooth right through to the ends.
The formula contains the Macadamia Professional Pro Oil Complex of Macadamia and Argan Oils which are designed for lightweight moisture, strength and damage repair, as well as Avocado Oils and Hazelnut Oils which are great for repair and Vitamins A, C and E which help to hydrate, restore and rebalance the hair. The effect is noticeable from the first wash and I really notice a significant difference, especially if my hair has been feeling really frazzled before washing!
This shampoo is colour safe and when I had my root stretch, it didn’t strip the colour which is very important to me as my hair is so porous and washes up quickly. It is also free from sulphates, gluten and parabens so it is kind to the hair, plus it is cruelty free so it is kind to animals too!
The shampoo isn’t one that I would use every time that I wash my hair as I think that it would overload my hair as it is designed for dry, corse hair but used occasionally, it works really well on my thin hair with my oily roots and drier ends. The shampoo and conditioner that I use more frequently on my hair is the L’Oreal Professionnel Série Expert Nutrifier range that I reviewed here.
When my hair is really in need of a deep hit of nourishment then I turn to the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque.
I’ve used a hair mask from Macadamia in the past from their standard range but this one is far better because it is incredibly deeply nourishing but it doesn’t weight the hair down or overload it at all.
The masque itself is thick and almost iridescent to the eye. I smooth this through the mid lengths and ends of my hair after shampooing (usually after I’ve used a more clarifying shampoo so that I can replace the lost moisture) and leave it on to really infuse and work its magic while I get to work on my hair removal, face mask, exfoliation and all that good stuff.
It contains Macadamia and Argan Oils which are packed full of Omega fatty acids to deeply nourish and care for the hair. Like with the shampoo, the mask is sulphate, gluten and paraben free and cruelty free.
Unlike other thicker, hydrating masques that I’ve used in the past, it washes out without ease, leaving my hair feeling so incredible. it is effect is instant after the first wash. My hair feels and looks silky soft and smooth from root to tip, it is far more manageable and it doesn’t get as knotty which is great for when I’m trying to comb it through.
My favourite product out of all that I’ve tried from the Macadamia Professional line has to be the Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist. This is like a cross between the most lightweight yet nourishing oil and a shine spray. Except this one isn’t heavy at all, it doesn’t make my hair greasy or oily and it really nourishes my hair rather than coating it, giving it a plastic look.
This spray is packed full of hydrating and moisturising oils; Macadamia, Argan, Walnut, Grape Seed, Olive Fruit, Avocado, Jojoba Seed, Passionfruit Seed, and Sunflower Seed Oil. I’d be here all day if I listed all of their benefits but essentially they all work together to moisturise and strengthen the hair and to protect and promote a healthy scalp and hair.
A light misting is all thats needed, sprayed on from a distance. I tend to use it on my hair when it is dry, as a finishing touch once I’ve created whatever style I’m going for that day.
It absorbs quickly into the hair and doesn’t sit on it or need working in. The results are instant; it makes my hair look healthy, perfected and with a gorgeous sheen to it. The great thing about this spray is that even though I have oily, fine hair, it doesn’t make my hair become greasy any quicker than usual.
The spray can also be used on towel dried hair before blowdrying to have a strengthening and smoothing effect which is particularly handy if you tend to get frizzy ends if you leave your hair to dry naturally or if you don’t round brush it when blowdrying. I have tried the spray in this way and it works very well but I don’t tend to use it like this too much as I use the actual Macadamia Healing Treatment Oil (or a similar product if I’m trying out something new) in my hair when it is wet.
With the cold weather firmly in place and the spring summer months set to follow, now is the time to focus on nourishing and hydrating your hair. I’m sure so many of us girls use lots more drying hair spray and backcombing techniques over the festive period, plus we’re subject to central heating, which can really frazzle the hair so getting the hair in as good condition as possible before the summer where it could dry out even more is really important!
These products have really helped to nourish the dry ends of my hair and give my hair a well groomed, perfected appearance overall and I’d recommend each one highly. Especially that amazing mist!
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What are your favourite nourishing hair products? Have you tried anything from Macadamia Professional before?