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I have very fine hair. It's so fine that even after washing, it doesn't take much longer than an hour for my hair to dry naturally. On the other hand, my daughter has incredibly thick, wavy hair, which I suspect she inherited from her paternal grandmother. It can easily be 5 hours before her hair is dry without assistance from a hairdryer and to complicate matters she isn't a fan of putting a conditioner on her hair after she's shampooed - she isn't the most patient of teenagers.
The solution to this is a leave in conditioner, and our old hairdresser in Edinburgh was a great fan of the Macadamia Natural Oil products. She regularly applied the oil spray to my daughter's hair as it speeds up the drying process, but she reckoned it wasn't really ideal for her on a regular basis as it would probably make her hair greasy. Instead, she suggested we use the Macadamia Nourishing Leave In Cream.
~~The Product & Packaging~~
Macadamia Natural Oil hair care products contain a combination of macadamia oil and Moroccan argan seed oil. The range covers a wide range of products ranging from shampoos to the aforementioned oil spray which reduces drying times.
The leave in cream claims to "detangle and tame the most unruly locks". Well, check that - my daughter's hair can be incredibly unruly especially straight from the shower. It also claims to add silky softness and shine and to extend the life of colour treatments thanks to UV protection. What it doesn't claim to do is speed up drying time - which is something I should have checked before I bought as I really needed something to do that too and just took my hairdresser's word for it that this did the same job as the oil spray she had used. That'll teach me to make assumptions I guess.
The product comes in a long thin brown plastic bottle with a green pump on top and a green label with instructions for use around the bottom. I bought mine from eBay and was a bit irked when I opened it to see it didn't have a pump spray - instead it's just a normal dispensing lid similar to that on most shampoo bottles. I paid £15.50 for a 300 ml bottle including postage.
My first thoughts were annoyance that the bottle didn't have a pump. I had decided to buy it from eBay because the salon store my hairdresser uses wasn't easily accessible for me and the Sally store in town didn't stock it. I still paid less than my hairdresser had said it had cost her but I guess that's because my bottle was missing the pump.
Before I sound like a pointless whinger, the pump makes it far easier to get product out of this bottle. Without the pump it's actually a bit of an ordeal to get anything out of the bottle at all - you have to shake it several times, turn it upside down and really squeeze it. When the product does come out you tend to find you have too much - this is the kind of thing you use sparingly after all - so it's incredibly wasteful. So my advice is if you see someone selling this cheap on eBay it's probably because the bottle has no pump.
To use the leave in cream, you simply work a small amount of product through towel dried hair once you come out of the shower. I dab what comes out of the bottle around my fingers and then work my hands through my hair before combing it through. You then style your hair as normal. I You don't rinse it out - it is a leave in product after all.
The cream is white and is quite a thick consistency but is easy to dab onto your fingers for application. It has a lovely aroma with the scent of macadamia being particularly evident when you are applying the cream to your hair. Sadly this aroma doesn't linger on the hair too long but it's nice while it lasts.
Well time quickly proved that this cream doesn't have the quick drying properties the oil has, with my daughter's hair resolutely still taking several hours to dry and there being no noticeable improvement if the hairdryer was brought into action.
And here we came across another problem. This isn't a product you can stick on your hair and quite literally "leave". You need to style your hair after use otherwise your hair takes on a greasy appearance combined with a hard texture. Even when I blow dry my hair after using this my hair looks limp and any suggestion on the bottle that this "imparts silky softness" is, I am afraid to say, a nonsense.
My daughter has only recently started using the hairdryer of her own volition so the only real benefit she was getting from the cream was the ability to comb her hair easily after it had been applied but she is a notorious over user of products - so I had to strictly control how much of this went on her hair after she came out of the shower.
To make matters worse however the overall condition of her hair was no different - the silky softness promised didn't really materialise and as her hair is so thick, you wouldn't actually notice any change in texture anyway. In fact the only difference in texture that was noticeable was how hard it became as the conditioner definitely "stayed in" her hair and refused to soften it.
After a few weeks use she decided not to bother with the leave in cream and I have to say neither of us have noticed the slightest difference to her hair since she discontinued use, with the exception of it no longer feeling hard in places.
My hair has improved since I stopped using this - it quite clearly isn't designed for fine, limp hair such as mine - but it really sticks in my craw that I spent so much money on a product which offers so much but delivers so little.
I might yet buy the Healing Oil Spray for my daughter purely because it will at least speed up the drying process but sadly the Nourishing Leave in Cream has been an expensive flop and isn't something I'll be buying again.